6th July 2019.
It's a Saturday lunchtime at 'The Sovereigns' in Woking, so this means it's time for some 50 Fath... wait someone's running late! What will we do?
It turns out that we'll 'do' 'Noctiluca'.
I'm not entirely certain what the theme of Noctiluca is:
Wikipedia states that noctiluca is 'a free-living, marine-dwelling species of dinoflagellate that exhibits bioluminescence when disturbed'.
So now you know, it's theme is 'collecting noctiluca'.
Despite appearances; Noctiluca is not a dice game. It's actually a set collecting game.
What's in a game?
There's a lot of very pretty colour and artwork in the components - particularly the cards. Noctiluca has the following components:
How's it play?
First there's set up.
The purpose of the Noctiluca is to collect coloured dice that match the squares on the cards. When all the squares on a card are filled with dice, that card is 'banked' and a scoring token of the relevant colour is collected by the player. The player then picks a replacement card from the top of one of the 4 face-up stacks.
How are dice collected? I'm glad you asked, because this is where things get interesting.
There are 4 ways to score points in Noctiluca.
Even though the rules are simple, players are given lots of options and decisions to make, particularly at the start of a phase when they are so many dice on the board. In fact at the there's almost too many choices that can be made!
Noctiluca is a colourful, easy to learn game that is fairly quick to play. With a unique mechanic and scoring rules, it a little different to anything I've played before. I'd happily play it again.
I play, I paint.