Starving Artists Game by Fairway 3 Games, LLC
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- Award-winning, paint-by-cube game featuring 92 great works of art.
- Contains all the Kickstarter stretch goals that more 1300 backers helped to bring to reality
- Use the 150 transparent, acrylic cubes to paint great works of art from Picasso, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Hokusai and many others
- Paintings are full-color on over-sized, 5.5" x 3.5" cards.
- English rules, includes German player references
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Starving Artists is an award-winning, turn and time resource management game for one to four players. Players are paint-by-cube artists who collect transparent paint cubes in order to finish beautiful works of art for paint, points and food. Starving Artists uses some of the world's most beautiful and famous works of art from world renowned painters like Picasso, van Gogh, Norman Rockwell, Goya, Georgia O'Keeffe, and many others. Each painting is printed in full-color on over-sized cards and displays the locations of missing colors. Players complete these masterpieces by gathering the right colors and quantities of transparent cubes. Finish enough of them, and they'll become the most famous paint-by-cue artist. It takes about 40-60 minutes (approximately 20 minutes per player). The game includes rules for solo play and for younger players.
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Nice easy-to-understand mechanics to work on and complete your paintings while trying not to starve as you do it. It's very satisfying when you are finally able to complete your paintings, but then there's strategy on when you complete them because you have to compete for sales with anyone else that completed a painting the same day as you.
Throughout the game, there is some luck involved when you acquire paint cubes but there's always an option to trade out for the colors you really need if they're available in the paint market.
It's a bit of an odd comparison, but for me, this is actually a Splendor replacement. Doing the set collection with paint cubes matching up to the paintings that are available is a much prettier version of the similar mechanics present in Splendor.
This is now one of my favorite games.
Points are earned by selling paintings on the third round of each day (days =morning/afternoon/night rounds). The start of each day you lose food and if you run out of food, you die. Selling paintings gives you food and more paint.
Paintings are completed by placing paint cubes on the corresponding squares. You can take two of three actions on your turn: buy a canvas, get more paint cubes, paint your canvas (limit four cubes per action).
Being the first game, it did take us about an hour to play but is likely to play faster now that we have a solid grasp of the rules (and a loose grasp on strategy)
Like Dixit, the artwork is interesting both in historic value and stylistic variety. Managing your paint supplies is crucial to success. Since some paint is randomly drawn and some paint is selected from the market, you will do best to have multiple canvases going at the same time.
But you also have to keep an eye on the other players and determine the best time to sell your painting to get the most value out of it (or deny your opponent some value)
The threat of starvation is there but it is a minor threat as it is rather easy to get more food. This feature seems to be an anti-hoarding rule to force players to sell paintings after a few turns.
It is only 1-4 players but could support more players if we had more paint cubes. Maybe a future expansion will include new paintings with additional colors to accommodate more players.