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Sagrada

How It Plays


In Sagrada you are a skilled artisan crafting a stained glass window masterpiece.

Each player will receive these items:

  • Player board
  • 2 window pattern cards. Each window pattern card has a difficulty level indicated at the bottom of the card. They choose one to place in their board and return the other to the box.
  • Favor Tokens. Players receive tokens equal to the chosen pattern card’s difficulty, more on these later.
  • Private Objective Card. They’re 5 of these cards each correlating to one of the 5 dice colors. These cards are worth bonus points at the end of the game by adding up the total dice value of that color.

The game is played over 10 rounds. At the beginning of each round the starting player draws dice out of a bag equal to twice the number of player plus one additional die and rolls them.

Each player, going clockwise,  can do any of the following actions:

  • Draft: Take one die and add it to your board. When placing a die on your board you may not place a die of the same value or color in an adjacent spot.
  • Use 1 Tool Card: These cards have various effects such as re-rolling dice, moving dice on your board, etc. You can pay favor tokens on your turn to use these cards.

Once the last player finishes their turn the round continues beginning with the last player and each player will get another turn, in reverse order.

Once everyone has finished their second turn, ending with the starting player for the round, there will be one die left over. This die goes on the round track on the corresponding round number and a new round begins starting with the next player.

After round 10, the game ends and each player scores their board adding up the public objectives and their private objectives. The player with the highest score wins.

Pros


  • Turns are quick. Since all you are doing is taking one die on your turn the game moves pretty quickly.
  • Pretty. Sagrada is great to look at with small brightly colored translucent dice that make up your board.
  • Simple. This game is easy to learn and is a fun lightweight game for new gamers.

Cons


  • Private Objectives. They’re going only a few of these cards and they are easy to figure out who has which objective since they all relate to a specific dice color. The private objectives can also be too easy to rack up points since one die can be worth more than an entire public objective card.
  • Randomness. This is a dice game which means there is a good bit of luck involved. Tool cards can help balance it out, but there’s still only so much they can do.

Recommended For


  • Fans of Dice Drafting Games and Puzzle Games. Sagrada reminds me of Sudoku, especially with certain public objective that give you points by not having repeating values in a row.
  • If you are interested in other dice games, consider checking out our review for Machi Koro.

Breakdown


  • Value: 8/10. Currently about $32 on Amazon.
  • Components 9/10. Sagrada is pretty with all of the colored dice and all of the components are good quality.
  • Gameplay: 7/10. The dice drafting is simple and trying not to mess up your objectives only to have another player take the die you need can be frustratingly fun. I do think private objectives need a bit of a rework to balance the game a bit.

Verdict


Sagrada has quickly become one of my new favorite puzzle games. It has a fun dice drafting mechanic and I think if you are in the market for a new puzzle board game then this could be the one for you.

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