Thanks to traffic or some other event (superheroes fighting the latest villain/alien invasion) Chris and his copy of Mansions of Madness Second Edition got held up in Peterborough. Which meant the plans for the evening were thrown in to chaos!
Luckily on my way out of the house I grabbed Kanagawa. I’d grabbed it on the off chance that it might get to the table as a wind down from taking on the horrors of the Mansions of Madness.
I’d only recently bought Kanagawa at this years expo. It wasn’t a planned purchase at the show. More a “oh Kanagawa, that’s a reasonable price, I’ll get it.”
This game is frickin beautiful. Just look at the box art (above). The little paint pots are cute and help strengthen the theme of the game. Even the simplicity of the Master and apprentice counters are beautiful. And the card art, amazing and in the same style as the box cover. Which I love.
This game screams theme.
Super high quality components. I love the bamboo play mat.
I like the dual use cards. If you are able to select landscapes in your studio that match the ones required to paint the picture you can add it to your painting. Or you can add it your studio instead to improve your skills.
But you are making choices all the time in this game. When to take the cards in a row. When to take one of the objective tiles. And how you are going to use the cards you drafted. The drafting has an element of push your luck to it. As does the claiming of objective tiles. Decide not to take one hoping to get a higher value one instead, means you can’t go back to claim the one passed up. But you run the risk that some-one else will grab the one you are aiming for before you can claim it. Plus you can only claim one objective from each colour group of objectives.
The only draw back is the sliding of cards under each other. Sometimes they go easily. But most of the time they don’t.
It’s not a heavy game. But there is enough to keep things interesting. I like this game a lot.
The history books will show Diego and I won a game each and drew a game.
We’ll attempt to get Mansions to the table again next week (hopefully)