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The 2016 TaG Award: Game-Off Number 2

October 22, 2016

Hot on the heels of the first game-off report, here we have the second.  We already know that In A Bind has reached the final, so now we need to find out the second finalist, from the pair of very different card games, Dragonheart and Murder of Crows.


The size differential is not quite as great this time.

Our first play of this session was Murder of Crows, a game where you are trying to play cards in front of yourself to spell the word “murder”, with different letter cards having special effects when you play them, and the winner being rewarded by getting to read out a short (and bizarre) murder story formed by their cards.  This is really neat (and has the mother-in-law seal of approval), and our game followed the usual pattern of stealing cards from each other and good-natured growling.  And a win to me!

Dragonheart takes a bit longer to play, but is a really cute card game where you play cards onto spaces on a well thought out board which has a layout that graphically reminds you of the effects of the various cards.  Playing the right cards allow you to take other cards off the board to add you your score pile, but then provide opportunities for your opponent.  Plays of this game tend to be full of swings and roundabouts as passages of play are profitable for one player for a while before the other gets a period of doing well — though once in a while one player just has a stinker and never seems to get a break.  This time we had a pretty close and dynamic game which ended up with Miss B getting a pretty decent win.

So which game will progress to the final.  Over to the head judge…

Dragonheart won this time, but this play was also very close. Murder of crows is fun though. I like the way it tells a murder story at the end of the game.

So, the grand final for 2016 will be between In A Bind and Dragonheart.  A daft, physical game versus a game of cagey manoeuvring.  Should be good…

  1. October 26, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    Let’s go in abind

  2. Barnetto
    October 31, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Go go, Dragonheart… I’m looking forward to the 2016 TaG Title massively boosting the value of my extra copy of Dragonheart on the GeekMarket… 🙂

    • Rob
      November 1, 2016 at 5:00 pm

      I’m sure Rüdiger Dorn is on the edge of his seat, realising that the TaG award is as much a boon for sales as the SdJ.

      • Barnetto
        November 2, 2016 at 9:25 am

        Well, my copy has just sold…. to a buyer from Switzerland… evidence that the TaG awards are now internationally recognised…. ?

        • Rob
          November 2, 2016 at 12:34 pm

          Good to hear. 🙂

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