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Heaven & Ale | Maven Games
The Spiel nominees were announced recently and one of the surprise nominations was a game called Heaven & Ale. It’s been nominated for the Kennerspiel des Jahres – the “Strategy Game of the Year” award. Whereas the Spiel des Jahres games are meant to be light, family-weight games, the Kennerspiel are meant to be more complex, but still accessible to people with some gaming experience. Previous winners include Istanbul and 7 Wonders. How does Heaven & Ale stack up? Is it likely to win? Let’s take a look at it… The theme of Heaven & Ale is that you are brewing beer in a monastery, but despite the great artwork, the theme is rather thin – it is a Euro, and a heavy one at that. Players spend their turns acquiring tiles that either give them money or the potential for victory points. I say ‘potential’ because the main way of scoring points takes a bit of getting used to. You’re collecting half a dozen different types of resources, which are tracked on your player board, but you don’t do anything with those resources. The only thing that matters is how much of your least resource you have. So you...