|Canceled Due To Lack Of GM|
On my way around the dealer show, I happened across the booth for Mayday Games, who were touting their new game, Viceroy. Viceroy is not for sale, as it's due to be released in August at Gen Con. When I asked if they would demo the game, there was a quick huddle, then I was informed that they would demo the game if I could provide the players. As it happened, I knew of three gamers with nothing better to do.
Here's the board at the end of the game.
|The Winning Pyramid|
Our game master for the session was none other than Seth Hiatt, owner and founder of Mayday Games. Seth is an affable, high energy man who is used to dealing successfully with too many irons in the fire. By his own admission it had been some time since he'd had to teach Viceroy to anyone, so his explanation was frequently punctuated with "before you do that" caveats. He also made a few observations about strategy during the game, which was a help to us.
|Seth Hiatt, Game Master|
The playing time for Viceroy is around 45 minutes, and the optimal number of players is three. Although we didn't try the game with two players, it was easy to see what would likely happen. Four players is the maximum number allowed, and would provide for more conflict between opponents.
The design for Viceroy is solid, and I recommend it to anyone searching for a board game that is not in the same category as Monopoly.