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Cascadia is a puzzly tile-laying and token-drafting game featuring the habitats and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest adorned with artwork by Beth Sobel.
In the game, you take turns building out your own terrain area and populating it with wildlife. You start with three hexagonal habitat tiles (with five types of habitat in the game), and on a turn you choose a new habitat tile that's paired with a wildlife token, then place that tile next to your other ones and place the wildlife token on an appropriate habitat. (Each tile depicts 1-3 types of wildlife from the five types in the game, and you can place at most one tile on a habitat.) Four tiles are on display, with each tile being paired at random with a wildlife token, so you must make the best of what's available — unless you have a nature token to spend so that you can pick your choice of each item.
Ideally you can place habitat tiles to create matching terrain that reduces fragmentation and creates wildlife corridors, mostly because you score for the largest area of each type of habitat at game's end, with a bonus if your group is larger than each other player's. At the same time, you want to place wildlife tokens so that you can maximize the number of points scored by them, with the wildlife goals being determined at random by one of the three scoring cards for each type of wildlife. Maybe hawks want to be separate from other hawks, while foxes want lots of different animals surrounding them and bears want to be in pairs. Can you make it happen?
Designed by Randy Flynn
Reviews of Cascadia
Being a massive fan of Calico.. and having done a bit of research into the mechanics of Cascadia, I sort of already knew I was going to love this game. Drafting tiles and creating a landscape filled with wildlife which score points in a variety of ways is right up my street and since the game arrived a week ago we’ve played it twice a day since. - Read more at S vs J Board Games.
Oh my giddy aunt, this is a game I already love. It’s relatively quick to play, offers a nice puzzle to solve and still gives you plenty of decisions to make. In that regard, it is the ideal after work game when you are tired from the day but still want to pull something to the table that scratches the board game itch. - Read more at Board Game Review UK
This is one we are recommending to everyone at the moment as we have absolutely fallen in love with it. - Read more at Get Into Games