Being a shrew business person doesn't come easy, unless you are just playing a card that will make you shred. In fact, most board game will convince you that you'd probably be a great business person due to the difficult decisions that you handle easily on your turn. And in Chartered, it's no different.
You'll be establishing warehouses in Amsterdam, contributing to the city that will grow to become the wealthiest city in the western world. You can become the best merchant, build chartered enterprises and purchase stock to profit from their expected growth. Your goal? Profit and wealth.
This is one of those "easy to learn and difficult to master" type of games. Where the rules give you only one of two actions to preform each turn. Buy a plot of land or construct a warehouse. And by the time it is your turn, you will have already decided what to do...fast paced decision making each turn.
Each space on the board has a number allocated to it. There is one card of each number in the deck and you will have a handful of ten cards, or plots of land to start the game. Buying another does nothing but give you more possibility's on your successive turns. As there is no hand limit, you are only restricted to the money that it costs to buy a card. Also restricted by your conscience, as you know that at the end of the game there is a penalty to pay for each remaining card in your hand.
Building a warehouse is a satisfying action to take. If you construct in the the middle of nowhere, you create one of the nine enterprises in game. Placing several of these "LEGO" like bricks on the board and stacking a HQ of that enterprise on top. Giving you some revenue and the chance to buy some stock, if there is any available. If you construct next to an existing enterprise, you make it larger, increasing the value of it's stock. Or joining two enterprises together, forcing a merger and a liquidation of stock.
It's not until you buy the right to become the owner of an enterprise that things become doubly interesting. Not only is your stock worth four time the amount to you, but also watching as other players either help you grow bigger or play elsewhere. Or worst of all, swallow your enterprise with their own, when they merge them.
All in all, with it's simple set collecting and area control, this is another game along the lines of a Ticket To Ride or New York 1901. Building in three dimensions and preconceiving the rises in the stock market (or manipulating them). A family style game with a heavy economy element, because it's all about the money. If you have the most after selling all your stock, guess what...You win!
Find out more by clicking the link to Kickstarter below or watch the video.
Have you ever wanted to play detective?
Where you ever let down by the shallowness of Cluedo?
Do you watch too many TV cop show?
Well here is a game that you should be looking at...
Team play and communication is what is needed to bring in the criminal. You'll be interrogating suspects, regarding crime scenes, evaluating evidence and getting expert help from Doctors and Psychologists. And all this is done through your smart phone.
The game comes with several decks of card, containing people and items. These people are like actors, playing roles in your cop drama. In one mystery, Joe may be a dodge drug dealer while in another the brilliant scientist. Each character in a story will will have a past, a present and possible future in the game. You will be taking everything they say and compile it into reality, making sure the liars don't slip through your net.
Getting around and communicating with these NPC is done simply with a quick scan of a QR code. The app takes card of the rest. Noting who is about, what they are up to and whats around.
Most importantly, there are some locations that can be explored and examined. In a 360 degree world, as displayed in the app, one player will be able to look for clues. Shouting out what they see, while other player collect cards that represent those items in the real world. These items can be then scanned to verify if they are clues or trash. Show them to the suspect and see if they wince, spill their guts and give you the last piece of the puzzle.
The game is hyper thematic, with a profound story and head scratchingly fun. Although there are those of us that dislike using phones and tablets in our gaming area, this is a necessary evil of the game as it generates in depth discussion between players.
It's an escape room on your table. It is what Time Stories should have been. It is a living breathing world were NPC move around and get on with their lives. This is the murder mystery game to end them all.
watch my first impression video
Immortal 8 is the latest game from Moonster Games, who gave us such great such as Crossing, Imagine and Miniville, (Machi Koro) that are proudly sat on my shelf. All of those are light, fluffy family games, but their latest game is aimed more at the hard core gamer.
what's my name?
In Immortal 8, you are in fact an immortal God. One of 8. You will be dealt your role at random and regard it in secret. Only you and you alone know your power and secret scoring ability for the end of game.
You will then construct a civilization, from nothing. You won't be needing any wood or clay to build the temples, treasury's, market or war machines. They just come into being. You are a God, are you not...?
Everything that is built has an action and sometime a bonus, that will give you civilization tokes of either the Military, Science or Chaos. Building that are built by you can be used by you. Building that others have built can also be used by you. At a cost. But your not restricted to building just buildings. There are the eye catching and elegant Wonders that can be used by all players, granting them some God like powers.
And Heroes. Every Greek God had heroes, why can't you. Create one that works for you. Make them in your image or not. Throw the other gods off on who you are. The last thing you need is for them to know what your objectives are. Because they will hamper you, burden you,
call you funny names.
a god's game
So each player will be a God and have two rounds in which to get as many points as they can.
Each God has their own way to score points as well as common path of victory points. Each round is made up of a draft phase, kingdom phase and supremacy phase. So not a lot of time to generate a victory.
In the draft phase, players will have five cards to draft from. But only a maximum of three can be constructed. The other get turned into different values of currency, depending on the card drift turn. Some constructions will give you civilization tokens that will be used by certain Gods to gain more points. This is a good way to get "found out" by the other players, as to which God you are.
In the second round there are only four cards, of which only two can be constructed...
In the kingdom phase, you get to active and use the actions of the buildings you have built to give yourself more civilization tokens and money. Money is used to use the buildings of the other players at the table. Don't worry. They won't rob you blind. Unless you are on the opposite end of the table. The further away the building you with to use is, the more it will cost. Luckily, they don't collect your money, they just gain some culture, in the form of a 1 pointed token.
A pool of Wonders will lay in the center of the table for everyone to use. Only once can you activate one of these and they grant tremendous power. Even the possibility to collect diamonds, a very rare provider of points. On top of that, if you have a Hero, they can go and do some dirty work for you too. Like give tokens to others or destroy buildings for fun.
Finaly, there is the supremacy phase, where the owners of the most Military and Science tokens will receive a four pointed, Supremacy token. Big points that are added at the end game.
"I am he"
The end game is the moment of great intensity. As one by one, the Gods reveal themselves and score their points. A nerve wracking event as you thought they were someone else and they score big points on your behalf. Building a building next to a player that profits off of it can be a huge mistake, although it gains you culture points. Maybe they shouldn't have use your building because they gave you enough culture to win.
The game becomes even more intense if one of the players is Tomorrow. They can score big if they can divine every players God.
All in all, a very deep and tactical drafting game that plays quick, doesn't flood the table with too much information and has you double guessing everybody's agenda. Check out the How To Play video below.
Or click the buttom below to find out more about the Kickstarter
Hello Chaps and Chapettes
Things have gone crazy here, in BGES studios (well, at my home). The web site has bee a little quiet of late but that is because lots of work going on behind the scenes though.
I have been helping out with the recent Kickstarter Batman: Gotham City Chronicals and the amount of support and love for the project has been overwhelming. A ton of Batfans have been waiting for a game like this (like me), and now it is here. I have already played and produce videos on my thoughts and feeling about the game. Scroll over to my Kickstarter page to see them.
Another project that has just this minute started is Immortal 8.
A rapid playing, card drafting game with hidden roles and "asymmetric scoring" (I may have to copyright that, if such a thing exists.) Set in a fantasy universe, were you are a God building up a civilization, with only a small handful of cards. A game from the team behind Imagine and Crossing and is now live on Kickstarter.
Again, I am helping out, not only in producing a video on how to play and what my thoughts are of the game. But behind the scene, I am answering question and responding to comment about the game. As I am with Batman.
Although I have been tied, I have not gone away and will posting more and more tit-bits here. But in the meantime, catch up on everything here on the Double-Back Monthly.
video blog for february 2018