Facebook page

Hi all,

So, we thought we’d try out a Facebook page for Starlit Citadel. So if you’re on Facebook, please do add yourself and feel free to promote us.

It’s just another method to keep all of you informed, whichever method you would prefer – blog, newsletter or now, Facebook! We’ll run the same contests/etc for now, though if we get large enough, who knows? We might exclusive promotions.

On another note, we will be going down to the US this week (if all goes well) to pick up a lot of our games on pre-order and many of the popular games. Our thanks for your patience so far.

And one last note – the review contest is nearly over and we’ve had quite good response but your odds are still good of winning if you want to write a review.

Lost Cities card game review

Lost Cities
Lost Cities is probably my number one two-player game to introduce to new gamers. It’s fast, easy to learn but complex enough that every game is a challenge. A friend has described it as advanced gin rummy and I concur. Certainly, a player has to understand both his own hand as well as his opponents and as importantly, the scoring system. Two minor quibbles are that the graphics can be, in the beginning, slightly confusing as a couple of the colours for expeditions are relatively similar and the necessity for heavy maths at the end of each game.

Appearance: Lost Cities box comes in a flat, square shaped box that fits the oversized cards and game board. Overall, the artwork is mediocre – there’s little to shout about (unlike Blue Moon for example) but they do the job. The cards are over-sized, which makes handling easier but does seem slightly excessive. Also, the colours chosen for the various expeditions are in some cases very similar and can cause initial confusion.

Rules / Ease of Learning: Rules for Lost Cities can be taught in 5 minutes flat. The most complex part of the game is the scoring but also the most important (no jumping into the game without learning scoring rules here).

Players start with 8 cards each which depict 5 different expeditions that can be started. Cards for each expedition can either be numbered from 2 to 10 or be one of three investment cards which increase the value (or lost) of the expedition. Investment cards can only be played at the start of an expedition before numbered cards are played. Numbered cards can only be played in increasing strength (depicting deeper levels of the expedition) but must be played in order (i.e. you could play a 2, 7 and 10 but not a 2, 10 and 7).

Each turn, players must either place a card on an expedition or discard a card. They may then draw a card, either from the discard pile or the remaining deck. The game is over when the last card is drawn from the deck.

Scoring occurs at the end of the game. Each expedition that has been started (i.e. has a card played on it, including investment cards) is totaled and then 20 points is subtracted to indicate the cost of the expedition. The resulting points are then multiplied by the total number of investment cards + 1. Additionally, any expedition that has 8 or more cards is provided an additional 20 points (after the points total has been calculated).

The designers suggest playing at least 3 games to even out the luck distribution.

Actual Gameplay: Fast and amusing. Lost Cities is a highly tactical game with a healthy dose of luck involved in the drawing of cards. However, because of the various options available (which cards to hold, discard and draw) the game does have high tactical considerations.

Areas if import that have been found including building runs, holding cards to destroy your opponents chances at points, selective drawing and discarding and understanding what runs you can actually lose points on.

While luck does play a role, we find that it is overall moderated over multiple rounds and still fun. Actual play time varies but is generally around 10-15 minutes per round.

Conclusion: Lost Cities is a card game that works for everyone, including women. I have personally introduced it to quite a few people and comments have been all positive. I’d only wish it was built smaller so you could carry it around like a pack of cards. Buy it if you’re looking for a good, fast 2-player game.

Games back-in-stock and released

Hi all,

Sorry about the delay in the update on the site, we decided we’d do a physical count on the inventory at the same time so that we could verify all our stock. Now we’re certain that whatever is shown on the site is in-stock. Note that since we don’t update the site 24/7, watch out for the ‘pre-order’ warning in the shopping cart even when purchasing games that aren’t in the Pre-order section. That means it’s out of stock too obviously – probably ’cause it’s a really popular game!

We received a slew of new releases including Prophecy (1 in stock now, we expect another 2 in another week and that’s it!), Hamburgum, Kingsburg and Thebes. Also a lot of other games have been put back into stock and we expect many popular games to be arriving at our distributors within the next 2 weeks.

As always, if you have any questions, do feel free to contact us.

New stock arriving and review contest

Okay, a few points on stock coming in and our review contest.

New Stock

– We will be restocking a lot of our games this week with a trip down to the US so expect a lot of the favourites to come back into stock like Ticket to Ride, Race for the Galaxy, Descent, Starcraft and the like.

– We will also be getting both Prophecy, Kingsburg and Hamburgum in next week. Unfortunately, the stock of games available is pretty low so be sure to order them as soon as possible.

Review Contest

– We’ve got a great Review Contest taking place once again this month and we’ve already had some outstanding entries. If you have something to say about a game, do go ahead and comment and you’ll be entered to win a $50 coupon.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everybody. Our best wishes to all of you and let’s hope that this year is even better than the last one.

As you can see, the Boxing Week promotion has finished and the Free Shipping option is now turned back on for the remainder promotional items (our regular promotions).

We will be sending out our second newsletter very soon, with information on new releases and a contest that we will be running. So look out for it in your mailbox.