19th October 2019
Saturday evening at Matakishi's means board games.
Tonight we played '1655: Habemus Papam': 'Habemus Papam means 'We have a Pope', you don't actually have a Pope at the start of the game, but you will do the end!
1655: Habemus Papam is an wholesome, clean and fun auctioning game about influencing and manipulating various members of the Catholic church to control the election of the next pope.
What's in a game?
1655: Habemus Papam is a fairly compact card game with some nice little components
How's it play?
1655: Habemus Papam is all about collecting sets of clergy cards, this is done via blind bidding.
Play continues until the white smoke card is drawn, then players get a final chance to acquire cards. Then it's time to see who has the most points and will choose who is elected pope
So what to make of 1655: Habemus Papam?
Apart from the slightly unique auction mechanic, nothing stands out about this game or is special. It's all just unremarkable. If someone else wanted to play this, I would be happy to do so, but it's not one I'd choose.
I can't with all fairness say that it's a good game, but equally I can't honestly say it's a bad game either. It's just a set collecting game, and there's better ones out there.
To say it's mediocre is a little bit harsh, but that's what it is. It's all definitely a bit 'meh'.
I play, I paint.