Dr. Mary Flanagan, designer and publisher of Monarch, sent me a prototype of the game while she was Kickstarting it a while back ago. Immediately I was hooked. Gameplay is simple, fast, and tight. Back then most of the art for the game hadn’t been finished, so there was a lot of placeholder art on the cards, tiles, etc…
2 years ago at Toy Fair Mary was at the Tiltfactor booth and happened to have some of the art on her laptop. To say it was amazing is an understatement. Kate Adams created each piece of art on scratchboard tiles. These tiles were then scanned and colored for the game. The effect is stunning, giving Monarch a one-of-a-kind look and feel. Combine this with overall high production value, and the already high quality play, and Monarch is a treasure for any game collection.
I apologize for the bit of glare in the photos. I was trying a new photo setup with a cooler light and a vinyl mat instead of cotton sheet. I need to diffuse the light a bit to reduce the glare. At least it’s working better than my previous setup!
Media personality Rob Kalajian has been a staple in the board game world for many years. As a former writer for Purple Pawn and the owner of A Pawn’s Perspective, Rob focuses on board game reviews, events, and news. A self-proclaimed geek, Rob loves all things toys and games and even helps raise his four kids in his spare time.