This week on Tabletop Spotlight: Paper Tales, an epic game of fantasy epochs.
Paper Tales is an interesting game–on the one hand, it’s a card-based drafting game wherein you’ll try and draft the best deck you can and build your own suite of units and buildings and an economy that will set you up for victory, but on the other, it’s a storytelling game that tells the tale of centuries of life in a fantasy kingdom.
Each player builds their own squad of four units. Things like Buildings can give you more spots to play with–you have an array of slots for units. Each turn you draft cards and use them to fight wars, construct buildings, upgrade buildings/units, and so on–but the interesting thing is that you’re seeing years go past.
As each turn passes, your units will age and eventually be removed from play. It’s the story of rival kingdoms coming together, but years and years pass before the fate of these Kingdoms is decided.
Experience two fantastical centuries of expansions and combat in Paper Tales. Remodel your assorted assembly of characters, units, and buildings in each period based on your developments and the age of your heroes. Write a new legend of the rightful ruler who brought unity to the rival kingdoms.
In more detail, Paper Tales is a simultaneous drafting card game. Each turn, players draft five units that they then recruit into their kingdom — assuming that they can pay. These choices determine the players ability to shine in battle, generate great income, construct dominant buildings, and earn legend points. There are only four hiring positions available during the four rounds of the play, but your units grow older with each turn until time takes them away.
Build a comprehensive strategy and adapt the shape of your realm according to opportunities and restrictions and you will make history!
So if you liked a Canticle for Leibowitz and thought, what if it was less horrific and instead a fun fantasy card game, as I have, then this is the game for you.