The Gallerist Board Game Review
Name of the game: The Gallerist
BGG Weight: 4.26 / 5
Year published: 2015
Publisher: Eagle-Gryphon Games
Designer: Vital Lacerda
Number of players: 1-4
Playing time: 120-180 minutes
Game category/theme: Art gallery management
Board game mechanics: Commodity Speculation, Investment, Set Collection, Solo / Solitaire Game, Victory Points as a Resource, Worker Placement
Player interaction: 7.9
Game rating: 8.8
Weight rating: (8.6 + 9.3) = 17.9
Playability rating: [(8.7 + 7.9 + 8.8) – 8.6] = 16.8
Play rating score: (17.9 + 16.8) * 2 = 69.40
Value rating: 69.40 / 7.5 = 9.25
Final score rating: 69.40 + 9.25 = 78.65
The Gallerist is a complex and strategic board game that puts players in the shoes of art gallery owners. The game features beautiful artwork and components, and requires players to carefully manage their actions and resources to attract artists, sell paintings, and promote their galleries. The action points and worker placement mechanics provide multiple paths to victory, and the set collection adds an additional layer of depth and strategy to the game. The game also has a good amount of replayability, as each game presents a unique combination of artists and paintings, and players can experiment with different strategies to win.
The game does require a bit of a learning curve, as there are many different actions and mechanics to keep track of. Additionally, the player interaction in the game can be a bit limited at times, as players are primarily focused on building their own galleries rather than directly competing with each other. However, the game still manages to be engaging and satisfying, and offers a great experience for fans of strategy games and art lovers alike.
The Gallerist does not offer solo or cooperative play.
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