The Little Prince: Make Me a Planet

The Little Prince Make Me a Planet

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince holds a special place in my heart. I was first introduced to the book my senior year of high school, when we were tasked with translating the text. I fell in love with the language and messages of the book then.

Five years later, when Dan and I got married, two sentences from the book formed the basis of our wedding ceremony:

On ne voit bien qu’avec le coeur. L’essential est invisible pour les yeux.

(You can only see clearly with the heart. The most important things are invisible to the eye.)

So it was with a sense of nostalgia that we picked up a copy of The Little Prince: Make Me a Planet at the Enchanted Badger last fall. As it turns out, it is a charming and simple little game. The artwork on everything in the game, from the box to the instructions to the play tiles, comes straight from the book, and many of the characters and themes play off the book’s plot as well. Where in the book too many baobab trees would crush a planet, in the game, having too many baobab trees will cost you points. In the story, the lamplighter constantly lights and extinguishes his lamp, so if you have his character in the game, you get one point per lamppost on your planet.

The Little Prince Make Me a Planet

The game is simple to learn and quick to play. There is a small bit of competition: you must judge which of the available tiles will help you without leaving open a high-scoring tile for one of your opponents. But for the most part, each player is on their own, and it isn’t very cutthroat.  We’ve enjoyed playing this as a palate cleanser at the end of the night, or as an introduction to board games with our non-gaming friends.

The Little Prince Planet

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Ticket to Ride + Welcome to Savvy Game Night

Today is the launch of Savvy Game Night! If you want to keep up with my weekly board game reviews, you can subscribe to them by newsletter or RSS feed. Thanks!

Welcome to Savvy Game Night! At the end of last year, one of our friends posted on Facebook that she had just bought her 365th game, and that she could play a different game every single day in 2014 if she wanted to. As someone who has been blogging for the better part of 5 years, I immediately thought that would make a great blog concept – the Julie and Julia of board games, if you will. Which got my wheels turning… Dan’s and my collection is nowhere near the size of our friends’, but it does number close to 50. So while I can’t write about a game every day, I very nearly can review a different game every week. And so Savvy Game Night was born.

Ticket to Ride | Savvy Game Night

Dan and I have been having some long workdays lately, so some nights, we simultaneously want to play a board game to unwind and don’t have the energy to put much time or thought into it. Ticket to Ride has been one of our go-to games this month, partly because it is such a breeze to set up and get going.

Ticket to Ride | Savvy Game Night

There is definitely some strategy involved, as far as choosing tickets and which color train cards to collect. But very few decisions affect the rest of the game in any serious way, so you don’t have to constantly be thinking 5, 6 or 10 moves ahead, and one wrong move won’t destroy the rest of your game. The game remains lighthearted and fun, with maybe a tiny bit of deviousness, depending on the player. Like the time Dan cut off my ability to complete a 10-point ticket (not cool, honey). It wasn’t serious enough to keep me from winning!

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