Friday, September 27, 2013

Takenoko: A Better Deal for Victory Points

After being burned by the calculator monster, I am somewhat refreshed by playing the decidedly smooth Takenoko.

There are still victory points. But they are earned in exactly ONE way…through the play of objective cards. You are tasked with growing specific areas of land, specific dimensions of bamboo, or feeding the wandering panda.

Cards grant a single digit victory point quantity. And the game is over as soon as some plays their eighth victory point card, so the end total remains in the lower double digits. A quick scan of the table can tell you how everyone is doing.

At first play, the game seems incredibly random. You and your fellow players play a mean game of tug-of-war with both the gardener and the panda, maneuvering these high-value figures to where they will help fulfill your objectives.

However it is evident some skill is involved, since the experienced players I encounter end the game with almost twice as many victory points as myself.

Gotta put my nose to the grindstone…err…bamboo!

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