It's no secret that I'm a gamer. I make that pretty clear with with my Zelda and FF7 obsessions and all. But what you may NOT know is that I'm also kinda into board games.
Truthfully, it's my husband that is really into board games. I'm not talking Monopoly and Apples to Apples, I'm talking nerdy european style board games and card games and games with cool themes (like space and the wild wild west!) and creative mechanics (like auction style and rondels!).
There are some hard core and fantastic board game reviewers out there. Let the record show I am not one of them. What I am is your average girl who likes to play cool games and wants to share those cool games with you in the best way I know how.
Let's get started.
Style: Card based, some auction
Cost: Around $30
The actions of the game and the rules are pretty basic. Even better, they put the action options on the card for you so you have a reminder of what to do and when to do it. I REALLY like that.
- Doesn't use a ton of space. We were able to easily play two player on our kitchen table and had plenty of room.
- The cards are high quality. The artwork is fun and the cards themselves are actually thick and sturdy and don't bend easily. Huzzah! Makes for good repeated use.
- The symbol legend.
- The cards have various uses (ships, captains, money) so you never feel like you have a bad draw. You just need to use your noggin to figure out the best play for you with the cards you have.
- Wooden bits! Since Andrew kickstarted the game, we got an upgrade to little blue fish (instead of little blue cubes) and it came with a yellow fishing vessel to denote start player that's also wooden. It's the small things that make me happy.
- Usually card based games are space themed (which is fine by me!) but it was refreshing to see a different theme. Plus I'm in love with Deadliest Catch so you know, it worked out.
The not so good:
- Despite this being a custom box for the game, not all of the cards fit. I think that's a bit odd and a bit disappointing.
Overall, this was a great two player game for the hubs and I. It has enough variability that you can't just hone in on a strategy and repeat. I think this would be a great game for families to play too, as it isn't super competitive and cut throat. Sure, you're competing, but you're not screwing anybody over because the cards have so many uses.