- Cascadia Board Game – AEG Games
- Designed by Randy Flynn
- Illustrated by Beth Sobel – (Wingspan, Viticulture, Calico, etc.)
- For 1-4 players
- Ages 10+
- Playing time: 45-60 minutes
- Cascadia is available from Amazon
100 – Deluxe Wooden Wildlife Tokens
85 – Habitat Tiles
25 – Nature Tokens
20 – Wildlife Scoring Cards
1 – Family Variant Scoring Card
5 – Starter Habitat Tiles
1 – Full Color Scorepad
1 – Deluxe Cloth Bag
1 – Rulebook
What is it? Cascadia is a tile-laying game in which players compete to score the most points by creating habitats for wildlife. The game board is made up of a grid of hexagonal tiles, each of which shows a different type of terrain, such as forest, mountains, or water. Players take turns drafting tiles and placing them on the board, trying to create scoring opportunities by matching the terrain on their tiles to the terrain on the board. There are also a number of special scoring features, such as rivers, lakes, and mountains, that players can try to score points from.
How does it play? The game is played over a series of rounds. In each round, players take turns drafting tiles and placing them on the board. After all of the tiles have been placed, players score points based on the scoring features they have created. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins.
What I like about it – Cascadia is a simple game to learn, but it has a lot of depth. There are many different ways to score points, and the game is constantly changing as players draft and place tiles. The artwork is also beautiful, and the components are high quality.
What I don’t like about it – The game can be a bit on the long side, especially with more players. And, because it is a tile-laying game, there can be a bit of luck involved in whether or not you get the tiles you need to score points.
Overall Cascadia is a great game for fans of tile-laying games. It is easy to learn, but it has a lot of depth. The artwork is beautiful, and the components are high quality. If you are looking for a game that is simple to learn but still has a lot of replayability, Cascadia is a great choice.
Score: 4 out of 5 stars
Cascadia is available from Amazon
- The game can be a bit on the strategic side, especially with more players. The more players, the more time it takes. Depending on your group, Analysis Paralysis can impact play here.
- There are a variety of Wildlife Scoring Cards to mix things up from game to game, so each game can score differently from previous games.
- The game light on player interaction. If you are looking for a game with a lot of player interaction, this may not be the right choice for you.
- Nothing happens for you during other players’ turns. I find Cascadia to be a good game with some background television. Like a football game or some music. 😉