I bought Morels (also known as Funghi) on the cheap at a while ago. It had a reputation of being a great two player game, and that’s enough for me to order it blindly. It the first game by a designer couple who love two player games.

Their new company’s gaming creed is so lovely that I have to share it with you even before saying anything about the game

  1. Games teach in under 15 minutes, play in under 45, and beg for a rematch.
  2. Games are continuously strategic without being paralytic.
  3. Games will lead you to believe you are sitting fireside in an 18th century tavern. 
  4. Thinking will improve your chances of winning. Having a beer won’t hurt them…much.

I’m not sure what’s up with the fireside 18th century tavern line, but all the rest I heartily agree with! I can’t wait see what new game these people will come up with. Anyway, Morels!

Morels is a cute little game of set collecting with a beautiful theme.The objective of morels is ”to collect the most delicious mushrooms and roast them gently in a pan”.

(picture by Death by Monopoly)

You try to collect the most high scoring sets while cards rapidly move about, making it very challenging to plan ahead very far. Challenging, but definitely not impossible. Figuring out how to do that is much of the replayability of the game, I think.

It’s a nice intellectual challenge, and one game takes 20 minutes or so. I like it! I ended up kicking Jan’s ass quite severely, so his opinion on the game will have to wait until after a rematch…


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