Caravan Unboxing

Caravan Unboxing

Hi! It’s Ryan from Nights Around a Table,
and the fine folks at Rio Grande Games
have sent me a game that i know nothing
about, except the fact that it’s got a
camel on the front of the box. It’s called
Caravan, and it was billed to me as maybe
a little bit simpler game than what i’m
used to… lighter, possibly family friendly
affair, possibly? Let’s open it up and
find out! (good-natured humming)
One tip-off that they’ve made
it – or they tried to make it – a family
friendly targeted game, maybe for some
younger players, is that the box says “Not
recommended for children under three –
small parts may be swallowed.” So i found
out a little bit more about these
guidelines, and i made fun of them in
past unboxings because – you know – games
like… possibly Roll for the Galaxy? i’d
have to go back – say stuff like, you know,
“Not for children under 13!” And i’d think, well,
thirt… like, kids under 13 can play
Roll for the Galaxy no problem! And it…
it’s not about whether or not the game
is appropriate for kids under that age.
They actually have to do different
testing on board games to make sure that
the component… they have to pay for this
testing to make sure that the components
are appropriate for customers of
different age ranges, and it’s more
expensive – the testing is – the lower y-
you go. So if you are making game that
you hope that families can play with
maybe younger players, then you have to
spring for the more expensive testing. So
when you see “0-3” “…Not…” “Not
recommend for 0-3″ on a box,
well that means that this is definitely
targeted for a skewed-down age range,
because they wanted to make sure that
those younger players could actually
enjoy it… legally, safely, non-chokingly… and
then all the other games that they make
with lead pieces in them are for 13
and up. i don’t know if they’ve got lead in
them, but we’re not about to put them in
our mouths. (humming)
Although… (box opens silently) Box Fart-O-Meter on Caravan: it’s
a zero. i was gonna say: although, i
did have one post kicked off of Reddit
because i asked “Which board game
components look the most delicious?” and of course,
they gave that the one the hook as soon
as they possibly can.
But… you know what? This is my… this is MY
space. This isn’t Reddit. This is MY channel.
i’m gonna ask you: Which board game
components look the most delicious? Let
me know in the comments. Here… a couple
of promos for other Rio Grande Games
stuff, and the rule book. Ah! And this is
how you really know that they’re really trying
to target a family audience, because the
rule book ain’t a book at all! It’s just a
one-pager, double-sided, big type… so you
should be able to… This is, you know, on
par with anything that comes out of a
Milton Bradley/Parker Brothers/Hasbro
wheelhouse. Really simple set of rules to
figure out how to play. i could almost read
them to you right now… but i ain’t gonna.
Here is the other stuff in the box: one
big-looking board. i like to compare
games in my collection with other games
in my collection, and i think that this
is the second game in my collection that
involves camels. i know that there are
others out there, but the only other one
that i have that involves camels is The
Voyages of Marco Polo. Shameless plug: if
you want to learn how to play that game,
i’ve got a video, and clicky… clicky-click… click. Here it is!
It’s reminding me a little bit already
of… What IS that game?
i can’t remember. It starts with a “T”
and it involves dragons, and i didn’t like
it, so i got rid of it. But it’s very
popular with families because it’s very
easy to play, and you’re moving dragons
around the board. This one looks like
you’re moving camels, presumably, around
the board.
Mm! We’ll take this little piece of brown
paper binding the bits. So these are
player boards that describe the
different actions that you can take in
the game. Each player gets a board,
presumably… a bunch of punch-out money a,
bunch of punch-out… ha-WHAtt?
What even is that? It looks like a
thief who’s dragging stuff away in the…
under guise of night. i don’t really… is THAT
what that is? i don’t know. One moment
Aha! Look: it says right here: Theft
Markers! Aces! My brain works! …Occasionally.
So those are the punch-out pieces, so a
couple of markers and some player boards
describing the rules. You also get a
drawstring bag, a black one,
that’s… Rio Grande, i think so far, is the
only one that i’ve seen that’s doing the
pull from two sides. i have a friends… a
friend whose wife is sewing some of
these together, and there’s much debate
at his house about whether to make it
the single-side draw bag, or the double
side draw bag, and i’m sure that when i
look at the stats for this video, the
fall-off of interest of people leaving
is gonna be right around the point where
i start describing the merits… of draw string bags. There’s a
bag of wood inside. i think this is where
most of the excitement lies for me, because
it’s kind of cool: the camels are much
larger than the ones in Voyages of Marco
Polo. You get a couple camels per player
color. The player colors are orange and
green and blue and black. Here they are.
This one’s upside down – oh, no. He’s fixed.
i fixed him. It’s like i’m a
veterinarian over here. Only with wood
animals, though. Please don’t send me your
flesh and blood animals, because they’re
Wood animal veterinarian. This guy, see..
this is a condition that we find that’s
common among camels. It’s the camel..
woooden… wooden camel faceplant. It affects
wooden camels more than flesh and blood
camels. Wooden camel faceplant. And we can
just fix it by pushin’ on their bums.
There we go – fixed! So here they are, they’re gonna
lie down. What’s kind of cool about
this is i think it’s a bit of a pick-up-
and-go game… pick-up-and-go? Pick-up-and-
DELIVER game… if the back of the box is
doin’ me proper. So you’re moving these
camels around, and they can actually… the
little resource cubes go in the crook of
the two humps on the Bactrian camels. How
do i know they are Bactrian? With a
mnemonic device that i learned when i
was 9 years old! Bactrian. B. Two humps
on the B, 2 humps on the camel. Dromedary.
D. One hump on the D, one hump on the camel. And
hopefully YouTube doesn’t flag this
video because i just said… “one hump on
the D.” THAT IS CARAVAN! And that’s all
the stuff you get in it. How to play? i
dunno, but it would take me five
minutes to learn, and probably you too!
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6 thoughts on “Caravan Unboxing”

  1. I didn't know there was chatting in these videos (!?). I always skipped them on my feed because I thought it was just a boring unboxing and showing of ziplock bags and wooden pieces. Now I feel there's a lot of catch up for me to do!

    And AZUL… The answer is Azul stained Glass of S.

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