Review #64 - Tiny Epic Pirates Designed by Scott Almes. Published by Gamelyn Games. For 1-4 players. The awesome people at Gamelyn Games (who make the awesome Tiny Epic Dungeons) very kindly sent me both Tiny Epic Pirates and Tiny Epic Zombies for review. This does not affect my opinions or views on the game but, you should keep this in mind when reading my review. As a wonderful surprise, I was sent this game for review. Being a massive fan of pirate games I was super excited to get this and get it to the table. The Tiny Epic Games really pack a punch and this is maybe the beefiest one yet (that I have seen). There are pirate ships, map tiles, deck hand cards, merchant ships/cards, trading post cards, gold doubloons, stock cubes, and other pieces. There are even little sails that you have to attach to the ships. The gameplay to start with is actually quite hard to get into. There are lots of fiddly rules and quite a bit of setup. This was especially tough on our first game. Thank god for Dized!! We used the app and it is super clear and easy to follow. Each player sets up their captains' actions randomly on their ship board and there are 5 randomized actions and 1 action that is the same for all (the Hide Out action). The main aim is to bury your 3 treasure chests before the other player/s can bury theirs. To do this you need to earn coins by selling plundered or stolen loot, searching for treasure, fighting the other players, or fighting the merchant ships. You can also increase your crew to help with battles and you must pay 12 or 13 doubloons to bury treasure where your max for holding doubloons is 13. This means you must reach your maximum 3 times before you can win the game. The flow of the game soon becomes apparent, then at the end you realize that you may need to adapt your strategy in order to stop one of your fellow pirates from winning. Then, it is time to chase down and battle those scallywags. Choosing your captains' orders and doing actions is a little bit fiddly. In my opinion, it is a little bit too fiddly. The location of your randomized actions does not really affect each player and things like this feel to me like they could have been streamlined a little to save time during set-up and to make gameplay a little smoother. Having said this, a lot of the game feels really fun and exciting. Fighting others, including the merchant ships, is never easy to win so when you do win it feels great. Increasing your stats and notoriety feels awesome and well earnt. Getting extra movement, attack or even battle dice can really improve your chances of winning. It is a very piratey adventure and it does not at all feel like a game coming from the tiny box size it comes in. This feels very much like a big box game. The components in Tiny Epic Pirates are excellent and the pieces are all very thematic. Great boats, cool cannon pieces, boats with sails you have to insert, and really nice dice too. It all really helps to increase the quality of your gameplay experience. One thing that this game is sourly missing is a player aid or 4. There is a lot of symbology in this game and it can be pretty daunting trying to find your way through. There is a constant need for play to check symbols and the rule book needs to be close at hand. Especially for your first play-through. I downloaded one from BGG (link - https://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/223586/player-aid-tiny-epic-pirates-crimson-silver) and it is highly recommended!! Thanks to whoever made this. My other issue with the game is that getting the loot onto the boats can be extremely fiddly and sometimes leads to ships falling over, cubes falling out and this can quickly become tedious. Final Score: 8/10 Overview: "You can fight, steal, plunder, search and bury treasure. It is all you could want from a pirate game and then some. There are some small niggles that stop this from being higher rated by me but, I still love this game and I am very excited to try the expansion (Curse of Amdiak). Highly recommended if you want a fun pirate adventure that by some magic fits into a tiny box that won't take up much space at all. Highly recommended!" Your rum-drinking swashbuckling friend, DB. Click the image below to see more
Scientists have brought dinosaurs back after a 65 million year hiatus! It’s a triumph of modern ingenuity! What? Oh…that’s old news? Every major theme park in the world is now vying to purchase these behemoths as living attractions? This feels like an opportunity…
In Tiny Epic Dinosaurs by @gamelyngames, you’re in the business of ranching serene Stegosauruses and rambunctious Raptors in order to fill contracts! This game features worker-placement and resource management mechanics and takes place over a series of 6 rounds - each comprised of 7 phases. In the solo game, you’re up against a rival rancher who takes up spots on the action mats and forces you to spend more ranchers per action. Over the course of the game, you acquire dinosaurs, build barriers, and collect resources in order to feed your new occupants! If you can’t feed them, they escape and deal you a penalty (if a carnivore escapes…well, say goodbye to one of your herbivores too). Once you have dinosaurs placed in your ranch, you can use them to fill contracts and earn victory points.
