Monarch Board Game
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- Strategy game for teens and up where you play as sisters vying for the crown
- All-female protagonists
- Unique, gorgeous scratchboard art
- Competitive and collaborative gameplay
- Fosters diverse leadership styles
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In MONARCH you play as an heir to the throne. Your mother, the Queen, has lived out her years and will soon pass on the crown. The time has come for you and your siblings to demonstrate your intelligence, compassion, bravery, and strength as leaders. Out perform your siblings to demonstrate your ingenuity and strength. Choose strategies that will bring prosperity to the land and glory to your court. Defend the realm from threats and famine. Only the player with the most majestic court will be named heir in this family strategy game for 2 to 4 players.
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|Item Dimensions||9.5 x 9.5 x 2.5 in||7.09 x 1.57 x 4.72 in||3.2 x 10.5 x 10.5 in||8.6 x 12 x 1.7 in||1.3 x 6 x 4 in||9.06 x 5.91 x 1.5 in|
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The artwork is beautiful and the mechanics of the game are well thought out, making this a complete success.
It's nice to finally have a game that all the characters are women (although 3 of our 4 playing it were men and had a great time!) in a male-dominated game industry.
We love this game and you will too!
Component Quality and Setup: Monarch was an extremely easy game to learn and set up. Given a few minutes, I was able to quickly read the rules and set the board for play.
The components consist of 13 cardboard tile punch-outs that represent villages or farms, a number of cardboard punch out coin and food tokens, a deck of playing cards, and thick banner cards. Everything is durable and high quality. The game also comes with baggies for the tokens, as well as a larger cloth bag you could stuff the tokens or tiles into.
Gameplay: Ultimately, your objective is to have the highest crown allotment by the end of the game, which is determined when a player’s court is filled up. To buy cards that increase the value of your crowns, you must earn coin by taxing the villages (who demand food) or harvest food from the farms to pay for taxes.
Strategy and thought enter the game when the thematic Path Cards are purchased and their synergy comes into play with the chosen banner that sister ends up flying. For instance, a sister that has chosen Wisdom as her path (and met the wisdom requirement to fly that banner) receives additional crowns for inviting wisdom-path cards into her court and into the farms and villages. Other sisters are working to flesh out their respective paths as well, while depriving the Wisdom-path sister of Wisdom cards, or sending unwanted guests into her court to distract her. There are also card types with synergy, such as fantastic beasts and fashionable clothing that can be added to a sister’s court.
Meanwhile, lunar events can be drawn which have a global impact on the game, such as offering a bountiful harvest or depleting everyone’s coin reserves in half.
Overall Impression: Monarch is suitable for novice and experienced gamers alike. It was extremely easy to learn, to setup, and everyone had a good time playing. The only thing I had to look up on the internet is what classifies a “beast” because the Rhinoceros refused to give me crowns if I had another beast in my court (there’s a faded emblem in the card’s text box denoting if it is a beast or clothing item). Otherwise the action was fast paced and engaging. The cards were all interesting, and their synergy was apparent to everyone so players would actively take measures to try and capture a card or prevent its acquisition.
Game components: 3.5/5
Gameplay: 4/5 (for a light to almost medium game).
Game value: 4.5/5 (good re-playable and easy to teach).
Even if it's primarily a competition, there's a sense of co-op especially when you are building your Kingdom's domain to be fruitful!
2 Player variant is ok, but the game plays better when there's 4 players.