Waking Shards – Review 

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Waking Shards – Review 

Publisher: Rudok’s Tavern

Designer: Diego Cath

Year Published: 2022 (Link to Kickstarter (Now available for pre-order) at bottom, fully funded)

No. of Players: 2-4

Ages: 8+

Playtime: 20-25 Minutes

Find more info on BoardGameGeek.com  


I am a little behind getting this review ready as the campaign is already launched and funded (Funded and now ready for pre-order). However, I received the prototype in the mail with no information on it at all: no rulebook, game name, box, etc. It was just 25 loose cards and I had no idea what the game was. After I got it all sorted out and EBG helped me find out what the game was, we found the rules link on their Kickstarter page. I was able to play this one within the expected game time of 20-25 minutes with no difficulty. It’s VERY simple and not complex at all. I’ll let you know a bit about the game below but have to admit, it wasn’t for me, there just wasn’t enough to it to feel like much of a game.


From the Publisher:  

Waking Shards is a 2 to 4 player game that you can carry in your pocket and play anywhere. The game is easy to learn but still deep in terms of strategy and combos. Build an army of Guardians and find the Shards to combine their powers and outsmart your opponents.


Disclaimer: The publisher provided the prototype copy of Waking Shards. The opinions expressed in the review are completely my own.



Initial Impression/Components: 

The cards were a good quality, they did not get crushed or buckled in the mail and were loose in a bubble envelope. Outside of that, the presentation of how it was delivered (nothing else but a Rudok’s Tavern sticker) was not impressive. A small note would have gone a long way.   



The short gameplay and game length. 


Least Favorite: 

It felt like there had to be more to the game than there was, but there wasn’t. 



It was not my kind of game and I woudn’t play it again. It reminded me of Air, Land and Sea (which I do really enjoy) but fell short of my expectations. I would suggest you do some research on the game prior and see if you would like to give it a go, this could be an example of people getting caught in the hype of the crowd or it could be that my preferences don’t match the majority. 

Areas they did well: 

– Short game length and setup

– Very simple

– Good card quality.

– Readable cards

– Decent art

– Portable

Areas they could have improved:

– More depth

– More exciting

– Better cost per game

– Presentation of delivery/professionalism

– Alternating turn order


Final Thoughts:  

Many people have pledged this title (over 500 backers), so my opinion is definitely not the be-all-end-all, but I am surprised with its success. I’d love to know their marketing campaign and if they had a team to help them launch. Clearly, they’ve done something right! This game is about as light as a game can get and equally fast. If that’s up your alley, this game is also highly portable – I fit my copy in an oversized business card holder. I will also add that I played this successfully with my wife, a non-gamer, with no troubles. It wasn’t her cup of tea either, but it was an instant setup and play. That’s all for today, thanks 🙂


I‘ll see you next time, back here at The Game Table,


Here’s a link to their kickstarter campaign and their website:




After reading Brad’s review, if this sounds like a game for you at the time of this posting Waking Shards was successfully funded on KICKSTARTER with 883 backers pledging €19,408 to help bring this project to life.

Check it out and Pre-Order it HERE.

Find out more at BGG

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Brad Hiscock, aka “Zerility”, is a construction project manager and electrician by trade who was the owner of a 6-time award winning electrical company. His passion for board games has led him from playing hundreds of original titles to creating a design and publishing company of his own, Convivial Games. As an up and coming collaborator on many projects, he is always eager to try new games and meet new people.

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