In 1872 Strahan & Co. published a novel by author George MacDonald called “The Princess & the Goblin”.
In 2016 Bellweather Games took the story from the novel & has turned it into a wonderful game for one to four players, ages seven to adult, & can be played in ten to twenty minutes.
As in the story, Irene, the princess follows her special golden thread to the caves where she finds her miner friend, Curdie. Curdie had been trapped in the mines trying to find out what evil plans the goblins had. While in the caves, Irene & Curdie discover what the goblins have planned. Together they must make their way through the caves all while collecting clues & by using the special golden thread to lead the way, escaping back to town.
Players will have to use their memory to remember where their exact path lies to escape from the Goblin’s Palace & back home. Players will get help by placing “breadcrumbs” on tiles to help them to remember what path they need to take.
The Princess and the Goblin is a wonderful tile placement game for all ages. There is an element of backstabbing in the game where another player can call out “Goblin!” & flip over a tile in the current escaping player’s tunnel system. If it happens to be a Goblin then they lose their turn, but if it isn’t then they can continue without any other tampering from another player.
If a player makes it home before everyone else, then they get a chance during their turn to flip over an additional home tile. Any player that has yet to escape home before the last home tile is flipped will remain trapped in the Goblin caves forever probably living their lives out mining.
Each player will earn points for each clue they have in their path, which is marked on their home tile, & a point for each captured breadcrumb they happen to pick up on the way out. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins.
This game is fairly simply, has fantastic gameplay, even solo gameplay. Takes very little time to play so it makes for a great little filler & it has a wonderful story to go along with it.
I do recommend watching the animated movie for The Princess & the Goblin. It is rather good.
Escape the Goblin Palace & game on!
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