Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Sagrada



*1-4 Players
*Ages 14+
*About 20-40 Minutes
*Dice Placement
*Adrian Adamescu & Daryl Andrews



Sagrada is a colorful dice game where you are filling in a stained glass window. Each player is given a secret objective of what shade (color) they will score for. There are 3 score cards dealt for the table and 3 tool cards dealt to the table. Each player is also dealt 2 Window Pattern cards and chooses one of the cards front or back. Look at the dots in the bottom right corner and this lets you know how many favor tokens you get. The first player draws out 2 dice per the number of players plus one (so in a 2 player game 5 dice, 3 player game 7 dice, and 4 player game 9 dice) and rolls them. The first player takes one and then each player clock wise takes one, then when the last player has taken one, they get to take a second followed by each player in counter clock-wise order. When you pick a dice you place it in your window, following these rules: the first die must be on the outside edge of your window and then from there each dice must be adjacent or diagonal. You must follow your window pattern card's shade or number, you must not have 2 dice adjacent with the same shade or number, and if you can't place a dice it goes on the round tracker with the extra. At some point in your turn you may want or need to use a tool card, whoever the first person is to use a card only pays 1 favor token and then after that each time that tool is used the person must pay 2 favor tokens. Then after 10 rounds you score your shade card, the 3 score cards dealt to the whole table, 1 point for each favor token left, and subtract 2 for any spots you could not place a dice.

Favorite Number To Play With: I have played this as a 2, 3, and 4, player and I don't have a favorite. The game is solid with 2-4 players. I have tried this game as a 1 player, and it was SUPER hard and I did not like it.

Mechanics I Like And Dislike: I like the tool cards because they help with the odds factor on dice rolling. I also like the different scoring cards that come out each round. 

Favorite Art Or Pieces: The boards are BEAUTIFUL! Especially at the end of the game when it is full of colorful dice :D




Strategies: Pick a card that has a good number of the shade you are going for OR good dice for the scoring cards. 

Final Thoughts: This is a really fun game. I feel like it is easy enough for non-gamers or kids to pick up pretty well. 


8 out of 10 Stars 


Favorite Number To Play With: I have played this as a 2 player and a 4 player game. It plays well with both, but I think I prefer just the 2 player game only because it's a little shorter in between turns.

Mechanics I Like And Dislike: I like that there are tool cards that can help you change the dice. Dice rolling games can be somewhat aggravating when, no matter how much strategy you have, you can lose to something silly just because of bad dice rolls, so I enjoy that there are cards that can help change your dice.

Favorite Art Or Pieces: Your board,in general, when this game is over, is just very beautiful. Making stained glass windows from colorful dice was a great idea.

Strategies: I like to look at the color of my secret goal and pick a card that can help me with that goal. When I take dice of that color, I try to get higher numbers on those dice than other colors, and when looking at the other three cards on the table that will score you points, I try to focus on only one or two that can play together instead of trying to go for all three of them.

Final Thoughts: I wasn't sure about this game when I first heard about it. It looked very beautiful, but with it being a dice rolling game I wasn't sure if it would be a game that I would enjoy. After having played the game, I can not only say that it is a beautiful game, but that it is a fun game too. 

7 out of 10 Stars