Thursday, September 24, 2020

Game Profile: Fleet Wharfside


Publisher:  Eagle-Gryphon Games, 2015
Players:  2 - 4
Play Time:  20-30 Min.

Fleet Wharfside is a small box card game about fulfilling fishing contracts worth varying victory points with the right types of seafood.  There are five types of seafood in demand: king crab, lobster, pacific oyster, swordfish, and tuna.  Seafood is use to purchase contracts and to complete contracts.

This is a set collection card game that is easy to learn and quick to teach.  A turn involves either going to the market to gain contracts or to the wharf to claim seafood.  Going to the market is where players obtain contracts by paying the going market rate in required seafood.  The market rates change as contracts are purchased and new ones are added.  There is a limit on how many unfulfilled contracts a player may have.  Going to the wharf not only gains you seafood but also lets you allocate seafood from your hand to your contracts or store king crab.  There are bonuses awarded for being the first to complete contracts with 3, 4, and 5 required seafoods.  Additionally, there is an end-game bonus for having stored the most king crab.

Fleet Wharfside is quick and easy.  It should take approximately 30 minutes or less to play.  Decisions are pretty straight forward.  There is an element of luck in the random way seafood becomes available at the wharf, and sometimes the seafood needed to claim a contract or to fulfill a contract in an inopportune time.  This game isn’t overly deep – it is just fun.

Fleet Wharfside really does come in a small box.  We frequently take it with us on trips.  It doesn’t take up much room in a backpack or a travel bag.  The card quality is top notch and the game play is entertaining.

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