Glen More II: Chronicles is a very pretty game. So pretty in fact, that I'm debating whether I'm just trying to justify keeping it because of that. Sadly this is a problem I'm still debating with Dice Throne almost 2 years later....although I do think that one is destined for the trade pile.
Now don't get me wrong, I like Glen More. But as I've said before and will say again...good isn't good enough. We're blessed to live in a gaming golden age, one that shows no sign of stopping anytime soon. Which effectively means you can pick from the best games instead of just the very good ones. And Glen More is definitely very good, but I don't know if it's the best.
Glen More II is a reprint of Glen More, a game that went out of print a long time ago, a game that I had, kept, enjoyed and eventually traded it. At the time I was primarily a 2 player gamer and while this game does play well with 2, it's better with 3 or 4. Fast forward 5 years and Glen More II comes out. Nostalgia combine with FOMO and I decide to get it and give it a go. The game definitely doesn't disappoint, it's been prettified and streamlined, and comes built in with 8 expansions, called chronicles.
You can watch my video review here, but the short of it is that in Glen More, you move your chieftain around the rondel, selecting tiles to add to your tableau. Each tile activates itself and all tiles it touches, leading to an engine that gets progressively more powerful as each move is taken. Combine that with a mechanic in which whoever is last on the rondel activates, and you're forcing players to choose between quantity and quality, and I love the decision trees that creates.
While I enjoy the game, and while I think it delivers an excellent game considering the 60-90 minute playtime, I can't say I love it. I do enjoy the choices, I enjoy the multiple paths to victory, I enjoy the game time and player count, and I'm looking forward to trying the expansions to see what they add. I would say it's as rewarding and accessible as Bunny Kingdom, another excellent 3-4 player game that takes about 60-90 minutes. But a game of Coimbra can take 90-120 minutes, and is soooo much more rewarding. For now Glen More is staying...but how much it gets played over the next year will be a determining factor in what happens next. Beautiful games put the blinders on....but whether that game hits the table can be the trigger you need to make the hard choices.