Bitcoin Empire: To the Moon, the 2nd Edition of 2017’s Bitcoin Empire, is currently up on Kickstarter looking to raise a little over $14,000 to go to print. I’ve never played the original but got an advance copy of this new set to put it through its paces. Designed as a light card game to help you understand the crypto market, it does the former much better than the latter.
In Bitcoin Empire players each takes control of a character that can hold a certain number of Bitcoin and has different values in 3 stats: Law, Code, and Marketing. The goal of the game is to have the most Bitcoin when the draw deck runs out. Each turn players will Mine for Bitcoin by drawing a face-down card to places on their Character and each Exchange they have in play, as long as their storage hasn’t been exceeded. They’ll then draw a card to their hand, and play a card from their hand.
There are several different ways to play a card in the game. Cards can be played face-down on a player’s Character or Exchange as long as they have storage available. They can also play a card face up and resolve its effects. There’s Exchanges that offer you more Bitcoin storage, Skill Cards that can up your Skill levels or be used as attacks, Head Hunter cards that allow you to steal skills from other players, Internet Meltdown cards that level you up in more than one skill at a time, Skullduggery cards that protect you from Head Hunters and attacks, and a special Satoshi Nakamoto card that will discard all Internet Meltdown Cards in play.
The game can be played in quick 10-15 games, or over several games where players earn Moon Tokens each time they win (the player with the most Moon Tokens once they’re all gone is the winner.) The game is simple, fairly light, and still pretty strategic with each card having several ways it can be used. The graphic design of the game is excellent, though the theme is pretty pasted on. The game doesn’t teach you about cryptocurrency at all and the whole Moon Landing Conspiracy aspect is pretty much non-existent. I honestly have no clue why it was tacked on. The game could have pretty much any other theme and work just as well.
That being said Bitcoin Empire is a solid little filler game that’s worth the £10 Pledge needed to secure a copy of the game if it funds.
A copy of Bitcoin Empire: To the Moon was provided free for this preview by David Thomas in adherence to A Pawn’s Perspective’s 2018 Preview Policy.
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