Thursday, January 29, 2015

#47: Lost Cities (Mark's 100 - 2014)

Lost Cities

Mark's Ranking
  • 2014: 47th
  • 2012: did not appear
  • 2010: 71st
  • 2005: 53rd
  • rank: 253
  • rating: 7.12
Print Status
  • in print 
Why It's On The List
  • I've played this over & over and I'm still intrigued each time. How far can I push my luck? Should I play aggressively or defensively? For such a simple game, it continues to draw me in. (Probably doesn't hurt that the production of the game is gorgeous.) Now, it's not that I win all that much. My wife is a pro.
Tips & Tricks:
    • I know some people don't like the big cards or the board... but I do.
    • Good Lost Cities play is based not only on the cards you draw but also on the play of your opponent. It is a game about reading their plan as much as executing your own.
    • Lost Cities spawned a whole series of games:
      • Keltis & it's uglier cousin, Lost Cities: The Board Game (I enjoy them both)
      • Keltis: Die Orakel (which I have not played)
      • Keltis: Der Weg der Steine (which I like enough to put on my top 100 games list)
      • Keltis: The Dice Game (so-so)
      • Keltis: The Card Game (decent - but I like Lost Cities better)


    Matt Sears said...

    Our one variant is that if after the third hand the losing player thinks the game close enough, they can call for one more hand, giving each person an equal number of hands in which they go first and second.

    Matt Sears said...

    Still our favorite couples game.