I am a huge fan of games like Mysterium and Obscurio. These cooperative games of deduction by use of art provide great collaboration at the table as you try to solve for the clues that are being given to you. There’s something about the perplexed look of players as you give them cards that they don’t understand the meaning you are trying to convey or that got it moments when they realize the message.
Mysterium Park is the latest in what is an ever growing genre of these style games. In this outing, Libellud has tried to streamline the game experience for a faster and smoother game. What I find is a very successful, simplified version of the original Mysterium that fits in a smaller box and price point.
Playtime (with Setup): We find it between 30 and 90 minutes
Tapestry, for us, has been one of the most played games of 2020. It was a game that was heralded with a lot of hype at release, but seems to have not lived up to that hype in everyone’s minds. Yet, it’s eye catching table appearance, easy rules, and fairly scalable play at all player counts has made it easy for it to make it to the table.
Since the first expansion, Tapestry: Plots and Ploys was announced, we have been hyped up to get our hands on it. With anticipation since we ordered it we are now finally able to get it to the table and out of the box. Let’s take a look at the components and what this really adds to Tapestry.
Playtime (with Setup): We find it between 90 and 180 minutes
When Tapestry first came out and I saw the components and the price point I just wasn’t convinced this was a game that would make it into my collection. It has civilization building and action selection which are themes and mechanics that interest me. Yet, at a hefty price point I was pretty sure this wasn’t the game for me.
Fortunately Gameholecon, a gaming convention here in Wisconsin, came along and the wife and I signed up for a game of it. What we found was a game that both of us really enjoyed! With well over a dozen plays this past year it’s closing in on my most played game of the year.
Let’s get on with the review and find out what makes me enjoy this game so much.
Playtime (with Setup): We find it between 90 and 150 minutes