Sunday, 11 January 2015

42. 'Coin Age.' Un-'enveloping.' The Cardboard Cartographer issue 15.

Welcome to issue 15  of 'The Cardboard Cartographer' here on 'The science of selling yourself short.'

In this issue we'll be un-boxing (enveloping really, as it doesn't come in a box) a micro game called Coin Age.

Coin Age was a 'pay-what-you-want' game created by TMG that was funded via Kickstarter.
The original funding goal was $5,000, which they met on December 21st 2013, and proceeded to smash, reaching a total of $65,195.
You can check out their campaign material by clicking here > Coin Age

In Coin Age two players attempt to control the land of Agea using a single card map and a handful of pocket change. Players take turns placing their forces (coins) on the map to control spaces, outmanoeuvre their opponent, and score victory points.

As with my previous Kickstarter un-boxing I have yet to play this game. Which is silly really, as it is amazingly portable and can almost literally be played anywhere.

On to the un-boxing!

Like Elevenses, this game is really compact. This 'un-boxing will be over amazingly quickly, mainly because it came in an envelope with no box (hence the lack of packaging picture).

The rules are compact, clear and fairly simple.


The 'boards' are roughly the size of a credit/ debit card and are made out of thin card, with the exception of the glossy card which is hard plastic.
The two thin 'boards' are also double sided, as to fit in more variable 'maps'.

The coins are standard cardboard composite, but also also includes some stickers to be stuck to pocket change if you don't want to use the cardboard pieces/ lose them.

And that is it!

It is simple, compact and clean.
Considering its size I actually think they managed to fit a fair amount of detail without making it look too cluttered.
Also the colours are great!

My main concern would be with the two 'boards' made of card. 

They are very flimsy. I can honestly see them getting damaged quite easily. Admittedly, they include a more durable board, but I don't see one board having great replay ability, so using this Micro Game for consistent travel use may not be the best.

That said, it is kind of hard to criticise the game considering;
a) it is a micro-game,

b) it was 'pay-what-you-want,'
c) I'm yet to play it.

A very short issue this time round.
Blame Christmas and New years, and playing more games again.

Have you ever played Coin Age? What do you think about it?

Leave me a comment below, or tweet me @DarkHaZZl3 on Twitter.

Thanks for reading. Until next Time


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