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To the Walls!!! Castle Panic Impressions

I treated myself to a impulse buy before the holidays and picked up Castle Panic. I had watched the Tabletop show on Castle Panic and I am always looking for another coop game to play so thought it was worth a shot. Well, we finally got to play it the other night and here are my impressions of the game.


First, the game is very simple to play and easy to teach to people. We opened the box, I went through the rules and we were playing in no time. The concept is to protect your castle from the siege of goblins, orcs, and trolls. You loose if your six towers are destroyed. All the players are trying to protect the castle, not just you, so this is where the coop part comes. The castle has various rings around it and these rings determine who in the army can attack the oncoming horde. You draw cards which are part of your army and you play them to defeat the attackers. Example, the archer card can attack an enemy in the archer ring, pretty simple.

But before you attack, you can trade one card to a fellow player and this is where the strategy comes in. Because, the horde moves up one ring at the end of each players turn and you then add two more attackers by a blind draw. You have to take this into account as you play because the next person must be able to do damage during their turn. There are other things in the draw like bosses that have powers you have to perform or sometimes a big boulder comes rolling at the castle. These elements really add to the fun and surprise of the game. Once you defeat all the horde and you still have towers standing, you won the game. Then each player totals the number of monsters killed based on the point system and whoever scores the most is the Master Slayer (yes we all chuckled with that name)

So, what did I think? Well, I usually use Forbidden Island as an intro coop game for people, but I am going to have to switch to Castle Panic. I like the challenge of the game and the excitement it brings with the blind draw of the next set of attackers. I also like that everyone has the equal participation unlike in Pandemic where it seems the person that draws the Medic becomes the go to player that saves the day. Don’t get me wrong, love, but it can also cause some analysis paralysis by players and doubt this game can do this. It is fast paced and a blast to play.

So if you are looking for a coop entry game with either the family or friends that aren’t the board game connoisseur that you are, give Castle Panic a try. 

Episode 3 – What do rainbows smell like?

Episode 3 is out for consumption. In this podcast:

  •  Marty and I attempt to explain our understanding of the various card games out on the market. We talk about CCGs or TCGs and the juggernaut known as Magic: The Gathering. The new system of Living Card Games is discussed and the various games that use the mechanics of deck building and card drafting. (00:00)
  • Casual Corner is all about Dominion, the game that started the wave of deck building games. (34:30)

Hope you enjoy the show and listen for Marty as he tells us what rainbows smell like.

 

 

Episode 2


Our 2nd episode of Rolling Dice & Taking Names is now available.


In this episode we have:
  • Casual Corner – Ticket To Ride
  • End of year picks – Top Game, Best Gaming Experience, Biggest Disappointment, Biggest Surprise
  • Games we are looking forward to in 2013
Feel free to leave comments and suggestions.
Thanks for listening and Happy New Year!


Note: We had some technical difficulties with Tony’s microphone that we did not realize until we have finished recording. We apologize for this and it will be fixed in the next episode.