I'd like to get more plays before passing a final verdict. I think the dark side of the locations will make for a far more interesting game. There seems to be a lot more "take that" and swinginess than in the other SBG I've played. But I do like the area control and the bonuses for playing the same faction in their home or getting +_ 1 strength.
While one of Feld's lighter offerings, I really enjoy this one. Quick to explain, quick to play, the game still offers interesting decisions as you decide in how you distribute cards for the round. The variable set-up presents a slight challenge in how to optimize the randomness.
I was initially luke-warm on this as just another dice roller. But it is quick, super easy to teach and really displays a push your luck feeling. Even the best laid plans can be foiled by your final dice roll. Even though I am enjoying the base game, I am really looking forward to finding the expansion to add even more layers.
What a great game! I love the artwork, love how simple it is to grasp, and love the combos that can be put together. It can be a slaughter-fest but in a good kind of Small World way where you can at least do what you want with what you get out before it goes away. Easily the best design from Small Box Games.