I absolutely love fishing! Unlike my One Board Family co-contributor Ryan, I needed no initial gameplay convincing. With the strong fishing theme, I was an immediate backer of Coldwater Crown when the base game came out on Kickstarter. Much to my absolute enjoyment, it also turned out to be a phenomenal worker placement and set collection board game. That worked out great because, coincidentally, I also love board games. I bet you didn’t know that. So it should come as no surprise that I was extremely excited when Bellwether Games sent us over the new expansion, Coldwater Crown: The Seas.
This is currently on Kickstarter and I’m going to tell you now, before I give any more details, I highly recommend heading over to pledge for this expansion. If you don’t have the core game already, there’s also a pledge level for a copy of that combined with the expansion as well! I couldn’t imagine what more this already smooth functioning game would need or could add, but Brian Suhre has designed a piece that makes this game even more well rounded.
This new expansion will offer you a brand new spot to fish: the sea. Here you will be able to catch four new species: cod, red sea bream, pollock, and blue shark! Yes, sharks, and they weigh up to 24 lbs! Coldwater Crown: The Sea offers a new smaller board with artwork that flows right into the main board and looks amazing.
You will be able to travel to the sea with your new ship via a brand new port action. The expansion is very easy to teach and learn, and there is not much to it in the form of new components. It does, however, offer a whole lot in the way of opening up the board actions. I believe it helps speed up the end game condition of collecting twelve fish. It does this by adding four new species to the game. Along with the new species, the elusive squid is added to the deck of Master Angler cards. All of this provides a new way to achieve more end game victory points by offering a new strategy, without bogging down the players with any difficult paralyzing decisions.
As I said earlier, I would highly recommend this expansion. If you’re not sure about the base game, check out Ryan’s review first before sailing over to the Kickstarter page. Set your hook and snag a copy of this great new expansion.
Bellwether Games provided us with a prototype copy of Coldwater Crown: The Seas during the Kickstarter campaign. This in no way influenced our opinion on the game. Previews are a glimpse into an upcoming game with the pros and cons that we experienced prior to production of the game.