Sunday, December 9, 2012

Game Profile: Livingstone

Explore the Zambezi River with Dr. Livingstone


Mechanics Area Influence, Dice Rolling
Theme African Exploration
Publication Playroom Entertainment, 2009
Ages 8+
Time 35
Players 2 - 5
Description

Livingstone is a light strategy game with a couple of interesting twists.  A handful of dice are rolled by the starting player on each round and arranged in numerical order.  Players then choose one of the die and perform an action with it. Play continues in this manner until all dice are taken or players are unable to take any of the remaining ones.  Players must keep in mind when choosing dice that each succeeding die must be higher than their last die taken. The types of actions include drawing a special action card, taking money, digging into the black bag to grab a handful of gems and rocks, or placing tents on the game board.  Tents are the primary means of scoring both during and at the end of the game.  The die will determine where tents can be played and how many points they are worth.  Money will be necessary to place tents and make donations to the Queen.  One of the game twists is the donations.  Each player has a donation box that they can put coins in on their turn.  The player who has made the least amount of donations in their box by the end of the game is not eligible to win regardless of how many points they have scored.  Another interesting twist is digging for gems in the mine.  There are more rocks than gems and gems can either be cashed in for money or held for points at the end of the game.  The game play in Livingstone is fairly quick with interest tactics, a little luck and a little press your luck element.


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We have an open copy of Livingstone available in our Store Demo Games Library for you come in and try.



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