Posted by James (admin) on 9th April 2014
1911 Amundsen vs Scott is a simple, quick-moving, 2-player race to the South Pole which is full of small decisions. The game is based on the real events where Amundsen beat Scott to the Pole and Scott didn’t return.
Players each have their own path of coloured spaces to move along and the first player to reach the South Pole wins. On their turn, a player draws 1-3 cards and can then play cards. When taking cards, you must draw the right-most (oldest) 1, 2 or 3 cards by discarding 0, 1 or 3 cards from your hand respectively. This can make for some interesting decisions because if you see cards you really want (or ones you don’t to deny your opponent) then you must decide whether it’s worth discarding cards you have to gain the new ones.
Almost all cards show one of 4 colours and many cards show one of the various special actions too (occurring when drawn, played or discarded). To move, you must play cards that match the colours of the next spaces along your path – 1 card for your next space, 2 cards for each space after that. This adds lots of fast card-management decisions to your game as you’re constantly trying to collect the mix of cards that will advance you and hinder your opponent. Many cards are both a colour and a type which adds some extra decisions to work out whether to use a card for its colour or its type (special effect). This is made slightly more tricky because you have a hand limit of 7 cards (and sometimes even fewer), plus the mix of cards you want changes rapidly as you and your opponent move. Read the rest of this entry »
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