MFG: Evil Hat Productions/Vainglorious Games
#of Players: 2 – 4
Age Range: 12+
Overall Construction: The first thing I noticed about the construction of this game is that it is so small/compact. Most “Deck Building Games” I’ve seen have very large boxes (11.8 x 11.8 x 2.9 inches). This one is small (8 x 4 x 1 inches). I can fit this game into some of my pockets & it could fit into a small purse.
The cards are a bit on the thick and stiff side but they get the job done. I love the artwork on the cards. The font is easy to read and all of the cards are marked clearly and organized in such a way that there is not a long setup time, unlike some other deck building games.
The rulebook is pretty straight-forward. I did notice one typo in it though.
Gameplay: The set-up is easy. Separate out the 4 decks of 13 cards each. Everything is clearly marked. Then set-up the sets of Mercenary decks. There are 5 of them. See page 4 of the rulebook for specific layout of the decks.
Start play with your flagship in front of you & your teams Experimental Zeppelin off to the side. Make space for a discard pile & a space for your player deck. Shuffle your deck of 13 cards, the 11 for your team and a 3 point and 4 point Fate Card, then draw out 5 cards. Just like other deck building games, you will be able to play out your zeppelins, the add actions, attack zeppelins, & resolve. For more specific information about game play, see their video at https://youtu.be/anSquOaBzI0 . It is a little dry, so don’t watch it while tired or you could miss something. Either way it’s better than trying to explain it and goofing something up.
Because of the smaller decks, the game can go quicker than the standard deck building game, but if you are playing with someone who is used to playing high strategy games it may take as long/ or longer than standard. I almost wish there was a token for the special “Victory Point”, like there is a longest road or largest army card in Catan, but scoring is pretty easy without it so why add to the cost.
Yes/No Recommend: As far as “Deck Building” games go this is much easier to set-up than the others. The cards are well marked for easier game play and less questions than what might occur normally. Easy set-up of a game is important to me and some of the people I play with. All too often in Deck Building games the groupings of cards are hard to separate making game set-up difficult, if not outright too complicated to be bothered with. It is not unheard of for some of my players to give up on a game before it starts because they feel it’s too complicated. This game did not have that problem.
Some of the cards in the set were funny to me, but I like puns. Hopefully you do too. I love the gorilla army. The frost team is pretty cool too.
Where To Get It: My copy was sent to me by Evil Hat, but I have seen this at a few game stores. I have not come across it at any of the Big Box stores. It can be found online as well. If you need more information about this game please visit their website at http://www.evilhat.com/home/zeppelin-attack/