Posted by James (admin) on 11th October 2014
Throne of the World is a simple card game by the designer of Attack on Monster. Each turn you have a few options between h0w many cards you draw and how many you play; for example, you can draw 2 cards and play 3 cards, or just play 5 cards, etc.
Each card is either one of the 7 professions or an action card. When you play profession cards, you place them in front of you and the more you have of a type, the more powerful they are when activated.
When you play action cards, you choose a profession to activate (although some action cards can not activate specific professions). When activated, some professions earn cash, some attack other players (which remove cards/coins), and some steal cards from other players. There are also some special skill cards which give powerful one-off effects.
After your turn, you must pay 1 coin for each profession card you have in front of you. Also, each player has a specific race card which gives them a special ability too.
There are several victory conditions such as having 45 coins, having 15 coins and at least 1 card of each of the 7 professions. However, you are automatically out of the game if you ever run out of coins. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by James (admin) on 30th September 2014
Office 21 is a quick, card game where players are trying to have their ‘office’ of workers generate exactly $21 million profit, i.e. their values add up to 21. Players take turns adding one worker (card) from their hand of three into their set of cards on the table (office). As well as having different values, each card has a special effect too, such as removing a card from your own office, turning an opponent’s card face-down, looking at the next card on the draw pile and choosing to take it or put it back, and so on.
So, cards you play can be used to alter other player’s offices as well as your own office, which means there will be plenty of spoiling other players’ attempts, and subsequent petty revenge (which will be entertaining). A few cards interact with each other automatically; for example, The Boss and Secretary get on very well indeed. If a Boss card is showing and a Secretary card is played by someone then both cards are turned face down whilst they are, erm, occupied. Face-down cards do not count towards your total (but will if they get turned back up again).
There are several ways in which a game can end, and the way it ends determines how the winner is judged. A player wins if their office has a total of exactly 21 and still has 21 when it is their next turn – so other players get one chance to mess with their office and/or win a better way. However, if a player plays a Tax Man card, play continues until that Tax Man is reached again (he could get removed) then it’s the player with the lowest total who wins. Any player who exceeds a total of 21 is automatically out, so a player can win if they’re the last man standing.
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Posted by James (admin) on 29th September 2014
Attack on Monster is a game of of knowing when to fight, knowing when to run, and knowing when to tell your friends you’ll stay with them to the bitter end and then immediately deserting them so they get killed and you don’t.
The game board consists of a changing row of location cards. The players start on a location and there is a large monster bearing down on them. Players simultaneously show if they are going to run (away from the monster to the next location), or stay where they are. After players move or stay, the monster moves up to 2 locations and fights the first group of players it meets. If the number of players (plus any bonuses/penalties for equipment and the location’s effects) is greater than the monster’s strength, the monster is killed which earns those players an equipment card and some Victory Points (VPs); otherwise, all players are killed by the monster. The good news is each player has 3 figures (meeple) so when one gets eaten, the next enters play. Read the rest of this entry »
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