Sunday, January 06, 2013

Small World Realms

Small World made a splash when it first came out, a revisit to the mechanics of Vinci in a fantasy realm.

If the vast number of character combinations weren't enough to add to the replayability of Small World, the Realms expansion has certainly taken it over the top.  This expansion combines the Tunnels Expansion with a wide array of modular terrain tiles to make the map different every time you play.  It also comes with 12 preset scenarios which offer balanced objective based play.

Each scenario has setups for 2 - 6 players, each providing a vastly different game.  Check out some of these cool maps:

Photo by: GeekInsight
The tiles are reversible so that you can play both the core Small World and Small World Underground. You only need a copy of the core (or underground) to play.

1. Endless Replayability
2. Scenarios add a new dynamic to the game.  Some involve starting from one end of the map and others challenge you to capture and hold objectives to earn more points.
3. Quality of components.  The art is fantastic, the cardboard is solid and the bits match up to the quality of the core sets.
4. Fun factor!  If you liked Small World, this ramps up the fun factor big time.

Not so Awesome:
1. Setup time increases significantly.  The tiles are labeled with letters (normal on one side, and strange italic font on the other side), but they are difficult to tell apart.  Some scenarios will take as long to set up as it does to play.

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