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: We deal the cards in search of a meat-free jackpot in Las Vegan
Next: We build the finest collections of artwork for the world to admire in Art Decko
Lastly: We’re thieves under cover of darkness attempt daring heists in Sticky Fingers
Designed by: Baptiste Laurent, Corentin Lebrat, Ludovic Maublanc
Published by: KYF Edition (2022)
Players: 2 – 5
Ages: 10 & up
Playing time: 30 min
Las Vegan is a trick taking card game in which you try to preserve your precious cabbages! The goal is to manage your hand of cards correctly to lose your coins as slowly as possible.
Cards in 4 colors numbered from 0 to 9 are dealt to the players. The first player lays down any card from his hand. The other players have to play cards of the same color if they have them, the highest value wins the deal. If they don’t have the color, they can discard a card of another color or play a 0 from another color to win the deal. When all the cards have been played, the round is over and it’s time to score.
Certain coin and card combinations will score points and a chance to spin the wheel to earn more coins.
The game ends at the end of the 4th round or when a player has lost all his coins. The one with the most coins wins the game. Viva Las Vegan!
Designed by: Ta-Te Wu
Published by: Rio Grande Games (2021)
Players: 2 – 4
Ages: 10 & up
Playing time: 45 – 60 Min
Art Decko, is a deck building game in which players are art dealers, collecting the most valuable painting cards. The cards — gold and paintings — both count as currencies in the game. Your long-term goal is to manipulate the market value of certain styles of artwork, while also earning points by placing paintings in the museum.
The starter deck is 10 cards, 5 of them are paintings and 5 are gold. Some cards have special abilities. Draw a hand of 5 cards. Place paintings cards in the community galleries, and place gold cards in the bank.
Cards can be used as currency to buy artwork, which will help with the market rating of that style of painting. Cards can also be used to pay for exhibition costs.
Discard unused cards, then fill up your hand for the next round.
There are several ways to trigger the end of the game, when all the final values of the various types of art get locked in, including the value of gold. Combine those with any other random bonus VP’s and declare the winner the greatest art dealer since that guy who sent the artwork through a shredder while on display in a gallery.
Sticky Fingers (Langfinger)
Designed by: Christian Fiore, Knut Happel
Published by: Pegasus Spiele (2009)
Players: 2 – 5
Ages: 8 & up
Playing time: 20 – 30 min
Sticky Fingers is a worker placement game in which the players are thieves, skulking around under the cover of darkness, stealing valuable goods, and then selling them to unsavory characters at the docks of the harbor.
Each player has three scoundrel tokens -these are your workers. One at a time, a worker is placed at one of 5 locations:
1 – City: Receive Tool cards required for the break-ins
2 – Villa: Receive Loot cards if you meet the tool requirements
3 – Ruin: Swap Tool cards from your hand with the draw pile.
4 – Museum: Receive Loot cards if you meet the tool requirements
5 – Harbor: Sell loot to the fence to gain gold (victory points)
Each of the 5 areas resolves in order, (first any city tokens, lastly any harbor tokens) First come, first serve.
The first player to earn 20+ gold wins.