Have you ever yearned for way to make world domination and…slaughter fun? Look no further than Days of Wonder’s Small World!
THEME: Civilization, Fantasy, Magic, Monsters, War
PUBLISHER: Days of Wonder
DESIGNER(S): Philippe Kevaerts
COST: $50 on average
OFFICIAL WEBSITE: Small World
I absolutely love this game. I first played it at the 2014 New Orleans Comic Con. They had this amazing game library set-up. Small World had been on my “to-play” list for a long time. When I saw it on the shelves, I practically begged my husband to play it with me. We enjoyed it so much, we bought it at the Con.
The game comes with “different” boards that differ slightly based on the number of players you have in your game. Above is the two-player board. You play ten rounds kept track on the bottom left corner of the board with a little crown that travels along the track. Each round you use your race and it’s special power to claim plots of land as well as kill the inhabitants that stand in your way (a.k.a.-your opponents). At the end of each turn, you ad up all the land you have and any bonuses and get coins you keep face down. Once the crown makes it to the 10 on the track, each player adds up all their coins’ values; the player with the most points/money wins!
Your are constantly changing the race you will play as the game progresses. Also, each race will have a special power. All of this is randomly decided by the shuffle of the two stacks, which makes for amazing replay value! There are so many special things that a race can do on its own, not to mention the addition of the special power, that I can’t go into it all here. Luckily, the game comes with cheat sheets for each player to have that gives the basic definition of each race and power. The rule book goes more in depth, in case you want to know more before you pick your set.
The numbers on the two decks determine how many of that race you have to use in your quest of land-grabbing. The game comes with this awesome and handy tray to hold all the little pieces. Speaking of this neat tray that makes it super easy to find all these little pieces and keep them together, I want to gush a bit about the box for Small World.
LOOK AT THIS BOX! It is the MOST BEAUTIFUL organization for board game with a lot of little parts I have ever seen! Oh how I wish the folks over at Fantasy Flight, who love their little pieces, would take a page out Days of Wonder’s playbook here. Not only does the game come like this, but they even give you a diagram in the rule book to show where everything goes!
The game is pretty easy to get the hang of, but I only gave it three stars for “Easy to Learn” because it is confusing at times trying to figure out the races and special powers. And there are other elements that you may never play for the first 5 times you play that will pop up the 6th time. Still, this game is one that is different every time you play and I love that about it.
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