Corinth: Trading in the Mediterranean has never been more fun!September 30, 2019
Benny looks at the Days of Wonder roll and write, Cortinth.
Welcome back to an exciting look at one of my absolute favorite roll and write! I have to admit to being a fan of Sebastien Pauchon from way back when I first got a copy of Yspahan. Yspahan is so dang good! I love it with 3 and 4 players. I enjoy the revised cards as they add some interesting wrinkles to an already killer game, they were part of the Ystari treasure chest expansion. Though the part that I struggle with in Yspahan is a designer-issued 2 player rule set that seemed to leave me feeling underwhelmed. A big part of what makes Yspahan so dang good is the Caravan and with two players that is a lot harder to get revved up.
Luckily for us, Corinth shows up in all its roll and write glory and delivers a brilliant two-player game! It also is quite good with 3 and 4 players, though I much prefer the caravan in Yspahan with that many players. In Corinth, you are acquiring dice via draft from a column of dice and when you do so you are impacting your sheet with those dice.
You can acquire camels, er Goats!, and also Coins which help you construct buildings for points and effects that can make you do better in the game as well as acquiring dice that let you mark up your trading shops, which don’t have to go in left to right order, mark up whichever ones you choose for points. Or you can take your pips and move the Steward around your own little slice of Heaven in the Market area on your sheet. No crossing back over the path that the Steward wandered, where you stop, circle that and gain a bonus. This effectively works like the Caravan and does not require you to have the help from the other players to pull it off.
So much of Corinth is just great to look at too, Days of Wonder always delivers the visuals in a very positive way and I love that they branched out into roll and writes! I’d be down for a TTR roll and write if someone wants to dial up Mr. Moon to get on that I will happily make it the sole TTR game in my collection and play it until I can’t play it anymore!
For me, Corinth delivers big on the concept of expanding roll and writes into new territory. I always love to see a roll and write that swings for the fences! Ancient Artifacts comes to mind (https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/227468/ancient-artifacts) as does Lanterns Dice (see my review by clicking here). There are so many games that do the standard roll and fill in that seeing designers push beyond Qwixx and Rolling America (both excellent games in their own ways) makes me incredibly happy!
As we leave the beautiful city of Corinth, I encourage you to come back for a visit as you can and do so with Mr. Pauchon’s game. It really is a solid and delightful game! I hope that many more players will find it as well as it’s widely heralded big brother Yspahan (nominated in 10 separate board game awards in 2006 and 2007).
Be well and let the good times roll some dice!
Full Disclosure: I received a copy of the French version of this game from my buddy, Derik Duley. We also played several games against each other via twitter, he beat me soundly in them 😉