Villages of Valeria is the latest and greatest in the Valeria board game series from Daily Magic Games. It’s a short and easy to learn city building and deck building card game that plays 1-5 players. The overall idea is to build the highest scoring town by building buildings and recruiting adventurers to gain bonuses. Buildings can also be turned into resource generators in order to build even more profitable buildings. Adventurers require specific symbols on buildings in order to be recruited, but once they’re yours they provide either a great resource power or a bunch of points at the end of the game. While that’s the basics of the game, its structure lends itself to a lot of nuance. This game has some surprisingly good strategy for such a small package.
What makes this game really appealing is its unique turn order and number of players. Whenever the Active Player takes one of five actions, other players may also follow suit and perform the same action for a higher price. Players can also use opponents resources generators to build their own stuff. This combined with the rule of “you can’t have multiples of the same building in your village” means a lot of on the fly strategy and varied game play. The 1-5 player range make it accessible to large and small groups, and even has a dedicated one player mode card that makes it so it doesn’t feel like a tacked on feature. This game is a lot of fun for just about all ages and has a lot of replay value. Villages of Valeria comes in a regular and a deluxe version, which features expansion cards that add monument and events modes to play.
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