Mayfair MFG3509 Isle of Skye From Chieftain to King Board Game

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Mayfair MFG3509 Isle of Skye From Chieftain to King Board Game

Mayfair MFG3509 Isle of Skye From Chieftain to King Board Game

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Isle of Skye is a game that takes the tile laying and terrain matching aspects of Carcasonne and fuses it with a clever auction system to create an elegant, relaxed and and fun little number for two to five players. Each player assumes the role of a clan chieftain with the goal to expand their realm and starts with a castle, shield, a scoring token, and an income of 5 gold coins. In the tile-laying game Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King, 2-5 players are chieftains of famous clans and want to build their little kingdoms to score as many points as possible — but in each game only four of the sixteen scoring cards will be scored. First, players collect money for their castle tile and any whiskey barrels connected to the castle by roads.

Although Isle of Skye is only superficially similar to Carcassonne it does fill that gap perfectly of an easy to teach, low downtime, tile laying game. Isle of Skye is in other words, a perfect Spiel des Jahres winner and with the benefit of hindsight it’s the only possible candidate for 2016 that could have won. If you have a tile that would be too valuable in another player’s island then you can simply discard it. A short trading round then occurs – any money you did not bid is available to you to bid on the other tiles you see. Each tile will display some of these in various configurations but also may have buildings, animals or other decorations that have point scoring potential.In the end, the player with the best kingdom, not the richest player, becomes the sovereign of the island.

some tiles are worth more than others and what's important varies game to game - indeed it changes throughout the game. an additional element of complication is added because you don't simply get the tiles you draw from the bag. Not only are you randomly selecting four scoring titles from 18 every time you play, but how the tiles combine together makes a big difference. You are rated by a different combination of the tiles in every turn though so their immediate and long term value will shift as the game progresses and as your island takes form. It’s simply not a big deal in those games for a player to try the tile in several locations before choosing.

Where Isle of Skye shines, though, is in the way it combines these familiar elements into a compelling yet accessible package that appeals to novice and experienced players alike. They’ll become smash-hits – in an industry where 5,000 sales is a comfortable success, they’ll often shift a quarter of a million copies over their lifetime. This kind of catch up mechanic – where the group can work together to hold back one – is the most interesting approach to me.

They say that the design is beautiful, the material used makes a good impression, and the game is imaginative and different every time. Isle of Skye will be getting a lot more plays and will be staying in my collection for a long time to come. In the end, the player with the best kingdom, and not the richest player, becomes the sovereign of the island.Having the game shuffle player odder, or provide preference to other players helps but it is best when players can catch up through their own choices. It’s the economy as defined by the collaboratively constructed scoring that is the heart of the game. Personally, I can definitely recommend it as a light 2-player entertainment, with some decent (but not extensive) depth, and I am sure it will be just as good with more players.



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