Just a little while ago I did a preview articles on the hip hop board game Rap Godz. At that time I had yet to play it. I received a review copy not to long after I published the article. Now that I have gotten the chance to play I can do a full review of the game.

Rap Godz is a game for two to four players, ages fourteen to adult, & may take thirty to sixty minutes to play. Rap Godz is the first game from publisher Board Game Brothas.

In Rap Godz, the player, is a rap artist trying to make their way to the number one hip hop artist on the scene. Players will have to try to outperform their opponents. As they perform they must be able to manage money, refine their rapping skills, & must prepare to get into beefs with their opponents.

Players must be able to collect the most record sales plaques. They will have to take over cities & to hit those milestones in their careers that will help in making them the number one Rap God.

Setup for Rap Godz is really simple & will only take a few minutes. At setup a each player will get two role cards & two city cards. The players will choose one role card & one city card for their use while the other cards are discard. Now there are plenty of role cards to choose from & each of those roles will have a “maneuver” or player power.

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After roles & cities are decided, players will place their resource markers on the board marking their starting resources that are listed on their city cards.

The first player will be given the first player token. The first player token will move clockwise to the next player after an the fifth track of an album.

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Each player will receive five Album cards as their hand or they may receive more depending on what their maneuverz dictate on their player card. The Album cards, when played will give a number of resources to the player or cause a beef to happen. Or players can discard three of the album cards to take one of the Come Upz cards that are off to the side. These are special cards that will give a larger number of resources.

On a player’s turn they will draw an album card or discard three album cards in exchange for a Come Upz card. Next they will play a card. Lastly they will gain the amount of resources or albums on that card. Some album cards will have a number & resource symbol in the middle of the card. This card can only be played when that player has equal to or more of that resource. And lastly, a player can then resolve a Beef with another player if they played a Beef card.

The album cards will stack on a player’s timeline. This timeline will show everything a player did during that album round.

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When play comes back to the first player, the track marker will move up to the next album track. The album will end at the end of the fifth track. After the fifth track the album marker will move to the next album & the track meter goes back to one. Maneuverz will reset, Come Upz cards will be refreshed from the next deck, players will receive cards from the next deck, & the first player marker moves to the next player.

After the third album each player will count up how many album trophies they secured. The player will the most album trophies will become the greatest Rap God in the history of Rap.

Rap Godz was launched on Kickstarter on August 22nd, 2018 & will end on September 21st, 2018. The game itself will cost you $40 which is about average for a strategy, storytelling game like this.

The next tier is for $70 & will not only get you a game but you can donate a copy of Rap Godz to a community center or youth organization. Plus the $75 tier will get you a limited edition Rap Godz t-shirt.

As I publish this article, Rap Godz still has seventeen days left on Kickstarter & is still short by almost $14K.

Rap Godz is fantastic card-driven, resource management game that has a good amount of strategy. There are a handful of bonuses they really put playing certain album cards into the forefront of becoming a star. But Rap Godz is pretty quick to pick up & play so there isn’t any tough, mind-boggling rules.

Some people may have problems with the artwork on the cards, but I never have a problem with artwork in a game unless it is really offensive. I think the art is a little silly & will give a more light-heartedness during game play.

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I say this is one game to back. Because there are few board games with a music theme, especially one about Rap.

You can back Rap Godz from Board Game Brothaz here: Rap Godz project.

Get ready to conquer the hip hop scene & game on!

-Christopher Richter

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