Tiny Epic Galaxies
Amusing little game that way way overstays its welcome with five players, all of whom are deeply analytical, serious competitors. I thought this would be the warm-up before we played something more serious, but alas it was nearly 3 hours for something that’s supposed to last more like 30 minutes.
Basically it goes like this: you start with a small pool of dice, custom dealies with art on all the faces. You assemble your turn out of the die rolls, maximizing your turn but manipulating the order of your actions. There are some neat little economies at work that let you reroll or follow what someone else does on their turn. You’re either improving your “galaxy” our you’re trying to colonize new worlds. End game is triggered when someone earns a particular value, and then everyone checks to see if they fulfilled their secret goal. Very tight, very tidy.
I got to play this at RinCon last October with two other players and really enjoyed it. Honestly it’s probably an excellent 3-4p game. Small, cheap, very clever.