A remake of the classic Small World is in the making. We are talking about Small World of Warcraft, and as the name suggests it's Small World with a Warcraft theme.
The title will be compatible with classic Small World in a sense, but according to the designer it's not designed to be so. So, is it worth getting? Let's have a look.
The game will feature a modular board ala Small World: Sky Islands and will include 16 races from the Warcraft universe and 20 special powers. There will also be a ton of tokens (Murlocs, yay!), victory coins, etc.
This version will feature Legendary places and artifacts, which were introduced in Small World Underground. Philippe Keyaerts (the designer) has collaborated with the World of Warcraft Universe Team at Blizzard to make sure the Warcraft theme comes through, and this has also spawned some new mechanics.
One interesting mechanic is that the races are going to be allied to either Alliance or Horde, and a neutral faction, which will affect the way you earn coin and how combat works, and this is the main reason this game won't be 100% compatible with Small World classic. You can still play, but some mechanics will be redundant and pointless.
The races will be Blood Elves, Goblins, Draenei, Dwarves, Night Elves, Trolls, Orcs, Humans, Kobolds, Naga, Tauren, Pandaren, Gnomes, Ethereals, Worgen, and Undead.
All this summed up is enough to make this game very different to Small World classic, so if you just have the base game and not a ton of expansions, perhaps this one is worth getting.
The game will support 2-5 players and will take around an hour to play, just like Small World classic. The release date is set some time August/September, but obviously this is subject to change.
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