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Dominic Crapuchettes
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North Star Games designs party games that don't suck! Play them with your non-gamer friends over the holidays.
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My son Daniel had his first birthday party over Labor Day weekend, so I decided to test out Crappy Birthday in exactly the way it was intended (given as a gift and played at the party it is brought to). This is a report of the occasion:


Crappy Birthday was among the other gifts that Daniel received. To my dismay, the packaging failed at being noticed. In fact, Daniel passed it up repeatedly for other gifts even though I put it as close to him as possible.



This demonstrates a flaw in the packaging design.
When I finally got him to sit down and play the game, it was obvious that he did not grasp some the rules. For instance, he like to reveal the cards to everyone before he played them.



This demonstrates that the game is too complicated, or that the rules were not clearly written.
We finally got him to understand that the cards are to be played secretly...




... when we ran into another problem. Daniel thought it was MORE fun to eat the cards than play them:








I looked through the rules, and sure enough, nothing addressed this problem! Daniel thinks it is a glaring omission, and I have to admit that I'm not sure how to counter that argument.

With all of this negative feedback, I was expecting Daniel to give Crappy Birthday a bad rating...






... but I was pleasantly surprised. Daniel says he had a wonderful time playing and he recommends it to anyone over the age of 11 months.

Daniel's Rating:


He also wants me to let everyone know two very important things:

1) Our graphic designer, Jacoby O'Connor, created a variant that we like so much, we're considering changing the rules for the next print run. I just posted them under the Crappy Birthday rules variants.

2) Crappy Birthday will be available at Barnes & Noble starting next week. Cheers!

(Edit -- This review was first posted in my blog.)
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Eddy Richards
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Re: My First Crappy Birthday
He probably thought a box labelled "Crappy Birthday" was some new nappies (diapers), and like any self-respecting male, opted not to open the present containing boring clothes.

We had to houserule the card-eating thing too (my wife gnawed one or two absentmindedly thinking they were diet wafers of some sort). It was simple enough, we just agreed she wouldn't play any with obvious teethmarks, whih reduced her choices and thus her chance to win the game without decreasing the number of calories she was ingesting.

Anyhow, I'm glad he enjoyed the game in the end. Children can be so ungrateful sometimes.
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Re: My First Crappy Birthday

That's just the sort of clear-thinking, straightforward review BGG needs more of; rule analysis for weak spots, and overall impression. Well done!
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Daniel, you have excellent taste in games!

A very happy not-so-crappy birthday to you!
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EndersGame wrote:
Daniel, you have excellent taste in games!

A very happy not-so-crappy birthday to you!


Or perhaps the games have a great taste (for him)?
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