Every now and then, not too often, we share with you a boardgame from our probably-too-large collection. We pick them entirely for designery reasons, not for how much fun the game brings us (for instance our all time favorite game, Mousquetaires du Roy, has typography that burns your eyes out). This time it’s a game Skull that R got for his birthday last week from our friends.
It’s seemingly a simple bidding game whose only components are six sets of token (no board, so I guess it’s more of a token-game?), each set including three flower tokens and one skull token. The illustrations are quite lovely, unified but different across the sets so that each skull relates (vaguely or not) to a different culture. There is a lot of careful ornamentation, detail and a tasteful use of color.
Contents the box.
Viking (?) set, immediately picked by a Vikings fan in our group (hi, Z).
A Mexican set, possibly the prettiest in the game.
The backs with their ornaments. See what I mean about the color?
All the flowers in the game, as behooves the springtime that’s arrived.
I’m still not sure we played the game right the one time we managed to try it so far but it sure is one of the better designed among the ones we own.