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Store:  Strategy Games
Series:  Essen 2010 Releases
Format:  Board Games

K2

2014 edition


List Price: $60.00
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Ages Play Time Players
10+ 60 minutes 1-5

Designer(s): Adam Kałuża

Manufacturer(s): Rebel.pl Publishing

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Product Description

Polish game retailer Rebel.pl is making the leap into publishing, with Basilica (described here) being one of its releases and the board game K2 from Adam Kałuża being the other. Here's a lengthy description of K2 from the publisher:

K2 is the second-highest mountain on Earth as well as the second deadliest. It's known as the Savage Mountain, as it kills one person for every four who have reached the summit...

And K2 has never been climbed in winter.

Now your team stands in its shadow, ready to climb for fame and glory. You know the dangers of K2 all too well: Extreme weather with frequent and deadly storms; exposed, steep, tricky routes; and lack of oxygen await you on your way to the summit. You will test your climbing skills to the death, trying to outsmart the ever-changing weather and always worrying about the acclimatization of your two mountaineers. Also, there are the other teams ready to take the glory for themselves.

K2 is a board game in which each player controls a team of two mountaineers, trying to climb to the summit of K2 before the other players' teams, and descend before the mountain kills them. Every player uses the same deck of cards. Every turn, players simultaneously choose three of their six cards from hand to play. Cards let them move their climbers or give them always needed acclimatization points. You can also use movement points to set up a tent which helps with acclimatization, but naturally the tent stays in one place throughout the game.

Whoever played the most movement points on their cards takes one of three face-up risk tokens (which penalize players movement and/or acclimatization points by 0-2 this turn), then the players in order move and acclimatize their mountaineers. After that, every player adjusts the acclimatization level of his climbers, taking into account the weather for this day (turn) and the acclimatization penalty from the field a climber occupies. If acclimatization drops to 0, the mountaineer is considered dead and all the victory points he's won so far are lost.

At the end of a turn, you draw three cards from your deck and move the weather pawn to the next day on the weather tile. During the game, the decks will be gone through three times and all six weather tiles will be used. (There are three spaces with different weather on each of them.) Planning, hand management and risk analysis are important elements of K2 play. Another important thing is choosing the path for your climbers as the other mountaineers can block your way, which can be devastating if you are high or if bad weather comes.

K2 is a board game for 1-5 players, with strong interaction and a low luck factor that lasts up to 60 minutes. The theme is very well represented by the mechanisms, including such elements as changing weather, lack of oxygen and death of the mountaineers. The result is an exciting match for gamers and non-gamers alike. The game includes a double-sided game board with two different routes to the summit (easier and harder) and two sets of weather tiles (for summer and winter).

Description written by W. Eric Martin and used with permission of BoardgameNews.com

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Product Awards

Games Magazine Awards
Best Strategy Game Nominee, 2013
Kennerspiel des Jahres
Nominee, 2012

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