Do you know Reflets d’Acide?
Well, you’re in luck, because I myself didn’t know this universe.
In that case, let me explain it to you in a few words thanks to my friend Google.
Reflets d’Acide is a humorous audio saga released in 2002 and created by JBX. This ” medieval-role-playing-fantasy” MP3 saga (as the author likes to mention it) is inspired by the role-playing game “Reflets d’Acier” and turns it into a parody.
If you want to know more about this wonderful saga, you will find all the necessary information to satisfy your curiosity by clicking here.
Well, that’s all well and good, but what about the board game?
After a successful crowdfunding campaign on Ulule in November 2018, the saga is now available as a board game after 9 years of development (2012-2021) to the great pleasure of fans; and to my great pleasure as well, because it is thanks to this game that I was able to discover this series.
The game offers 2 modes: :
The game also mixes role playing and board game mechanics, but no need for a dungeon master, or anything of the kind. Instead, you’ll play as a narrator whose role will be to guide the team of heroes you’ve selected and narrate their adventure. Their destiny is in your hands, and it’s up to you to protect them or sacrifice them as you see fit.
So, are you interested in a humorous adventure in Maender-Alkoor? Would you like to complete an epic quest?
Then follow the guide!
In the gaming industry, writing rules is rarely fun.
They have to be clear, precise and must make players want to play, without losing them along the way.
In Reflets d’Acide, the author of the game has clearly realized this, and he has spoiled you because you have not 1, not 2, but 3 large rulebooks!
No, no! Don’t go away! Let me explain.
The game offers you 1 rulebook per game mode, namely :
Each one is exactly 16 pages long, including 9 pages of explanations on the way to play a turn.
They follow the same guideline: that is, the author of the game takes you by the hand and explains step by step the events you will encounter. Everything will make sense as the game progresses. And as it is mentioned in the manual, read it thoroughly before playing. Everything will make sense as the game progresses.
Finally, the 3rd manual, consisting of 12 pages and called “reference manual”, contains many explanations on :
As you can see, everything is well structured, well explained and explicit, with numerous examples.
Still not convinced?
What if I tell you about the NAIN?
No, I’m not talking about a grumpy little creature with a lot of hair (Nain meaning dwarf in French), but about the digital interactive narrator that you’ll find here.
As its name implies, it is an assistant who will guide you during your game to explain different rule points. Perfect for those who hate rule manuals and for those who want to start playing the game for the first time.
The single-player mode is basically the same as the cooperative mode.
The only change is during the set up of the game.
Take the 2 influence boards with slots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and place them side by side. Take 3 white and 3 black dice and that’s it!
The rest of the game is played as usual.
Of course you will have to be organized to carry out the different vitality tests or collective objectives, but nothing too difficult.
Reflets d’Acide allows you to live an epic adventure by accomplishing different quests, in a medieval fantasy universe full of humor.
You don’t need to know the saga to fully enjoy the board game.
The game has benefited from a very long development and it shows!
The rules are well written with a few touches of humor. While reading these rules, I felt all the love that the author wished to transmit for his game.
Reflets d’Acide is a game that will grow in flavor over time, with a challenge system that not only allows you to customize the difficulty of the game but also gives it a certain amount of longevity.
The saga has a solid community that will be there to help you in case of questions or need for clarification of the rules, and will, I’m sure, make you discover this rich and funny universe with great pleasure.
For my part, I loved this game which will proudly stand among my best games of the moment.