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Ned Meier
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Button Shy Games is known for their Wallet Games Series, which is exactly what it sounds like; Micro games that can fit in your pocket. They even come in a nifty wallet to protect the game when transporting it. The company has several different styles of games including 4x, resource management, and deduction games.

Find Your Seats is a card drafting, hand management game in which players select a group of party guests and then decide where to place them at the table to earn themselves the most points. Like most micro-games the components consist of 18 cards, all people who may be invited to the part. The game starts by each player being dealt four cards. Players then draft those cards so all players know most of the guests that could be invited to the party. This simple mechanic adds a lot of depth to the game that could have easily been a totally random game that failed. Once all the cards are drafted players select one guest to discard and they are placed face down in the player's play area to represent the middle spot of the table.

Then starting with the first player, guests are seated at the table in one of the three spots available. Each guest has several attributes. A unique name, a five-piece pie chart with conversation topics they will talk about highlighted, an age range, and a special power. Where the guests are seated and who they are seated next to is how the game is scored. Once all the guests are seated the scoring phase begins. Each guest scores one point for each conversation topic they share with each guest they are adjacent to. Their special powers may also give them bonus points. The powers also can move guests around, or flip guests face down. Whoever has the most points is the winner and best dinner party host.

The game takes, at most, 10 minutes and would likely play even quicker once you don't have to read all of the cards. While it is super light and can be played without much thinking, there is a bit of strategy like knowing which guests are available to be invited, in which spot to place a guest, and when to play them. Different powers trigger at different times and can make all the difference in a game like this. While the cards have a bit of text that really needs to be memorized, the graphic design is clean and clear and easy to read. The art is solid and the guests are familiar party guest tropes that everyone will recognize.

If you are looking for a fun, quick, light game that can be played multiple times with just about anybody, Find Your Seats is highly recommended.

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