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Luca is 10 years old and is Ben's daughter. She is an avid gamer and is excited about writing her own reviews.

Luca’s Gaming Corner: Dream Home

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Oct 312016
 

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Dream Home

Note: Asmodee supplied a copy of this game for this review.

Dream Home is published by Asmodee.  This house making game is for ages  7+ and takes about 30 minutes. 2-4 players can play. Dream Home is a game where you make a  home using different types of cards such as Room cards and Resource cards. You also use a score pad,reference tile, a game board, home boards, a starter token, and Decor tokens. The goal of this game is to have the most points by adding up all your room cards, roof cards and your decor cards.

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Set Up

The set up is pretty quick. Each player takes a home board and a reference tile from the box. The home board looks a big house looking board. Next, place the square shaped fame board in the center of your table/ game board. Shuffle all resource cards and place them face down on the matching space on the game board. Place 4 cards in a row next to the deck of cards. Skip the space that has a home picture. After that, do the same with the  room cards but put them below the resource cars and place 5 cards down. Place the decor tokens somewhere near the game board. The youngest player begins but really anyone you want can start. NOW YOU CAN BEGIN DESIGNING YOUR DREAM HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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How to play

This fun filled game may look very simple but really it takes a lot of thinking! The rules are pretty easy to learn.

This game has 12 short rounds. The youngest person starts the game with the first player token. Each round the player with the first player token goes and it proceeds clockwise. During a player’s turn they chose a card on the top row and takes he bottom one too. (One room card and one resource card) If they chose the card below the house picture, then they take the first player token. Put the card you took and put it on your house board. You cannot put a room card on the top floor if there is no card directly below that. On the very bottom of the board there is 2 card spaces, those are only meant for cards with the blueish green. Try to get the same card type next to each other to get more points. If you get a Decor card then take the matching decor token and place it where it says to.There are numbers on the cards and those mean if there are that many of those cards then you get the points on the cards. The card shape space is how many cards you can have of the same room. Try to get 4 of the same color roof cards.  If no one picks the card below the house then the person with the first player token goes first again. After everyone takes a turn then discard all the cards on the game board. Discard them in 2 different card piles. The resource cards go in one and the room cards go in another.When there are no more cards in the deck then the game is over.

Scoring

After finishing the 12th round then begin the scoring process. Add up your points on the score pad that comes with it. Don’t forget about the tool and helper cards, they may add something for you at the end of the game.You score for decor tokens, room cards, roof cards and home functionality. Most cards are scored for how many cards you have of the same type next to each other.The decor tokens have numbers on them and those are how many points you get. If you have different color roofs then you get 3 points and if you have 4 of the same colors then you get 8 points. And the person with the most points win!

Why you should play

You should play because it is so fun and you can learn it super fast. I like how the cards look because they have good artwork and some have kids on them. Also i like it because there is a way to break a tie. The person with the most kids win.

I give this game 8/10. Go buy this game, it is so worth it. It is a good family game for all ages. It takes a lot of a thinking for a kid game!

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Thank You For sending this game to me!

(A note from the editor: Luca is my 10 year old daughter. She’s been a gamer for just about her entire life and over the last few years has played a variety of non-family, non-kid games with me, my wife and friends. Some of her current favorites are the DC Deck Builder series, Isle of Skye, Love letter and a little game called Swamped. 

She’s been interested in writing game reviews for a while now and I’m slowly showing her the ropes here on Troll. I’ll edit her writing for format and spelling (as best I can) but I’ll leave her style to her.) 

About Luca

Luca is 10 years old and is Ben's daughter. She is an avid gamer and is excited about writing her own reviews.

Luca’s Gaming Corner – Jaipur

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Jul 112016
 

 

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Jaipur takes place in the desert, trading goods to other people. This fun game is age 12+ and takes around 30 minutes to play. Now, this game is unique because this is a 2 player game only. I think that is unique because most games can have more than 2 players. This game is made by Sébastien Pauchon and published by Asmodee.

