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Excellent game for experienced players and newbies
on January 25, 2018
Small World is like a better Risk. Depending on your number of players, there are four different maps to use and you'll play 8-10 rounds. While it's a similar concept to Risk, this game is very much strategy and your ability to win is based more on the choices you make during your turns.
You start with a race that's been randomly paired with an ability. Certain abilities give advantages around the board, but inevitably the race you start with becomes overextended and it's time to put them into decline. You'll pick up a new race with a new ability in order to continue conquering the board against your opponents. You'll have to decide the best time to go into decline, the best race/ability combos to grab, and the best moves to make to successfully rule Small World. In the end, the person with the most victory coins is the winner, so even if someone has most of the board in the last round, there's always the possibility someone else comes out ahead.
The first time we played, we played with the max of 5 players which honestly may have been too many. 3 or 4 is probably more ideal, but the great thing is that this game also works with only two players.
It was easy for a group of adults to learn, but would be difficult for younger kids. An 8 year old would probably have difficulty understanding it all without adult assistance. There are also a lot of pieces, which can be cumbersome.
Overall, this is a great game to add to game night with a lot of replay value.