Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Bringing the Thunder...Stone!
I've added a new game to the vaults here at Mik's Minis, the deck-building card game Thunderstone. As you can see from the pic, I not only picked up the base game, but the first expansion as well, Wrath of the Elements.
For me theme wins out over gameplay and even innovation. I'm all about theme, and that's what drew me to TStone initially. Well, that and the fact that all my friends already own Dominion, another (excellent) deck-building game. There are similarities between the two, but they're also worlds apart. Thunderstone is a fantasy game through and through; Elves, magic, monsters, and the like. Your goal is to assemble a party of adventurers, equipment them with weapons, spells, and other items, and go into the dungeon to slay some fiends. The game is basically a cross between the flavor and action of Munchkin and the mechanics (loosely) of Dominion. Sounds like a good hybrid in my book.
It's a card game, so after you've shelled out $40-$60 bucks, and get ready for the big opening, well, it's kind of letdown. Just know you're getting...cards. Not minis, not game pieces, no markers or chits, not even a meeple. Just cards. If you're buying it in the first place, you know already, so moving on...
I kept opening, sorting, opening, sorting, over and over. This took the better part of my morning, but it was worth it in the end. I didn't realize the expansion box was oversized on purpose in order to hold all of the expansion cards plus the cards form the base game, very cool. I also didn't realize the expansion box came with raised and labeled card dividers for both sets in order to sort them properly. These are pretty much a must.
When it was all said and done I realized much to my delight that bottom of the expansion box (seen loaded here with all the cards from both sets) fit snugly in another box. Over the holidays I picked up a gift box of Wild Turkey 101, which came with a bottle and two glasses. Well the two went together like they were for one another, so now I have a fancy-pants box holder.
For the most part this was more of an "unboxing" post, which the kids tell me is 'so hot right now'. I have a couple of TStone games under my belt already and I do like it, I'll have to get into mechanics and gameplay later though. Until then, enjoy!