Club Zen: The Preview to find your Inner Piece(s)
Dice Hate Me Games (now Greater Than Games) has been the go-to “spot” for the hottest simulation board games. They contain Sports games, breweries, diners, pie factories, carnivals, and many many more. Dice Hate Me Games are working on a new title incorporating your vacation week and providing your in-game character the most efficiently relaxing vacation ever. Club Zen is the relaxing worker placement board game only Dice Hate Me Games would be able to produce. In Club Zen, you plan out the most zen/relaxing and convenient vacationional seven days. Manage and balance your work and emotional stress through making new friends, attending events which can include: rock climbing and hang-gliding, and take a nap! That’s right, taking a nap will get you points. You will be in a 5-star Caribbean Resort, so make it count. The most Zen player at the end of one week is the winner. Club Zen has a semi-cooperative component of visiting events and locations together in order to increase their zen (nap time anyone?). When you and one or more other opponents relax together you will be granted a Karma token which can later be used for extra actions for victory points. You will also collect zen stones to benefit your end game results or for other events and collectible items.
This sandbox style board game urges players to explore the environment and feel immersed in the Caribbean resort. I think the semi-cooperative bonuses add a very interesting twist to the strategic component of “having the most points at the end of the game to win”. This makes me wonder what tactics a player would need to take in order to have more points over someone else. Regardless of my wondering, Club Zen has definitely captured the attention of myself, and a few of the play testers over here at Indietabletop. We hope to have more on this title soon, but as of now, Expect a release date later this year!