Game: Booze Barons (Link to KS)
Developer Overworld Games
Players: 3- 9
The roaring 20’s; a time of speakeasy’s, organized crime, and the distinctive cultural edge along the East Coast. Where names like Castellano, the Godfather, and something you’ll only hear once in a blue moon, Frank Sinatra (Yes, there are links to the mob) are all far too familiar. Do you think these few became the bee’s knees of the mafia crooks list without having to pull some strings? Of course not. To be the best, you have to make sacrifices and Like my father taught me: keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.
Booze Barons is a very crafty speakeasy tycoon for 3- 9 players. The games setup is simple: layout the 6 locations across the table, draw out 9 cards from the shuffled delivery deck and place them in their designated location, choose and collect your bootleggers and their components. Each location offers events that coincide with other options such as snitching out opponents, delivering alcohol, or trying to steal some goods. The pacing is steady as no one player will fall behind as everyone will more or less simultaneously take their turn, whether it be travelling to different locations or offering a deal you couldn’t refuse.
What really draws me in is of course, the artwork. The resemblance of a 20’s dazzling art deco is uncanny. I found the booze types to reflect the games theme very well. Muscle Out Stouts and dynamite gins are supplied to some of the most notable locales such as Casino Regale’s and Seedy Pete’s. Choose from 1 of the 9 infamous crime lords from: Mickey “Big Monte” Martelli, Jen “Jailbird” Lau, Maggie “The Mint” Montgomery, and many more of these everyday people who you’d never expect to be living the golden years. The amount of thought put into this board game definitely reflects in the style and helps keep the momentum of the game flowing.
This game is a perfect example of a gate-way experience for novice players. When it comes down to the games foundation; the game uses a card drafting mechanic in order to raise your income. Different takes on some actions can result in more money and hurting your opponents. The artwork not only captures the essence of the 20’s, but does a great job illustrating components to match the rules. If you’re looking for a game that can satisfy your big game group or are just interested in experiencing life during prohibition. Booze Barons is a great example of a good time. But before you take on the game, just to give you a little heads, up the password is: Indietabletop