Conclusion: I’ve really been enjoying my time with Tiny Epic Dinosaurs! It can be a real brain burner trying to plan out how to best use the limited space you have available to you. You also have to keep in mind that groups of two dinos of the same species will mate and earn you a third one. If you don’t have room for that little prehistoric bundle of joy then, you guessed it, it escapes. The solo rival is also infinitely more capable at filling contracts than you are so you’re constantly being kept on your toes! I’ve yet to win a game against them. 😅 This game lives up to its name in that it is, in fact, quite tiny! With so many phases to keep track of and so many little meeples to manipulate, it can sometimes feel a bit fiddly. I had my windows open during one game and a gentle breeze nearly wiped out my entire ranch! There’s also a mechanic of filling “private” contracts but only immediately after having filled a public one that I found way too tricky to pull off. All-in-all, I’m looking forward to playing this more and becoming the top dino dealer in town!
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Zatu Games Final Thoughts - Tiny Epic Defenders... I really enjoy this. It is a quick-playing game, I can have this set up and played in around 30 minutes. It plays well solo (player controls two Heroes) and with other players. Tiny Epic Defenders is going to be staying in my collection for a long time and I can see this hitting the table again and again.
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My thoughts after playing Tiny Epic Dinosaurs by @gamelyngames
Dinos, dinos, dinos. In all shapes, but not all sizes. These dinos are small. Tiny, but epic, just like the box itself and everything else within. This is a true and pure worker placement game with resource management. The art is colorful and cute, but the game is tight, and can sometimes be unforgiving. When you place your rancher you need to plan two steps ahead and there are plenty of different options every turn. The rancher placement reminds me of Honey Buzz, where you can occupy the same spot by paying additional ranchers. This is a nice, strategic element in the game. There’s also a big rancher that counts as two ranchers, that you can use to occupy already taken action spots. It’s a tiny epic game, and as I mentioned everything is tiny and demands some gentle fingers. I had sometimes difficulty organizing everything in my ranch, due to my inherited clumsiness. Everything about this game is high quality and offers tons of strategy and high replayability. - Beautiful components
- High strategy
- High replayability
- Everything you need to know how to play the game is written on the game board - everything is tiny, even the text on the cards
- The game board is divided into four cards, and can sometimes move across the table. This game may appeal to you who like playing: honey buzz, viticulture, dinosaur island, Agricola.
Tiny Epic Dinosaurs - The Table Top Family
If you are a fan of dinosaur games, Tiny Epic Dinosaurs is a great fit! Because of the well-incorporated theme, players will enjoy an immersive experience! This is also a great choice for any fans of worker placement games where you can work through various strategies. If however, you do not like games with lots of options or where your ability to think two or three turns ahead is vital, this may not be the best fit for you.
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Tiny Epic Galaxies VS. Tiny Epic Galaxies BLAST OFF! Recommendation
We feel that Tiny Epic Galaxies BLAST OFF! has a clearer target audience than its predecessor. This game is targeted at the whole family, young audiences, lighter gamers, and for those looking for those just looking for a quicker game that is more streamlined and is setup and learned quicker than before. If you do not own Tiny Epic Galaxies, I would highly recommend BLAST OFF! be the version you get – and yes, you should get it! If you already have TEG, you may not find that you need both. If you enjoy expansion modules like Beyond the Black, you may want the original. But for what the Tiny Epic series strives to be – small box adventures that you pull out at a moment’s notice and feel fulfilled with a full-sized gaming experience, TEG BLAST OFF! is a success.
Tiny Epic Dinosaurs is GeekDad Approved!
I’ve been enjoying Tiny Epic Dinosaurs, and it’s been a hit with my gaming group. I think it scales well for the different player counts, and it’s a lighter-weight alternative to the massive (and also fun) Dinosaur Island. It focuses on raising dinosaurs rather than a theme park, and I think it really works: the gameplay is streamlined even though there’s a lot going on. And for only $30, it’s a pretty great value for any dinosaur lover.
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Tiny Epic Zombies - Meeple Mountain
Tiny Epic Zombies has a bit more setup than I would have liked. There are a lot of pieces to organize and cards to shuffle into the correct decks. The gameplay is a lot of fun and I would highly recommend playing Team vs One/Game Cooperative or Solo. In the competitive versions, when the zombie wins, players might feel like they didn’t really have a chance. It’s a tough balance of working together to manage the zombies but also completing the 3 missions before the other human players. It can be frustrating but if you like that kind of challenge, go for it!
Blast off with @beastiegeeks and see their impressions on a streamlined more approachable version of our best seller Tiny Epic Galaxies Shame to admit but Blast Off from @gamelyngames is… our first Tiny Epic game we played ever. Now we get it why so many of you are crazy about them. So much stuff in so small box, and all mechanics are really decently designed! Tiny Epic Galaxies surprised us with a really engaging gameplay, and smooth from the very first turn as well, because game is super approachable. Some shorter review should be ready in the upcoming days but even now we know this is the game which will travel with us every time we’re going to leave the town.