Unboxing Barbarians: The Invasion


Just over one year ago, I posted a preview for Tabula Games’ then upcoming Kickstarter, Barbarians: The Invasion. Barbarians funded in less than 10 hours and began shipping to backers last month. Last week, we got our hands on a fresh copy and it is impressive to say the least. Let’s take a look:

20180324 084120The game box is made of a thick, sturdy material and the artwork is phenomenal.

20180324 084309The underside of the lid, respectfully pays homage to the original backers.

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20180324 084243Opening the box, the 5 rulebooks are comfortably housed above the game materials underneath.

20180324 084417Included are 5 rulebooks, each in a different language.

20180324 084445The rulebook is printed in high-quality, vivid color.

20180324 084522Underneath the rulebooks, we see the miniatures and card decks. Also included are 5 zip-lock bags for future organization.

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Look at all of those cards and minis!

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The artwork of this game is outstanding.

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More cards…

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Faction tokens lie beneath the four card decks.

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Clan tokens

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Clan banners

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Resource tokens

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Highly-detailed miniatures

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Lifting out the tray insert that holds the miniatures and card decks reveals the volcano. The introduction of the volcano in Barbarians creates an interesting twist on the worker placement mechanic. Starting from the center and moving outwards, a player can only place workers in adjacent slots. Since the wheel can turn under certain circumstances, you must strategize in advance to prepare for possible twists or adjust your strategy on the fly.

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Assembled volcano


The volcano in action

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Underneath the volcano, you will find the remaining contents of the game box.

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Double-printed game board

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4 unique clan boards

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48 colored bases

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Double-sided map of Fenian and expansion map

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Taking a look at the other side

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And there you have it. What an great-looking game. Thank you, Tabula Games! Now it’s time to play…

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