This game looks way better than it has any right too. The components are all good. The gameplay of chaining actions together is very satisfying. It can be a bit hard to keep track of at times but the designers include tokens for this and you get used to it. To me this feels like Lords of Waterdeep the card game, which some differences. The solitaire mode is a beat your own score but it’s still good and not too stressful.
My biggest problem with the game is there’s not much of a mechanical arch. What you do turn 1 is what you do turn 15. The game is short enough that that’s not a big deal, but I wish there were skills or guilds or something to give the game more of a progression.
Despite that, it’s a good game. It probably won’t blow you away, but it’s still enjoyable.
Quests of valeria is a unique set collection game where players gather citizens to fill requirements on a quest. Hire citizens from the line in the tavern that provide you with additional actions to build combo's of free actions players take turns taking 2 actions from the following: Drawing cards, hiring citizens, reserving a quest, or completing a quest. When hiring a citizen, players pay the cost by discarding cards in their hand and taking the citizen from the tavern to their guild, tableau. Some citizens have bonus actions and they trigger as soon as they enter a player's guild. When completing a quest, players must send citizens from their guild that match the requirements on the quest to the discard pile. When a player completes 5 quests, the game ends and player's reveal their guild master and count up victory points.