Wednesday, October 22, 2014

#89: Coal Baron (Mark's 100 - 2014)

Coal Baron

Mark's Ranking
  • 2014: 89th
  • 2012: prior to publication
  • 2010: prior to publication
  • 2005: prior to publication
  • rank: 407
  • rating: 7.37
Print Status
  • in print
Why It's On The List
  • a smooth-as-silk worker placement game that doesn't have the typical "I took the one spot you need & you're hosed" problem that sours me on most worker placement games... the theme is odd (coal mining in Essen) but works like a charm with the mechanics to make for a great playing experience with 2, 3, or 4 players
Tips & Tricks:
  • This is both an "avoidance" game - where you want to take the path of least resistance and avoid running into the plans of other players - and a "edge" game - where you want to edge out the other players by using the fewest number of workers to get a valuable space.
  • Because you can always use a space by paying one more worker than the number of workers that are currently residing there, you are never boxed out. It may be too expensive, though.

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