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My d4 DICE reviews are a quick and easy to digest review of a board or card game. Along with a brief introduction to the game I use DICE as an acronym for Duration, Interaction, Complexity and Engagement to quickly explore a game. Enjoy!

Player count: 1 – 4 players
Play time: 30 – 45 minutes
Designers: Randy Flynn
Publisher: Alderac Entertainment Group

Welcome to the diverse wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. Foxes, Elks, Bears, Salmon and Hawks live in different parts of the varied terrain types such as forest, prairie, wetland, mountain and river. Each animal likes its own habitat.

In Cascadia players will start of with a three hex landscape piece. On a player’s turn they select one of the landscape tiles and corresponding wildlife tokens that is paired with it. Players may then place their landscape tile adjacent to an existing landscape tile (landscape types don’t have to match) and then place the wildlife token on any matching landscape tile. If the landscape tile has a nature symbol the player gains this token. These tokens can be used to refresh the wildlife tokens on display and to take a wildlife token that is not paired with a landscape token.

The goal of the game is to position and place the wildlife tokens in certain patterns or groupings to satisfy the scoring cards that are selected at the beginning of the game. In addition to this points are awarded for the number of tiles in each of your largest landscapes.

The game will last for a set number of rounds and the end game is triggered when the stack of landscape tiles is exhausted. Points are awarded and the player with the most points is the winner

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Duration

The game is not long at all. Even at the full player count a typical game will last about 30-45 minutes. The solo game is very quick and can be done in under 30 minutes. The game length is perfect for the weigh and complexity of the game it makes a great end of night game after something more complex.

Interaction

There is very little, if any, interaction. You could try and draft a landscape or wildlife token from your opponent but you would probably end up harming your own score more. Cascadia is very much a solitaire gaming experience with respect to interaction

Complexity

The game is very simple to learn, teach and play. You can be playing in under 5 minutes including rules explanation. I think it is pretty accessible and the inclusion of the family variant opens up the game to a wider audience

Engagement

The theme doesn’t really come through. I don’t feel like I am building up a vast landscape and populating it with different wildlife. But it doesn’t have to and it does not bother me at all. The puzzle is compelling and is what keeps me engaged. Figuring out what to put where, what wildlife tokens to go for and ultimately placing something in the wrong place is where the engagement is for me.

Please note: Cascadia was provided as a review copy from Asmodee/AEG.