Shaolia: Standard Edition (Kickstarter)
30m - 60m
2 - 4 Players
Dice rolling in a game can be used for many things, randomness being the most obvious. Dice can also be used as counters. The dice themselves can be unique and different sizes, shapes and colors to represent different things.
This mechanism requires players to select individual actions from a set of actions available to all players. Players generally select actions one-at-a-time and in turn order. There is usually(*) a limit on the number of times a single action may be taken. Actions are commonly selected by the placement of game pieces or tokens on the selected actions. Each player usually has a limited number of pieces with which to participate in the process.
Played two games back-to-back, with the first one being a learning game. The last game one player snowballed being the attacker, which wasn't fun for anyone. Will have to play (a bit) more to see if this was an outlier. But I fear it's inherent with the game. Feels like a combination of Imperial Settlers and Machi Koro. And Imperial Settlers had the same problem, once a player is at a disadvantage...
The pacing the strategy the gameplay the accessibility. This game has it all. I’m a balanced gamer who plays light to heavy games and Shaolia is a straight up win. A must own for me.
prototype pnp judgement art looks great built and learned, seems good so far. hard to define what the pnp files are missing, I think at least the expansion and some trade ships Seems like it's not as deep as I hoped. Not rly a negative, I think I just go for slower strategies and I got killed. Id say this is a more thematic or dueling in your face 'dice city'. --this could also be due to it being the prototype--- Easy to learn, explain, and get playing. rulebook is large for what the game is but I can't rly say I'd want it smaller as it looks great. comes out to be just a little too much luck for me. It seems like some tiles are just a bit too good when your drawing what you are hoping for. Fun, looks good, but luck heavy