Ultra Tiny Epic Kingdoms
Finally got this set up and played for about…I don’t know, a third of a game? Three players, 45 minutes, pure learning thing.
It’s pretty good, don’t know that it’s great. Each player draws a random fantasy race (orc, lizardmen, dark elves, etc.), and a second card from the same draw for their home territory, which is a map on the backside broken up into regions. The individual maps make up the entirety of the game world. So then you go round-robin choosing from a menu of actions, which everyone can do or they can gather resources based on where their army cubes are sitting on the map cards. Game lasts until someone has maxed out their race’s special abilities, or built the largest tower, or their last army cube. Then you add up victory points for…stuff.
There’s lots of variety in the faction cards, and that’s nice. And there’s some good PvP action without too much beatdown (there’s no player elimination and not a lot of direct rewards for combat). I mean, jeez: there’s a lot of game packed into the space of a playing card deck. So it’s great for travel or a dorm room or whatever. But having not played through to the end, I’m not sure the game is great so much as…pretty good, considering.
If it’s anything like later games in the Tiny Epic line, it’s probably grindy-thinky and prone to AP, which cracks me up because the whole production is like 20 cards and a handful of cubes.