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    • Replayability
    • Player Interaction
    • Component Quality

    You Might Like

    • Heroes going on holiday.
    • A combination of deck-building and resource management.
    • Trying to second-guess your opponents and even letting Tourists be eaten so that future attacks hit others.
    • The inherent humour, including swimwear paladins.

    Might Not Like

    • The random selection of purchasable workers.
    • The length of the game; I have yet to see a game where many, if any, Tier 3 attractions were bought.
    • Lack of variety in monsters.
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    Epic Resort Review

    Epic Resort Board Game Review

    After a long month slaying dragons, rescuing kidnapped royals and saving villages from goblin hordes what do heroes do to kick back and relax?

    The answer is simple: they head to a tropical island resort and enjoy relaxing cocktails, ride terror coasters and visit the dragonflame tub to relax and wash away the cares of their day job. Of course, with a resort as popular as this, then it is only inevitable that gold hungry monsters might be drawn towards them - from hungry dragons to vicious pirates, from mischievous pixies to haunting ghosts- a hero just can’t catch a break, can they?

    In Epic Resort (designed by Ben Harkins), each player takes on the role of a resort owner and operator, working to ensure that their resort brings in the most tourists, especially those exclusive and rare heroes who will bring in even more visitors and money to ensure that their resort is the most successful.

    Gameplay

    Epic Resort is a worker placement, resource management and minor deck-building game for up to four players - though everyone starts with the same resort attractions, the same number of tourists and even the same starting deck of workers, but that is where the similarities will hopefully end for you.

    Each round in Epic Resort begins with the drawing of a new hand of Workers, your starting deck contains basic workers (who staff your Attractions), entertainers (who bring in a little more fame for your resort) and lazy peons (who are only good to throw in front of monsters to be eaten).

    Players then simultaneously decide how to use the cards from their hands to staff (or not staff) their Attractions- every Attraction has an amount of work required, different Workers are able to provide work in various quantities, and you may not always have enough work to staff all of them fully- any Attraction that doesn’t have the right number of staff will lose an equal number of Tourists as they leave indignantly.

    Epic Resort Review - Game Layout (Credit: Floodgate Games)

    Once players have decided to assign workers, they ten gain their resources for the turn- Gold and Renown- Gold lingers from round to round, and is only gained by having Tourists at Attractions; Renown lasts only for that round, and is gained by having Attractions with few or no Tourists (i.e. exclusive places that are full of mystique!). In turn order, players then have the chance to make a purchase or pass and end this part of the round for themselves- you can buy and upgrade Attractions for your resort, trying to get three and upgrade them to the amazing Tier 3 Attractions; training your workers and entertainers into more skilled and focused Workers; or attracting Tourists and Heroes from the docks.

    Once the turn-taking is done, the docks receive next season’s visitors- most are Tourist cards, a few are Heroes and a similar number are attacks, causing a random Attack! card to be drawn and target a player’s Attraction - possibly killing Tourists, damaging or destroying the Attraction, or even being stopped by a brave Hero who’s convalescence might be prolonged or even ended with their death. Then those remaining heroes gain health as they relax, with those who are full scoring points and discarding an unused Attack! card from the deck. With the new season’s Tourists attracted, the next round begins.

    The end of the game comes once all of the attack cards have either been triggered or discarded by successfully resting heroes. From that point on points are scored- Attractions and scored Heroes score the most points, whilst remaining heroes score a little with Tourists being a tie-breakers.

    Epic Resort comes with difficult decisions; Tourists or Renown? Gold or Heroes? Each strategy has its possibilities, but you will have to be flexible, as different Workers will be available every game, changing which Attractions you might want to buy.

    Final Thoughts on Epic Resort

    Though there is nothing inherently new or unique about Epic Resort beyond the premise, the game is fun to play with a wide-range of options that mean that you are unlikely to encounter the same set-up more than once. This means that tactical choices that worked in previous games might not always be the best option in a subsequent try. That, and watching your Tourists be eaten a dragon, only to watch your opponents receive a second dragon as they now have more Tourists is satisfying on so many levels.

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    • Artwork
    • Complexity
    • Replayability
    • Player Interaction
    • Component Quality

    You might like

    • Heroes going on holiday.
    • A combination of deck-building and resource management.
    • Trying to second-guess your opponents and even letting Tourists be eaten so that future attacks hit others.
    • The inherent humour, including swimwear paladins.

    Might not like

    • The random selection of purchasable workers.
    • The length of the game; I have yet to see a game where many, if any, Tier 3 attractions were bought.
    • Lack of variety in monsters.

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    First purchase from Zatu Games and very pleased. Great customer service, items well packed and sent securely with 48 hour tracking. Would buy from them again in a heartbeat.

    First purchase from Zatu Games and very pleased. Great customer service, items well packed and sent securely with 48 hour tracking. Would buy from them again in a heartbeat.

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    Zatu Games are the best, no doubt about it! I highly recommend them for choice, price and efficiency. Every one of my orders arrived promptly, well packaged with everything as expected in perfect condition. I love their website too and spend hours browsing, watching game reviews and planning what game to try next :)

    Customer service is fast and efficient. They have a large selection of games at very competitive prices. My order have been delivered on time. Nothing to complain.

    Customer service is fast and efficient. They have a large selection of games at very competitive prices. My order have been delivered on time. Nothing to complain.

    Bought for my son. Delivered on time at Christmas.

    Bought for my son. Delivered on time at Christmas.

    Ordered a board game, which sadly, had missing parts. Had realistically no expectations for the parts to be replaced, but gave it a go anyway. Zatu games not only responded immediately to my query (even though, it was absolutely not an issue from their end), they rectified the situation in a record time. As someone who works in support, the response and resolution demonstrated by Zatu, is nothing short of flawless, in my humble opinion. It is most decidedly, not only a company that has great expertise in their area, but a company that demonstrates great commitment to its customers and unparalleled service. Great job and Thank you Zatu

    Ordered a board game, which sadly, had missing parts. Had realistically no expectations for the parts to be replaced, but gave it a go anyway. Zatu games not only responded immediately to my query (even though, it was absolutely not an issue from their end), they rectified the situation in a record time. As someone who works in support, the response and resolution demonstrated by Zatu, is nothing short of flawless, in my humble opinion. It is most decidedly, not only a company that has great expertise in their area, but a company that demonstrates great commitment to its customers and unparalleled service. Great job and Thank you Zatu

    Great price for games

    Great price for games

    Fantastic service, team at the call centre are very helpful, have placed a few orders through Zatu and will continue to use their services.

    Fantastic service, team at the call centre are very helpful, have placed a few orders through Zatu and will continue to use their services.

    Excellent price and service

    Excellent price and service

    The expansion packs for Muffin Time are great additions to the game. They add new aspects to the game and make the card deck complete.

    The expansion packs for Muffin Time are great additions to the game. They add new aspects to the game and make the card deck complete.

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    I always purchase games from here and advice my friends to do the same! Games always come in the correct language - (unlike on Amazon). The games are always good quality and cheaper than on other sites! This site has a lot of options and plenty of games to choose from plus lots of information about games! I have nothing but good things to say about this site! Keep it going and also please stock some risk Europe games!!!!

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