Game Review – Tokaido

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COVID has played spoiled sport to all your travel plans? How about I tell you a way in which you can travel through a beautiful town in Japan, explore various panoramas along your way as well as indulge in some shopping?

Sounds exciting, right?

Come onboard this journey with me through this picturesque board game called Tokaido.

The game consists of : 1 Game Board, 5 traveler piece, 5 Travel point markers, 5 player colour tokens, 50 Coins, 10 Traveler tile, 12 Hot spring card, 60 Panorama cards, 25 meal cards, 24 souvenir cards, 14 Encounter cards, 7 Achievement cards. 

Set up the board as shown in the picture below. There are a lot of elements in the game, once you know them, each play shall not take more than 20 minutes.

A Guide To The Photo Above

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  • A – score markers
  • B – Traveller Card
  • D – Coins To Begin With
  • E – Traveller
  • F – Temple Coins
  • 1 – Game Board
  • 2 – Bonus Points
  • 3 – Meal Cards
  • 4 – Souvenir Cards
  • 5 – Encounter Cards
  • 6 – Hot Spring Cards
  • 7 – Panaroma
  • 8 – Coins

To begin with, each player must be given a choice of 2 traveler tiles, drawn randomly. The player keeps one of them. Each traveler tile has a special power and it denotes the number of coins the player shall begin with. 

After choosing the card the player shall pick their colour- place it at the Inn (the staring place) as depicted in the picture above (E) and shall put their corresponding point marker at the top (A).

The game is now set-up and ready for play. The player during his course of journey till the last inn shall come across various stops such as :

 The Village – Where one can buy souvenirs and make a set of 4 souvenirs in order to get more points;

 The Temple – Where the player can donate upto 3 coins;

Encounter & Hot Springs – If you stop at the encounter or hot spring – Draw the top most card;

Panorama – There are three panoramas – Paddy, Mountain, Sea – Complete their sets to get the bonus card;

Farm – If you are out of coins stop at the farm and take 3 coins from the bank;

Inn – There are a total of 4 Inns in the game, one each at the start and end and remaining two it he middle of the game. All players must gather at the Inn for a meal and then move ahead. The first player at the Inn picks up meal cards (3) equivalent to the number of players playing the game. For example- if there are 3 players, 3 meal cards will be picked up. The first player shall buy one meal from those cards and then pass the cards to the 2nd player who will then pass it to the last player. The player who last entered the Inn shall now proceed ahead. A player shall continue their turn till the time they are the farthest from the Inn in comparison to the remaining players. 

The game though looks difficult to understand, is super fun to play with once all the elements are understood. 

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Game Review- Ticket to Ride Europe

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After Azul, Phase 10 and Splendor, today I will be introducing a game called, Ticket to Ride (TTR).

Ticket to Ride Europe, by Days of Wonder is a second instalment in the TTR series. From the craggy hillsides of Edinburgh to the sunlit docks of Constantinople, from the dusty alleys of Pamplona to a windswept station in Berlin, Ticket to Ride Europe takes you on an exciting train adventure through the great cities of turn-of-the-century Europe.

The game consists of 1 board map of Europe, coloured train cars, route cards, illustrative cards, 15 stations, score markers and a rulebook.

To being with, set up the board in such a way that it is visible to all the players. Pile a deck of route cards and coloured train cards- put up 5 cards from this pile face down. Players choose a color and receive a set of train cars, three stations of said color, a corresponding score marker, four train cards to form their starting hand and three route cards. The players have to keep a minimum of 2 route cards. That’s it, you are all set to start your journey. In a particular turn a player has the following options;

  1. Draw 2 train cards: The player can draw 1 from the deck and 1 from the face up pool of train cards, 2 from the deck, or 2 from the face up pool.  It’s important to note that if the player pick up a wild card from the pool, he will not be allowed to draw a second card.
  2. Draw 3 route cards: The player must keep at least one, he can also chose to keep all 3.
  3. Play cards to claim a route.  To place your trains between two cities, the player has to play the exact number of train cards from his hand of that color that connects the two cities. After this is done, move the scoring token up the appropriate amount on the scoring track. The cards used must be discarded.
  4. Build a Train Station.  The player may build a station in any city that does not yet have one.  The cost to build the first station is one train card, while the cost of building the second or third station requires two/three train cards of the same color, respectively.  These allow the player to use one (and only one) of the opponent’s routes to or from the city to assist in completing ticket cards.
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The game is completed when any one player is left with 3 or less train cars. The player which has the longest train route gets an additional 10 points, the scoring for the trains has been given in the pack of the game.

The game can be played by 2-5 players and each game would last for 30-60 minutes. What are you waiting for? Hop on this train journey by picking up your game from Boardgames Hub.

I hope you have enjoyed reading this article.

P.S. There is a small detail on the ferry route which has been purposely left out.

P.P.S TTR is also available in America and many other variants.

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Game Review – Splendor

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Hello after a long break, I hope you enjoyed reading about Azul and Phase 10. Today I’m introducing a new game to you, called Splendor.

Splendor is a card based board game which was launched in 2014, and can be played by 2-4 players. The game consists of 40 gem token, 90 development cards and 10 Nobel tiles.

Imagine yourself to be a gem merchant in this game, where your objective is to be the first player to reach 15 points. You can get points by collecting the cards placed on the table. The set up of the game is illustrated in the below picture.

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The number on the top left corner of the card denotes the points the particular card carries, usually the cards from the green row do not have any points, however they are cheaper to buy.

