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Cypress Legacy: The Board Game Review

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Cypress Legacy: The Board Game
Designer: Not Listed
Publisher: Cypress Inheritance
Year Published: 2018
No. of Players: 2–6
Ages: 12+
Playing Time: Minimum 1 hour

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Cypress Legacy: The Board Game is a strategic race game pitting the players against and against the artificial intelligence running the security system of the Cypress Mansion. There is no time limit on this race. You’re racing to recover enough Inheritances, which in turn allows you to find your security key. With all that in hand you are able to leave the mansion.

After finding Inheritances, Assets, and Weapons, you have to keep them. Other players can steal these items from you. You need to have enough Inheritances along with your security key when you arrive at the finish point. If you don't, you need to go take what you need from someone else. The players are the only problem you're working against.

Near the start after everyone was sent to detention
The Cypress Mansion has its own guardians. The artificial intelligence of the mansion is watching and sending its guards to stop and detain you. If you defeat a guarding you get to improve your movement. If you lose the combat, losing your movement, being placed in detention, or losing your weapon are some of the possible outcomes. Some of the Events are directed at you while others can affect everyone.

We played two games, back-to-back, with five players. Everyone enjoyed both games and each one of the games played out differently. The first game went just over an hour. The second one took a little over two hours. There were several reasons for the difference in time. Enough differences to give replayability to Cypress Legacy—it would be hard to duplicate the outcome of a game.

The rules were complete and easy to understand. We were able to start after the first reading, I think we could have started as we read the rules. We referred back to the rulebook a few times as we played the first game and all of our questions were answered. In the second game we only had to go back to them once.

Getting the game ready for play was easy. Everything runs on seven decks of cards. All you need to do is shuffle them up and give each player a Weapon card and a Reset card. Players picks a location to start from. Then the first player draws an Event card to start their turn and the game.

There are player markers and markers for the Inheritances, along with 2 dice to go with the decks. When we moved to reset for a second game, all we had to do was shuffle up the decks and draw the cards.

Our first game started slower as we acquainted ourselves with the board and the mechanics of the game. Everyone picked up on the rules quickly and the game moved along quickly. Our first game went quick because of how the Inheritances were revealed and player positions on the board. There was also concern that the batteries in one of the dice had gone bad with its low rolls.

We reset the game board, shuffled the decks, and went right into a second play.

Near the end of the game
The next game went for two hours. All of us understood the game better and were more inclined to do more preparation for player-versus-player combat.

The level of strategy for collecting the few cards you are able to hold and gathering Inheritances from the board or other players led to some good-natured cross table heckling.

Theme and Mechanics
Cypress Legacy: The Board Game is a continuation of the theme presented by Cypress Inheritance. You don’t need to know the earlier story to be able to play the board game. This is a standalone game that builds off of its own strategy and has a complete storyline.

The mechanics of the game are straight forward. A turn starts with drawing an Encounter card. Then you move through the mansion to locate Inheritance markers, weapons, and other items to help you in your quest. When you have enough Inheritance markers, then you locate your security key and get out of the mansion. Other players will try to stop you by stealing the Inheritances. The first person to reach the finish point with enough Inheritances and their security key wins the game.

Combats are also quick and easy to complete with a single roll of one die each by the two players involved. This pace keeps everyone in the game. No one is waiting for very long between turns. Our 5-player games didn’t have anyone roaming away from the table except for the necessary bio-break and food.

Some of the cards (picture from Cypress Legacy Site)

Artwork and Components
The production quality of Cypress Legacy: The Board Game is high. This goes for all the components, cards, box, and art. Everything carries the theme and expectations set by previous releases.

The Good
  • The look is eye catching.
  • It is easy to learn, and easy to teach.
  • The simplicity of the rules led to more strategic action during play.
The Bad
It is printed in a gloss finish. The board and the cards reflected light making the hard to read at the wrong angle.

Final Thoughts
The next day after we played, one of our group went to find the game so they could order it as a gift for a friend in another state.

Players Who Like
Games of strategy pitting the players against each other as they race for the same goal.

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Daniel Yocom - Reviewer

Daniel Yocom does geeky things by night because his day job won’t let him. This dates back to the 1960s through games, books, movies, and stranger things better shared in small groups. He’s written hundreds of articles about these topics for his own blog, other websites, and magazines along with stories, after extensive research. His research includes attending conventions, sharing on panels and presentations, and road-tripping with his wife. Join in the geeky fun at guildmastergaming@blogspot.com.

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Cypress Legacy: The Board Game Review Cypress Legacy: The Board Game Review Reviewed by Guild Master Gaming on April 19, 2019 Rating: 5


  1. Will there be a full review and rating from you on Board Game Geek? Would love to see this game get more coverage.

    1. It is already on BGG - https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/2188962/everything-board-games-cypress-legacy-review Thanks!!!

    2. Will you be adding a Rating score as well? There are only two game ratings on BGG from actual game review sites. Thanks again