Review – The Mines of Zavandor
An Auction and Trading game.
Title: The Mines of Zavandor
Year Published: 2010
Designer: Alexander Pfister
Publisher: Z-Man Games
Game Time: ~90 minutes
Set-up Time: ~3 minutes
Theme: The Fantasy world of Zavandor
Mechanisms: Auction, Trading
How to win: Score the most points from points tokens and upgrades.
It’s all about dwarves, and mining, and gemstones and other enhancements for the mines that need to get developed further.
Set Up, Game Play & Game End
I generally don’t like auction games due to the auction part being way too slow. Here, you bid once, on 4 auctions simultaneously then resolve them, it takes no time at all.
You take the income and have to choose between bidding for auctions and upgrading your stuff. You’ll have to check where the King is and which of your Gems you may need for upgrades this round.
This is why not being able to use Gems you use to lose auctions for upgrades is great. You can’t just dump everything down and cross your fingers.
It’s just a very simple game: Get your income, Bid on things, Increase your income, Bid on more things etc
It’s really nice and really fast paced.
A very nice auction game.
I give it 6/10