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The Blood of An Englishman
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|Brand||Renegade Game Studios|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||1.4 x 4.6 x 6.4 inches|
|CPSIA Cautionary Statement||Choking Hazard - Small Parts, No Warning Applicable|
|Number of Players||2|
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- Test your wits in this asymmetrical two player game!
- As Jack, you will need to collect three unique treasures to win!
- As The Giant, you must capture Jack by connecting the Fee Fi Fo Fum cards!
- Simple and balanced rules will lead the sharpest player to victory!
- Number of Players: 2
- Play time: 20-30 min
- Ages: 10+
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The Blood of an Englishman
Play as Jack!
Jack must steal all 3 treasures to win the game!
Play as the Giant!
The Giant is trying to catch Jack by arranging his Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum cards to corner and trap him!
- 2 players
- Ages 10+
- 30 min. Play time
- Familiar Jack and the Beanstalk theme!
Fee Fi Fo Fum! I smell the blood of an englishman!
Each Player in the game has different options available. The Jack player has a nimbler feel, whereas the Giant player has slower, but more powerful options!
The Beanstalk Stacks
Jack builds Beanstalks Stacks one at a time, by moving Beanstalk cards from the Castle Stacks to his play area, stacking the cards on top of one another as they are collected.
Packed with Strategy
It's important that Jack focus on both offense and defense. The Giant's position gradually gets stronger over the course of the game, so being patient and waiting for opportunities is key!
How to Play
Jack always takes the first turn and makes 3 moves from 4 different options. He moves cards around the board or takes cards from the board to his personal Beanstalks.
To complete a Beanstalk Stack, Jack must collect 6 Beanstalk Cards in ascending, but not necessarily sequential order. Once the Beanstalk Stack has 6 cards on it, then Jack may claim a treasure that is available.
Playing as the Giant
The Giant has 3 options on his turn. He may discard a single Beanstalk card, move the frontmost four cards as a group to the front of any other Stack, or make 2 moves from the different Stacks.
Winning the Game!
Jack wins by completing 3 Beanstalks with 6 cards each and having one of each of the 3 treasures. The Giant wins in 3 ways, by stacking the words Fee Fi Fo Fum horizontally or vertically, or if Jack can no longer complete his Stacks.
“Fee Fi Fo Fum! I smell the blood of an Englishman!” roared the giant as he crashed through the vines. Jack, with one arm around his precious stolen harp and the other grasping the bean stalk, felt the rush of danger. Will he make it to the bottom in time to chop down the leafy ladder or will the giant successfully catch the thieving beggar?
In The Blood of an Englishman, players take on the role of either Jack or the Giant. The Giant must maneuver the Fee Fi Fo and Fum cards while Jack tries to create three bean stalks to steal the bag of gold, the Golden Goose, and the Singing Harp. Each player has different available actions and must carefully arrange the cards to achieve their goal. Are you brave enough to face your fate?
36 Beanstalk cards
6 Treasure cards
8 Giant cards
4 Player Aid cards
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One person plays as Jack, attempting to build beanstalks to obtain three treasures. The other plays as the Giant, trying to complete a pattern of Fee Fi Fo Fum, to catch the beanstalk burglar.
The deck is made up of 50 cards: two sets of three treasures, two sets of Giant cards, and four sets of cards numbered 1-9. To start the game, the cards are randomly arranged in five columns of ten cards each.
Jack must build beanstalks of 6 numbered cards in ascending order, capping each with a treasure. Jack can move three cards per turn, enabling him to counteract the Giant's moves while still edging towards getting all the goods.
The Giant can only make one or two plays per turn, but they are big plays: removing a beanstalk card from the game completely, or moving a stack of four cards, for instance. The Giant must bide his time, attempting to get the cards labeled Fee, Fi, Fo, and Fum at the front of each of four columns, or in an interrupted group in a single column.
Each game takes about 10-15 minutes to play, at a reasonable pace. It's easy to get into "analysis paralysis," though, so beware of playing with your "optimal moves only" friends. It's simple enough for kids to play and learn, and intricate enough for adults to be entertained. I've seen comments on here that the game skews towards Jack---I have to disagree. The Giant can't compete with Jack head-to-head (Jack makes three single-card moves, Giant can make two), but the whole point is that Jack and the Giant have to pursue different strategies to win. In my experience, the Giant wins as much as Jack. The game often finishes with a tense rush at the end, as Jack gets close to the third treasure and the Giant cards get more and more dangerous as the beanstalk cards disappear.
My wife and I have loved this game, and hope you will too.
Maybe my wife and I just haven't played it enough, but the game seems absurdly weighted in favor of the player that chooses Jack. We've played it six times. I decided to play as the Giant the first four games, just to see if I could get the hang of it. I got close to completing one of my victory conditions, once, but I still lost all four games. We decided to switch roles for two more games, to see if Jack was just easier to play with or if my wife was just really good, and I won both the games I played as Jack.
We'll play it a few more times and see if either one of us can scrape out a victory as the Giant, but if we make it to ten games and neither one of us has managed a victory as the Giant, we'll probably put this game up and forget about it.
Edit: We got around to playing ten games, and neither of us got around to winning as the giant. Maybe we’re both just really bad with the giant, but I honestly don’t know what I could’ve done differently to win, that Jack couldn’t immediately undo in his next turn. I’m kind’ve disappointed, because I tend to enjoy Renegade’s games. This one is a dud.
We have played this game at least 30 times and have found it very balanced. It really does come down to skill. The giant seems a bit harder to play and get the hang of.
I was on the fence with purchasing because there was not much info on the game online, but pulled the trigger and do not regret it one bit.
You play this 2 player game as either Jack or the Giant. Each have their own respective strategy for a win...the giant can bash his way to a win, align his fee fi fo fum for a win in multiple ways, and Jack has to collect his treasure to win, but each have multiple means with which to do so. So not only is there replay-ability in the randomness of the cards, but also challenges for differing levels of play. For instance to make it more challenging I'll attempt to win with the giant, solely through destruction. It took me about 40 or 50 plays through, but I finally did it!
Overall, the game is great, a total blast with pieces for everyone - great art, fast but in depth gameplay, great thematic elements, light enough to encourage interaction, one of our funniest moments was my daughter beating me because she said she was going to beat me through destruction, so I kept working against that, but she then pulled a trick out of her sleeve and beat me with a horizontal fee fi fo fum!
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The reviews looked really good, and the gameplay seemed solid, but i have played this maybe 15 times and it just is not a fun game to play.
The mechanics are fairly solid, different sides win each time(Giant, Jack), but it just isn't very fun for me and my family(2 sons 17 and 15, 1 girl 10 and my wife) and none of us really like playing it. It seems like a really good idea, but when playing is just not very 'fun'.
There is nothing actually bad about the game, it just isnt very fun to play, its superbly well made and the graphics are great.