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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 roll n’ write in this homage to great board games in … Rolling Realms
Next:  We blast off to earth orbit … to the moon … and to Mars in … Rocketmen
Lastly: We battle it out between the world’s most infamous crime syndicates in … The Family

Rolling Realms

Designed by: Jamey Stegmaier
Published by: Stonemaier Games (2021)
Players: 1 – 6
Ages: 8 & up
Playing time: 30 min

In Rolling Realms, players compete to earn the most stars in a series of minigames over 3 rounds. 

This is a roll-and-write game, meaning that players will write on the game components using dry-erase markers.

Each turn, one player rolls a pair of 6 sided dice. All players use the dice results on their realm cards to generate resources and earn stars. After 3 rounds, the player with the most stars becomes the Top Star of the Realm!

Rocketmen

Designed by: Martin Wallace
Published by: Phalanx Games (2021)
Players: 1 – 4
Ages: 14 & up
Playing time: 30 – 90 minutes

Rocketman is a deck-building card game, where the goal is to become the world’s most successful spaceflight company. You will achieve this by successfully launching rockets into earth orbit, into an orbit around the moon, and the ultimate prize – the red planet Mars. 

The cards are multifunctional: they act as currency, or resources – sometimes both simultaneously.  Most cards can also be used as mission goals, and many cards can be used as special actions.

Use your starter deck to purchase new cards from a group of face up community cards. Build your deck. 

Once you have your mission in place with the correct minimum quantity of components – and you’ve met the rocket thrust prerequisite – you can then launch your mission.  

Once the mission is launched, draw cards from a special deck and add those components to the flight path. Hopefully, these special cards add enough OOMF to get your craft to its destination.

The game end triggers in various ways, so add up the mission points, don’t forget to count your personal goal bonus points, and the winner gets a ticker-tape parade in the canyon of heroes!

The Family

Designed by: Tom Kent
Published by: Mayfly Games (KS in 2022)
Players: 2 – 4
Ages: 14 & up
Playing time: 10 – 30 minutes

The Family is a card game, where you are a crime boss, the leader of an infamous syndicate, and you are looking to take out the competition.

On your turn, draw a card or several cards based on the number of your gang members that are in play at one of the eight community location cards.  

Each gang has a home base, so it is best for you to maintain control of your base if you can.

If you want to take over a rival’s base or any other location, just move your gang members to that spot and have more than your opponent. Send their members to the hospital and claim the territory.

Each card drawn is a resource (a gang member) or an action … just read the card and follow the instructions.

The winner is the last gang standing, which reinforces the ages old edict … crime does pay!

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