New Party Games Incoming: Risky Chicken and What Was The Question?
In the UK we’ve finally got to a point where we can start meeting other people again albeit outdoors, and from May 17th we’ll be able to start having indoor gaming sessions again too. We’ve used the opportunity to start seeing family and friends when the weather permits and we’ve even played a couple of board games. I thought that it would be a good time to talk about some upcoming party games that Annabelle and I have been playing now that we can involve enough players. I’ve lost count of the amount of unplayed games in our collection that require three or more people to play. I feel like this COVID nightmare is finally coming to an end and I, like everyone else, just can’t wait for things to get back to normal.
First up is a party game that uses a concept called “the Prisoner’s Dilemma” as its central mechanism. Players ascend up the mountain in pairs, negotiating at every level whether to carry on climbing for greater rewards, or to Chicken Out and split their winnings. The way that the decision is made is that players first talk, then select a card with their decision and reveal it at the same time. If both players select Chicken Out then the current points are divided, if both select Climb then play continues for better rewards and the active player has to roll a slightly harder dice roll to succeed, if however players select a different outcome the person who chose to climb takes all the points. Play continues until one person has scored a certain number of points based on the number of players and the game can accommodate up to eight people. The active player gets to choose which other person climbs with them, so as the game nears its conclusion cooperation becomes strategic and you might even find yourself trying to sabotage somebody else’s turn.
Before the game begins each player receives their unique Chicken Trick card providing them with a variable player power. Some have ongoing abilities while others can only be used a limited number of times, but all of them are powerful enough to dictate your behaviour over the course of the game. I’ve seen the Prisoner’s Dilemma used in board games before but this is the first time it’s actually worked in my opinion. Risky Chicken is exactly what I want out of a party game; easy to learn, hilarious and flexible to accommodate larger groups of players. Follow the links below to find out more about the game.
Next up is a light-hearted party that tests how well you know the group that you’re playing with. In each round one person is going to call out an answer, then players try to work out which of the four questions in front of them the answer relates to. For example a question card might state:
Who in this room is best at games?
Who in this room is the most competitive?
Who in this room is the biggest sore loser?
Who in this room would definitely cheat at a game if they could get away with it?
Before the game begins each player is given four cards, labelled A, B, C and D. When it’s your turn to give an answer you first randomly select a card, then reveal a set of questions and give your answer. After hearing the four questions players all select an answer card and place it face up in front of them. Everyone reveals their cards and players who chose the correct question each gain a point. After a set number of rounds the game ends and the person with the most points is the winner.
This is one of those games that I feel is simple enough to play with almost anyone, but engaging enough to be enjoyed by hardcore gamers as a warm up or a filler to their games night. I would recommend playing with people that you are close to rather than an unfamiliar group, as you need to have at least some knowledge of your opponents personalities and behaviours. Also the set comes with enough components for up to 20 players, which works because everyone participates in every round so there is almost no downtime. I’ve played a six player game and a four player game via webcam so far and my friends and family enjoyed the game. Follow the links below if you want to know more about What Was The Question.
Before I finish this post, just a quick reminder that there is a Kickstarter for the next four expansions to another party game called Board Royale: The Island. If you enjoyed the base game or if you’re looking for a party game about survival on a desert island, be sure to check it out. Thanks for reading
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27 Apr 2021
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