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Inis

Inis. Inis is an amazing game. Inis is the third leg in the Cyclades/Kemet/Inis Trilogy and seemingly the least well known. Not to say it's not known, but it seems to have the least name recognition, which is a crying shame as it's as good as if not better than the others. I own all 3, and all 3 are in my top 10 favorite games, but Inis is my favorite. They all bring something incredible to the table, but Inis does it in 60-120 minutes, meaning it hits the table twice as much. We can get 2-3 games of Inis in in the same game night that would have seen one game of Cyclades. 

At it's core Inis is pretty simple, winning is triggered by one of the three 6's. A presence in 6 areas, chieftain of 6 clans, a presence with 6 Sanctuaries. But this is where the game is brilliant. Every round you draft the same 17 action cards, and those 17 action cards are the only way you do anything in this game. It takes drafting, one of my favorite game mechanics, and then makes every decision count a thousand times over. Plus of course one of those cards is the magic Geis card, that cancels someone else's card, so you're never really safe unless you're holding the Geis yourself.

Every time I've played Inis, I'm reminded of why it's in my top 3 games. It's tense, it's beautiful, it's strategic, it's short, and it often tells a story. Whether that story is the time your friend used an Epic tale card to grab the Druid that he then couldn't use anyway. Or the time you nailed the win, only to have it stolen from you by your opponent claiming Brenn last minute. Or the time you walked into a battle you would surely win only to have a bloody showdown and barely escape with your life, let along winning the game. Or perhaps my favorite, when someone with 10 dudes on the map loses to the guy with one dude, because that one dude is with 6 sanctuaries. 
In Inis, anything can happen. And in Inis, anything often does.

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