Unspeakable – GOSU Review

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The Story So Far…

The blood moon rises and a new war is about to begin. The chieftains look down on their armies, as grunts sharpen their swords and axes, concentrate on their magics and fuel up their flamethrowers…

Goblins have a long and complex history in fantasy, they have been depicted as everything from violent pests to tinkering mechanics, from hulking brutes to trickster spirits… GOSU reflects this variety admirably – as goblins fight each other for Goblin Supremacy!

FACT BOX

Name: GOSU – Goblin Supremacy

Players: 2-4

Ages: 10 and up

Playing Time: ~45 minutes

Type: Card Game

Theme: Fantasy / Goblins

The Game:

Gosu is a cool fantasy card game about goblins. The goblins are split into three levels and five tribes: Spirit channeling  Ancient Goblins, Tough-as-nails Alphas, the shadowy Dark goblins, the technologically advanced Mekas and explosion loving Fire tribe…

Goblin Supremacy

Soldiers are the backbone of any goblin army, these are the level 1 goblins, level 2 heroes come into play next, supported by the soldiers and finally level 3 generals enter the field.  The goblin have no strict allegiance, and any player can play any number of tribes – but every new tribe introduced costs precious cards.

Players take actions according to the cards they can play, and once all active players are out of viable moves a great battle begins! The player with the biggest army wins a victory point and the first to three points wins the game!

Goblin warfare

Each individual goblin changes the rules – each tribe has unique abilities and mechanics, allowing you to take more actions, spend or retrieve activation tokens or even draw precious new cards.

Activation tokens are a precious resource – they can be spent to activate special goblin abilities or to draw new cards. These tokens should be spent wisely as they also determine the outcome of ties in battle.

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Content:

GOSU is a card game with absolutely gorgeous artwork. You also get a player marker and some activation tokens.  All around one of the best drawn card games out there. Also, bonus points for having so many goblins – I love goblins.

The Verdict

Gosu is fun

Hits:

  • Fun game that is easy to learn and play
  • Gorgeous artwork and great variety of cards
  • Excellent card synergy means you’re always finding new combos

Misses:

  • Luck of the draw hurts the strategy element.
  • Great battles are rather underwhelming
  • Rather slow-paved for a game about Goblins.

ScoreGosu_box

4/5 – Great Game

About the Blogger:
Michele Pace Bonello is a board game, horror movie and comic book fan, form Malta – Europe. If you want your comic or game reviewed – send him an e-mail on mpacebonello@gmail.com.

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