Tanto Cuore – Deck Building Game – Review!

Hello my Nurglings!

It’s finally time for me to talk about a game that I really enjoy playing, and have been doing so a lot lately while being out with my buddies. The game: Tanto Cuore! From the awesome company Arclight Games. A company that I hope soon start releasing more games in English, I love the style and theme of most their games. Tanto Cuore is focused around Maids, as the master of your house you need to hire maids your household to… well… work for you.

So anyway!

Tanto Cuore is a deck building game that reminds you plenty of Dominion and Thunder Stone in the way you play it. You start with a deck of ten cards, and every turn you play maids with different effects. In the centre of the table there are several randomly selected card pools to buy cards from, this area is known as The Town. To buy card you need to use “love cards” or maids that generate love. That’s right the currency in the game is love! The more love you have the more expensive cards you can buy with better effects and worth more victory points. The cards you buy are put in your graveyard. At the end of your turn you discard your hand and draw 5 new cards, every time your deck runs out of cards you shuffle your discard pile in to a new deck and start over. The game ends when two piles of cards run out in The Town.

There are also cards known as Private Maids, you can only have one Private Maid at a time and they in front of you during the game, and they give you different type of effects like drawing an extra card on your turn or letting you buy one extra card.

Tanto Cuore is a game for up to 4 people, and I strongly recommend that you try to play with four people when you can. The game becomes more balanced this way and the strongest cards will be more evened out between players. The stronger/better cards in Tanto Cuore currently feel almost a bit too strong. They let you cycle through your deck easily and that quickly becomes boring when every player is able to do it. This becomes more evident when you play less than 4 people thou. Since this is just the basic set, I’m expecting the cards to balance out more as the expansions get released.

Another problem with the game right now is that it is a bit fast; my playgroup has agreed that three piles need to run out from the town instead of two. This way it becomes a bit more interesting, but should only be applied when you’re four players (otherwise the first player to loop his deck will win much too easy).

The theme of the game is amazing, and every player will start by looking at the cute artworks and giggle at the style of the game, but it quickly becomes serious when people are trying to grab good combination of cards and gather Victory Points.

At the end of the game you calculate Victory Points from the cards in your deck, discard pile and in play. The person with the most Victory Points win!

Tanto Cuore is an amazingly fun game, people that play Dominion and Thunder Stone usually brush it off as “less fun” but without even trying it out. I believe this is mostly because of the theme, some players will love the Manga Maid theme, and some players won’t. There is no secret that I love it! But I also love deck building games as a genre of board games, it’s interesting and so many combinations can be done from it.
So if you’re a player that loves to play deck building games like I do, I strongly recommend Tanto Cuore. A game that most probably will get better when expansions start coming out. One is planned for this holiday and I sure hope it comes out soon! (Read more about it here: https://nurgleprobe.wordpress.com/2011/12/02/tanto-cuore-expansion-soon-in-english/)

Until next time, take care.
Cya soon!

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Posted on 17 December, 2011, in Board Games, Card Games, Deckbuilding, Review and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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