Set Up

You start off by making a row with 3 camel cards and 2  goods cards. Then shuffle the deck. Deal out 5 cards to each player. Place the remaining cards next to the row. After all that, you want to put all the goods tokens from greatest to least, which means you should see the highest number on top. The last thing you do to set up, is to remove all the camels from your hand and put it out in front of you. If you don’t have any camels then you do nothing.

How to Play

The first player gets to chose if they want sell goods, which means they can trade cards in for tokens which are worth points at the end of the game or you can buy cards (goods) to save up to eventually sell goods. When you sell goods you make a discard pile and take the top tokens. The second player does the same thing by selling goods or buying goods. If you sell 3,4, or 5 cards (goods) then you get an extra bonus token. Those are worth extra points at the end of the round. The Camel Token is earned by the person with the most camels at the end of the round.  The end of the round is over when there are 3 piles of goods tokens gone. Add up all the points and the one with the most points in tokens gets a Seal of Excellence. Once you play 2 more rounds whoever has the most Seals of Excellence win.

Rating

I give this game a 9/10. This game is amazing. I do wish you could somehow trade cards (goods) with each other. But over all I love this game. I play this game a lot with my dad(even though he beats me every time).

 

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(A note from the editor: Luca is my 10 year old daughter. She’s been a gamer for just about her entire life and over the last few years has played a variety of non-family, non-kid games with me, my wife and friends. Some of her current favorites are the DC Deck Builder series, Isle of Skye, Love letter and a little game called Swamped. 

She’s been interested in writing game reviews for a while now and I’m slowly showing her the ropes here on Troll. I’ll edit her writing for format and spelling (as best I can) but I’ll leave her style to her.) 

 

 

About Luca

Luca is 10 years old and is Ben's daughter. She is an avid gamer and is excited about writing her own reviews.

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Luca’s Gaming Corner: Scythe First Look

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Jul 072016
 

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I just opened a game named Scythe! I was so surprised at how heavy it is and how much was in the box. There are over 50 game pieces!

Scythe | 1-5 players | ~2 hours play time.

All of the game pieces and the boards are super cool but my favorite part of the game is the Achievement Sheet.

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I think this is the best piece because it is so smart to write down all of the wins and the first time something happens. I also love the resources because they look so realistic. Overall this game seems like a blast and I can’t wait to play it!

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(A note from the editor: Luca is my 10 year old daughter. She’s been a gamer for just about her entire life and over the last few years has played a variety of non-family, non-kid games with me, my wife and friends. Some of her current favorites are the DC Deck Builder series, Isle of Skye, Love letter and a little game called Swamped. 

She’s been interested in writing game reviews for a while now and I’m slowly showing her the ropes here on Troll. I’ll edit her writing for format and spelling (as best I can) but I’ll leave her style to her. Luca also chooses which games she reviews.)

 

About Luca

Luca is 10 years old and is Ben's daughter. She is an avid gamer and is excited about writing her own reviews.

Luca’s Gaming Corner: Ninja – Silent but Deadly

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Jun 062016
 

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Ninja is a amazing game. You will love this game if you love hiding stuff.

Ninja is recommended 6+ but anyone can play. Just make sure little ones don’t eat the cards. Up to 10 players can play. Ninja was made by Ben Gerber and published by Button Shy Games.

This game is very long. Why? Because you hide a card and it may take a while for the other person to find it. There are many ways to play Ninja.

How to play

You get a wallet that says Ninja on it. Take a card and do what it says. If you grab one with a number you can just hide it anywhere. Wait until the other player finds it and that person will have to guess who hid it and then hide it back on them. Repeat until you want to end the game. No one wins!

Rating

I give this game a 9/10. One thing, I wish there is a way where you can play and not wait a while until the other player finds it. I definitely recommend this game to everyone!

(A note from the editor: Luca is my 10 year old daughter. She’s been a gamer for just about her entire life and over the last few years has played a variety of non-family, non-kid games with me, my wife and friends. Some of her current favorites are the DC Deck Builder series, Isle of Skye, Love letter and a little game called Swamped. 

She’s been interested in writing game reviews for a while now and I’m slowly showing her the ropes here on Troll. I’ll edit her writing for format and spelling (as best I can) but I’ll leave her style to her. Luca also chooses which games she reviews.)

