Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule! is a game by David Luis Sanhueza, published by Game-O-Gami and Game Salute. It is for 1-4 players. In this game, players will be using rhyming to collect fairies and rid themselves of nasty goblins. The first one that is able to best do that, will be declared the winner.
To start, all players are randomly dealt one goblin star card. The rest are set aside. The remaining cards are shuffled together. Each player is then dealt 3 more goblin cards for a total of 4 cards. At this point, 4 fairies are dealt out into the middle of the playing area. It should be noted here that each card has a goblin on one side and a fairy on the other. So each card is both a Fairy and a Goblin card, depending on which side is face up. Play now begins.
On a player’s turn, they must add a card from their cards to the play area, called the “Fairy Ring”. If the name of that card rhymes with any cards in the Fairy Ring, the card must be flipped over. The added card does not flip however. After flipping, the player must then take any cards that have a symbol that matches the card that was added. For instance, if you added the goblin card, Full Moon Moo, you would flip every card that rhymed with it, like Morning Dew and Willow Sue. You would then take every card that had a moon icon on it, since Full Moon Moo has a moon on it. Star cards act a little bit differently. When you add a Star card to the Fairy Ring, ALL the cards flip regardless of whether they rhyme or not. You will then take all the cards with matching icons. Once you’ve taken your cards, it’s the next player’s turn. This continues back and forth until one of the two win conditions have been achieved. Either a player has no goblins or they have 6 fairies at the end of their turn. The player that reaches one of these conditions will be declared the winner.
The only components to this game are a deck of 20 large tarot sized cards inside a very neat looking metal box. The artwork on these cards is phenomenal. I absolutely think each one is beautiful to look at. The artist did a great job and it shows. The cards themselves are very sturdy and built to be played with for a long time. You will definitely enjoy playing with these.
9 out of 10
The rulebook is small and fits inside the small metal box perfectly. There are lots of beautiful pictures inside it, as well as great examples, not that you will need them. There’s a rhyming guide and a lovely poem inside. There are even variations on the game, such as Fairy Solitaire for playing alone and Fairies Drool, Goblins Rule for when you want the Goblins to win instead of the Fairies. My son prefers this variation, he’s not too keen on the fairies. All in all, the rules are very easy to read and understand. I truly enjoy using this rulebook.
10 out of 10
The game is very simple and easy to play. It doesn’t take more than 10 – 15 minutes to play a round. It’s great for playing with your kids. My daughter especially loves looking at the fairy cards. It’s also educational for helping teach the little ones how to rhyme. It’s a good filler game for between heavier games or used as a warm up game. The game isn’t heavy on strategy and decisions so no real analysis paralysis to be had here. I love the cuteness of it, as well as the simplicity of design. This is definitely a lot of fun, in a small package.
10 out of 10
Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule! is a light card game of hand management. It’s simple, fun and light. It’s a very fast game to play. It’s one that the kids will enjoy as well as their parents. Anyone that is looking for a good filler game should enjoy this one. Just expect some weird looks from your gamer buddies when you break it out. If you can get them to play it, they will want to play it again and again. My son usually doesn’t care for games that look like this, however he really enjoys playing it over and over again. I highly recommend you give this one a try. It’s cheap enough that everyone should own a copy. Great gift idea for those gamer friends. Try it, you will like it.
9 out of 10
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