Age of Heroes - a card game that sells for $11.99 - is Legend Games' latest offering. I was sent a complimentary copy of this product by Robert Hayes, the creator. I asked three of my young neighbors - in Belgrade, Montana - to playtest it and provide their impressions.
Colin Schultz, age 18, served as the lead reviewer. He calls himself "an oversocialized homeschool grad" who prefers sports to board games. His friend, Colt Doornbos, age 19, was described by Colin as "an undersocialized public education grad who is a quiet jock." They were joined by Colin's sister, Talia, age 15.
The trio carefully read the small-print directions and proceeded to gave Age of Heroes a chance. (Hey, you try finding three teens that will eagerly participate in a low-key activity.) I offer their comments in no particular order. Also, the comment about Magic: The Gathering isn't meant to be an endorsement of that game. It's just an observation that there are less controversial choices available for recreation.
Here's what they think:
* "For a card game, it was not boring. Better than Magic."
* "Suitable for ages 8-adult."
* "The rules were clear and easy to follow, especially after we played it."
* "It took us over two hours to play."
* "I think it would appeal to those who like the Medieval age or who like Lord of the Rings."
* "There were three different ways to win, and it kept our attention."
For a more detailed review from a bonafide game geek, click here. And, thanks for the cheerful assistance Colin, Colt, and Talia!