World’s Fair 1893
35m - 45m
2 - 4 Players
Card drafting games are games in which players pick cards from a limited subset, such as a common pool, to gain some advantage (immediate or longterm) or to assemble hands of cards that are used to meet objectives within the game.
Decent set collection/cashing in game that's quick and light. Decisions are usually not terribly difficult regarding where to place your workers on the board and for that it suffers for me. Good for families, however. Also, cards have some historical flair which I always appreciate.
Looks like not much but outperforms itself. Simple mechanic with a complexity of interactive choices. Rich theme and content; very evocative of the time period. Excellent components.
I really like the theme, not a lot of games that have this. I also like the tension of trying to fight area majority battles in 5 places. Its also clever that in tieing you are also sharing in a reduced benefit. The supporter cards are where its at, there is a lot of strategy in choosing those at the right time to aid in helping win those majorities. The ticket cards progress you through the game but also serve as another scoring mechanism. All of these areas score so you really need to focus on as much of it as you can, but not to much as you will spread yourself too thin and end up losing everywhere. That delicate balance is what makes this light game have quite a bit of strategy. Then to top it off on the end you see how many complete sets you can make for a final scoring bonus. You really have to try at least as many sets as your opponents or that final scoring will really take you out. I don't know if I like that or not because on one hand it makes you focus on winning everywhere as much as you can, but on the other hand when the final scoring trumps what you did throughout the game then it really invalidates some of those other strategies. For the time being at least, we found this quite enjoyable for its weight class.