Reviewed by Herb Levy
LIONS OF LYDIA (Bellweather Games, 2 to 4 players, ages 13 and up, 30-60 minutes; $39.99)
Anyone who has ever seen Cabaret knows that “money makes the world go around”. But money wasn’t always a thing. For a long period of time, bartering – trading goods or services for other goods or services – was the basis for an economy. Since bartering is an inexact “science”, the need for something universally valued and accepted paved the way for the rise of currency. In Jonny Pac Cantin’s latest design, money, minted with the heads of lions, comes into play as players deploy their merchants and purchase and develop property while generating the currency that will help them win in Lions of Lydia.