The first one up is called Sun, Moon and Stars. So sit back, grab your piece pipe (hey, I'm part Cherokee so I can say that :P ) and your favorite beverage and lets take a look at it!
As always, here's an excerpt for you:
"Sun, Moon, & Stars is a fast playing, easy to learn game of deduction. Each of the four great totem spirits, Wolf, Deer, Owl, and Serpent, chase their favored celestial bodies through the heavens to be the first to capture them and prove they are the greatest of their peers."
In Sun, Moon and Stars players set up the table a little different than other games. First, you set up the cards accordingly for a 3 player game.
Each player(up to 4) sit at each of "North, East, South and West" sides of the cards. In this picture, North would be the top of the picture.
The cards that are on the outside edges of this picture are each players action cards, the ones just inside of these are the players Animal Spirits, the ones that have the Sun, Moon and Stars on them are the cards that players will be moving around and trying to get to different positions in order to win.
At the very center of this configuration is the draw deck of action cards. On each players turn, they will draw one action card which gives them two in their hand and choose one of those two to play. Depending on what is drawn, you will have any number of choices to choose from.
So first we move the sun to the moon like so.
Then we move the moon either 1 or 2 spaces(your choice). Since I'm trying to get someone to have all three of them I move it up to the stars.
Now, even though I wouldn't know this in a normal game. If the player across from me happen to have the wolf for their animal spirit, they would have won the round at the end of my turn. Thankfully in this case, that would not have happened though, lol.
And that's about it for the game. It's REALLY simple and REALLY nice to play a game like this. It doesn't take much time to set up nor play a few rounds of but to win still feels very rewarding since it can be difficult to pull of a win against other players some times.
So now on to my opinion of the game:
Game Art: The art that is on the cards is nothing short of great. Although there's not much going on for each card, I really like the style that the spirit animals and the symbols for the sun, moon and stars are done in. There are very crisp clean lines and the art makes it easy to quickly understand what each card does.
Game play: The game play and setup are straight forward and simple. There's enough there to keep you going for just "one more game" with the addicting play and the urge to win. Over all, this one is definitely great for friends and family who might not otherwise be considered "gamers". It's enjoyable for new and old players and gamers alike.
Game Quality: The quality of the cards is a nice reliable feeling to them. The prints are nice and crisp and the box and art on the box as well as the rules insert is nice and feels like they will last as long as the cards themselves. I can see this game staying in my family for years to come. For 10 bucks you can't go wrong!
So, should you buy this game? If you're looking for a great filler game that doesn't take a lot to set up or play but would like to get the rewarding feeling of winning then... YES! If you're looking for something that has a little more depth to the play then you may want to pass but otherwise I HIGHLY recommend this game for some fun quick play!
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As always, thank you for reading and take care!