Trying Board Games With Friends: Bargain Quest and Kodama: The Tree Spirits

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My friends really like board games and I really wanted to give them a try! I am only familiar with the popular board games like Scrabble, Monopoly, Clue, and Life. I wanted to learn more about different board games and I got to play two with my friends!

Bargain Quest

Bargain Quest is a really interesting game where you play as a merchant selling armor to heroes who will fight three monsters. The winner has the most victory coins and money by the end of the game! I loved the twist of you being the merchant instead of the hero!

The board consists of a merchant shop where you have a display case where you can place one card that will attract a hero to your shop. Heroes have classes and the class of the hero must match the class of the item on the display case for them to visit your store. Once they visit your store, you can sell them your items as long as they have enough money and the items are the same class as your hero.

After that, the hero goes to battle with the monster. There are three stages of monsters in the game. They must have a higher attack and defense than the monster to both attack the monster and survive. A lower attack means no damage and a lower defense means the hero dies. The amount of times the monster needs to be attacked corresponds to how many people are playing the game. But, there is one more thing! You draw a situation card that affects your character like maybe their attack might increase or maybe nothing will happen. You can also buy cards with the money you earn that might help your character’s attack and defense.

I enjoyed being a merchant. I also enjoyed the art of the game because it has a cartoony art style! It was just a fun and light-hearted game. I would love to play the game again because it is so much fun selling to heroes and seeing how they do in battle with the items you gave them!

Kodama: The Tree Spirits.

This game is also really interesting because there’s no fighting or action involved. It is simply about building a tree for Kodama to live on.

You pick your trunk card and have to build branches from the trunk card. Branches must not overlap and branches can only contain a max of 10 points. Once a branch reaches 10, you need to start making new branches to build off of. Scoring comes from how many similar elements are on a branch like 2 caterpillars on a branch.

Scoring is divided into 4 seasons which each season having a different effect like mushrooms and flowers have the same score points so you can have a branch with mushrooms and connect that to a branch with flowers. Season scoring happens after every 4 turns.

You also get 4 Kodama to help you with scoring. At the end of each season, you pick a Kodama which affects scoring such as adding bonus points for how many branches are touching the trunk.

I loved how calming this was! I also loved that every 50 points, you got a Kodama to hang from your tree! The art style reminded me of Princess Mononoke especially the Kodama!

Thoughts on Board Games

I love how diverse board games are so far in terms of story and design! I am interested in playing more board games and seeing the different rules and strategy for the games!

Bargain Quest was fun because it involved a lot of strategy with making sure I had the right items that would help the heroes and me make money! Plus you could give the heroes fake items to make money off of if you really wanted to which was also funny!

Kodama: The Tree Spirits was relaxing! I enjoyed building a tree and trying to earn as much points as possible. It was nice to just spend time building a tree and making it look unique.

I loved the art for both games. I am interested in seeing more board game art because I love the different art styles! As for how I did, I did end up getting the lowest score for both games, but that did not matter to me because I was having so much fun! I hope to play more board games in the future!

What is your favorite board game?