Tigris and Euphrates was on the doorstep too!! @ffgames! It's like Christmas today!!
Look what showed up today! #Lanterns #boardgames! @foxtrotgames
Spent some time at the @MaltedMeeple on #TableTopDay with my lovely wife!
Designer - Sebastian Bleasdale & Richard Breese
Publisher - R&D Games/Game Salute
Number of players - 2-6
Ages -12 and up
Play time - 90-120 Minutes (This is probably the max with 6 players)
Category/Genre - Euro, Worker Placement, Bidding, and more!
- Multiple mechanisms skillfully fused together
- Your decisions count
- Not accessible to non-gamers
- Lengthy setup
Family? Nope! Not a lighthearted family game (Our wives will probably never play this!).
Youth Group? Nope! While it does play six, this is not for the faint of heart!
Gamers? Yes! A thousand times yes! Your gamer friends will love this one! If they don’t, find new ones!.
Nongamers? Not really. This is a bit further down the rabbit hole than most casual/nongamers will feel comfortable with.
Jeremiah - 10
Keyflower is the real deal! What seems like a hodge-podge of gaming genres creates a fantastic game that is a TON of fun. It’s my new favorite Euro!
Scott - 10
It’s everything I love about Euros wrapped up into one swell Euro. An absolute classic.
Can't wait to "Rise to Power"!! Thanks @apegames! #boardgames
Designer - Michael R. Brandle
Publisher - APE Games
Number of players - 3-6
Ages -10 and up (This seems low to us.)
Play time - 40-60 Minutes
Category/Genre - Drafting, Bluffing, Global destruction
- Cool monster creations
- Lots of bluffing and drafting strategy
- Often have to sit and do math more than create strategy
- Disjointed aesthetic to gameplay
Family? Maybe! The box says 10 & up, but the power commitment gets tricky for kids.
Youth Group? Probably not! It plays up to 6, but it’s a little deep for a casual setting.
Gamers? Yes! The artwork and graphic design make it feel more like a kids game, but this is not for the faint of heart.
Nongamers? Iffy! This would probably make the casual gamer go a little cross-eyed...
Jeremiah - 6
RARRR!! Has a lot of what I want in a game: giant monsters, world destruction, bluffing, the works. But somewhere along the line this one misses the mark for me.
Scott - 5
There’s nothing here I hate, but nothing I particularly like, either. It’s just an okay game.
Designer - Stefan Feld
Publisher - Tasty Minstrel Games/Hall Games
Number of players - 2-4
Ages -12 and up
Play time - 100 Minutes (We’ve played it in less)
Category/Genre - Euro, Area Control, Worker Placement,
- Deep strategic decisions
- Awesome mechanical synergy
- It's fun trying to out-guess your opponents.
- Learning curve is steep, you’ll likely miss something first go ‘round
- Submarine strategy seems worthless
Family? No. There’s too much going on for the kiddos.
Youth Group? Nope, unless the game is “Try getting halfway through the rules without students' eyes glazing over.” Gamers? Yes! This is a gamer game through and through!
Nongamers? Probably not. Unless they’re really ready to take the next step.
Jeremiah - 9
One of the best new Euros I’ve played in a long time!
Scott - 9.5
I adore this game. It's a meaty Euro that does everything right.
Our Insta-Review of Between Two Cities
Designer - Ben Rosset and Matthew O’Malley
Publisher - Stonemaier Games
Number of players - 2-4
Ages -8 and up
Play time - 20 Minutes
Category/Genre - Drafting/Tile Placement/Semi-CoOp
- Really fun player interaction
- Unique fusion of three distinct mechanics
- Highly replayable
- Learning curve is slightly high given the filler nature (but not bad at all)
Family? Maybe! The semi co-op nature makes this accessible for older kids.
Youth Group? Sure! It plays up to 7, scales well, and plays quickly once you teach it.
Gamers? Yes! Great filler for the whole group!
Nongamers? Yes! It may be tough to teach, since it just uses iconography, but if they hang in there, it’s light enough for casual players!
Jeremiah - 8.5
Our first game lead immediately to us playing again. The mix of three unique gaming mechanics seamlessly blends together for a really fun time!
Scott - 8.5
It’s a clever, elegant, and unique filler.