Check out my d4 D.I.C.E. review

Player count: 2-4 players
Play time: 20-40 minutes
Designers: Sami Laakso
Publisher: Snowdale Design

The merchants are back. Dale of Merchants 3 is the next instalment in the fantastic deck building/deck shedding Dale of Merchants series. It can be played as a stand alone game or combined with Dale of Merchants 1, 2 or Collection for even more replay-ability, fun and exciting combinations. As with the other games in the series Sami Laakso and Snowdale Design have come up with some new animalfolk to add in to the game.

If you want to check out my reviews of the Dale of Merchants 1 and 2 then head on over to my final thoughts and my d4 D.I.C.E. review for more information.

Setting Out My Stall of Thoughts (again)

If you have read my previous reviews of Dale of Merchants you probably have seen how much I like this game series (if you haven’t then I recommend you go and take a look – see links above). I think the idea of building your deck to then tear it apart is fantastic and adds an interesting take on standard deck building. I like the tension this mechanism creates in having powerful abilities in your hand vs. playing the card for the market stall.

Dale of Merchants 3 adds more of the good stuff in to the game. There are six new animalfolk in the game. A number of animalfolk equal to the number of players plus one are used per game, giving a decent amount of replay-ability just from this set alone. Combine Dale of Merchants 3 with any of the stand alone games and you have a multitude of combinations and possibilities.

Dale of Merchants 3 also introduces a new “store” keyword. This allows you to store cards, facedown for use in future rounds. Not a game changer but a nice addition to the series.

The Discontent White-Headed Lemurs give you control and manipulation of your hand. The Prepared Grizzled Tree-Kangaroos offer ways to store cards. The Sharing Short-Beaked Echidnas increases the player interaction within the game by swapping cards from your opponents hands, discard piles and the market stalls. The Superstitious Snowshoe Hares offer a bit of random dice rolling. The Archiving Desert Monitors offer more ways to manipulate your hand and deck. The Scheming Green Magpies offer a range of actions including increasing your hand size and guessing values of cards in your and your opponents hand.

Dale of Merchants continues to be a game that I really enjoy and the addition of the 6 new animalfolk further solidifies my like for the game. To help choose which animalfolk to use and what type of game you want Snowdale Design have created a handy deck selection tool. Just pop in player count, the sets you have and the type of game you want and it selects the decks to play with. The tool can be found here.  

The Kickstarter page can be found here and the campaign is due to launch on Fri 1st May

Please note – Dale of Merchants 3 was provided as a review copy from Snowdale Design.