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Boardgames and lesser pursuits


I played Nidavellir on BGA last night, and I now feel what all the people who said “Race is too short” felt. The game gets going and then it ends. But as the game is merely OK, I guess that’s more of a point in its favor … this is a blind-bidding set collection game. There are three taverns, and one dwarf to be recruited (per player) at each tavern. You place one of your coins at each tavern, high coin gets first pick (with some tie-breaking rotation I didn’t follow).

Purple and Green Dwarves are identical, you just get a score based on the # you have (vaguely triangular in one case). Blue and Brown Dwarves just score their list points (averaging around 5 or so). Orange Dwarves score 0-2 points times the number of orange dwarves you get. And every time you get one of each dwarf (full set) you can recruit a hero dwarf with special abilities.

The only thing making this not a pure point salad is that if you use your “zero” coin, you can replace your (higher?) unused coin with a value equal to the sum of your unused coins. So usually you punt on one auction to improve your coins (which also are score at the end). Paying careful attention to tiebreakers is likely important.

Or not, since I tied and didn’t really understand the tie breaker rule (or most of the details) during the game. You play three rounds of recruiting (three dwarves per round), get some bonus for “Most of a color”, then do three more rounds and score. It is probably much less offensive online (which handles all the fiddly scoring — the tie was at 203, I think).

Rating Indifferent.

Written by taogaming

April 13, 2021 at 11:15 am

Posted in Reviews

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  1. What are your favourite games on BGA? RFTG obviously, but what about the rest? Top 5?

    Iain Cheyne (@Icheyne)

    April 15, 2021 at 2:28 pm

  2. I don’t regularly play games on BGA …. RFTG I guess, but other than that I typically just play whatever the local group wants to play. I’ve actually liked Hardback (a bit) but I’m (surprisingly, to me) terrible at it.


    April 16, 2021 at 2:09 pm

  3. Fair enough. I’ve been surprised how few games I’ve really enjoyed on BGA. Outside those top 5 it’s slim pickings.

    Iain Cheyne (@Icheyne)

    April 16, 2021 at 3:14 pm

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