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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Before even mentioning aspects of the game itself, I must mention the incredible historical aspect of Boxcars. When a stray ping pong ball stuck in a shelf in Uncle Bob’s garage, two board-game-loving, inquisitive brothers asked their long-time family friend, Uncle Bob, what the large United States map was with pencil markings all over it. It was a prototype of a Pirate & Traveler/Monopoly hybrid board game with a railroad twist.
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