Small World

Small World

Product #DOW7901

Regular Price: $49.99

Special Price: $44.99

7 In stock

Manufacturer: Days Of Wonder


Small World is a fun, zany, light-hearted civilization game in which 2-5 players vie for conquest and control of a board that is simply too small to accommodate them all!


Picking the right combination of fantasy races and unique special powers, players must rush to expand their empires - often at the expense of weaker neighbors. Yet they must also know when to push their own over-extended civilization into decline and ride a new one to victory.

Contents:
2 Double-sided Game Boards
14 Fantasy Races with Matching Banner & Tokens
20 Special Power Badges
10 Troll Lairs
9 Mountains
6 Fortresses
5 Encampments
2 Holes-in-the-Ground
1 Game Turn Marker
2 Heroes
1 Dragon
109 Victory Coins
6 Player Summary Sheets
1 Reinforcement Die
1 Rules Booklet


Ages: 8+
Players: 2-5
Game Length: 40-80 minutes



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Great Game for Everyone
Small World is a fantasy area control/conflict game for 2-5 players designed by Philippe Keyaerts and published by Days of Wonder. Small World is easily a game for any family or gaming group to pick up and bring to the table. You invade. You conquer. However, your true goal is to get coins, which are counted at the end of the game as victory points. So how do you play this fantastical melee? It’s easy!
At the start of the game, you take an available race/power combo, which are either free or may cost you a little coin. You then take your army and start conquering, working from somewhere on the edge of the board towards the middle. The more land you take, the more coins you get. Your invasion or your payout is supplemented by the powers granted by both your power token and your racial selection. On subsequent turns, you either continue your expansive conquering or you send your race into decline. If you go into decline, you choose another race on your next turn. Going into decline doesn’t prevent income, it just lessens what you get if you had racial powers that granted bonuses. You continue play through a pre-determined number of rounds based on the number of players. At the end of the last round, you count your coins and whoever has the most coins, wins.
This game has plenty of replay ability in just the race/power combos alone, but the fact that you use a different board for each number of players adds even more variety. And if you get bored of what’s in the base box, there are plenty of expansions and add-ons to spice up the rules and fun.
As far as component quality goes, every piece of this game is a nice thick cardboard, or in the case of the reinforcement die, wood. The art is beautiful on all the components, and that extends even to the coins. I only had one minor issue in punching the tokens out, and it could have easily been my fault. I don’t feel like any of the components will be ruined any time soon. Both boards in the box (yes, I said both) are well made, and fit neatly in the box. This brings me to my next point; the box is very well organized and all tokens have their own place. There is even a token tray that holds all the race tokens that can be removed from the box and set on the table to keep it organized. Did I mention it has a top to hold them in place during storage? Very few companies can boast that claim.
An issue you may notice is that some race/power combos are a bit more powerful and desirable than others. This could lead to certain games being runaways in points, but the randomness of the shuffle and reveal of the race/power cards doesn’t guarantee that problem in every game. In my playthroughs, that has happened once in nearly two years of owning the game.
Overall, this is a lighter game mechanic-wise, but it is definitely a fun game that really anyone can enjoy. If you’re looking for something for the whole family to enjoy or that you and your friends can get together and play, this game will fit the bill nicely. It doesn’t take long to set up, nor is it terribly expensive ($50 MSRP, but can be found cheaper online) for a non-traditional board game, and it’s really easy to learn. For the replay ability and variety involved, this is a solid addition to any collection.
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Review by cadenheadr04 on 1/13/2018
An awesome fantasy themed conquest game!
This game has been a huge hit with everyone we've played it with. It seems a bit complex to many people at first blush, but there are cheat sheets included with the basic turn flow, play process, and racial and power rules. Folks that had never played were usually pretty well versed by the end of the first play through.

I will likely be buying up the various expansions and Underground as well. We even had a friend that usually doesn't like board games much ask us to bring it around again! The variety of combinations enhances replayability and the colorful pieces add to the entertainment value. If you give this one a shot you aren't likely to regret it.
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Review by Mike on 11/28/2015
Great game, fun theme, great price here on MM
I love this game. In a nutshell its risk with a fantasy theme and some twists build in. But its so much more than that. The price here on Miniature Market is incredible, the components are impressive, the art is fun, and the replay ability is endless. This is a fun game that will yield countless hours of fun and gameplay.
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Review by Richard on 11/7/2015
A Nice Step Up For Risk Lovers
If you really like Risk but want something more, try this. It plays a lot like Risk in that you're doing area control and attempting to conquer lands controlled by other players. Add to that basic game play the fantasy theme and special abilities of the different races and you've got a nice gateway game for people who like Risk.

There is a lot of "take that" as you'll be constantly attacking each other so if you don't like that type of game then you should stay away.
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Review by Shawn on 10/30/2015
Light and fun board game
This game makes it onto my list of gateway games - you know, games you can use to introduce friends and family to "game night." It's easy to teach, with no real power-gaming or mastery required. So, a veteran player and learner can both have good chances of doing well, and all having fun. It seems to me that most of the games I want to play, or learn these days have a brutal learning curve and the new guy gets crushed with nuanced combos, synergies, or huge rule books and FAQ.... Not so for this one. Played with the right spirit and with some lighthearted competition, this game will give you something to laugh about the next day too. Detail of the components is good, quality is good. There are a lot of pieces, which gives the wrong impression that the game is complicated. The game fits in its own box and stores well, except for the tray to hold the race counters, it's crowded, so I may get a parts sorter to hold those. Rules are well done, and explain it as you go with easy rules look-ups, if ever needed. DoW did well on this one.
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Review by TwoDeeSix on 10/8/2015
Small Small World
Small World is a game that looks like it'd be much harder to learn to play given all the bits, when really it is a quick to play game that even your kids will quickly learn. You purchase powerful races and earn as much money as you can before quickly dumping them and buying out a far more profitable race! It's an excellent game that I'd recommend any group try at least once.
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Review by Bestdragon3 on 10/5/2015
Conquest 101
Small World is a great game to introduce to people who might be hesitant to play other conquest style games like Risk or Game of Thrones The Board Game. The artwork is bright and fun and the crazy mixtures of race and class abilities make for a lot of unpredictability and replay value. My favorite part is that there are different boards to match the number of players. This keeps things well balanced and the crowded nature of these boards reinforces that this really is a small world that you're fighting over.

The game is great straight out of the box but the expansions add a lot of variety so don't be surprised if you find yourself trying to collect all of them!
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Review by Dex on 9/4/2015
Amazing Gateway Game
A DoW classic, Small World is one of those games that is incredibly easy to pick up, yet has the depth to satisfy even the most discerning light/medium-weight gamer. The theme is pretty universal, and the randomized races and attributes keep things fresh. Be prepared: once this game has it's hooks in you, you may feel compelled to buy every expansion and permutation available.
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Review by Orochi on 12/9/2014