On today’s episode of Tim RAGE Tuesday, I thought it would be fun to try something new. We are going to do a mock draft for Age one of a three player game. My two opponents will be randomly selecting their cards, but we are going to be picking ours through some extreme analysis and examination.
Welcome to the BLOODY DRAFT RAGE (Age 1 Edition)!
Here’s our initial hand of 8 cards. Looking at these there are three that really stand out, the Sea Serpent (the most underrated monster in my opinion), Loki’s Domain, and the grey quest card. The Sea Serpent is such a great monster because it really works with a variety of strategies, while Loki’s Domain always lends itself to the very viable Loki strategy of purposefully killing off your own dudes. This particular quest card has my eye because it is a grey quest, which contains the Anolang province. Why does that matter? Because Anolang is a three space province, which makes it much easier to gain control of and to continue controlling throughout the remainder of the game.
I want all three, but my gut says go with the Sea Serpent. Plus it’s fun to screech obnoxiously when you plop it down in a fjord.
Now for hand number 2. This one is much easier. I only have eyes for two cards here and they both call upon the always helpful, Frigga. Frigga’s Succor, which is in my opinion the single most powerful card in the game, immediately grabs my attention. Flooding the board with free warriors not only helps you overpower your foes, but anything that provides free stuff in this game is a “must have.” Frigga’s Charm is the clear second choice here. The RAGE cost reduction is extremely helpful in so many strategies; unfortunately, Charm was paired with Succor and I’ve gotta go with Succor here. I can’t let my opponents have that card.
Hand 3. I want those quests. But then I see more free stuff! Frigga is really smiling down on us right now and she presents us with the opportunity for an unkillable Mystic! Keep in mind that when we play the free mystic we will also get a free warrior courtesy of Frigga’s Succor, which we so cleverly just drafted. Free is good!
Hand 4 presents us with a more difficult decision. We still don’t have any quests…we also drafted the Sea Serpent so Loki’s Dragons would be very helpful for some bonus points in case he dies…but…Loki’s Domain is the no brainer here based on what we have drafted thus far. We don’t have any battle cards, we are going to be dangling around a lot of little chump warriors…it’s gotta be Loki’s Domain for the extra points for some fun in Valhalla. We also don’t want those other fools getting their paws on this one!
Hand 5 comes around and I can’t believe it. Our moronic, brainless opponents have passed us Frigga’s Charm. In the words of those seagulls from Finding Nemo…”MINE!”
Next hand, please!
Now for the final hand! Frigga’s Grace looks good, but I don’t see us winning too many pillages, so that’s out. Forget Tyr’s Smash at this point and we get our first quest card. We can possibly accomplish the quest, but we can also safely use this card during battles in case we accidently win a pillage. We wouldn’t want to lose any of our awesome upgrade cards that way since the winner of a pillage loses whatever card they played.
So here it is! Our hand of cards for the first age of another sure to be awesome game of BLOOD RAGE! I think we did pretty well here. We aren’t going to make many points this Age and we probably won’t upgrade too many of our stats (Rage, Axes, or Horns), but our foundation for Age 2 & 3 is going to be so solid I’m not too worried about that. With this hand we want to establish a presence on the board and attempt to pick off some easy pillages at the beginning of Age 2. Our cards are going to provide a lot of free things so if we happen to get the opportunity to raise a stat I would increase the horns, so that we can have lots and lots of dudes on the map.
Tune in next time and we will mock draft Age 2!! Until then, KEEP ON RAGING!!!