This game is rated 3
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Posted: 8 weeks ago, last updated 6 weeks ago.
You play as an author, whose aim is to craft three morality tales using the themes of nature, energy and spirit. You bid to decide the order of play and then select cards from a shared Inspiration pile. The first part of a round plays out like a game of poker, as you choose to bid, raise or pass. Once the order is decided, the winner takes a card and adds it to one of their Story piles.
As you play, this bidding and selecting becomes more complex due to the Lore bidding tokens. As your supply of these dwindles you are forced to balance choosing the best cards with topping up your Lore tokens ready for future rounds. Once someone has ten cards in their story, the game ends and you count up your scores. You score points for collecting sets of three themes, adding cards to your stories that match your secret moral mission and for your least high scoring story. The winner is the player with most points.
What starts as a simple card collecting game, quickly becomes a balancing act of outbidding your opposition and not running too low on Lore tokens in case the perfect card appears. Like any auction you have to be tactical, thoughtful and avoid getting swept along by the bids of others, leaving yourself empty handed and unable to act.
The first time you play it's worth trying the following:
- Look at all the theme cards and make sure that you know which story they need to go in.
- Practise bidding against each other to ensure you all understand how this works.
Play Time: This game will take between half an hour and 50 minutes to complete.
8-10 year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players need to be able to balance their spending and not get drawn into a bidding war too early in the game. They also need to be able to balance the three ways of scoring points.
Content RatingWe rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.
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