TMG Micro Games.

Greetings All,

Today I want to talk about two Micro Games from Tasty Minstrel Games (TMG). These games were both $5, which is a deal I couldn’t pass up. The two games we will be talking about are: Coin Age & This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The 2-4 Of Us. For this post I asked my husband for help as he likes Coin Age much more than I do. I will put my husband’s words in bold writing for ease and identification purposes.

-Coin Age by TMG-
2 players, up to 15 mins
For this TMG centric post, my Wife has asked me to highlight a micro game (that I’m most fond of), Coin Age! 
Let’s begin by explaining the basic rules, components, game play, et cetera.  Alright, so the game is a 2 player, area control/management game that lasts roughly 10 minutes per play through.  It may not sound like it, but this game has a very good amount of depth for both it’s size AND price ($5!).  So, the game is played on roughly credit card sized maps with several zones that are separated by topographic marks and those zones are then grouped by color.  The maps themselves are nothing special, beyond rather nice presentation and funny puns found throughout (on one map, a particular zone is a body of water named the “Sea O’ Aye Enn”…GET IT!?!?! XD)…if not readily apparent, I LOVE puns, especially the “so bad it’s good” variety. 
Okay, those are your game boards, now the actual game pieces you’ll be playing with are actual coins (shocking, I know), or if you purchased the game from TMG, double-sided cardboard coins.  Each coin has a set amount of coins with different amounts of corresponding points.  For instance, each player starts with 1 quarter (4 points), 2 nickels (3 points), 3 pennies (2 points), and 4 dimes (1 point).  With each coin being double-sided (heads/tails) one player would choose one suit and the remaining suit goes to the second player. 
Now, the whole point of this game is to control different areas for the maximum amount points, but it’s not as simple as all of that, this game has a great luck/strategy ratio.  Gameplay goes like this: You pick up 1 coin of each type you have left, you shake them up and smack them on the table you’re playing on, and depending upon what suits all of the coins you smacked down are facing (your’s, or your opponents), you get to take certain actions that all center around you placing coins on the map.  Sounds simple, no?  Ask my Wife (don’t actually, she’s flies into a bitter rage whenever you do), it isn’t.  For every coin you place, your opponent can potentially move it (altering points/bonuses at the end of the game), cover it (thus making it’s placement moot), or take it altogether (y’know…’cause people are jerks.)  After either one person uses all of their coins, or all areas of the map are covered, the game ends and points are tallied.  See, simple, rules light, friendship destroying game.
Now that we got the more technical (see: “boring”) part of this assessment out of the way, let’s move onto my impression/review.  Put simply, this game is friggin’ awesome.  It’s charming as all h*ll, people.  Remarkably simple design, coupled with a nice n’ clear rulebook and being riddled with puns…it’s great.  It’s also very mobile.  This is a fantastic game to play on the go, I openly admit to having a copy in backpack everyday at work (along with a couple of other games I’d like to write about later *cough cough*) that gets a lot of mileage on it.  And, it’s REALLY CHEAP.  Guys, with shipping, this game cost me around 7-8 bucks.  I am quite frugal (see: “cheap”) and love when I can get such bang for my buck.  This game kick started an obsession with micro games that has yet to relent, and I couldn’t be happier about it!  It’s great for all walks of life, or gamers or even non-gamers (the poor lost souls that they are) alike.  And it’s one of those games you can “trick” people into playing with you.  You could present it as a “press your luck” style dice variant game, or a light strategy/area control style game, just gotta know your audience.  Needless to say, I’m rather fond of this title.  So, go out and buy it already!
I swear his reviews are better than mine! 🙂 Anyhow, there is a print and play available in case you’d like to try it for free before buying the hard copy, which is available on the TMG website. The hard copy comes with a wallet card for on the go play. The wallet card and an additional pocket mod is also available for print and play. There’s also a free tuck box available.

-This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The 2-4 Of Us, by TMG-
2-4 players, 10-15 mins

This Town Ain’t Big Enough for the 2-4 of us is a really fun tile placement game, that we shall now refer to as “This Town” due to the long name. This Town is like a micro Carcassonne.

It all starts with placing the Claim Office, which is going to be the games starting tile and can never be rotated or moved. Each player then takes turns drawing a random tile and placing it in order to acquire points. The way that you acquire points is by matching symbols in closed corrals. There are four symbols or brands as the rule book calls them. Every two symbols equals one point once you finish a corral. When you complete corrals, if other player symbols are in it, the other players also get points which means you have to be crafty to ensure you don’t let your competition get too far ahead of you.

If you finish a tile that contains a silver bar, you con move another tile that IS NOT part of a completed corral, the silver bars are a huge game changer and can make or break a score.
There is a score board included. If someone ties for first place, the tie breaker becomes whomever has the most symbols in a single corral.
I adore this game, I find it to be adorable and fast. I completely recommend this game as a starter for board game nights. As I mentioned earlier, this is like a micro Carcassonne. Regretfully I have not played the physical game Carcassonne (I will eventually), but I have played the digital version and found it quite fun!
There is a print and play available in case you’d like to try it for free before buying the hard copy, which is available on the TMG website. There are also score boards available for free to print.

I hope you enjoyed this post and I sincerely hope you go check out these games, they are very much so worth it. If you liked this review and want to be kept up to date please follow my page and like me on Facebook. Until next time… Live by the Board.



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