The Few and Cursed Review

The Few and Cursed - Rock Manor Games - $64
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Game title: The Few and Cursed

Game description: The Few and Cursed is a deckbuilding adventure game that takes place in a post-apocalyptic earth where most of the water on the planet has been gone for seventy years. Without water, civilization just halted any progress and stayed pretty much the same…with the exception of the monsters, magic and curses that showed up.

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

Summary

Rock Manor Games returns to the deck builder with The Few and Cursed, based off the comic series of the same name by Felipe Cagno. The game has players taking Curse Chasers hunting bounties, doing jobs, surviving the wastes, and killing monsters in a post-apocalyptic, Western-style world where most water is long gone. Throughout the game, each character must manage their health, bullets, and curse levels as they try to protect San Andreas from monster attacks and earn the most Grit to become the most famous Curse Chaser.

Pros

  • Interesting theme
  • Excellent artwork
  • Great combination of deck building, area movement, and combat

Cons

  • Box needs better storage
  • The rules could be a bit clearer

Full The Few and Cursed Review

Rock Manor Games returns to the deck builder with The Few and Cursed, based off the comic series of the same name by Felipe Cagno. The game has players taking Curse Chasers hunting bounties, doing jobs, surviving the wastes, and killing monsters in a post-apocalyptic, Western-style world where most water is long gone. Throughout the game, each character must manage their health, bullets, and curse levels as they try to protect San Andreas from monster attacks and earn the most Grit to become the most famous Curse Chaser.

The Few and the Cursed is an exciting entry into the world of deck building. Instead of players buying new cards for their deck, they pick one of two new cards drawn from an upgrade deck each turn. The cards they fill their deck with are used to move around the board, accumulate attack power, increase/reduce curse, and earn water, the game’s currency. New items to equip can be purchased from the shop or jobs to complete while in San Andreas. These smaller cards are placed under the character board and not included in a player’s deck.

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Look at those beautiful minis

Once the players move out of San Andreas, they brave ruins, canyons, and desert trying to reach the four corners of the board to collect powerful artifacts, fight powerful bounties, and surviving in the wasteland along the way. There’s normal bounties to fight, most-wanted bounties, and four different monsters that can appear on the board to threaten San Andreas. Once all the artifacts are collected, three monsters defeated, or a monster enters San Andreas; the game ends with the player with the most Grit winning.

The game is excellent, balancing each of its different facets and causing players to try and juggle every threat and limited resource on the board. The curse mechanic is particularly interesting, allowing a player to gain a powerful boost while at the same time losing health if they push their luck too far. Hoarding bullets to increase your attack and water to buy upgrades is extremely important, though somewhat tricky at times. Actual deck building plays a smaller, though vital, part of the overall game.

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Each card is wonderfully illustrated

With fantastic artwork and production, a killer theme, and a great comb of deck building, area movement, and combat, The Few and Cursed is a damn good game. It manages to pack a ton of action into a relatively small timeframe, with games usually taking 45 minutes to an hour. The few small gripes to be had are the rulebook, which could have bit a bit clearer in some places, and the fact that the box could use a better storage system than just a cardboard insert and some baggies. The Few and Cursed is a game begging for a 3rd party, custom insert.

The Few and Cursed is familiar enough that experienced deck-building fans will pick it right up. At the same time, it has a uniqueness to it that warrants adding it to your collection even if you’ve got a few deck builders in your collection already.

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