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Games R Us

The weekly role-playing group was down two members this evening - so it was board game time instead.

I was pleased as it gave me a chance to get out my new copy of 'Guillotine'. I was introduced to this game while staying with an American friend a couple of years ago, and throughly enjoyed it. I got myself a set last month and this is the first chance I've had to use it.

It's a card-based game, with plenty of opportunities to be evil to the other players. Each game is of three rounds (referred to as days).The game setting is revolutionary France, and the object is to score as many points as possible over the three days, by executing nobles. The nobles are lined up in front of the guillotine, ready to have their heads chopped off, but they rarely stay in the same order for long.
  Game play is fairly straightforward: one each turn you play an action card, collect a noble, and take another card. Action cards let you rearrange the line, pick up extra cards, steal cards from other players or force them to discard cards. After the first couple of rounds, it plays quite quickly and is a lot of fun. Even if I didn't win any games.

After that we dug through our stock of Cheapass games and pulled out 'The Big Idea'. In this one you get six cards with adjectives or nouns that you put together to build some amazing (and generally unlikely) product. Examples from tonight's game are Bourgoise Puppy Shampoo, Self-Heating Duckie and Decadent Magic Pontiff Bubbly. You have come up with a sales pitch for your product, then there's a couple of rounds of investment, and a roll of a D6 for each product to determine if it's sold, and how much the return is on each share invested. Winner is the player with the most money at the end of the game.
   There's a lot of fun to be had from combining cards to create new products, and in coming up with the sales pitch. Asha claimed her Invisible Grill was an aid to dieters, because it took so long to find it before you could cook anything on it. And the Self-heating Duckie was exactly what you need to keep your bathwater warm over long soaks. I did quite well with my Sports-Utility Cereal Toaster - just the thing for producing a warm breakfast on those wilderness holidays.
   I've played this game a couple of times before, and we really enjoy it. It's pretty straightforward to pick up, and you don't have to think too much about strategy - you just enjoy.


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1st May, 2007 06:02 (UTC)
I just played Guillotine this past Friday night, with friends at our hotel room in Wisconsin. I have my own set somewhere too, although I doubt I could find it at the moment.
1st May, 2007 11:22 (UTC)
While I was rummaging through the games cupboard last night, I was also looking for Kan-U-Go, which I want to take on holiday soon. Sadly, I can't find it. It's particularly disappointing because it is an old set belonging to my family that I appropriated, as no one else seemed to want it. No doubt I can get another one off ebay, but it won't be as special.
1st May, 2007 07:02 (UTC)
I *want* a self-heating duckie.
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