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Power Grid - Board Game
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Legends of Andor is a Fantasy themed and story driven game that uses a sequence of rounds with timed events. In this game, the players assume the roles of classical medieval fantasy archetypes such as the warrior, the wizard, and the thief. Players choose a mission, here called a "Legend", and try to accomplish its main objectives within a certain number of rounds. The players take turns spending "hours" of the "day" as an action point system. At the end of a "day" the heroes advance in the mission and new cards that add new elements to the game are revealed.

As mentioned, what shines in the game is the story driven aspect. This is implemented by means of a number of cards that comprise the "Legend" and are revealed at the end of a "day" or when a monster is killed. New characters (monsters or allies) are added and new goals are established as the cards come into play.

The game is a big puzzle. Since you are pushed forward (towards the limit of turns in the Legend) as you kill monsters, you have to pace yourself. Sometimes it is better to let a monster invade the castle (typically, one of the ways to lose the Legend) in order to avoid advancing too much in the round tracker. In this sense, it reminds me a lot of pandemic where you have to balance all the lose conditions (outbreaks, running out of cards or cubes) in order to squeak a victory at the end.

The artwork in the game is very good (no surprise since the designer is also an artist) and the components are of very good quality (including lots of small dice and standees). Miniatures are always better than standees but it would increase the price too much. And that is another positive aspect of Legends of Andor: for what you get, this is a good value game.

I love co-ops, specially the hard ones and this one is VERY hard. Other than the tutorial "Legend", I've never beat it...

In the end, Legends of Andor is a very solid game and will remain in my collection until I beat all the Legends :)

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Camel Up - Board Game
Camel Up is a camel racing (?) game where the players basically bet on the camels to win the legs and the winner and loser of the entire race. This is a very simple family game which was the Spiel des Jahres winner of 2014.

In Camel Up, each in his turn chooses one of four actions: (i) bet on the winner of the leg, (ii) bet on the winner or loser of the entire race (which is only one lap), (iii) place a desert/oasis tile or (iv) rolls the camel movement dice in order to make the race flow (chucking them out of a small cardboard pyramid). The players bet during the legs and the leg ends after every camel has its die rolled (which makes the camel move 1, 2 or 3 spots) and every bet is paid up (in egyptian pounds). When the first camel crosses the finish line, the last leg is paid and all players counts the money, the one with the most of it, wins.

First of all, it is very clear how simple this game is based on the players' actions. This is the kind of game that you can teach in 5-10 minutes. The only two more complicated (and I use the term losely) rules are the camel movement and the desert/oasis tile effects.

The most different mechanic in this game is the camel movement: whan a camel lands on a spot where there is another camel, the first camel hops ON this camel creating a stack of camels (just like in real life ;) ). This kind of movement can result on a stack of several camels (or all of them) and for all intents and purposes the camel on the top is ahead and the camel on the bottom is behind. Also, when on of the camels in the stack gets to move, it takes along all camels ABOVE it. This mechanic alone creates a very unpredictable race and is very common that the last camel at the beginning of a leg ends up ahead at the end of it. This really affects the chances on the betting and minimizes a situation of clear winner/loser camel at the beginning of the game.

The desert/oasis tile serves as a +1 movement boost or a -1 setback. This is the most tactical portion of the game (and is a very light one at that). The players can place these tiles during a leg (at the end of it, they go back to their hands) in order to create a more chaotic movement whith the camels. Also, when a camels lands on a tile, the owner of that tile is paid 1 egyptian pound.

I realize that at first sight, this game may seem very light and random. However, the combination of camel movement and desert tiles gives it a fairly decent amount of strategy. It is not uncommon to find yourself in a stand up dice moment and the fact that a last place camel can easily end up ahead of the pack makes it an exciting family game. The components are very well done and although the pyramid for the dice can be clunky sometimes, one has to admit that is very original and a nice looking component.

In the end, Camel Up is a good game that will draw the attention of light gamers that are looking for a exciting betting game. The fact that there is always a chance of your camel end up ahead is very entertaining.
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Ticket to Ride - Board Game
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Ticket to Ride: Europe - Board Game
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7 Wonders - Board Game
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Saboteur - Card Game
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Puerto Rico - Board Game
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Catan - Board Game
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Carcassonne - Board Game
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Forbidden Island - Board Game
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Zombie Dice - Board Game
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Nosferatu - Board Game
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Hanabi - Board Game
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Bang! - Card Game
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Munchkin - Card Game
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Race for the Galaxy - Board Game
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Citadels - Board Game
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Smash Up Game (2012)
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