Published by: Granna Games & Passport Game Studios
# of players: 2-4
Mayday Card Sleeve Size: Magnum Copper (65x100mm) loose fit
Anyways back to the game, CV has players starting in adolescence and making their way through life till the old age deck runs out. Sadly, it does come to an end and when it does you want to be the player with the most points. You get to make life choices like, do I want to own my own business, or have twins. These choices will affect your trajectory in life and may cause some nice things to be out of your grasp. Are you ready to take a journey down it's your life? If so, then have a a few laughs and enjoy CV.
CV is a game that has players rolling special dice to obtain cards that are currently available on the board. These cards are all colorfully illustrated and will make you laugh. During our first play we all wanted to share what was in our hand because we were enjoying the illustrations so much. The dice are unique and each side is easily readable. CV also includes cardboard tokens to help you remember when a card gives you a symbol to use in obtaining cards. The board is very sturdy and is designed to keep everything organized. Each player has a reference card that explains the symbols and some of the games main points. The rule book is well designed and explains everything in detail, including a card description on the back. While the component quality is your standard game quality, the art makes the game's theme pop.
The main mechanic in CV is rolling dice each turn and spending the symbols to buy 1 or 2 cards that are available on the board. After that player's turn, the cards move to the left and refill all empty places with new cards. The game starts with players receiving childhood memory cards. These cards act as a start to your life and provide some type of bonus that could be used sometime in the game. Also each player will receive a life goal card that awards bonus points based on the card's text. Also several more life goal cards will be displayed on the board that everyone will score from.
I love CV. Is this a deep strategy game? No. The game early on involves a little luck of the dice, but as you advance through your life you are able to navigate your life by the card choices. The theme works really well and the game takes itself lighthearted and fun. Other than trying to buy cards that someone else might want, there is not a lot of player interaction. The expansion adds a take that effect to the game if you are wanting more player interaction. The art is awesome and continues to make me laugh. The cards that you choose through your life may create a hilarious or sad story. You could be that slacker that lives at home and goes out at night with his friends but can not afford the fancier things in life. You can choose to work hard to obtain those shinny things you want in life, but may not have anyone to enjoy them with. Your life is in your control and it is your story to tell. This is a great game to play with family or friends for a fun game night that wants more conversation than deep thinking. The game does contain some strategy and some push your luck. This is a game that will remain in my collection and is towards the top of my list of favorite games. I highly recommend this game to anyone looking for a fun, lighthearted game night.
+ Hilarious art
+ The theme is executed very well
+ Easy to learn and teach
+ Great for any group that wants a fun lighthearted game night
- Some will not like the luck of the dice
- Not for those who want a deep strategy game
- Lacks player interaction in the base game (expansion adds some player interaction)
- Some may not like the cartoon art