Posted by James (admin) on 27th September 2012
I like the idea of using poker hand mechanics in a game. At Spiel 2011, I played a game that used poker hands but it turned out to be average so I was really intrigued when, just 5 minutes later, I noticed Montana on the Cambridge Games Factory. With a cheap price, I decided to pre-order it and it arrived a couple of months ago.
Montana is an area control game where players compete for control over 3 areas each round, and the player with the most victory points (VPs) at the end of the game wins. Players score VPs for (a) areas they control with a bonus for having multiple connected regions, (b) if they control their secret objectives, (c) if they control the most red regions, and (d) if they control the most blue regions.
Players start the game with some cards (numbered 1-12 in five colours x 2) as well as two secret objectives (for which they’ll score extra points if they control that specific region). On the table are 3 boards with 16 regions on each. At the start of each turn, one player chooses which region will be contested on the main board (the other two boards are contested in numerical sequence). Read the rest of this entry »