Reviwer: James Freeman
Hello, fellow gamers. I hope you had a pleasant holiday season. Today I want to talk about Board Game Crate; A board game subscription service out of the U.K.
I had seen a list of the previous games offered by this subscription service and felt that the games they offered were in line with things on my "Want to buy" list so with that in mind I decided to try it for a month and I was not disappointed.
Isle Of Trains
In Isle of Trains, players are train operators, building trains with the right mix of freight cars needed to complete delivery contracts before your opponents.
Cards are used in multiple ways: they can be built as train cars or buildings supporting your train line, used as currency to pay the cost of building those new train cars and buildings, or used as cargo to load on available train cars.
When loading cargo on an opponent’s train, players receive an immediate benefit or action, but they are also giving their opponent the cargo they just might need to be able to complete a delivery contract and score big!
Balancing the need to upgrade your train, take advantage of benefits from loading other players' trains, and complete delivery contracts first is the key to being the most successful train operator on the Isle of Trains!
Watson & Holmes
Watson & Holmes is a game of deduction set within the magnificent works of Arthur Conan Doyle. Two to seven aspiring detectives step into the shoes of Doctor Watson, working alongside the detective Sherlock Holmes to try to solve a series of so far unpublished cases directly extracted from Doctor John H. Watson's diaries. Those who accept the challenge relive the adventures of the crime-solving duo, visiting each of the locations where the inquiries were made. Following the trail, each clue brings players closer to solving the case.
The objective of the game is to immerse yourself in the Victorian world depicted in each story. Visit the right places, decipher the clues, and above all find the path that leads you to solve the mystery before anybody else. Victory goes to the player who accurately uses the deductive reasoning so famously and ingeniously implemented by the hero of 221B Baker Street.
As a bonus, a little snack sized Haribo candy was included. I am a huge fan of their STARMIX candy (it's basically all there various kinds of gummy candy mixed in one bag. You can buy it at the dollar tree.)
I was pleased with the game selection, although I wish another small game would have been in the box. Watson & Holmes in the box was surprising to me. I think when you sign up for a subscription like this, that is kind of what you're looking for, a fist pump moment. That moment when you open the box and are surprised and happy. The newsletter included give you overview of the company and the games and is a nice touch as well. Despite being shipped from England with no damage whatsoever. Now the issue U.S. gamers are going to have with this subscription is the shipping. The shipping cost makes the box not as good of a value as other subscriptions. However, if you live in the U.K. or Europe, I think this is an excellent subscription service if you want to be surprised by a few games every month. You can save a little money if you do the 3, 6 or 12-month plan.
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