Review: Elevenses for One


Designer: David Harding
Artist: TJ Lubrano
Publisher: Eagle-Gryphon Games (official), Web published.
Game Type: Card, Hand Management
Players: 1

You are Grosvenor, the maid to Lady Agatha Smythe, one of the wealthiest landowners in the district. She is holding a gala High Tea at 11 o’clock – but, oh dear! You only have 15 minutes to get ready and where is that sugar? You mustn’t be late! The madam’s reputation is at stake!

Setup after first deal

GAMEPLAY
The goal of Elevenses is to load the Tea Trolley in numerical order from 2 to 11 (the trolley is the starting point at 1.) The leftmost, face-up card is your priority, and you have 3 options with that card. One, if it's the the next card that can be placed on the tea trolley stack, do that. Time increases by five minutes. However, you MUST perform the action listed on the card. Your second option is to discard the card. You don't increase the clock when you discard, but you can only have at most three discards. Luckily, some cards allow you to bring discards back. The third option is to use the card. You perform the action listed and turn the card over, leaving it in the current position. You increase your time by five minutes if you do this.

That's it, really. If you can get all the cards on the tea trolley before the clock hits 11:00, then you've successfully served tea!

The clock!

 FINAL THOUGHTS
There's some luck involved each shuffle and lay of the cards, but Elevenses For One is a deceptively strategic game with so few cards.  Setup is quick, and can fit on small surfaces if necessary You don't have to deal the cards in a straight line. Rows and columns are perfectly fine as long as the first position is consistent and you move the cards in the same direction and don’t forget which way the cards shift.

SCORE
4.5 out of 5 We Roll Solos

PROS
Easy to learn
Games take minutes
Small footprint, portable
Quick setup
Deceptively fun

CONS
Luck in shuffle

...and that’s it

A few of the cards
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Gregory Gregory Author