Men at Work is the next beautiful box coming out of Pretzel Games, makers of Flick 'Em Up and Junk Art, and we love the heck out of it. And like those previous games, it functions as a lovely object, as well as a silly challenge, and - if you so choose - an arena where actual tactics can be deployed.
If you'd like to watch the full stream, with the beginning, the end and all of the hilarious comments in between, it'll be available here for the next sixty days. And if you'd like to hear about us talk about Men at Work on the podcast, you'll find that sweet ol' chat on episode #88.
Have a great weekend, everybody!
Assembling an incredible sort of UK board game supergroup/cabal, this video features guest appearances from Jon Purkis (aka Actualol) as well as Efka and Elaine! (No Pun Included). For the inititated, we'd love to point you towards Jon's song about Pandemic Legacy, and NoPunIncluded's review of Great Western Trail - if only for the shocking revelation that cows are no longer required for fresh milk.
But do go and poke around! Both channels do great stuff, and it's worth noting that just last month Actualol popped onto Patreon. Finally, special apologies to Efka - Matt got a bit too involved in the game and literally wasn't a proficient cameraman. Everyone else: enjoy!
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Paul: The aliens are coming. Aggressively advancing, ever encroaching, nothing seems to stop their dreadful descent. The sunlight shines off their silver spacecraft as they pierce the heavens and prepare to bring down so much death and destruction onto the city below.
You and your friends are all that stand in their way. Together, you will use a small flight of fighters and the most precise cardboard-flipping skills the galaxy has ever seen to win the hour. You will flip them round the moons. You will flip them in low orbit. You will flip them in the atmosphere. You will never surrender.
Or you’ll flick a state-of-the-art starfighter straight across the room and lose it behind the sofa. Who’s to say?
Why this strange change of interest? What's with Paul's new, more active lifestyle? And what is the meaning of Quinns' unusual delivery? That's a lot of questions for a Friday. Let's all go and have a lie down.
Availability of Catacombs is a little thin right now, though, so we figured we'd do a video that lets you enjoy it through us! Pull up a stinky dungeon pew, and watch as Matt and Quinns break out a copy of Catacombs, a bottle of absinthe, and a camera that does cooool slo-mo.
This week we're looking at Flick 'em Up!, a beautiful new French game of flicking bullets at one another. But could anything replace SU&SD's favourite dexterity game, Catacombs? Only one thing's for sure. This town ain't big enough for both of 'em.
Paul: ...and I don't even know if that matters or not. Is PitchCar silly? Is it also possibly the simplest game to ever grace our (web)pages? Is it even a board game?
Matt: Do we even care?
Paul: Will we ever stop using the word "even"?
“Funny joke,” says one of your friends. “That was a joke, right?”
"What?" you say, and then: “Can everybody see something purple in this room?”
Your friends look around, assess the room, their chairs. They start to panic. “What do you mean?” someone says. “What are the wooden things in the middle of the table? And what do these pictures on the cards mean? WHAT ARE WE PLAYING?”
“Shhh,” you say, pressing a finger to their lips. “Don’t be scared. It’ll all be over soon.”
I just gave my review to the mighty Eurogamer. It starts like this...
In Rampage, everybody plays a big, stompy kaiju monster, and the game ends when you've all levelled a town. Like a board game from the '80s (think of the merciless TV advertising, the photogenic kids shouting and high-fiving), a game of Rampage starts by offering you an immaculate, three-dimensional city, and wants you to delight in knocking it over. At the end of the game, the player who caused the most destruction to the city, its inhabitants and the other monsters is the winner.
And then, like the lashing of a great monster tail, the review goes on to have not one, but TWO separate twists. Go have a read, people! And definitely don't write this one off as too silly for you. It has a lizard brain to it, full of animal cunning.
One more word, from Brendan: "I've put an end to all this sodding continuity, too." What on earth is he talking about?