For those of you who know me, you know over the past year and a half or so I’ve gotten into board gaming. It’s a really fun activity and it’s not the games I played as a kid — such as Monopoly etc.
Most of the games we play now are a bit deeper and quite a bit more in-depth. Not all are hard or confusing, but there’s definite strategy. Many of these games are born of the “Euro” style, and it’s something I would highly recommend to others.
With that being said, I’m going to start reviewing games here and there. Now, one thing to take note of — I’m not an expert in any way. I enjoy the games and like playing with a game night group I am part of on Saturday nights. But, I also am not as in-depth about mechanics and things like that. I like what I like, whether it’s a mechanic, or a theme, or something else. I likely won’t be writing about games I didn’t like as I see no point of it, at least here. And these reviews aren’t going to be like some you might be able to find on the Internet (such as at the website boardgamegeek.com), it’s more from the point of view of a newer gamer exploring the games he likes. It’s definitely not going to be too in-depth.
Keep all of that in mind as I go through games.
With all of that out of the way, I’m going to start off with the game Blueprints.
About the game
Published in 2013 by Z-Man Games (which, for the record, is one of my favorite publishers), Blueprints is a game for 2-4 players and takes about 30 minutes to play.
The idea of the game is simple, finish with the most points at the end of the game. To earn points, you complete tasks, such as building your building or extra tasks. There are three rounds, all of which are scored seperate. At the end of each round, the person with the most points get the gold card, the second gets the silver and so forth. In a four-player game, the person who comes in last won’t get one of those cards.
The special task cards are the same for each round, but there are only four and once one is taken, it’s gone for that round. So if three people o for the same task, only one will walk away with it.
At the end of the game, you add up the points on those cards and the person with the most points win.
It’s a simple game, with a lot of strategies. And the best part is that there are many ways to go about the game to win. If you have three players, it’s possible all of you will have a different way of attempting to win the game.
One of the best parts of the game is that it’s easy to learn and it’s a quick game. It shouldn’t take you more than 30 minutes or so.
Each player gets a shield to hide their “building” from. You get a new one randomly, each round. There’s a bag of dice and several (depending on number of players) come out to start. The first player takes one and then places it on his or her card. They then take out one die and place it with the others. This goes until each player has had the chance to get six dice.
One thing of note — equal or higher numbers can be placed on other numbers. So if you grabbed sixes right off the bat and put them in the wrong spot, you are hosed as, once you place your dice, you aren’t supposed to change them.
Blueprints is broken up into three rounds, and the rounds go pretty quickly. At the end of each round, you add up points (based on the color of dice and what you did with each of them). The top scorer gets victory points, then second place and so forth. This is also where you see who got the special points, if any.
After three rounds, add up your victory points and the person with the highest wins.
I’m a fan.
Because I’m relatively new to this aspect of board gaming, my collection is rather small. But this is one I was happy to add. When I got it, the game was at about $24. I’ve seen it in the $30 range in recent days on Amazon, but I still wouldn’t shy away from it. It’s small and compact and has good pieces.
With the idea that it is a quick 2-4 player game, it’s also a nice filler in between two bigger and deeper games. There’s strategy and a little bit of luck with Blueprints, which made me enjoy it even more. I’d definitely recommend it.
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