Oaxaca: Crafts of a Culture.

| 2-4 Players | 30-45 Minutes |Ages 8+|

A big thanks to Sarah from Undine games for coming to RinCon 2018 to teach her awesome game!

Description:

Among the many reasons that Oaxaca (pronounced wah-HA-kah) is well known are its exquisite handicrafts. Drawing on generations of tradition, as well as Oaxaca’s vast quantities of raw materials, entire families within this state in Southern Mexico dedicate their lives to perfecting their craft. You are a family of skilled Oaxacan handicraftsmen.

The Gameplay:
In this game your given several choices of handicrafts to build in your workshop . Some help you with Bonuses while others will help out your engine . Build your engine by rolling dice and playing them to draw cards (gather resources), play dice or cards to complete crafts. Once you’ve competed a craft it is there in your stall and usable during your turns further on.

My thoughts:

Oaxaca is a really good short game that has some very heavy elements in it. It would be great for both entry level players and advanced players alike.

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Dragon Parade

| 2-5 Players | 30 Minutes |Ages 10+|

Its Chinese New Year fireworks in and around the Forbidden City. The Dragon Parade is being held and you are a street vendor trying to move your wears. You must predict where the parade will end and the party begins!

The gameplay:

Players alternate playing cards to move the dragon pawn back and forth along the street in front of the Forbidden Palace: red cards to move it one direction, yellow to move it the other. Each player gets a random hand of six movement cards and will play only four of them before the dragon’s final position is settled.

Players individually deploy their three pawns (“street sellers”) somewhere along the red/yellow number line, one at a time after each of the first three cards played, in the effort to be nearest to the dragon once it stops moving. Then coins (VP) are collected by each street seller depending on proximity to the dragon, the top payoff of 5 going only to the pawn on the exact same space.

You play as many hands as there are players, with each player going first once. It’s a game of groupthink and should move pretty quickly once everyone gives in to the idea that it’s not an exact science!

My thoughts:

This is an easy game to learn, but definitely something with some deeper strategies available for a more seasoned player. I will be adding this one to my collection at the earliest opportunity.