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Cast adrift on the seas of fate

We played the new Z-Man Games edition of Tales of the Arabian Nights yesterday. It's a lovely looking game as you would expect and moreover good fun. You play an inhabitant of Baghdad seeking their foryune in he world. I was Ali Baba, unfairly exiled and seeking some means of redemption. I was siowrecked, twice, became a merchant and nraged powerful spirits and wizards. Imprisoned in the East whilst on a pilrimmage, I was dragged back to Baghad in chains. When I completed my Hajj, I was rewarded wih the Viziership. In the meantime, chilledchimp had become respected, married a prophet, become Sultana and was on the point of winning when she was whisked offf to a Crystal Cave giving me one last chance to get back home before she did. I failed.

It was a very enjoyable 2 hours, especially if you like roleplaying and haming it up a bit. Although there' not necessarily much skill involved.


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Dec. 28th, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
Tales of the Arabian Nights in both its flavours is one of my favourite board games, simply because while winning is the point of the game, it's a very non-competitive game that allows you to just play and have fun seeing how much trouble one can get into and whether one can get out of it. :)

I love this game. Glad you both had such a good time playing it. :)
Dec. 30th, 2010 04:48 pm (UTC)
We played my old West End edition of the game until the books fell apart. I love the Z-Man version, which stays true to the original while fixing all of the little annoying aspects. One surprise with the new game is that you can actually die, which I don't think you could do in the old version.
Dec. 31st, 2010 01:53 am (UTC)
We haven't managed to die yet but we played another game yesterday and that was fun too. This time with four players and we stayed involved with each other's stories. I suspect that might not be so easy with five.

I'm still a bit confused as to how Master skills work, the rulebook is not very clear. We've been playing that you check the paragraphs either side of the one indicated for the presence of that skill use.
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