Welcome to Which Game First where we boldly explore the hilariously huge world of board games. Did we unearth any hidden treasures you’ve been missing out on? Let’s find out!
First up, we steep a little peppermint ceylon and sencha to brew our way to victory in Prosperitea.
Next up, we plan for our retirement but competition on the high seas be harder than we thought in Libertalia.
And lastly, we launch our Vipers and approach the Cylon Raider very carefully in Battlestar Galactica.
Designed by: Al Gonzalez III
Published by: Mentha Designs (Coming to Kicktarter in 2021)
Players: 3 – 6
Ages: 12 + up
Playing time: 20 – 45 min
In Prosperitea, you are the proprietor of a small artisanal tea shop in a local neighborhood.
Each player starts by purchasing ingredients. There are 9 blends available in the market. Purchase the ingredients you need to produce the blends your customers desire.
If you own an ingredient that your competitor needs, your competitor can offer you a “favor” for that perfect ingredient. The favor is a wild token, which can be substituted for any ingredient in a blend.
Once completed, each blend can then be either sold for money, or kept in your shop window for prestige (victory points.)
The game ends when one of the two piles of tea cards is exhausted, triggering the final round. The most prestige points wins.
Like all artisans, you pride yourself on your craftsmanship and strive to be the most prestigious shop in town, for which you would not even trade for all the tea in China.
Designed by: Paolo Mori
Published by: Marabunta (2012)
Players: 2 – 6
Ages: 14 & up
Playing time: 40 – 60 min
Libertalia is a card game, in which your goal is to collect the most loot, while at the same time, prevent the other pirates from doing the same.
The cards are your crew members, and everyone starts the game with the same crew. In fact, during the opening round, everyone starts with the same crew members in their hand.
Each player plays 1 card from their hand. The actions and results are then resolved. Some crew members collect booty. Other crew members thwart their opponents from taking booty. There are 30 different crew members, each with a unique number and set of actions.
After the first round is played, a second round commences with a random assortment of crew members from each player’s deck. No longer can players rely on knowing exactly what their opponents have in their hand.
The game is played over three rounds.
Can you take advantage of the powers of your characters at the right time? Will you be outdone by a pirate smarter than you? We shall soon find out as we weigh anchor and fly every sheet and tackle!
Designed by: (Uncredited)
Published by: Parker Brothers (1978)
Players: 2 – 4
Ages: 7 – 14
In Battlestar Galactica, players are Colonial Viper pilots assigned to capture a disabled Cylon Raider and tow it to the Battlestar Galactica.
It is a race against your opponents to capture the raider, and a battle against your opponents to hold on to the raide as you try to bring it to your loading bay.
Players are assigned a 9 card deck of Command Cards, two of which are face up in the ready position. They consist of Laser Torpedos and Force Fields to use against your opponents, and Turbo Thrust cards to give you extra moves.
But players also have 3 evasive action cards, which can stop force fields and deflect laser torpedos.
Black Holes can warp you across the board to different quadrants.
The player to successfully capture the Cylon Raider and bring it home to the Battlestar Galactica is the winner!