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An old Irish legend tells of the hero, Chú Chulainn, who gathered 10 brave men together to drive the enemy from their land in a great battle. After returning home, he gave each of his followers a magic amulet. Each amulet was similar: the 9 outer parts were identical, but the middle part of each was different, making it possible to distinguish one from the other. The amulets brought their owners and their offspring respect and wealth. When the Vikings conquered the land, they destroyed the amulets, scattering the parts of each throughout the land.
The players take the roles of adventurers in 11th century Ireland, who seek to recover the parts of the amulets and put them back together. Five druids have pledged to help you in your endeavor. The player who finds parts and puts together the most amulets will win the game and become the new Celtic king!
I love this game! One of my favorites! My husband and I played it 3 times in a row the first day we got it!
My family has a hard time with the mind blowing games. In fact, they hate the word "boardgame". We taught'em how to play this game and guess what, "they wanted to play and play and play".
My sister usually watches TV on gamenight, but she jumped right in and asked where we got it. They didn't ask twice how to play as they do the other strategic games we have played.
To make it short:
Move your way around the board by rolling dice, you have tile pieces that are flipped over. You will draw tiles from a pile and collect cards along the way. Each tile has a different color on it and you are to collect all eight, plus one that has an armour type emblem on it without losing them all first. There are 9 tiles that make up a medallion. The one with the most medallions wins. The medallion is shown on the box.
In Celtica players are moving their druids to collect amulets in 11th century Ireland.
The artwork and the bits are stunning, and absolutely fantastic. However the strong luck element trumps any strategic decision making, and as a result serious gamers will despite this kind of game. Children, however, might still enjoy it, and several variants have been suggested (e.g. playing with hands open) that might improve it for adults as well.
The bottom line: In the end, luck trumps any decisions you make, and it's hard to give a game like this a favorable rating despite the lavish appearances. But considering the beautiful components, Celtica might still find play with families with children or very casual gamers. However, it has to be said that many better choices are available from the wide selection of modern games.