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King of the Elves
English language edition
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The elven king is dead. By tradition, a new king is chosen from the elven princes. In their quest for the crown, the princes leave their castles to tour the villages of Elfenland using the unique modes of transportation available in Elfenland. They first visit the villages in their own realms and then travel to the villages in other realms. In each village, the princes receive a few gold coins as tokens of their visit. To thwart their opponents in the quest for the crown, the princes can place thieves and obstacles along the routes. The prince who collects the most gold in his journeys, will be crowned the new king.
Alan R Moon
Players: 2 - 6
Time: 45 minutes
Ages: 10 and up
Weight: 460 grams
Language Requirements: This is an international edition or domestic edition of an imported item. Game components are language-independent. Manufacturer's rules are printed in English.
Average Rating: 2 in 1 review
This is obviously personal preference, but I find it quite off-putting that people will give a game 4 and 5 stars only to go on to say that it is broken. Shouldn't the rating be based on the game as it is written? If you give it a low score and then go on to say 'however, with these changes, it becomes a 4 or 5' it would make more sense, in my opinion.
And the fact is, as so many have mentioned, that this game is broken due to the over-valuing of the gold cards. They can be readily abused, especially in concert with a 'change of direction' card. Beyond that, a lucky player doesn't even NEED such abuse if they manage to draw more gold cards in concert with the higher valued cities than other players. It becomes quite boring with each player hoarding cards hoping for that one 'big combo' since no other action you can take can compete.
Yes, with some changes the game is enjoyable. However, when you rate a movie, do you say 'Well, I give it 4 stars because if the acting were a bit better and the director had done a better job, that's what it would have deserved'?