To begin with, a player can either pick up from the bank, 3 tokens of different colour or 2 tokens of the same colour (placed at the top in the picture). However, at no point in time you can have more than 10 tokens on you. Pick up tokens keeping in mind a card that you would like to buy, initially start buying cards from the cards placed in the green row.

Once you’ve bought the cards they are yours to keep, you do not have to return them to the bank, while you do have to return the tokens back while making a purchase. For example if I have already bought the first ruby card by giving 2 sapphire tokens and 1 emerald token to the bank and I now wish to buy the emerald card on the left of the last row I will only have to give 1 diamond token, sapphire token and onyx token, I will not need an additional ruby token.

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In one turn you can either pick up tokens, or buy a card. You cannot do both. Now coming to the Nobel tiles, these are the ones placed at the top. You need to have the number of cards stated there with you to be eligible for these tiles. For example, to buy the leftmost tile I will need to have with me 3 emerald cards, 3 sapphire cards and 3 ruby cards. If at the end of your turn, you become eligible for a Nobel tile, you pick it up. It does not count as a separate chance. Nobel tiles can only be picked up with cards and not tokens.

That’s all, you’re all set to play Splendor. I have left out a small detail in this article, i.e. the use of the gold tokens. Pick up your game today from Boardgames Hub and know this twist.

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Phase 10

Phase 10 is a card game.

I recently read an article in the Bombay Times saying the lockdown has seen a surge in the sale of board games. Big Bazaar reported a record sale of 20,000 Boardgames since the lockdown started. Honestly, I’m not surprised, just happy. Ever since I ventured into the world of board games I always knew it had massive potential, and I’m going to use this platform to spread that which brings me to the review of a famous card game called Phase 10. 

If you’ve grown up in a Gujarati household like me, you’ll relate to my card playing obsession. While the world at large is out there playing Poker we’ve made our peace with Black Queen, Mind Coat and the likes. So this game is going to intrigue you, if you’ve not played it already.

As the name goes, the game is played in 10 Phases and is a modified version of our very own Rummy. You’d be surprised to know that the game was created in 1982, but it became popular only post 2010. Once in the market, the game became Mattel’s most sold card game, only 2nd to UNO.

Phase 10 can be played between 2 to 6 players and an average game takes about 45 mins to 1 hour to wrap. It consists of cards between 1-12 with Skip and Wild cards. The game also comes with an instruction card which tells you the Phase you’re required to make to advance to the next one, as well as the scoring to be followed. The interesting part about this rather simple game is that you can modify the rules and play with different variants. Follow the phases in the sequence given or let the players chose their order after looking at their cards with the condition to eventually complete all 10. This makes the game dynamic and keeps the interest level intact even after multiple plays. If you wish to experiment a little, you could try playing the game with the below phases.

Phase 1: 3 of 1 colour + 1 set of 2 + 4 of one colour

Phase 2: 1 even or odd of 8

Phase 3: 1 set of 4 + 1 run of 4

Phase 4: 2 sets of 3 + 1 run of 3

Phase 5: 1 colour run of 4 plus 2 sets of 2

Phase 6: 1 colour even/odd of 7

Phase 7: 1 set of 4 + 1 run of 5

Phase 8: 1 set of 5 + 1 run of 3

Phase 9: 1 run of 8

Phase 10: 1 colour run of 6

This game is easily available for purchase through various online/offline modes. However, do stop by our Instragram page @Boardgames Hub for discounted rates or contact us on whatsapp directly.

If you liked this post, please also check our review on Azul if you haven’t done that already!

Boardgames Hub rating:

Game: 7.5/10

Difficulty level*: 1.5/10

 (* 1 being the easiest)

Azul

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Board games in India for most of us have been limited to Ludo, Snakes and Ladders, Monopoly, Scrabble and Life. However, there exists a huge selection of games across the world, a lot of which we’ve never heard of! Today, we’re going to review one of these for you- ‘Azul’

Michael Kiesling, a German board game designer created Azul. This game besides being easy and fun to play is also aesthetically very pleasing and very well designed. Besides many other accolades, 2018’s Best Family Game is the most prestigious one.

Azul can be played by 2-4 players. The components of the game include 100 tiles , 4 game boards, 9 factory displays, 4 scoring markers, 1 starting player mark and a linen drawstring bag. It is a tile placing game, where you work on your craft on the left side of the board and on completion of the round, move the qualifying tiles to the right. There are 5 different varieties of tiles to be filled into 5 rows. An average 4 player game can be finished in 30 – 45 minutes.  

The image below has 4 tiles placed on each factory outlet. The number of factory displays per game depend on the number of players playing the game. For 2 players 5 displays are used, for 3 players 7 and for 4 players 9. The starting player can pick the tile of his choice from any available displays, and put the remaining tiles in the center. The next player can either pick up a tile from another factory display or the center where remaining tiles are placed. However it is mandatory for each player to pick up all tiles of the same design from the center/factory display that they are picking from. 

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Looking at the next important component , the picture below illustrates a player’s board. Each player has his/her own board. As you can see, the board is divided into 4 parts; the top part with numbers is for score keeping, the bottom left side (working space) and the currently filled right side and the space below it is for extra tiles which results in negative scoring. The black component currently placed on the scoring part is the marker. 

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In order to move a tile from the left side to the right side you need to fill the gaps required in every row.

At a time, only one design tile can be placed in a single row. For example, if I want to place the red tile in the 3rd row I need to place 3 red tiles from the factory display in one round to be able to move the red tile on the right side. The game ends when a player completes any of the row on the right side.

Boargames Hub Ratings:

Game: 8/10

Difficulty level*: 4/10

(* With 1 being the easiest.)

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