What do you get when you combine the randomness of the roll of the dice with a rule system that may be simple but has ample room for strategy (and mistakes) and a pretty sly sense of humor (though, as with all humor, it may not work for you)? Aside from a pretty good time if you’re into strategy the answer would be Here Be Dragons. It’s a bit of a sneaky one, really. What I do appreciate is that the many tutorial levels really do try to walk you through the full spectrum of ways to exploit the core rule set, most critically when to make what appear to be bad moves on the current turn in order to attempt to take more control and vanquish your foes on the next one. Depending on the affinities of your foes every roll of the dice is ripe with strategic opportunity and if you want to be able to strike and do damage you’ll need to choose higher numbers, but the problem is that doing so could give first pick of the dice to your foes on the following turn if they use the lower numbers. This, layered in with other rules, really does make for a challenge, even if at some point that ultimately leads to quite a bit of repetition over the long run. I give it credit for feeling a bit different and well-crafted, though I could see people going either way on their opinions of it.
Justin Nation, Score: