Reviewed by Herb Levy
TAK: A BEAUTIFUL GAME (James Ernest Games, 2 players, ages 12 and up, 10-30 minutes; $55)
Game designers are often asked “Where do you get the ideas for your games?” The answer is never quite as simple as the question but, at least in this case, we know where this idea came from. This game was described by author Patrick Rothfuss in his bestselling novel The Wise Man’s Fear (Book Two of the Kingkiller Chronicle) as “a beautiful game” with details left vague. Game designer James Ernest decided to put some “meat on those bones” and came up with the actual way to play this game postulated by Rothfuss and brought it to life as Tak: A Beautiful Game.