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Angelus Morningstar
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Synopsis: You are the elemental forces of creation, represented by an amusing micro game of dice placement.

The board is divided into five sectors, with spaces for your pawn upon the edge. On your turn, you take a die rolled at the beginning of the game, move your pawn the number of pips visible, and place your die in the sector you finish in. If you land on a space occupied by another pawn, you move the same number of spaces again.

When the game is done, there are two forms of scoring with each sector giving points for every die within them as well as a scoring system for whomever has the most valuable set of dice in each given sector.

Oh yes, thematically this is about the elemental creation of the universe. However, it is an afterthought; as demonstrated here.

Commentary: Word of warning: this is a Japanese game with Japanese rules. There is an English translation found online, but the translation seems like it was done with google translator. It made my eyes water and my hands itch to pull out a red pen on bastardry of the English language (if you think about it, it’s saying something).

Given this caveat, there is a surprisingly entertaining abstract game. The theming is about as loose as a badly designed space ship after a rough landing, but the decisions around your dice placement can matter several turns after the fact. This speaks to decent design.

Verdict: This game is barely remarkable, but is amusing with a certain whimsical novelty. It neither outstays its welcome nor stays with you after the fact.
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