Diatoms. We all know what they are, right? Yeah, of course we do, but just in case anyone doesn’t, let me explain.
Akropolis would be tricky enough if was just a case of planning your own city because there are a buttload of decisions to make with every single tile choice and every single tile placement.
Kamisado finds a happy medium between the two extremes. It’s a game I can teach to anyone in a minute and have them enjoy, but the depth of the strategy continues to emerge long after your fiftieth game.
When pictures of the box art for Cryptid: Urban Legends began surfacing, it’s fair to say I was a teeny bit excited. More Cryptid? Be still my beating heart!
The premise of this abstract game is simple. You play the roles of deckchair attendants aboard the infamous ship, and your goal is to appease the First Class passengers who want prime deck space for their deckchairs.
Big chunky pieces of wood and plastic clacking together, no complicated rules, and an innate human fascination with playing with things. Abstracts are great. Mandala Stones is the latest such game from Board&Dice, and it’s a beautiful boxful of pink, yellow, blue and purple discs.