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Skyway Robbery Review

Sky

As a giant airship travels to various far-flung locales, rival gangs compete to pull off daring heists. Your job is to recruit various skilled criminals to join your gang as you plan to take down fortified locations and steal the loot guarded within. You may also complete smaller jobs on the airship itself as it travels across the globe. Set in a steampunk world, Skyway Robbery offers high adventure and cunning, card-driven game play.

A player’s turn consists of selecting three action cards and determining their order in secret. Once all players have selected their three actions, the cards are revealed and resolved in turn. Most actions allow players to purchase new cards (hire gang members and buy equipment) from areas on the board or engage in an illegal, but lucrative, activity. Whoever earns the most Reputation points at the end of the game is the winner.

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Sail to India Review

Sail into India

The Age of Discovery, Portugal, 15th–16th century: With the Mediterranean under Osman Turk control, the Portuguese were severely limited in the Mediterranean and looking for other trade routes. Better ships, better compasses, and a general centralization of power helped push the Portuguese explorers into the Atlantic, and sailors like Prince Henry, Bartolomeu Dias and Vasco da Gama took to the seas.

In Sail to India (セイルトゥインディア), the players are nobles who support these sailors in their efforts to discover a route to India and to be the foremost and most famous explorer of all. Players must manage their resources to develop sales channels to India, and they have only two Action Points with which to do it. A player’s money, score, ship and building are all affected by the same pawn, and to do well you’ll need to manage the movement of that pawn to make full use of twelve types of actions, six kinds of products, and three different buildings.

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The Builders: Middle Ages Review

The Builders

In The Builders: Middle Ages, the cards represent buildings or workers. Players score points (and gain money) by completing the construction of buildings, while placing a worker on a construction site costs money. Each building has four characteristics (carpentry, masonry, architecture, tilery) rated between 0 and 5, and the workers have the same characteristics valued in the same range. To complete a construction, the player must add enough workers to cover the four characteristics of the building.

Each player starts the game with 10 ecu and an apprentice. Five workers and five buildings are placed face-up on the table, with the others set aside in separate decks. On a turn, you can take three free actions, then pay 5 ecu for each additional action. The possible actions are:

  • Open a site – Take one of the five buildings, place it front of you, then draw a replacement from the deck.
  • Recruit a worker – Take one of the five workers, place it front of you, then draw a replacement from the deck.
  • Assign a worker to a building – Pay the cost of the worker (as he won’t work for free!), then place him on a building; when the building’s needs are met, you earn the points and coins indicated, then flip the building over. The workers return to your pool of available labor.
  • Get money – Forgo one, two or three actions to earn 1, 3 or 6 ecu.

Some completed buildings join your labor pool as they can be used to complete other buildings. As soon as a player reaches 17 points, players finish the round so that everyone has the same number of turns, then you tally points, with each completed card having a point value and each 10 ecu being worth 1 point. Whoever has the most points wins.

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Sail to India Review

Sail into India

The Age of Discovery, Portugal, 15th–16th century: With the Mediterranean under Osman Turk control, the Portuguese were severely limited in the Mediterranean and looking for other trade routes. Better ships, better compasses, and a general centralization of power helped push the Portuguese explorers into the Atlantic, and sailors like Prince Henry, Bartolomeu Dias and Vasco da Gama took to the seas.

In Sail to India (セイルトゥインディア), the players are nobles who support these sailors in their efforts to discover a route to India and to be the foremost and most famous explorer of all. Players must manage their resources to develop sales channels to India, and they have only two Action Points with which to do it. A player’s money, score, ship and building are all affected by the same pawn, and to do well you’ll need to manage the movement of that pawn to make full use of twelve types of actions, six kinds of products, and three different buildings.

 

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Gone Viking Review

Gone

In Gone Viking, you want to become the richest Viking in the clan – of course! You will compete against the other players, as you raid and pillage for valuable resources, call upon the Nordic gods to aid you with their divine powers, and do your best to avoid the nasty Jarl who always taxes the one Viking who returns home with the most plunder!

Gone Viking at its heart is a trick-taking card game for 3-5 players. However, judge not! In this game you have to take the right tricks at strategic times to get yourself into the best position each round. With a double-edged-sword resource collection element, Gone Viking elevates itself as a uniquely competitive game, and one that reminds the players of what it was like to be a Viking Raider.

Before the Raid

  • Players get dealt their hand
  • Leader gets to swap up to four cards for free.
  • Trump is Declared
  • Players then get a chance to swap their cards for a price!

Going Raiding 

  • tricks are played in typical trick-taking fashion
  • winning tricks awards players with plunder resource tokens which are used to win the game
  • players are allowed to ‘boost’ (add multiple cards together to make a larger total)
  • players are also allowed to play viking god card which have special powers

Returning Home 

  • Viking god that is last standing has an additional benefit to its owner
  • The richest player receives a visit from ‘The Jarl’ who takes half of their wealth!

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