I didn’t have a lot of juice for RPG improv tonight so we gave Minerva a spin.
It’s very nice! Elegant tile layer game from the guy who did Trains, I guess. Never played that but that’s the reason I backed this.
It’s pretty tightly designed and not at all difficult, but like many games in this space it’s grindy and…hmm…not dramatic?
I was thinking about that amazing feeling you get from some games where the mechanisms suddenly click and some enormous, exciting new idea gets revealed. Multiple card combos in Dominion, say, or a string of tech tree upgrades in Forbidden Stars, whatever. I love it when games do that. Minerva didn’t seem to on first play, but it’s still quite nice.
Then again, winner Jonathan Perrine blew us out of the water. By lots. Kind of embarrassing. Maybe he saw the OMG combos and big reveals.