Bargain Quest board game
Bargain Quest board game

Bargain Quest

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Bargain Quest is a game of adventure and capitalism for 2-6 players. You and your friends will take on the role of shopkeepers in an RPG town plagued by monsters. You must draft item cards to stock your shelves and arrange your displays to attract the wealthiest heroes to your shop. After that, the heroes will face off against monstrous threats. If they succeed, fantastic! If they get eaten alive, well, at least nobody will ask for a refund. Do you have what it takes to be the best shop in town?

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  • Really fun game, picking whether to have your hero survive by selling them practical weapons or make them pay big bucks for a fake potion that will get them killed is hilarious.
  • Trade Desire: medium
  • December 2019$25.51 coolstuffinc
  • Beautiful production. Enjoyed at lower player counts. Looking forward to more plays at higher player counts.
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It sounds like a more in depth version of #Bargain Quest, which is a game that has been on my radar for a little while. Have you ever played it, and if so is there one you would recommend over the other?

I'm a sucker for themes that add a new spin on video game/film tropes. So instead of focusing on the usual band of heroes in an RPG video game, it would be on the merchants or NPC's (e.g. #Bargain Quest, which I haven't played, and not particularly drawn to because of its relative simplicity).

I don't have a lot. #Clank! A Deck-Building Adventure and #Clank!: The Mummy's Curse, #Bargain Quest, #Proving Grounds, #Book of Dragons, and #Tsuro of the Seas (although I'm not sure if these daikaiju count as dragons...). In all of these games, the dragons aren't super huge; at least, itt doesn't feel like they are. Book of Dragons I got mainly for the cards haha

My oldest is 7, then it's 3.5, 2, and 2 months (so some of them have a ways to go).  The games we currently play together are (Fireball Island: The Curse of Vul-KarMy Little ScytheSushi Go!Pandemic: IberiaBargain Quest, and a modified version of Star Wars Imperial Assault) . I sometimes start with modified rules or fewer rules and introduce more later.  For instance on Sushi Go! I skipped some of the cards and added a new type of card with each play.

Hahaha well I hope you'll like it because coincidentally, designer Jonathan Ying just agreed to an interview! He has a pretty awesome lineup of games he's worked on:

Let me know if you have any personal questions for him and I'll try to add it onto the end of the interview! Hmm... what do you think about me making a forum post whenever I have an interview coming up so that people can throw in questions for that particular person? And I can have some sort of "Questions from our Users" section at the end?

Nice! I've wanted to try Bargain Quest at some point after interviewing the artist. I've heard some people found it way too light, was that the case for you? Also, is there any asymmetry involved between the different shopkeepers?

When I quickly read through the descriptions for the new kickstarter (Merchants Cove), I thought it sounded similar to Bargain Quest but it seemed like there are key differences that set them apart.

Pretty good gaming week this week!  We had our usual Thursday night along with an all day session Saturday.

We got the following to the table:

The kids got me Dirty Pig and more dude recently.  I wasn't sure if they would work with my group.  However, they were a good bit of fun between Power Grid and Gaia Project!    Quick and not to be taken seriously but we had a good time.

Concordia and Power Grid are two of my favourite games that I don't get to play as often as I would like.  It was great to try out some of the other maps I've bought.  

Bargain Quest and Gaia Project were both new to me.  I quite enjoyed them both.  Bargain Quest is a lot about mitigating the luck of the cards as best you can and it did let me tell myself a little story about being the shopkeeper that equips the heroes on their quests.   I quite enjoyed it!

Gaia Project is on par with Power Grid in the planning and brain power required department.  For a first play I felt pretty good that I pulled off my ultimate plan although it wasn't enough to win me the game.   

Good week!


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