Yesterday I received another game from kickstarter, this one even arrived a month early! Dale of Merchants is a card game where you compete to be the best merchant and are thus allowed to join the prestigious Guild of Merchants.
The game comes in a small box, just the right size for all the components and doesn’t take up ridiculously more shelf space than is necessary.
Having opened the box, you find a market board with different artwork depending on whether you feel like a daytime feel or a more sinister looking nighttime look. A deck of beautifully finished cards provide for most of the game play. A red dice is also included to add a bit of chaos when using the ocelots.
For each game you select any three of the available six animal types and this dictates the style of gameplay – you can go for conflict (racoons), chaos (ocelots) and imitation (chameleons) or for a more peaceful and beginner friendly game use the macaws, pandas and squirrels which aid with hand management, market use and stall building respectively. Each card also contains flavour text which enhances the feel of the game.
Combining buying cards, using their effects and playing them to your stalls – the winner is the first person to successfully build their eight stalls and be granted entry to the guild.