Relic Runners Board Game Review

“Relic Runners” is a Days of Wonder board game that features players in the roles of adventurers, traipsing the jungle, in search of ancient relics. Of course exploring the jungle and looking for temples means you need supplies (food and water). You also need to travel to far flung places, always ensuring you can make it back to base camp for those all important rations / supplies (the centre of the board). Oh and did we mention word of these relics has spread and now every archaeologist who wants a quick score is rushing to find them.

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Setup & Gameplay
Setup is straight forward, place the board, follow the setup image in the rules, stacking ruins, placing temples, randomly drawing temple tiles, placing those. Place the toolbox tokens on each spot on the board, place victory coins in reach of everyone and give each player thier play pieces / character card. For your first game, don’t use the special abilities, choose the side that has none.

One of the cool things about “Relic Runners” is the gender choice of characters, all characters are double sided, male on one side, female on the other. The annoying thing about this is the inherent sexism of the character art, with a couple of the female characters (one in particular) looking like a stereotypical big breasted, belly showing ‘sexy; archetype, a sad state of affairs and one that could so easily have been avoided. This aside characters are pretty cool, some with the aforementioned special abilities if you want to change the gameplay dynamic.

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Gameplay involves your explorer rushing through the jungle trying to be the first to find the beautiful relics shrouded within. Hacking a path through the jungle will make it easier for you to travel there next time, so think carefully about where to lay a well beaten track because on your turn. Traversing a previously laid track means it doesn’t take up one of your moves and later on – in order to collect a relic – you need a direct path between two relics of the same kind.

It’s essentially a strategising race game, lay the right tracks, make sure you’ve got rations, move your tracks when you get the opportunity. It’s all very intuitive and once everyone is in the swing of it, a lot of fun.

Game Build Quality
As tabletop games go you will know most things by Days of Wonder are great quality and “Relic Runners” is certainly no different. A high quality box with great artwork opens to find a great quality board, good thick tiles and some good plastic playing pieces and beautiful relics. Overall, great production as usual from Days of Wonder.

Gameapalooza House Rules
Great the way it is!

2-5 Players
Ages: 10+
Setup Time: A few minutes
Play Time: 40-80 minutes

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Overall
Whilst not a perfect board game (not all in our sessions were enamored shall we say), “Relic Runners” is certainly up there as a great entry-level family game. The gameplay is simple enough for new gamers, whilst still having enough depth and strategy to keep veterans amused. We’d lump this in with something like “Ticket to Ride” if we had to compare it to another game (though this one is not as good as that entry level title). Overall majority of us really enjoyed our time with “Relic Runners” and we think you might too. Definitely one to check out.

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