Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Board Stiff with Tzolk'in

This week at GrE, I tried my hand writing about a game with a bit more complexity. It's not the simplest game in town, but it's a great one for those hardcore gamers out there looking for something new.
The first thing that people notice when they see this game isn’t the slew of pieces — that’s second — but instead the six plastic gears on the board. Six beautifully cast gears begging to be played with. The one in the center is especially tempting, with its detailed engravings and the knowledge that its movement will affect all of the others, for it is this master gear that controls… pause, cue dramatic music… all of time. Okay, well maybe not all of time. Just the 26 days-slash-rounds that make up the game.