So I want to write my first review of a board game: Legends of Andor.. I got this board game for christmas (by the way a great present, so if you don’t have an idea for the next occasion..) and played it 4 times so far.
First of all, lets see what the game says about itself on the official Fantasy Flight Games website:
Legends of Andor is a cooperative adventure board game for two to four players in which a band of heroes must work together to defend a fantasy realm from invading hordes. To secure Andor’s borders, the heroes will embark on dangerous quests in one of five unique scenarios (as well as a final scenario created by the players themselves). But as the clever game system keeps monsters on the march toward the castle, the players must balance their priorities carefully. Will their heroes roam the land completing quests in the name of glory, or devote themselves to the defense of the realm?
In Legends of Andor you get to chose one of four heroes: dwarf, archer, wizard or warrior, all with their unique skills. There are five written legends that tell a continuous connected epic tale. Each legend long enough for ~1 hour of playtime and has a series of steps to prepare the game, which involves placing monsters and items in various places across the board. These legends also include background story to set up the scene and the goals of the legend. There is a legend tracker, which advances over the course of the game. You will ‘unlock’ additional legend cards, which describe additional goals and deepen the backstory. If you complete all the goals in time, you win. If not, you fail and have to repeat the legend until you are allowed to continue to the next one.
The game obviously uses a fantasy setting with all the clichés, great fantasy artwork, warriors, magic and all the typical things, including a fire breathing dragon! There is a lot of pieces, a lot of material so expect to sort and store all the loose parts.
All in all the game is very much fun to play, though challenging. I think every legend is written in a way that you can reach the goals just in time. You will not find a legend in which the different goals are easy to accomplish and in which you can finish it with much time left. I strongly recommend to play all four heroes, even if there are just two players. Just take control of two heroes each. Also the heroes have to cooperate closely and not only play for their own benefit so there will be a lot talking, developing strategies and making arrangements between the players, which is very much fun.
Compared to similar board games like Mice & Mystics the rules are easy, quick to learn and intuitive. The first legend in fact is a ‘introduction legend’ which allows you to already play the game while it explains itself. And once you beat the game, there are additional legends and bonus material in the internet – for free! If I had to rate it I would give 5/5 stars.