Quick Look: Charioteer
Designer: Matt Calkins
Artists: Donal Hegarty, Kurt Miller
Publisher: GMT Games
Year Published: 2022
No. of Players: 2-6
Playing Time: 60-120 minutes.
From the Publisher:
Charioteer is a new game from Sekigahara author Matt Calkins. Like Matt’s previous games, Charioteer features simple rules, quick play, and novel mechanisms.
Charioteer is a strategic racing game that plays in one hour. Each player controls a chariot in the Circus Maximus of ancient Rome. There’s lots of action, and it happens quickly, with simultaneous move selection.
Disclaimer: The publisher provided the copy of Charioteer. The opinions expressed in the review are completely my own. Note: IMAGES within Tal The Wolf Card Guy and his High School Board Game Club’s reviews are taken from BGG and/or the publisher’s websites’ as it is against the privacy of the high school and the students to include them herein.
Such a fun and engaging game! My playgroup especially loved the board itself. The little details, the shadowing and easy layout of the board made for a beautiful design!
The learning curve may be a bit high in the beginning for a non-experienced gamer. My group got through the instructions pretty easily though. Once we started playing the turns and the game progressed at a nice speed. We all were very quickly planning our future moves based on trying to win the crowd’s favor.
We were also dreading rolling to determine what the emperor wanted to see. He hated on us pretty hard! Game play tip! Even if there is a bigger move you can make (number of spaces on the board), try your hardest to win the crowd’s favor. The crowd favor tiles made a huge impact mid and late game. You could tell who was pleasing the crowd and who was not by the way we finished.
We were a little confused about the ‘wild’ tokens as they were the same colors as the types of moves that you could make. Are those wild just for that type of color matched move, or were they truly ‘wild’ and could be played on ANY move regardless of color?
We rated this a “medium weight” game. It was similar to Catan as far as having to manage and pay attention to multiple game elements at once. Highly recommended and we will play again!
After reading Tal the Wolf Card Guy and his High School Board Game Club’s review, if this sounds like a game for you at the time of this posting Charioteer is available for purchase. Check it out and get yours HERE.
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Tal the Wolf Card Guy – Reviewer
Tal is a Student Success Specialist at a high school in Michigan. He runs a very popular after school game club there. Tal grew up playing Advanced Dungeons and Dragons (2nd Edition) and started playing Magic: The Gathering in 1995. Tal has an eclectic taste in games. He lists his current favorites as including Magic (he has a local tournament winning Werewolf and Token decks), Munchkin, Fluxx, Scrabble (he is VERY good at this Math game. It is not a spelling game), Catan, and Pit. He also likes social deduction games and heavier story driven games as well. “Playing games is a universal language and a great way to connect with people. Even if you are not ‘talking,’ you are still communicating and connecting. Sometimes that is all people and students need!”
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