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kingdomino age of giants

kingdomino age of giants

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Kingdomino is a wonderfully simple, fun and quick game, with interesting drafting and pleasing domino like tile placement. In the game you will choose a tile that you want from a column of four by placing your colour meeple on it. This simple action dictates the turn order for the next round though, with players who selected less useful dominoes higher up the column getting the first picks next time around.

Kingdomino was followed by Queendomino, which added a lot more to the game in terms of complexity. For serious gamers this was welcome but some of the pure simplicity of Kingdomino was, of course, lost. Enter the Age of Giants Expansion which can be added to both previous games of mixed in with both of them for some sort of extreme royaldomino smorgasbord.

The expansion adds in a domino tower which dispenses the dominoes via the gift of gravity and the required components for a fifth player. That’s the relatively standard bits out of the way, the rest of the stuff adds to the gameplay. Firstly, rather than choosing out of a couple of bonus scoring objectives from the rulebook, these are now formalised in tile form. At the start of a game you will deal two of these new challenge tiles to give everyone some extra goals to aim for.

The last addition is the giant tiles themselves. These get added into the main lot of tiles with some special rules about how to do this at the different player counts. When a player takes a tile with a giant on it they must immediately take one of the wooden giants and place it over one of their stars in their kingdom. If it is still there at the end of the game it cancels out this star for scoring, but if they draw a tile with footsteps on they can send this giant into another player’s kingdom, giving them the scoring penalty. Age of Giants, therefore, adds some more player interaction into the game. It wasn’t exactly lacking in the first place but it is nice to have a bit more direct interaction.

Age of Giants adds a little more complexity to Kingdomino for those who want a bit more, but aren’t yet ready for the full Queendomino experience. It fits in nicely with Queendomino’s options without over cooking the egg. If you already own both then this is a little bit of a no brainer!

Player Count: 2-5
Time: 15-20 Minutes
Age rating: 8+

Kingdomino is a wonderfully simple, fun and quick game, with interesting drafting and pleasing domino like tile placement. In the game you will choose a tile that you want from a column of four by placing your colour meeple on it. This simple action dictates the turn order for the next round though, with players who selected less useful dominoes higher up the column getting the first picks next time around.

Kingdomino was followed by Queendomino, which added a lot more to the game in terms of complexity. For serious gamers this was welcome but some of the pure simplicity of Kingdomino was, of course, lost. Enter the Age of Giants Expansion which can be added to both previous games of mixed in with both of them for some sort of extreme royaldomino smorgasbord.

The expansion adds in a domino tower which dispenses the dominoes via the gift of gravity and the required components for a fifth player. That’s the relatively standard bits out of the way, the rest of the stuff adds to the gameplay. Firstly, rather than choosing out of a couple of bonus scoring objectives from the rulebook, these are now formalised in tile form. At the start of a game you will deal two of these new challenge tiles to give everyone some extra goals to aim for.

The last addition is the giant tiles themselves. These get added into the main lot of tiles with some special rules about how to do this at the different player counts. When a player takes a tile with a giant on it they must immediately take one of the wooden giants and place it over one of their stars in their kingdom. If it is still there at the end of the game it cancels out this star for scoring, but if they draw a tile with footsteps on they can send this giant into another player’s kingdom, giving them the scoring penalty. Age of Giants, therefore, adds some more player interaction into the game. It wasn’t exactly lacking in the first place but it is nice to have a bit more direct interaction.

Age of Giants adds a little more complexity to Kingdomino for those who want a bit more, but aren’t yet ready for the full Queendomino experience. It fits in nicely with Queendomino’s options without over cooking the egg. If you already own both then this is a little bit of a no brainer!

Player Count: 2-5
Time: 15-20 Minutes
Age rating: 8+


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