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Snowdonia

I played Snowdonia. It’s  a worker placement and cube converter. The interesting thing is that there’s a weather system and as the weather is sunny some actions get better, rainy and they get worse, and you can’t take them at all during fog. Everyone gets to see the weather for the next two turns, so while it’s random you do have some reasonable look ahead.

One of the actions is to draw a card from a few available choices, which provide special powers (one shot) as well as a “Have X at game end to earn points” ability.

One of the players asked if I thought it was JASE, and at the time I wasn’t sure. But it strikes me as an evolutionary change on worker placement, so I’m shrugging and saying Yes.

Rating — Indifferent+; suggest due to novelty.

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Written by taogaming

January 2, 2013 at 10:24 pm

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  1. Your feelings about Snowdonia are pretty close to mine. It’s a perfectly cromulent worker placement game and weather is handled well. I also like that you can mix and match special powers by buying and switching trains. But the rest of it is pretty much same old, same old. Unless the theme really grabs you (and evidently, it does for some people), there really isn’t anything to recommend it over all the other WP games. I’d say Boydell’s passion for the theme raises it a little above the “soulless” level, but if someone insisted it was JASE, I wouldn’t argue the point too much.

    huzonfirst

    January 3, 2013 at 10:45 am


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