Saturday, February 24, 2018

Dead Men Tell No Tales Review

*Ages 13+
*2-5 Players
*About 60-75 Minutes
*Kane Klenko

Dead Men Tell No Tales is a cooperative game. In the game each person has character card and a weapon card. For each turn you pick a new tile from the stack, and place it on the table so the doors line-up with another tile's door, and pull a random token (treasures, rum, trap doors, and cutlasses) from a bag and place it on the tile. Then that player uses their 5 actions to do some of the following actions: move, remove deck hands, pick up a treasure, add fight, lower a die, rest, and/or move treasure. Then after your finish your actions, a Skelit's Revenge card gets flipped that tells you which dice go up by one and you resolve any explosions and whatever the bottom tells you (add deck hands, spread deck hands, move skeleton soldiers). You win when you get the set amount of treasures out of the ship, or you lose when you reach seven explosions, run out of deck hands, or you can no longer get enough treasures to win.

Shannon's Thoughts:
Favorite Number To Play With: I'm torn on this one. I love playing this as a two player game because I feel like I get to do more, but I really like this as a four player game as well, because you have more people to get stuff done.

Favorite Character And Why: I enjoy most of the characters in this game, but if I had to choose, I'd pick Lydia Lamore, just for the fact that she gets 6 actions instead of 5.

Least Favorite Character And Why: Probably Five-Fingered Titian, while it is nice later in the game to be able to keep a card from coming up right away, it's not so great at the beginning of the game, and it's only pushing the card back for one turn and if the next player can't get to whatever dice they need to lower, then it didn't do a whole lot of good to push the card back one.

Mechanics I Like And Dislike: I enjoy building the ship as you go/explore, and finding treasures, but sometimes I feel like there is just too much going on in this game to keep up with. You have to find treasures and get them out, you have to watch all the dice and keep them from getting too high, you have to make sure you don't have too many deckhands out or you'll run out and lose. I know it makes the game more challenging, but, especially in a two player game, it can be a bit much to keep up with.

Favorite Art Or Pieces: I do love the little deckhand tokens and the pirate meeple.

Strategies: I try to get the treasure out as quickly as possible! Also try to make sure you can put your dinghy in the best spot you possibly can.

Final Thoughts: I really love cooperative games, and I love this pirate themed one.

9 out of 10 Stars

Amber's Thoughts:
Favorite Number To Play With: I had only played the game as 2 and 4 players, but both worked good.

Favorite Character And Why: Crimson Flynn and Jade are my favorites. I like Crimson Flynn because explosions tend to kill us, so being about to lower the dice in the adjacent room is great. This saves us many times from an explosion and from fatigue. I like Jade because the other way we tend to lose is running out of deck hands, so removing 2 instead of the normal 1 can help A LOT!

Least Favorite Character And Why: I am not sure I really have a least favorite, I think they all have special that can help and be useful in a game.

Mechanics I Like And Dislike: I like drawing tiles and passing the tiles, because I feel like I am planning out our maze of a boat and it is fun to watch the "boat" board grow on the table.  But after you place the tile you put on a treasure token and this is the part I sometimes don't like because the treasures come out they tend to be where it is hard to get too. 

Favorite Art Or Pieces: I like the character cards and how each character looks pirate-y and unique. 

Strategies: I have 3 specific strategies-1) Try and keep each tile's die 4 or less 2) try to not have more than about 3-4 dice with the same number. 3) Try and keep deckhands under control and not over running an area. These strategies sometimes work great and others go flying out the window. 

Final Thoughts: I really like this game because depending on where/when treasures show up it can be SUPER Hard or a more medium difficulty. I like the replay of so many characters and also the items specials. This game we tend to lose more than win, but I love a good challenge!

8 out of 10 Stars

**Shannon's and I's lives are getting busy, so we will be only posting blogs about every 2 weeks until further notice :D **