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The Best In Tabletop 2017 – Sagrada

The Best In Tabletop 2017 – Sagrada

We’ve been lucky in 2017, with amazing games hitting store shelves and our tables. We saw some of our favorite developers hit the shelves yet again with a couple of fresh faces thrown into the mix. It was hard to choose just 10 games to spotlight on the list, and here is one of them.  Stay tuned to see the other games on this list and for the full list.

Sagrada has garnered much praise this year, and deservedly so. From its bag of colorful dice to its engaging puzzle-like gameplay: it’s easy to learn and difficult to master and it’s a game that appeals to new players as well as grizzled tabletop veterans.

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Players are artists trying to build the most beautiful stained glass window, represented by their individual player boards. During each round players draw multicolored dice from a bag, roll them, and take turns placing dice onto their boards. Dice may be adjacent to any other dice, but they must follow two rules: they cannot be orthogonally adjacent (in the same row or column) to a die of the same color or number.

The straightforward turns make it a breeze for players to get used to the game flow and what looks like a simple game turns out to be a light brain-burner of a puzzle. As players enter the mid to late rounds, there are fewer spaces available, making it more difficult to find the most optimal location for the dice.

Thankfully, there are three community tool cards that can be used to break the rules of the game, whether it’s exchanging, rerolling, or changing the pips on the dice. Players have limited use of these cards, though, so they’ll still need to rely on their wise choices during each round.

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After all dice have been placed, players score based on individual secret goals (for example, the total number of pips on their red dice), and community goals (such as sets of certain dice colors or numbers). The highest point total is declared the master artist.

With dozens of scoring cards, community tool cards, and starting player boards, Sagrada offers a high amount of replayability. There’s even a solo mode for those times when you can’t get out to game night or want to tackle the challenge by yourself.

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The only negative about Sagrada is its lack of colorblind accessibility. The colors on the player cards and the dice themselves can be difficult to discern for those with any type of colorblindness. There’s no way around this, except to have your fellow players help you.

Still, there’s no denying the elegant brilliance of Sagrada. There’s a quiet satisfaction after every game and it’s easy to imagine your vibrant dice-filled board as a stained glass window masterpiece.

Which games topped your list this year? Tell us in the comments!

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Image credits: Ruel Gaviola

Ruel Gaviola is a writer and educator based in Southern California. He loves board games, books, cooking, traveling, date nights with his wife, and Star Wars. He reviews games and reports news for iSlaytheDragon.com and his name rhymes with Superman’s Kryptonian name. Follow him on Twitter.

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