Thursday, June 18, 2015

TableTop Fun: Rockwell

Designer: Bruno Crepeault
Publisher: Sit Down! Games

From BoardGameGeek:
Each player represents a mining company drilling the Earth to get resources. But drilling often requires the help of other players (forced or not). Each one therefore moves four drills on the arcs stratum of the planet to successfully implement his mines and extract maximum resources. The Fame points are acquired by spending materials, filling objectives and having majorities of material and money at the end of the game.
This game stands out to me for its awesome circular game board that represents the earth. The deeper you mine the more rewards you reap... but the more resources you'll need to get down there. The first time we played this we read a rule wrong and HATED it. Somehow we mixed up the selling minerals portion and money was extremely tight. It wasn't until the game was over that we realized we were playing it wrong. The next few plays were fantastic! 

During the mining phase the game becomes a little bit semi co-op in that you can move your miners onto another play's tiles to trigger the drilling action. This is all fine and dandy, unless you are left out. Such was the case when I played with a certain husband and a certain brother-in-law of mine. They stayed on one side of the earth triggering many tile flips, and I stayed on my side slowly gathering enough miners to flip one tile each round. I could have taken moves to get to their side, but by the time I realized what was happening it would have taken me a few turns to even get over there! Overall, I really like this worker placement game... great art, great gameplay, great theme. :D

It's been awhile since I've been able to sit down and write one of these.... Emma's a little older since we first played this game.................... :) [sad scuffed nose and everything]

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