Monday, February 10, 2020

#26: Lost Cities (Mark's Top 50 - 2020)

Lost Cities

  • 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... and my oldest son gets better every game we play.
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 old top 100 games list)
      • Keltis: The Dice Game (so-so)
      • Keltis: The Card Game (decent - but I like Lost Cities better)
      • Lost Cities: Rivals (which is very good!)
      • and another one whose name I forget but just came out last year
    • Here's a link to what I wrote about Lost Cities for The One Hundred...
    • This is the third of four Knizia game designs on my top 50 list.

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