Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends – Everfrost is an expansion for the Tash-Kalar base game designed by Vlaada Chvatil, published by Czech Games Edition. It is for 2 players. This expansion introduces players to a new faction of frozen adversaries as well as updating some components. For a full review of the base game and how to play, follow the link below.
Just like in the base game, when playing with the new faction, the player receives the 18 cards and a set of cardboard pieces. Also included is a scoreboard for the death match melee.
What makes this faction different from the others is that many of the cards have what are called frozen effects. These can be stored for later use. These effects are preceded by a snowflake symbol. These effects don’t happen when the being is summoned so the card is placed in front of the player instead of discarding it. Once the being is summoned, the card can be used immediately as well. Once the frozen effect is used the card is discarded. Also, only 1 frozen effect card can be on the table at a time. So if you summon a new creature with a frozen effect you must discard one of the cards either the new one or the one on the table. You can not use the effect of the card on the table and then replace it with the new card. Winning is the same as in the base game.
Just like the base game, the components are gorgeous. The cards are outstanding with some of the most amazing looking artwork. The scoreboard for the death match as well as the tokens are thick cardboard and have the new updated design to make them a little clearer, better looking and a little more polished. Now I need to get the update pack to make my flare cards, tokens and boards match the awesome design of these pieces. I really love how nice everything looks and feels. I’m really thrilled with the new design.
10 out of 10
The rulebook is really simple and small. Unfortunately the wizened old master doesn’t show up this time. In any event, the rules are really simple and make learning the new deck extremely easy. There’s only one actual picture in the book and no examples but it’s not like you need a lot of that stuff anyway. There are some extra rules for team play. There’s also a nice section of new keywords for learning the terms that you will use on a fairly regular basis. Everything is explained really well and you will have no trouble reading through this. Shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes and you’ll be ready to play with the new faction.
10 out of 10
I absolutely LOVE this expansion. The new faction is amazing and brings a lot of fun to an already great game. The new card mechanics aren’t difficult to understand or to play. However, finding the right moment to use the frozen effects is a skill that must be mastered. Everything is so smooth and simple. This may replace the Sylvan school as my new favorite. I’d really have liked there to have been more than one faction but it’s a start. I really hope that there are more factions available in the future. This game continues to impress me.
10 out of 10
Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends – Everfrost is an expansion for the base game of Tash-Kalar. It continues to be a medium weight game. The artwork is outstanding and it even improves what was already amazing with new designs for the boards and tokens. Fans of the original Tash-Kalar will definitely want to pick up a copy of this. Those that like fantasy and strategy games will love this game. I highly recommend adding this to your base game. This will definitely add to your love of the game. It’s a must have expansion for owners of Tash-Kalar. You will love it.
10 out of 10
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