Thiefs Market: Game Review
I will quickly brief over the setup and how to play. Select your amounted dice based on how many players will be thieving. Set aside the 3 deck of cards (A, B, and C) and some coin. Initiate the dice roll and begin scavenging for the piece(s) that you’d like to keep in front of you. Throughout the phase of collecting; players are more than welcome to steal from other players. When you steal from another player you have to return one of the stolen articles (dice or first player token). This will lead to the market phase where you’d begin buying cards or collecting treasures. Once a deck of cards exhausts you can begin working on deck B and so forth. Game ends when all the cards are exhausted–most points win and you are now declared a thief!
I enjoy the amount of depth you can find in this little box. For example, within the dice we are given options toward collecting notoriety, we can collect a value in order to purchase cards, or we could use an option to collect money. Within each card you will find rich graphics associated with a variety of bonus point factors, card cost, and will have an action skill available for use. It’s a refreshing flavor of engagement and I found it to be a very enjoyable experience.
During my gameplay I had a 3 player game setup. I think this game was easy to understand and we were able to get into action fairly early. In fact, I’d say we maybe had 1 or 2 practice rounds before we were able to begin playing our first game. Throughout the game we had a lot of sidebar conversations of who to steal from next (which I don’t know if we were or were not allowed to do), but it was a lot of fun. What I loved was the random aspect of the card drawing because it stopped us from focusing on a single strategy to win and had us really work with whatever we had. What I noticed is the first player token was usually stolen the most. Being first during the market phase could be the ‘make it or break it’ within having the good or bad cards.
All in all, I really liked Thiefs Market and this white elephant styled card game decorated in a thieving market is an experience I haven’t had before.