- 2 Double-sided Boards
- 367 Cardboard Markers, Coins, and Tokens
- 1 Die
- 1 Rules Booklet
- 6 Player Reference Sheets
The game pieces in Small World are both numerous and beautiful. They offer pretty much everything I would look for in a game: European style board for flush seams where the board folds out, thick cardboard for tokens and counters, and overall high-quality printing. 367 may seem like a staggering number of small pieces, but Days of Wonder includes a fantastic removable tray that allows you to keep all of the race tokens neatly sorted while out on the table, and also speeds set up and clean up times.You cannot discuss the contents of Small World without mentioning the art, though. The illustrations of each race successfully tread the thin line between beauty and hilarity. When you are haphazardly combining fantasy races and special powers, you cannot take yourself too seriously, and the game does a good job of poking fun at itself. Take the Wizard for example, with his "Magick for Dummies" book clutched tightly in hand, or the Dwarf spilling ale onto his comically outstretched tongue. To sum things up, this game deserves a spot on your shelf. I feel extremely confident in recommending Small World because Days of Wonder has proved that this is a game they want to support. Coming up in mid-July, they will be re-printing the first two expansion packs to this game, "Grand Dames" and "Cursed", for a mere $10 each. These expansions are not overflowing with content, but they also don't add radical new rules to your game either, and I feel that is a positive. Being that they are smaller expansions, they are offered for a fraction of the price, and allow you to extend the life of your game without breaking the bank. I got a sneak peek at the latest expansion, "Tales and Legends", set to be released for the first time on July 14th, so be sure to check back for a follow-up review on this new addition to the Small World family. Where to Buy: Small World is available online direct from Days of Wonder for $50, or you can purchase it at your neighborhood’s fine local game store. Disclaimer: The Modern Day Pirates were provided a complimentary review sample of this game.