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Samurai Spirit

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Samurai Spirit is a cooperative game for 1-7 players from Funforge. If you hadn’t already figured it out before getting to the end of the rulebook, or even just the description, the Author’s Notes point out that this game was inspired by Akira Kurosawa’s brilliant movie Seven Samurai. The game allows players to take on the role of up to seven samurai defending a village from raiders. (See what I mean about that inspiration?) Each playable samurai has a unique talent and ability, as well as an Animal Spirit that makes them more powerful.

The village is a reasonably small board with tokens representing the families and farmsteads of the village and the protective barricades that surround it...

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Lost in R’lyeh

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The nightmare corpse-city of R’lyeh…was built in measureless eons behind history by the vast, loathsome shapes that seeped down from the dark stars. There lay great Cthulhu and his hordes, hidden in green slimy vaults.

— H. P. Lovecraft, “The Call of Cthulhu” (1928)

In the card game Lost in R’lyeh, from Atlas Games, players are stuck in H.P. Lovecraft’s fictional lost city of R’lyeh. To escape, all you need to do is empty your hand, as well as playing your six “Escape” cards. Sound easy? Well, it’s not.

At the end of your turn, you replenish your hand until the draw pile is gone.  If you can’t play, or choose not to, you pick up the entire stack of cards that have been played before you...

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Get Lucky

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What do you get when you combine a mansion, a dinner party, and murder? No, not the 1985 cult classic film Clue! Well ok, not JUST the 1985 cult classic film Clue. I mean, who doesn’t love some Tim Curry? It is also not Kill Doctor Lucky, although that’s closer and I did make this exact joke in that review as well. (Go look it up elsewhere on this site).  Get Lucky is the answer this time and I’m sure that’s a shock, given the title of this review.

Get Lucky is card based version of Cheapass Games’ classic, and recently re-released, Kill Doctor Lucky.  The premise is the same, the characters have all been invited to a dinner party at Lucky Mansion, and each want to kill their serendipitous host.

Each player controls two characters at a time, with three characters hanging out in the Draw...

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Kill Doctor Lucky

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What do you get when you combine a mansion, a dinner party, and murder? No, not the 1985 cult classic film Clue! Well ok, not JUST the 1985 cult classic film Clue. I mean, who doesn’t love some Tim Curry? In fact, when you are done reading this go watch it.  You’re welcome.

The answer I was going for with that question, is Kill Doctor Lucky.  The first game published by Cheapass Games and arguably it’s most popular, having spawned nine separate sequels, spin offs, and expansions prior to this release.

The good doctor’s last major incarnation was licensed and produced by Paizo Publishing, and released in full glorious colour.  With Paizo’s licence expired, Cheapass Games has rolled out a new edition just in time for the game’s 19...

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Punderdome

28801061From the daughter-father duo that created Brooklyn’s beloved live pun competition comes Punderdome, the “Punderful card game [that] will replace Cards Against Humanity at your next party” (Mashable.com).

One part game, one part conversation starter, you don’t need to be a pun master to master Punderdome: the goal is to make bad jokes and have fun along the way.

A player (the prompter for that round) draws two prompt cards from the deck, and then reads the prompts to the rest of the group, who have 90 seconds to create a single, groan-worthy pun that combines the two prompts.

When time is up, pun makers share their puns with the prompter, who awards the prompt cards to the player whose pun he or she likes best. The winner then draws the next pair of prompt cards and the process repeats...

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