2 - 4 Players
Sovereign’s Chain — a strategic, cutthroat card game — is so named due to the class cards played in front of players that form chains. You can play cards onto your own chain or those of your opponents. While most cards are played face up, which activates their abilities, some can be played face down to be activated later. Class cards come in two suits — stars and planets — and to win, you must have the highest difference in points between these two suits when someone’s chain reaches seven cards. To add a wrinkle to the game, a small deck of event cards is included, with unique effects that change the game completely.
2 Players, 3 Players, 4 Players
Robert J. Hudecek
tl;dr: a bit chaotic This game ends when one player has a certain amount of cards in their chain. Every card does a bunch of stuff, so very turn is very dynamic. You can also play cards in other player's chain to screw with their plans. The aim is to have the biggest value difference between cards from two different suits when the game ends. With all the card effects and players playing cards in different places, there is only place for tactical moves and very little strategy is possible. Luckily the game is very short. But still, this is a bit too much chaos for my liking. It's not Munchkin by any means, but a lot of stuff happens. Initial rating: 5/10 BGG scale: 4/10
Full review: https://playerelimination.com/2019/09/09/a-review-of-sovereigns-chain-the-next-fantasy-realms/ ------------------------------------------ Fantastic. A tableau builder that's going to fly under the radar. You can play to your tableau (chain) or another player's, effectively resulting in a good degree of player interaction and strong strategic and tactical play. It is volatile and the swingy events can force some tough decisions, but that's part of the charm as it includes a baked-in drama. Multiple plays have resulted in outcomes and strategies not following a specific pattern, which is great to see.
It’s snappy and chaotic, and each game feels different thanks to the events and card draw. A little card game that feels like there are some clever tricks to explore and has that “one more round” kind of feel. Full review here: https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/2325319/cosmic-jellybean-jar