I picked up my absolute bargain last night! The Gallerist is even bigger than I was expecting! And as much as I knew $40 for a basically new copy of The Gallerist was a steal... now I REALLY KNOW! Wow! I put it beside my Scythe box which (other than Gloomhaven) is my biggest box I'd say. Keep in mind, my Scythe lid is slightly elevated because I have some extra stuff in there (such as the board expansion). So the Gallerist box is even closer to that size than it shows! Whoa.
Opening the box, I was greated with a ton of components, but what I didn't expect was a nice insert with it (like Tapestry has for it's structure minis).
The board itself is big and beautiful. And the player mats (your personal gallery) is fantastic and always a big draw for me! The double sided player aids are fantastic as well.
The other thing that impressed me when I was unboxing was the plastic cover that fits over the insert. It has a "slot" / area where the board fits perfectly into it. Cool!
I dove into the start of the 20-page rulebook, knowing I didn't have time to even set up the game last night. I got a feel for what different components were though. Before bed, I jumped on YouTube and watched Rodney Smith's how to play video so that when I do get a chance to really dive in (today or tomorrow) I'll already have an idea of the rules.
Watching the video I immediately thought of two things:
1) I'm going to love this game! I already love the theme, some of the mechanisms and complexity is always something I enjoy. 😀
2) I'm going to suck at this game for a while. 😂 I have a very strong feeling it's going to be like Anachrony is for me. I'm going to absolutely love the game, while absolutely not being close to winning for a while. Like Anachrony, there are SO MANY options each turn of how you can go about things.