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Skullduggery -- Mensa Select® Winner(search on Board Game Geek)
This is a cute game that comes with lots of pirate figurines and a malleable gameboard made out of 3x3 tiles. There are different treasure destinations on the gameboard, and each player is attempting to send his pirate to 4 such destinations, one at a time. On your turn, you roll a die to move your pirate, you change a piece of the island, and you roll another die to move enemy pirates. Once a player has discovered all 4 pieces, a big treasure space appears, and all pirates that have 3 pieces of treasure (or more) rush towards the big treasure space. Whomever gets there first wins.
Originally I didn't think that much of this game. It seemed like that there were way too many opportunities to muck up your opponent's plans, while there were very few ways to defend one's own plans. This means that you could imaging a game going on nearly forever as everybody just tries to stop the next player. However, I noticed that there were some subtle fixes for this already in the game, most notably the ability to buy an extra turn occasionally. So, what this does is turn what could be a broken but thematically-entertaining game into a not-broken and also thematically-entertaining game. I can't really imagine playing this game repeatedly to exercise my brain much, but as an occasional mindless way to pass the time, it's not bad. And people really like the figurines.
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