Posted on December 26, 2010
I don’t know about everybody else, but I presented my mom with a bunch of options for some board and card games I was interested in playing as good Christmas presents. I figured since they were coming here I could get her to throw some money Tower’s way. From the list of potential ideas I gave her I ended up with a couple of interesting-looking quickplay beer and pretzels card games.
Hex Hex XL
Hex Hex XL is a game completely devoted to screw-your-neighbor gameplay. Every hand is five cards, and it starts with a hex getting put on one player, then everybody using the five cards they have to make sure the hex doesn’t land on them. You lose point by having the hex land on you, and you can goose the power of the hex to make the penalty worse when it (hopefully) lands on somebody else.
Not super deep looking, but it’s one of those card games where all the rules are on the cards, so anybody that can learn the basics can play pretty quickly. I’m really excited about this one.
Aye, Dark Overlord!
This is kind of a weird party game where somebody gets to be the Dark Overlord and everyone else is one of his henchmen, trying to shift blame for some fantasy high adventure failure. The cards are only part of the game as the rules expect that you’ll be making up stories of your own and role playing what the cards help you make up. If you don’t satisfy the Dark Overlord you get Withering Glares, and on the third Withering Glare you lose. Looks like a really good game to start after midnight when there’s a bunch of actors in the room.
Anyway, I’m going to try to get some quick tries in with these things this week. I’ll let everybody know how fun they are.