Monday, April 04, 2022

#37: Tales of the Arabian Nights (Mark's Top 100 2022)

Tales of the Arabian Nights

  • rank: 491
  • rating: 7.2
  • published: 2009 (original publication: 1985)
Print Status
  • out of print
Why It's On The List
  • It's the old "Choose Your Own Adventure" books in board game form... and, with the right players, a completely engrossing & enjoyable two hour "experience game" romp.
Tips & Tricks:
    • Play with 3 players - that way every one gets something to do on each turn & stays involved.
    • You can make the game shorter by using a smaller victory point total... but then you miss some of the fun of the sprawling nonsense of chasing your goals.
    • I can't emphasize enough how much you need the right players to make this game work... when you have that (I'm looking at you, Jeff Myers & Richard LeQueiu), the experience is sublime. And hysterical.
    • I've said this before about other games - and it goes double here: this is an EXPERIENCE game. If you're looking for something heavy or thoughtful, you have come to the wrong place.
    • Here's what I wrote about Tales of the Arabian Nights for my 2010 Top 100.
    • The version pictured is the most recent - which has the most extensive Book of Tales and a lovely graphic design by Universal Head.

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