By Antoine Bauza
On a lark I grabbed this visually stunning game off of the shelf. Two things caught my attention: Play time = 20-45 minutes and Number of Players = 1-7... One to seven?? That number has plagued our Sunday game night on many occassions, and I was elated to find a possible solution.
Update: It turns out the odd number of players was both a restriction and a guiding design element Antoine Bauza gave himself due to the inspiration being the film 'Seven Samuari'. He talks about it in this podcast.
The game was a bit confusing on the initial read-through, even when playing a mock turn. After watching a demo video on YouTube we had enough of a handle to play. We got slaughtered and IMMEDIATELY wanted to play again--and we did.
The only thing keeping me from giving this 5-stars is the initially confusing setup and ambiguity to turn order as it's spread out in the rule book.