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Asymmetrical, card-driven, block war game with opportunities to get your opponents troops to flip sides. Very much looking forward to playing this more. PROS -Art is lovely and components feel high quality. -Card mechanics are simple and smooth. -Despite having asymmetrical positions and win conditions, the sides feel balanced. -There's a bit of a push-your-advantage element that, when paired with the Loyalty Challenge cards, creates some seriously palpable tension. CONS -Specialty card art is a sword and specialty block art is either a gun or cavalry. PLAYERS BEWARE -A few little rules that can make or break strategy really need to be hammered home. Although not difficult to understand, both players really need to read the rule book before starting. -Movement might be the trickiest part of the game and players need to understand this going in. -Can be very frustrating watching your forces being destroyed because you don't have the faction cards you need.
Elegance and intelligence wrapped into a thematic design. Sekigahara is an accessible, replayable, engaging, delightful experience. The card play is a distant cousin of Friedrich and Maria, though in some ways more constraining (you need the cards for everything) and in others looser (a personal deck means card tracking is easier, and the deck will turn over once or twice during the game). The game's biggest shortfall is a series of poor UX decisions. The blocks don't really stack as high as the game wants you to stack them., there's a lot of toppling over going on. The stacks of blocks also block off visual access to the roads, cities, castles, resource locations, etc., meaning you have to move the blocks around (more toppling). unless you the board down cold. The latter is easily solvable by printing out a Castle/resource location tracker (though why they didn't include a set of black and yellow chits to track these along the Impact Track is beyond me). The former issue is less obvious. Short, squat blocks would go a long way to prevent toppling, but then they require more physical space. It doesn't prevent the gameplay itself from being good, but it's physically fiddly in a way most games aren't.