Wednesday, April 27, 2022

#14: Lost Ruins of Arnak (Mark's Top 100 2022)

Lost Ruins of Arnak
  • rank: 33
  • rating: 8.1
  • published: 2020
Print Status
  • in print
Why It's On The List
  • Yes, it's another combination of worker placement and deck-building... but don't let that fool you. The gameplay is well-thought-out, the artwork/graphic design is gorgeous, and there are meaningful timing and resource management choices throughout.
Tips & Tricks:
  • Don't lock into a single strategy based on how the last game ended... the game situation can change drastically depending on player choices and the various random decks, so you need to be prepared to react to the game in front of you.
  • Sometimes, a card is more valuable for the move icon than the special power - one of the tricks of the game is making sure you realize when that is..
  • The double-sided board (bird temple and snake temple) is a really nice touch to vary up play and tactics.
  • I have not yet played the Expedition Leaders expansion - however, I do have a copy on order.
  • I am playing The Search For Professor Kutil solo campaign again... and while I think it's excellent, you don't need the campaign to play a really enjoyable solo game with Arnak - which is why it's the seventeenth of 18 solo games I recommend on this countdown. (BTW - the campaign is a web app OR a print-n-play file.)
  • There is also an extra solo print-n-play file to increase the solo game difficulty.

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