I love strategy games, and I love card games. Rio Grande’s Renaissance Man is a masterful mix of both. The goal is to create a “master.” In order to do so, you must stack 14 supporting workers (from level one of 5, level two of 4, and so on) underneath the final, game-winning master placed at the top of the pyramid. Sounds easy? Not quite. In order to stack a worker, you practically need to align the stars.
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We’ve been huge fans of the original Camel Up game for a long time, tagging it as having caused some of the greatest “Yes!!” fist pumps as well as the most dejected “Nooooo!!” groans of any game we’ve played. It keeps emotions and attention taut as any player’s turn can bring fortune or ruin. Well now we have it’s artistic, flexible, and super fun expansion: Supercup.
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I couldn’t put it better. Z-Man’s English version of Helios was released last year and is a ton of fun! It’s one of those with plenty of paths to victory; as I count it, there are five primary methods of point accumulation with several combinations and variations (e.g., remaining materials cubes are normally not worth any points, but having the activated Treasurer character grants one point for each remaining cube).
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Taking place in the beautiful city of Venice, you are a glassblower by trade and are trying to make it big in the local industry. Attract customers to your shops, construct glassblowing factories, ride gondolas around the islands, build beautiful palaces, pave cobblestone streets; you do it all in this game! Choose one or a combination of several strategies to gain the most power, prestige, and wealth as a Venetian glassblower.
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