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Relic Runners Board Game

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  • Takes 40-80 minutes to play
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Product Description

Product Description

DOW8301 Relic Runners Board Game Days of Wonder

Players: 2 to 5
Playing Time: 60 minutes
Ages: 10 and up

In Relic Runners, each player takes on the role of a character keen to exploit and acquire relics that have been unearthed in a long lost part of the jungle. Each would-be archaeologist has a colorful past - retired university professor, former army captain, etc. - and wants to be the first to get their hands on the precious loot to earn the most victory points.

The players earn large victory points for collecting relics of different types (set collection) and players can also earn bonus points for creating long routes and traveling along these to collect relics.

Contents:

- 1 game board
- 5 explorer sets each including: 1 explorer miniature; 1 explorer chart; 10 pathways; 3 toolboxes
- 24 ruin tiles & 20 temple tile sets
- 20 sculpted relics
- 25 ration packs
- 10 toolbox tokens
- 76 victory coins
- Rules

From the Manufacturer

N Relic Runners, players take on the role of intrepid explorers, running through the jungle trying to be the first to lay their hands on precious relics hidden in the depths of long-forgotten temples.  They follow trails across the jungle board map as they explore stacks of temples and ruins, ultimately hoping to uncover precious relics and earn victory points. Players will need to efficiently manage their resources: building pathways; making sure to carry sufficient Rations; and expand their Explorer's Toolbox to help them explore, resupply, take additional actions and score bonuses. Skillful planning is key as players who develop longer pathways between matching relics will be able to earn more points. Contents: 1 Board Map of the Jungle, 5 Explorer Sets, in 5 colors, each including: An Explorer Miniature, An Explorer Chart, 10 Pathways, 3 Toolboxes, 24 Ruin Tiles & 20 Temple Tile Sets, 20 Sculpted Relics, 25 Ration Packs, 10 Toolbox Tokens and 76 Victory Coins.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 11.8 x 11.8 x 3 inches
Item Weight 4.2 pounds
Shipping Weight 4.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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ASIN B00DH8D1DU
Item model number DOW 8301
Manufacturer recommended age 10 - 15 years
Best Sellers Rank #204,570 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#5,444 in Toys & Games > Games > Board Games
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4.4 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

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By Hope Moffett on November 24, 2013
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I've played it 3 times so far and I've used a different strategy ever time. It hits the sweet spot where it is both simple enough to learn and complex enough to provide a challenge. I've played it with 4 and 5 players, but the game has no ideal number so even if you have just 2 players, it will work. The game takes about an hour, but you'll want to play back-to-back games.

When the game shifts midway from collecting tiles to "relic running," those pathways really pay off.
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This game has a great mix of game mechanics to it. It has some Jumanji feel to it, and some slight Catan feel, but in the end really stands on its own. The game does a very good job of keeping it simple, while not being a simple game. There are many ways to play the game, and at the beginning it seems that the end-of-game conditions can seem very hard to get to. However, the game does not take long to play. It ends up being much easier to achieve the end-of-game conditions than you originally think. It is well done, the pieces are nicely made, the instructions are easy to follow, etc. My 15yr old daughter loved it, too. We've played it three times since we purchased it two weeks ago. If ur a gamer, u'll like it!
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I love board games, this one included. To be honest though, I felt the instructions were a bit confusing. I ended up going on youtube and watching a video where a guy explains how to play. It was much easier doing that instead of dealing with the instructions. Overall this game is fun, not too terribly time consuming, and easy to play once you get the hang of it. I really like the concept that you have to use rations to get by because that makes the game more interesting : ) The pieces are cool too. Due to the game is a bit complicated, I likely wouldn’t recommend buying this for younger kids. Maybe high school or older because there are quite a few rules to remember.
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The setup and first learning the rules of this game is a little more complex that I would have preferred, but once you get it up and understand, it is a fun game. Multiple strategies to win, and is a great combination of luck and strategy. It is fairly easy and lite on newer board gamers, while still complex enough for veteran gamers to enjoy as a . The game plays fairly quickly once you get going, and is a great combination of luck and strategy. The artwork is well done, pieces are nice and it has a great looking board, with a good box to hold it. I enjoy this a little more than ticket to ride.

As other reviewers have mentioned, if you buy this and play without anyone that has played it before, watch a youtube video or two on the setup and rules. It will help significantly! The rules are just awkward enough that reading them from the book and teaching yourself and your first timers can be frustrating. Doable, but frustrating.
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this started a little slow. I felt like I couldn't get anywhere very quickly! but once we laid enough trailblazers in a row, things really started moving quickly. very, very fun. turns go quickly. light enough to play, but non-gamers will probably be intimidated by the rules and LOTS of pieces. artwork is GREAT. components are top notch! family game, easy, but with plenty to think about.
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Fun and somewhat challenging. We enjoy playing it occasionally and we would play it more often except that it takes quite awhile to set up and play. We can play 2 or 3 games of "Ticket to Ride" in the time it takes to play one game of "Relic Runners". I'm glad that we bought it.
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I enjoy relic runners. I could see an expansion allowing for more players and a few more temples, but I like the path placement and trying to beat out your fellow competitors. I have played this game about 15 times since purchasing and it is still a simple game to teach with a challenging concept that most game players will enjoy.
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Relic Runners is a map-travel treasure-grab game that plays in about 20-25 minutes per player. You get victory points for exploring temples and making "relic runs" around the board. After a certain number of relics are grabbed, the player with the most points wins.

Perhaps it's because I play a lot of board games, but unlike other reviewers I didn't find the directions particularly confusing at all. You only do 2 things on your turn: Move and Explore. That's all. There are movement bonuses based on where you lay pathways of your own color, but the basic idea is that you can only move one space at the beginning of the game, and later can move much farther around the board if you connect pathways of your own color. If you happen to pass some tools on a river path, you can use your toolbox for a free bonus while you explore.

When you explore, you spend a ration and remove the top level of a temple or ruins, and gain something as a result. This is perhaps where new players could get overwhelmed. Half of what you explore gives you something unique, and there aren't player aid sheets to explain the different iconography. All explored Ruins allow you to place an adjacent path, and all Blue temples give you victory points. Check the rulebook for the Ivory and Purple temple effects until you've played a game or two. When a temple has been completely explored, a Relic is revealed. If you start and end your movement on spaces with Relics of the same color, you score points equal to double the number of connecting paths, plus a 5-point bonus at game's end for each different color of Relic you acquired.

Despite the cartoonish art, Relic Runners isn't a lightweight.
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