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Kickstarter Project http://kck.st/1rf8XiX - Backed: 10/26/2014 - Funded: 11/05/2014 - Pledge Level: Pledge $24 or more: "ARTISAN - One copy of Lanterns: The Harvest Festival with all stretch goals. Shipping to USA, China, and Hong Kong included. " - Payment: $24 - Survey: 11/24/2014 - Projected Delivery: 4/0215 - Shipped: Status: SUCCESSFULLY FUNDED -Update: 02/18/2015 leaving China and expected delivery to backers is early April
When I get burned out playing the European style games, this is a great alternative. It's a slow paced game since you are not only playing your turn but also planning out your next round. But each move is important since a game can be decided by only a few points. The app is fantastic with its visuals and ease of use.
I know what to do in the game, but I have failed to actually find a strategy or be able to figure out the parts of the game. It feels a little 'on the rails'. 6/12/18 ----------------- Not bad. Not great. 29/7/19
Generally enjoyable, but it feels like you have little influence over the game with four people. It became a lot more strategic with two players since there's only five of each color and you can affect the other player more.
Lanterns has an interesting premise with each turn affecting all players. Finding optimal tile placements such as to acquire the best lanterns cards while also keeping them out of opponent's hands is interesting, but largely at the whim of the tile stack. This lack of player control robs the game of meaningful stakes. Lanterns is admittedly a beautiful game, and a decent zen-style game, but fails to entice me.
The base game of Lanterns is game where you place a tile and everyone receives something for that placement, so long as the resource is still available. It can be fun, but it's a bit too light for me at times.