Crazier Eights: One Thousand & One Nights / Shahrzad Review

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Crazier Eights: One Thousand & One Nights - Recoculous $15

Game title: Crazier Eights: One Thousand & One Nights

Game description: Previously, I had written about Crazier Eights: Avalon - an expansion card set for the game, Crazier Eights: Camelot. This game has grown on me since my original post, back on April 22, 2017. Over the year and a half, I have come to play this game many times, as it makes an excellent appetizer to occupy your attention while setting up a more complex tabletop game. It is also a great game to play with friends who aren't hardcore gamers, as it is fairly straight forward, has familiar mechanics, and is quite simple to pick up and play. Recently, with the release of the Kickstarter successes, Crazier Eights: One Thousand & One Nights and Shahrzad, the game has become even crazier.

Overall
4
  • Play (Mechanics)
  • Presentation (Art/Quality)
  • Plan (Rules)

Summary

Previously, I had written about Crazier Eights: Avalon – an expansion card set for the game, Crazier Eights: Camelot. This game has grown on me since my original post, back on April 22, 2017. Over the year and a half, I have come to play this game many times, as it makes an excellent appetizer to occupy your attention while setting up a more complex tabletop game. It is also a great game to play with friends who aren’t hardcore gamers, as it is fairly straight forward, has familiar mechanics, and is quite simple to pick up and play. Recently, with the release of the Kickstarter successes, Crazier Eights: One Thousand & One Nights and Shahrzad, the game has become even crazier.

Pros

Great artwork!

Cons

Eventually can seem fairly repetitive. Perfect for a few games as an appetizer for a more complex main course on friend or family game night.

I learned a word today.

Expandalone.

Previously, I had written about Crazier Eights: Avalon – an expansion card set for the game, Crazier Eights: Camelot. This game has grown on me since my original post, back on April 22, 2017. Over the year and a half, I have come to play this game many times, as it makes an excellent appetizer to occupy your attention while setting up a more complex tabletop game. It is also a great game to play with friends who aren’t hardcore gamers, as it is fairly straight forward, has familiar mechanics, and is quite simple to pick up and play. Recently, with the release of the Kickstarter successes, Crazier Eights: One Thousand & One Nights and Shahrzad, the game has become even crazier.

Crazier Eights: One Thousand & One Nights is a gateway fantasy card game inspired by the Arabian Nights stories with Aladdin, Ali Baba, Princess Parizade, and other famous characters from the stories. One deck is enough for four people to play and it can be mixed with other versions of Crazier Eights printed in 2017 or after. It plays just like its predecessors (the object being to get rid of all of your cards by matching symbols and colors), so if you are familiar with one of the other versions of Crazier Eights, this is a breeze. New art breathes life into the unique asset and event mechanics of its precursor versions.

Similarly, Crazier Eights: Shahrzad is a gateway fantasy card game inspired by the One Thousand & One Nights stories with Sinbad, jinn, and other elements from the stories. It is described as an expandalone that can be played as a stand alone game for up to three players or mixed with Crazier Eights: One Thousand & One Nights. The game is highly stylized. Shahrzad has a similar art style as One Thousand and One Nights and each card is bright, vivid, and interesting to hold and read.

At around $15 retail, these card games are worth a look. They are fun, play quickly, and have a fairly high replay value.

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