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Published on October 11th, 2016 | by Nicole Jekich


A Thieves’ Smorgasbord

Our Review of 10 Minute Heist: The Wizard’s Tower

If you stopped by our playtestNW events in Seattle over the past year, you may have played the early prototype of 10 Minute Heist by Nick Sibicky. At the prototype phase, the game looked a little something like this:

10 Minute Heist prototype

Now 10 Minute Heist: The Wizard’s Tower is ready for its formal debut and will run for a short 10 day Kickstarter campaign to get funding for its production. (At the time of this article posting, there’s only 3 days left to back!!). This quick, 10-minute game is a great filler card game perfect for teens and new gamers.

10 Minute Heist

At the start of the game, players will arrange the tower into 8 rows or floors with 5 items in each row. The items are randomly generated which makes each game a unique challenge! The objective is to steal and collect these items as you move down the tower (you can never move back up) and score the most points after all thieves have exited the tower. Your bragging rights are at stake! Make sure to collect the most valuable haul while also paying attention to what your opponents are collecting.

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So Many Shiny Items to Steal!

The items up for grabs by you and your fellow thieves range from powerful potions to illustrious tomes and from shiny gems to ancient artifacts. Depending on the set collection tokens used in the game, players will be collecting different sets of items in those different item categories. Having the most of one set or most of one value is a easy way to grab points at the end of the game. Also each game, the first and second player to exit the tower will also be awarded points. As you can see there are a lot of ways to collect points and prove yourself as the best thief!

Players will also want to look out for treasures that will give them curses as they give players access to a special ability to outsmart their opponents; however, cursed treasures could also be a burden in the form of negative points in the end if a player isn’t careful. Sometimes score tokens will give you points for collecting the most curses.


10 Minute Heist

The tower is filled with a diverse collection of magic items from the wizard’s many travels and adventures. In the earlier stages of 10MH, Luke and I (thru WhiskeyGinger) named some of the initial items and selected names that represented items from all over the world, both real and imagined.

We’ve watched with wonder and excitement as Denis Martynets brought these colorful and magical objects to life with his illustrations. From haunting images reflected in the Mirror of Sorrows to the bubbling liquid in the Greater Potion of Healing, Denis’ art has a magic all its own and the detail he puts in these objects makes each item feel special (and worth stealing, haha).

Be Nimble, Be Quick, Back Soon!

There are just 3 days left to back 10 Minute Heist: The Wizard’s Tower before the campaign ends. Thanks to nearly 1,600 backers contributing about $33k and unlocking more awesome stretch goals like additional cards, linen-finished cards, unique art for duplicate cards and more!

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About the Author

Nicole Jekich

came from humble beginnings as a Boise suburbanite with a love of Cranium and Trivial Pursuit. She attended an open board game day three years ago and is now an avid gamer and fantasy artist. Her interests are primarily in Dungeons & Dragons, dice placement and Roman-themed tabletop games. Nicole is also a fan of playing games that let her release her inner barbarian. Her favorite game currently is Far Space Foundry.

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