Fences is a tile-laying game coming to Kickstarter soon about, you guessed it, building fences. More specifically, it’s about fencing animals on your farm in. Each player lays tiles, claims pens, and scores points based on how many cows, sheep, and pigs are contained in a pen. A pen containing only one type of animal scores double. Each farmer also scores on different aspects of a pen, like if there’s no pigs or there’s at least one cow. The player with the most points once all the tiles has been placed is the winner!
So how does it play? It’s a lot of fun, but it feels like it needs a bit more work. For one, Fences takes too long to play for how simple of a game it is, especially in a 2-player game. This causes scores to be astronomical; Way above the 50 point score track, with no way to track a score past 50. Building pens also take a bit of getting used to, as a majority of the fence sections are diagonal (as seen above) and take some maneuvering to get things just right. This leads to some huge pens your first few games.
When all is said and done my kids and I did have a lot of fun playing Fences. It feels like a nice middle point between Kids of Carcassonne and the regular version of Carcassonne. The rules are pretty much 2 pages long and are super easy to read, digest, and jump right into play. The $20 minimum pledge to get a copy of the game when it hits Kickstarter isn’t too shabby either. If you’ve got kids, Fences is certainly worth a look.
A prototype copy of Fences was provided free for this preview in adherence to A Pawn’s Perspective’s 2018 Preview Policy
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