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Joe Masinter
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Well I have been playing a lot of new games lately, and I enjoy procrastinating when I ought to be working, so here's a little review.

I'm a big fan of almost all of Vlaada's games, and this one is no exception. It's a real heavy puzzle/planning sort of game and a real brain burner. If you've played Dungeon Lords, this feels very much like a sequel not just because of the lovely artwork, but more importantly, the familiar challenge of preparing your player board and resources for the upcoming rounds.

I feel the main action selection/worker placement is implemented just a bit better this time around. It is still somewhat akin to a blind auction, but with more options. There is also comparatively some extra chance involved with the cards, which encourages a bit of risk/reward type thinking. The main challenge is fitting all this into your master plan - choosing which pets to take and when, not taking on more than you can handle with your resources, and timing things right to win the exhibitions and maximize the multipliers from pet sales.

So there is an enormous amount to consider, with relatively few actual moves made during the entire game.

I do appreciate that most decisions can be made simultaneously by all players. The first phase where imps are put into groups should allow enough time for players to plan, though if you have the wrong group, that planning might take hours every turn... I've found that when all but one player is finished, a series of well aimed finger jabs can be very effective at accelerating the game.

Finally, I'd say the game is just as good with any number 2-4. The dummy players you add in to block certain spots with fewer than four are effective in making the game just hard enough, and add another planning element to the equation.
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My wife is my gaming partner. 2P or bust. Thanks
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Orangemoose wrote:
My wife is my gaming partner. 2P or bust. Thanks


Ditto. My wife and I both really enjoy this as a 2p game
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Norbert666 wrote:
Orangemoose wrote:
My wife is my gaming partner. 2P or bust. Thanks


Ditto. My wife and I both really enjoy this as a 2p game


Noted, Thanks for posting this.
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Norbert666 wrote:
Orangemoose wrote:
My wife is my gaming partner. 2P or bust. Thanks


Ditto. My wife and I both really enjoy this as a 2p game

Likewise. Except we're not married.
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I just played this with a member of my gaming group 2P today and we had a blast. After one game, I can see some things I'd prefer in this game over Dungeon Lords.

One is how much of a swing the title scoring room in Dungeon Lords can cause in the score, although this game still has some swings predicated on the dungeon lords that are present to which to sell.

We know that we both missed maximizing so many of our scoring opportunities but this is a Chvatil game.
 
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