For our 23rd podcast Paul and Quinns discuss board games past, present and future.
That sounds more hifalutin than it probably is. We begin by discussing the consenting tentacle sex of Consentacle, and how our next live podcast will be an excuse to review Cat on Yer Head. We fret about Prophecy, chat about Tammany Hall, ponder Istanbul and gossip about Warhammer 40,000: Conquest, a game of war, war and more war. And don’t forget Shadows in the Woods! It almost slipped us by.
This is a hand management game with the theme of ninjas throwing a bomb back and forth where you're trying to play gentle cards to at your team mate ("play a card higher than this 4, Paul!") and hardball your opponents ("play a card lower than this 2, Brendan.").
Blue cards can also be played that intercept a card being played between to other players, and there are a few clutch "emergency stop" cards in the deck. Best of all, players who fail to play the card expected of them are blown up, leading to dramatic dodgeball-like finishes where the one member of your team still standing takes on a whole team of three. In other words, it's a game where every play could literally blow up in your face with plenty of room for heroism. Doesn't that sound like our kind of thing?
I wanted a game from Bruno Cathala, the designer of Shadows Over Camelot and Cyclades, where the players all control wizened undersea lords. A game of politicking and pushing your luck, where you can ally with crabs, control the algae trade and stockpile pearls. A game with beautiful art that's at once ridiculous, otherworldly and beautiful.
YOU'LL NEVER GUESS WHAT HAPPENED.