Review – Reign

Designers: Khairul Hamdan
Publisher: Garage Games Australia
Year: 2017
Players: 3-7
Play Time: 30-45 minutes
Ages: 12+
Rules Available Online: Yes
How to Play: Video
BGG: Reign

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Reign: The Card Game is a card game of diplomacy, deceit, and betrayal reminiscent of a Games of Throne’s style fight for the crown. First, let’s take a look at what comes in the box.

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The box contains 114 game cards, 30 tokens, and a well-written color rulebook. During the game, 3-7 players compete for the Onyx Crown. The game is very easy to set up: simply select your Houses and shuffle up the relevant Military Cards into a shared deck. Place this, along with Event Cards, House Support Cards, and the Onyx Crown Card into the center. Draw starting hands, and begin.

As the game progresses, players secretly bid for support of a House and amass their army. Event and Betrayal Cards are used to turn the tides of battle or sabotage your rivals. Each round, the players’ armies are revealed, and the greatest force takes control of the Regency and the Onyx Crown for the subsequent round, while building Legitimacy Points in order to secure the 9 necessary for victory.

The game cards are neatly stylized and the mechanics of the game are not overly complicated. With very few components, the game is not very intimidating to newcomers—easy to pick up and play. However, if you are looking for a more battle-based combat system, this game is certainly not for you. The combat in Reign works more like a bid-and-battle system, with the goal of secretly outmaneuvering your opponents in order to gain the upper hand—very different from a face-up style strategy combat system like Magic.

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Reign will cost you $35 AUD, about $28.00 USD. Fairly cheap for a small-run card game. The gameplay is fun. However, with limited components and mechanics, it has limited versatility. Still, this unique card game is a nice addition to any collection and you will likely get your money’s worth. Reign was funded on February 13, 2017, and hit the shelves this month.

Reign provided free for review from Garage Games Australia.

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