Reviewed by Herb Levy
RED RISING (Stonemaier Games, 1 to 6 players, ages 14 and up, 45-60 minutes; $40, collector’s edition $60)
The dystopian future world postulated in the novels by Pierce Brown is a world of 14 castes vying for power. Designers Jamey Stegmaier and Alexander Schmidt have used this world as the background for their new game where castes are represented by cards and suits of different colors and players represent a house attempting to rise to power. The dynamics of the game centers on building a hand based on combos created as certain castes (suits/colors) interact and power waxes and wanes in Red Rising.