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Mayfair MFG3509 Isle of Skye From Chieftain to King Board Game

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The "Kennerspiel des Jahres 2016" promo tile was given out to celebrate the winning of the "Kennerspiel" award in 2016. To end the round, any landscape tiles remaining in front of a player must be purchased by the player. The screens have to be assembled each game, but this isn’t a big deal–they are sturdier for it–and they have a helpful player aid on the back of them. It’s a profoundly safe design – an iteration over the proven tile-laying formula of Carcassonne with an extra dollop of interesting game mechanics ladled onto the top.

With two, a player is always guaranteed at least one tile per round; with five, the “charity” before each round becomes more necessary (and more helpful). Additionally the goal of the game is to get the most victory points for your clan territory and not to be the richest (even though money is worth some victory points in the end).

Each player is dealt the same set of six “half-tiles”, whose jagged corners (on the hypotenuse of the triangle) cannot touch other tiles. Isle of Skye takes the relatively tame strategic decisions of Carcassonne and kicks them to the curve.

But if the money scoring condition is on the table, players might be more frugal, trying to earn the points it provides. Isle of Skye has now more options and variability in the gameplay without necessarily adding complexity.Once all the tiles are placed, the end of round scoring begins with the current round counter deciding what combination of rules will be applied. There's a fair amount of luck as what you can do and the money you can raise depends very much on the tiles drawn, but the auction mechanic lets you work around this if you're savvy. Just like the nobles in Splendor, this is essentially the magic fairy dust that turns tile cost into an economy. Everyone shares a scoring context, and then supplements it with the tiles that best suit their strategy. If it's the former, then if an animal is on a farm, and there is another farm beside it, does that animal get 2 points?

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