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: Sharp minds and steady hands prevail as we outmanoeuvre our opponents in Flanx!
Next up: Brilliantly negotiate, or draw your sword to bring your kingdom glory in Game of Crowns.
And lastly: We heed the casting call to classic martial arts movie action in: Kung Fu Samurai on Giant Robot Island!
Designed by: Andreas Schleicher
Published by: Dionysos Games (2017)
Ages: 12 & up
Time: 1 – 5 minutes
Flanx is a card game for two players. Each player is given their own deck of cards; one player plays white, the other black. Both players attack and defend at the same time, by placing square cards with shapes and colors on them in an appropriate order. There are no turns, and the action’s simultaneous!
The most common route to victory is OUTFLANKING your opponent, which gives the game its name. But you can also win by building a line of your cards all the way out to the end of the table you’re using. That’s right, table size matters! A larger table can mean a longer, tenser game!
Game of Crowns
Designed by: Remo Conzadori
Published by: Alderac Entertainment Group (2015)
Players: 4 – 9
Ages: 14 & up
Run time: 45 min
In Game of Crowns, you take control of one of the nine noble houses, and start with a hand of 10 cards and 4 ravens. On your turn, you may either offer cards for exchange, or attack your rival houses directly!
When one player attacks another, ALL players must back the attacker OR defender. All non-attacker, non-defender players must offer a card . . . and may want to throw in a raven or two to sweeten the deal.
On your turn, you may also choose a peaceful exchange: simply put up the card you’re offering and see what your rivals are willing to pay for it.
In either case, it will take clever planning, skillful negotiation, and daring confrontations to gain dominance over your rivals. The player with the most VP in their hand after three rounds seizes the crown!
Kung Fu Samurai on Giant Robot Island
Designed by: Stephen Tassie
Published by: Z-Man Games (2003)
Players: 2 – 6
Ages: 13 & up
Time: 20 – 40 minutes
This is a card game. Each player is dealt a hand of cards. There are different kinds of cards: Characters, Creatures, Locations, Special Effects, and so on. You use your cards to make your own movie, but beware: your opponents’ Creatures can kill your Characters. The object of the game is to have the most points in your movie when the “Roll Credits” card is played (or the draw deck runs out). An interesting mechanic is that some characters have the “Kung Fu” trait, which allows them to knock other characters out — so they are not only unconscious for a round, they’re also out of the movie for that round.