About Luca

Luca is 10 years old and is Ben's daughter. She is an avid gamer and is excited about writing her own reviews.

 Posted by on June 6, 2016  Tagged with:

Luca’s Gaming Corner: Love Letter

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Jun 012016
 

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Love Letter

AEG – 2-4 players, 5-10 minutes, ages 8+

This game is a easy and short game. 2 – 4 players can play. It takes about 15 minutes and the age recommended is 8+. This game is good for on the go or just wanting to do something. A.E.G. published the game.

How to play

This game is super easy to learn. Each player gets one card. The first player draw draws a card and picks a card to play. For example, Soldier, you have to guess a non soldier card and if you get it right you get a cube. If you want to play that then play it. Go around in a circle and first player to get 3 cubes win.

Rating

I give this game a 7/10 I like it but I wish they had more ways to play Love Letter?

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(A note from the editor: Luca is my 10 year old daughter. She’s been a gamer for just about her entire life and over the last few years has played a variety of non-family, non-kid games with me, my wife and friends. Some of her current favorites are the DC Deck Builder series, Isle of Skye, Love letter and a little game called Swamped. 

She’s been interested in writing game reviews for a while now and I’m slowly showing her the ropes here on Troll. I’ll edit her writing for format and spelling (as best I can) but I’ll leave her style to her.)

About Luca

Luca is 10 years old and is Ben's daughter. She is an avid gamer and is excited about writing her own reviews.

 Posted by on June 1, 2016

Luca’s Gaming Corner: Isle of Skye

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May 292016
 

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(A note from the editor: Luca is my 10 year old daughter. She’s been a gamer for just about her entire life and over the last few years has played a variety of non-family, non-kid games with me, my wife and friends. Some of her current favorites are the DC Deck Builder series, Isle of Skye, Love letter and a little game called Swamped. 

She’s been interested in writing game reviews for a while now and I’m slowly showing her the ropes here on Troll. I’ll edit her writing for format and spelling (as best I can) but I’ll leave her style to her.)

Isle of Skye

This game is a super fun game. It takes around 30-60 minutes to play and is made for 2 – 5 players. The age recommended is 8+ but you can play at pretty much any age. But not 3,4,5 years olds (obviously).

How to play

You may think this game is hard but once you play a couple of times and get the hang of it then this game won’t be hard at all. The main objective is to beat your opponents on the score board. How you do that is you have to do what each window says to do.

Now, here is how to play. You start off with five one dollar coins. Then you pull three tile out of the cloth bag you lay them out in front of your player card. Your opponents do the same thing. Whoever has the go first token goes first (the guy with the bagpipe). What you do is put the axe behind the tile you don’t want and put coins behind each tile. It should look like only the other player(s) can see only the tiles because the player screen standing up should block the coins and axe.

But remember you should save some coins so you can spend then on the other player(s) tiles. Once everyone is done and they did the same thing you did by placing the money behind each tile and the axe, then at the same time all of you lift up your screen and the person with the go first token goes first.

He or she looks at all of the other tiles and the first player picks one but must have enough money. Once you pay the player and you bought the tile from the player, the player does not get to use that money until his next turn. Once everyone is done you get to keep the tiles no one bought but you do lose the money from it. Oh and whatever player you are you should have one castle matching it as your start tile. Flip it so you don’t see the castle.

Time to place. Place all the tile so roads match with roads, mountains match with mountains, water match with water and well, yeah get the point. Now for scoring. You get points for doing what the window says. If you get barrels put them connecting to your castle. Once you are done scoring you get money you get five cents plus extra if you have barrels. Now repeat everything and you know how to play.

At the end of game you get one point for every five dollars. If you have any tile with a number and a idem then you do what it raids to do. The winner is the one who has the not points.

Rating

I give this game a 8/10. I love this game and I play it a lot with my dad. There is nothing bad about it. I definitely recommend getting this game. ?

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About Luca

Luca is 10 years old and is Ben's daughter. She is an avid gamer and is excited about writing her own reviews.

 Posted by on May 29, 2016