Saturday, December 13, 2014

Meet Me at the Table: December Game-a-Day Challenge - Day 13: Steam Park

Steam Park (2013)

Steam Park had caught my eye a while ago. It might have to do with reading Something Wicked This Way Comes, but I added it to my want list. Then we went to GenCon 2014 and I saw it set up and I was just awed by how gorgeous and magical it looked. So once again, I mentioned it to my husband and got it for St. Nick.

Essentially, you are rolling dice hoping to roll the symbols that will help you to create the best theme park. You want to make sure you keep it clean and that you attract lots of patrons. The tricky thing about the game is knowing when to expand and how to expand, because you have to place your rides in a very specific manner. Also, you want to focus on matching up the colors so that you can benefit from having locked-in patrons.

The game plays in rounds and we found the rounds went really quick! All of a sudden we had to play our last moves and collect our final winnings. The key is really to keep the dirt down, because it'll hinder you in the end. To win, you want to have made the most money. Final collections are done at the end and you also collect money at the end of each round.

It was really a lot of fun and I enjoyed the game a good bit. The artwork is wonderful, but we had some problems with punching out the pieces on the game. They weren't cut very well and some of our pieces ended up ripping slightly, despite our tender touch. We've never had a game punch out with so much difficulty before.

But once it was done, it was fun to set up and has several options for game play in the future. We played two players with the two player rules.

We made some popcorn when we played and the smell was perfect. You would also splurge and make cotton candy, or just buy some awesome fair food, like hot dogs and sugared nuts. As I mentioned earlier, there is always Something Wicked This Way Comes and it's a Disney movie. Silly, but a great trip down memory lane for the 80's generation. Another fun connection right now is to tie it into watching American Horror Story Freak Show, but that's just carnival related. Either way, theme out your game night for this with some fun carnival memories.

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