International Girlband #06 – November 2020

International Girlband’s monthly favorite games!

The International Girlband aims to promote Women into the boardgame community. For the occasion, every woman will present you their monthly favorite game, the one they most played, the one they loved to discover, in a word their own nugget ! 

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My game of the month is Roméo & Juliette, a Shakespeare themed 2-player co-op game published by Sylex.

I really enjoy co-operative games as I find the interaction and tense collaboration between the players very satisfying. To be able to solve a difficult, dynamic puzzle together with your friends is not only fun and exciting, but the experience has also the possibility to bring people closer together as you are forced to communicate and find solutions as a team. For me, that is a highly appreciated feature and what sets co-ops apart from the standard adversarial game genre.

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Nonetheless I wasn’t very enamored initially with the theme of Roméo & Juliette as I stumbled upon it at The International Games Festival in Cannes earlier this year. But still I gave it a try and was immediately blown away by the mechanisms and the cheer entertainment value of the game. For me, Roméo & Juliette was a perfect co-op game, intense and difficult, where the participants really need to coordinate their actions and work tightly together to succeed.

One player plays Romeo while the other plays Juliet and the goal is to make their love for each other flourish so that it can be a symbol of peace instead of a source of hatred between the Capulets and the Montagues. You do that by sending letters to one another, arranging rendezvous, and trying desperately to meet without letting other family members know. Because if they find out, the Hatred will go up and if it reaches the end of its track, the game is over and both the players and love itself have lost.

But if you manage to spend enough time together in private, and enable your love to grow without the prying eyes of others, you may be able to win Roméo & Juliette, but more importantly you will finally have proven that love, no matter the obstacles, still conquer all.

“Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say goodnight till it be morrow.” ― Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

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Yvonne

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My favorite game of the month is « Dungeon Fighter » designed by Aureliano Buonfino, Lorenzo Tucci Sorrentino and Lorenzo Silva. Are you ready to defeat the spookiest creatures in the darkest dungeons with a dancing shot?!

How to play?

To fight against the horrible monsters, the players throw the dice at a big target in the middle of the table. Some of these attempts have to be done with closed eyes, during a turn, with your elbow or your forehead. Depending on their success, the heroes will get wounds or defeat the creatures and find precious treasures.

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Why is this my monthly favorite?

This game is a fun combination of dexterity, humor and a dungeon adventure. And it can get really thrilling if the win depends on one final attempt! It has been some time since we had so much fun and laughing with a boardgame.

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Anna

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Flick of Faith turned out to be a really good family game for us. It reminds us of a backyard games we played with caps in the childhood. In Poland it was published by Foxgames.

During the game, we play the role of various ancient gods. Having prophets at our disposal, we will try to send them straight from heaven to earthly islands. This is done with our flick of little disks they are represented with. If they land on 1 of 4 islands, we gain influence there and it may also give us an opportunity to build a temple. At the center of the board there is so-called Navel, putting prophet in which may bring us points for the presence of our disks on the islands at the moment. In addition, there are law cards that give additional challenges during the game or slightly modify the rules in a given round. The whole game lasts 3 or 4 rounds depending on the number of players.

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Flick of Faith is another game that, thanks to its dynamics and engaging gameplay, can very quickly rank among the well-received family games such as Slide Quest, Takenoko, King of Tokyo or Potion Explosion. What was cool about this game?

Scoring on two levels is good for the game. On the one hand, for presence on the islands, and on the other hand, for domination (the most markers). There is also the Navel, although it is not easy to place a prophet near it. The reward for success is worth trying. So, there are a couple of ways you can gain points.

The law cards add little twists to the game, sometimes bending its rules. Voting on which of two will be taken in a given round is realised with thumbs. You may feel like a Caesar for a second or two. 😉

We liked the way the game is made immediately. First of all, because of the board in the form of a mat (we like gaming mats very much!) which is really big. The graphics on it resemble Greek islands and remind us of ancient Greece and the pantheon of Greek gods looking at mortals from the peak of the Olympus.

The game is fast and dynamic — players do not have overwhelming decisions to make there. It would be safe to say that the length of a single gameplay should land in around 30 minutes.

To sum up, Flick of Faith is a fast, simple, but not too trivial game of skill, which will make you enjoy half an hour in any company, including, at least, 6-years-olds.

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Marieke

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My favourite game of the last few weeks is The Quest for El Dorado! We just feel like Indiana Jones while playing The Quest for El Dorado!

How to play? You are expedition leaders who want to find the legendary El Dorado. You are assembling your own team (deck-building) with one goal in mind: reaching El Dorado first. You play cards to make moves on the board and to buy new (and better cards) for your deck.

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Why is this my monthly favourite? We just love the combination of deck-building and grid movement. The board is modular, so the replayability is very high! Highly recommend! The Quest for El Dorado is the perfect holiday gift!

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