First Play of Keyflower

Gameplay

"She may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts."

I got to play Keyflower last night and wow, it's great. Definitely a nifty take on worker placement. instead of placing on a specific location to do an action (which is also a thing here), you place them to bid on tiles and build your town. And workers are shared, in that you can place your worker(s) on a tile to do the action, and whoever wins/owns that tile gets those workers for the next round. There's some good thought in the decisions here, and while it may not look like much on the table, it plays so well.

Anyone else play Keyflower--or any other of the "Key" games? I'd love to hear your thoughts on this and the others in the series.

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Premium User10 months ago

I've played Keyflower, #Keyper, and #Key Flow.  None of them a ton.  I've enjoyed all three of them but for me I don't think anything beats Keyflower.  There's something about the whole package that I really enjoy.  

Mind you, they are all great games that I enjoyed but Keyflower is the one I enjoyed the most.

10 months ago

The guy who owned it said Keyflower is probably in his top 5 of all time, so that checks out haha Good to hear the other ones are good too. We talked about playing those soon as well.

Premium User10 months ago

Yeah, it’s not my top of all time but definitely tops of the “key” games. It’s up in or near my top 10 though. 

10 months ago

I’d say top ten is pretty high! But yeah too five is royal status. Platinum. Best of the best. I don’t think I’d have Keyflower up there either, and I think I’d have to play it again before I did try and rank it. 

Premium User10 months ago

I really enjoyed it but I haven’t played it enough to really anoint it yet.  

Premium User10 months ago

It looks fun and I love worker placement games.  This one is on my list to play and maybe own one day.  Thanks for the brief description...very helpful.

10 months ago

As far as worker placement games go, this is the most different one I've ever played. It was quite refreshing. :) 

10 months ago

I’ve only just heard about it about a month ago, I think from you haha

I'm curious to see what other people think, because it looks neat

10 months ago

I may have mentioned it...but I don't recall ever doing so haha Doesn't mean I didn't though! 😃 

10 months ago

Haha either way, thanks for doing so now!

Owner10 months ago

I've only seen the runthrough of #Keyper but I was curious about this one since I've heard it's the best. I like the twist on the worker placement but I think my main attraction is the tons of meeples you can play with xD

10 months ago

haha Yes, the first thing I did was stick my hand in the bag and rummage through the meeps. So many! 

Owner10 months ago

Yup. As for the gameplay, I've heard it's a complex game to grasp. What do you think about it? Is it one of those where it's simple to learn but difficult to master?

Edit: Keyper hit its historical lowest price ($40) last week but I didn't go for it :(

10 months ago

Going over the rules, I thought I was in trouble, especially since I went first. I took my first turn and it all came together from there. Pretty easy to get the hang of, but there's a lot to think about. A lot of it involves playing off the others, so while you can "master" the gameplay, if you will, you still have to figure out what your comrades are hiding behind their blind and what they intend to do with it.

Owner10 months ago

Gotcha. It sounds like a highly tactical game. As much as I love long-term strategical games, it's a nice break and is refreshing to play games that make you think on your feet more. Makes me think of #Five Tribes, although I haven't played that one yet either.

10 months ago

Five Tribes is a good reference in that you're playing off what others are doing a lot. Five Tribes is essentially Mancala with special abilities, but it's a fun game.

10 months ago

I am very intrigued by #Keyflower for sure! I like the multiple different currencies and the tension behind, do I place my worker to use the action there or do I use them to bid on getting that tile in my infrastructure. Very clever!

10 months ago

Very clever indeed. I also like that you can pass your turn but still jump back in. Lets you stop and see what others are doing before you commit. And deciding where to place your worker creates some huge tension! You don't want to place it on another player's tile because they'll keep it for the next round, but you need that action, but....but...haha I loved it.

10 months ago

Oooooo I forgot that the person gets the worker that you place...Do they get that worker if they use the action on a tile and they win the bid for it? The passing action is clever too. You can pass but not end your involvement. Interesting especially in a bidding game. 

10 months ago

Yes, if they win a tile from the middle, they get any meeples that are on it from previous actions. So you could potentially get your dude back. Likewise, you always get back any meeps that were placed on your personal tiles, so getting good tiles and enticing others to come for a visit can be very beneficial.

10 months ago

You are making me consider putting this on my wishlist...

10 months ago

I promise you, I am not getting paid for this endorsement. 

10 months ago

Ohhh I know, you are just a good salesperson...

Supporter10 months ago

Ben is amazing at getting you to buy new games. 

10 months ago

Maybe I need to start charging for my reviews haha

Supporter10 months ago

No we need to start charging you for the games we buy. 

Supporter10 months ago

I like how you think..... Lol

10 months ago

Bahahaha! That made me lol. 

Supporter10 months ago

Mission accomplished. 

Supporter10 months ago

This is indeed a clever mechanic.