Gaming: Tanto Cuore

24 05 2011

Tanto Cuore is one of the sons of Dominion, or better daughter. Literally, because the game is pretty much Dominion with maids.

If you aren’t familiar with the new genre of gaming that Dominion, here’s a simple rundown; take the deck-building part of CCGs and make that the entire game. There’ll be a lot of shuffling involved, but the main essence of this type of game is building the most efficient deck you can buy putting cards into your deck by “buying” them from pre-made stacks on the board/table.

It sounds pretty simple, but throw in random card drafting and a large enough card pool and you’ve got a very variable game that can handle a lot of players. Tanto Cuore is no different.

In Tanto Cuore, you are the master of a “mansion”, your deck, and you are collecting maids. At the end of the game, the person with the best set of maids in his “mansion” wins. You hire maids by playing heart maids from your hand – a hand that is refilled every round. Every player starts with a 10-card deck – though by the end that deck size will probably be a whole lot bigger. The goal is to be the most efficient in getting maids in your deck without diluting its buying power. You can only use one action every turn and can only hire one maid a turn – of course, some cards change that. You’ll also have to worry about your opponents making you girls sick.

Sounds simple, right? Well, that’s one of the attractions, the other attractions are these:

Yeah – not exactly for your normal game night with the girlfriend – though your girl maybe into that. If she is, well, congratulations.

Anyway, as you can see, the art is pretty great – light-years away from Dominion.

Dominion’s simplicity with good art – a match made in heaven. And the English Edition just came out, so no need to order from Japan; it’s available at your favorite online retailer right now.




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