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Thursday, March 10, 2011

HOT BOX - Antics! (What's in the Box?)

I finally got my hands on Antics recently! I was very excited to get it as I loved my first play of it at an EGG game day in December. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to play it again since then but I knew it was something I really wanted to have a copy of. I was lucky enough to get a nice gift card and used it to help get this game.

My son is really into bugs and, in fact, he had an ant farm a few months ago that he got for his birthday last year and loved it. When he saw this game on my table after it arrived he was very interested in it and wanted to play it right away. So, I knew I had to open it soon.

We still haven't played it yet but here are the pics of the box opening.

Antics! box front
I really love the natural look of the artwork in this game. Nice simple box but lots of interest with the ants running along carrying leaves and bugs they are gathering. I also like how the ants at the bottom are carrying signs with "The Lamont Brothers" and "Fragor Games"!

Speaking of The Lamont Brothers, I have also played (and now own as of recently) the excellent race game Snow Tails. They have also design a number of well regarded games with unique game play including Antler Island, Savannah Tails, and Shear Panic.

Antics box back

Time to get to it!
You know the drill...er...cut...
Pulling the shrink off
Sheesh! Don't man-handle it!
Ah! Ready to open it now....

Phhhhhttt!
The instruction sheet
The cardboard sheets are nice and thick.
One thing that's important with this game is that you build your anthill. The pieces that make up the anthill are a nice thickness to help build it up so that you can see the height as you build it. This is important so that you can see both how tall your own hill is as well as the hills of others from across the table.

The bit sheets laid out.
The board with it's organic looking art.
LOVE the artwork in this game. I love how it was kept very natural looking. you feel like you're outside watching your ants run around. It's refreshing to see something so different!

The bag of wooden components.

Closeup of one of the sheets.
Punching some of the pieces out!

Everything punched out and ready to go!
Just for fun - a giant ant hill!
Notice the ants have little grooves cut in them to hold the poor bug or the lovely leaf they are carrying back to the anthill.

I can't wait to get this game to the table! But, I've been a bit busy the last couple of weeks. The furnace went out and we had to deal with that. When it was out (for 3 days) we borrowed a couple of space heaters and one of the circuits in our bedroom went out after it was plugged in overnight! Finally got an electrician to look at it and he found a loose wire (and charged $70 to 'fix' it! UGH! I could have done THAT!)

In addition, my daughter has been selling girl scout cookies, we've been doing a variety of scout stuff, etc.....blah, blah, blah. Yes, everyone else is busy too I'm sure!

Anyhow, I loved my first play of this and am looking forward to playing again soon now that I have it opened and ready to go!

Now go play a game. Or go outside and watch some ants....

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