I don’t know why I put off trying out this little time management builder from Blam! Games for so long. It is cute, fun, and funny, and actually pretty challenging for something set in a fantasy kingdom. So, there is this lovely little kingdom filled with little gnomish people, and somehow they have ticked off a fire witch, Flamia. It is our job to get things back in order, plus find artifacts that will price together to make an artifact based on the four elements to defeat Flamia in the process.
This runs as a typical builder. We get a little worker compound, and we are set to doing certain tasks to complete an area, like cleaning debris for wood resources, picking berries for food, but also using base resources to be refined as in wood to lumber and berries to jam. I think the berries are red currants, that’s what they look like. Our workers are gnomes and they arrive via steampunk airship. We also mine for gold and trade berries and jam for wood to be brought in my airship. Each region is ruled by a minor gnome noble that is in tune with his or her area. With each successful level, we get a little more of the home kingdom back, and uncover the elemental areas.
I really had a good time with this cute little builder. A Gnome’s Home: The Great Crystal Crusade reminds me of games like Rescue Team, but has elements of 7 Wonders games as well. It is worth the time to look into if you enjoy builder games.