In Cartographers, players compete to earn the most reputation stars by the time four seasons have passed. Each season, players draw on their map sheets and earn reputation by carrying out the queen's edicts before the season is over. The player with the most reputation stars at the end of winter wins.
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First time I have been this lost trying to learn a game. Also not my jam since I love the tactile of game pieces.
Very solid R+W with a tetris like pieces to fill board. I don't like having to draw terrain types, and in fact will play with colored pencils to just color in the sections of each type. Overall though this is a pleasant experience.
April 2020-I tend to not like the other flip and writes. I don’t know why I like this one so much, but it really does everything so great. The scoring mechanism of seasons is perfect. You can really plan ahead and score a ton on all your careful planning! Should I go after coins, or add more tiles to my kingdom? The monster tiles sounded awful, but in practice they keep each of the players from having identical lands. And often times they are not too bad if you don’t just ignore them.February 2020$18.99 coolstuffinc.com
This game caught my attention after seeing it nominated for a Spiel des Jahres and watching a video review. I was really interested in it being a different type of game from my current collection, hoping it might catch my teenage son's interest and get him to play more games with me. I bought it last month and we tried it out. I reaaly enjoyed it, and he said he'd be interested in playing it again! We played a game with six players. The rules are fairly straight forward, but it still took about half the game for a few non-gamers to figure it out, especially the scoring mechanics. I think that is in part to it being a different type of game from what they expect games to be. They still all had a lot of fun with it, though, and said they'd play it again. The game doesn't take a lot of time. I think it can easily be completed in 30 minutes. And drawing monsters on other people's maps? So much fun! I hope to be playing this a lot.