Board Game Geek Rating: 5.53
Board Game Geek Avg Player Rating: 8.27
Players: 2 to 5
Content Notes: Kickstarter Deluxe Edition Bundle of Iwari Board Game by Thundergryph Games. Includes core game (Deluxe Edition), 12 metal territory scoring markers, Storm mini-expansion, 6 cotton storage bags, metal first player marker, metal totem score marker, and all unlocked stretch goals. Please note: unless otherwise stated paid add ons from the Kickstarter Campaign are not included. All games are in English.
Humanity is in its infancy living in scattered tribes in forest, tundra and desert. Hope is blowing in the wind, and the tribes have now left their ancestral homelands to explore the vast uncharted regions, encountering other fellow tribes and exchanging knowledge, culture and wisdom. The earth will breath again, on a journey of discovery.
Iwari is an abstract-like euro game where players represent different tribes who endeavor to define their identity by traveling and expanding settlements into five different types of regions in a strategy game of majorities.
We were already very happy about the structure and feel of the wooden pieces, but as we anticipated, we had to do some color revision to the tribe tents.
Working with wood is always a great experience but it soaks a lot of the color. In this particular case, we chose darker Pantone colors to achieve the final look we wanted for the tents.
With this revision we can positively close down the wooden components for production.
In Iwari we had a unique chance to work with a single material for all our add-ons. Metal felt special and collectible, but also gave us us a great advantage to work on all of them at the same time to be as cohesive as possible with the look and feel of the pieces.
These are the masters for the different coins in the game. We are still looking at the color and finish we want to give to the metal, but the idea is to get the same look we achieved with the mockups.
Evermore have they walked the world of Iwari. Evermore have they embodied its spirit and shaped its lands. They are stewards of the earth. Five Titans that make the cosmos breath. On Iwari, there are no teeming masses, no continent-wide civilizations. Humanity is in its infancy, living in scattered tribes in forest, tundra, and desert.
Now we have left our ancestral homelands to explore the vast uncharted regions, encountering other fellow tribes and exchanging knowledge, culture and wisdom. In our journey, we all live in harmony with the Titans, and though distant to us, they decide our fate. And yet only we don't know if they created us, or we created them.
Iwari is an abstract-like Eurogame in which players represent different tribes looking for their identity by traveling around far lands and expanding their settlements into five different regions on the board. In the game, players use cards for two different actions:
1) Place tents and expand their settlements into five different regions on the board in a majority game that scores on each territory.
2) Construct nature totems to bond with the Titans by placing them on regions and score points based on the totem majorities in adjacent territories.
During the game, players can complete missions that grant small perks and score points by having the majority of tents in each territory after the end of the first card cycle. At game end, the majority of tents will be scored again, along with the majorities of nature totems in two adjacent regions and settlements that players have created (i.e., four or more tents in an uninterrupted sequence along one of the roads on the board).
Iwari reimagines the award-winning game Web of Power by Michael Schacht by adding new layers of strategy, tribe player boards, different maps with their own set of rules, modules that can be added to the game, and unique co-operative and solo modes.
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