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Haven Review: Mr. Game!

DSC_0011 First up is our disclaimer. We received this game for review purposes only, and as such all opinions in this review are our own. No money has been exchanged for this review.

There are all sorts of video games in the world, so rarely do we feel the urge to jump back to traditional tabletop games such as Monopoly, Scrabble, Clue and of course Battleship. However that hasn’t stopped people from making them. Nowadays you can play Cards Against Humanity, but what good game is there that’s filled with chaos, but not rude and DSC_0012vulgar? Well there was a Kickstarter project a while back for a tabletop game called Mr.Game!

Mr. Game! is a game where you roll dice and move across spaces, much as you do in many tabletop games. However the catch is that one player out of everyone has to be “Mr. Game” (or “Ms. Game”, depending on who gets picked). It’s up to them to sort out the rules and answer any questions that arise. This happens more often than you might think.

The game is utter chaos, but the good party kind that you play with friends who love you one minute and probably want to stab you the next. The game itself is pretty straightforward. Roll the dice, move around the board and try to land on your goal space. Once you land on the goal space you win! However, cards and obstacles are on the board to hinder your movement, and you will have to combat other players to get to your goal space.DSC_0014

Now the game has a few varied modes that I recommend you try. To be completely honest, I haven’t gotten around to the rest yet. But I can assure you I will when I get some friends over. An issue I have with the game is that its visual appearance is very classic, much like the traditional board game Sorry, although it’s not really a bad thing. When you stop and think about it, board games have a type of artistic flare to them; a designer’s prerogative, if you will. I just don’t really like the old-fashioned look, but that’s just my taste and style.

I must say though, the game is one of the best and most well-designed traditional board games I’ve played in a while. MrGameI recommend picking it up if you have extra money laying around and want to have a good time with your friends. I also really love the fact that the rulebook is literally only six pages long, so someone with ADHD like myself can maintain focus long enough to read the rules all the way through. They even use bold print, so it’s kind of like double-spacing on your college essays. You can finish it quicker and make it stand out a bit more.

Overall, if you like board games and are looking for something that’s a bit chaotic…like Cards Against Humanity…look no further. We’ve found the solution!

Enjoy your gaming, Everyone!

-Daniel Clatworthy-

Tabletop Editorial: Cards “For” Humanity?

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Cards Against Humanity (CAH) has quickly gone from a little-known indie game to a worldwide phenomenon in a few short years. It’s a vulgar card game, meant to combine horrible things with horrible ideas. The company behind the game has done little to hide their image as the rudest game developers around. They’ve even gone as far and to stage several public stunts to enhance this image. For Black Friday, 2014 CAH sold on their site the $6.00 Bullshit Expansion. Inside the box however was not more cards to add to your game, but something far stinkier: literal bullshit, like from a bull’s butt. In the mail 30,000 people got a small box containing a good portion of poop. There wasn’t anything else. No secret cards, no message, no nothing…except poop. In 2015 CAH came back with another Black Friday “sale.” This time the asking price was $5.00 (a discount!), but instead of getting anything nearly as exciting as poo, people got jack all. The site clearly stated that your $5.00 wouldn’t get you anything. You were just giving it to the company. They made over $71,000 doing this. What assholes. However, they are lovable assholes. Cards Against Humanity has been known to sponsor some great charity work. They’ve donated to organizations like Worldbuilders, Donorschoose.org, and the Chicago Design Museum.

The people at Cards Against Humanity are ironically pretty active humanitarians. And the money they got from selling shit? It all went to Heifer International, an organization that brings cows and other livestock to villages around the world that are in need. The money they got for absolutely nothing? Well, they kept all that. No one is perfect, but doing something like setting up a $500,000 scholarship for women looking to get into science deserves a little windfall…especially after what they’ve continued to do.

Most recently, the CAH folks wanted to do something nice for the factory workers in China who print and assemble their product. The workers have had to deal with the substantial growth just as much as the rest of the company. Cards Against Humanity wanted to give them something that they all desperately needed: a paid vacation. In China, paid vacations are pretty rare, and there really wasn’t a formal way of doing it. So CAH did the next best thing; they paid for the factory to run at 100% capacity for a week, while producing nothing. During this time, everyone in the factory received full pay but were able to see their families and spend a little time for themselves over the holidays. Cards Against Humanity loves to look edgy and rude, just like their game. But deep down they’re all wonderful people.

-Jordan Kamm-

Haven Review: The Jackbox Party Pack 2

First up is our disclaimer. We received this game for review purposes only, and as such all opinions in this review are our own. No money has been exchanged for this review.

The Jackbox Party Pack is by far one of the best ways to have a good time with your friends while playing at home or online, and the titles included in it are always worth it. My favorite game in the collection is “Fibbage”, where you’ve got to create cunning lies to fool your friends and score points.

Now I cannot say a lot in comparison to the original Jackbox Party Pack, as I never owned it, but I have played it with a few friends online. Now getting right down to it…is the Jackbox Party Pack 2 worth it? Totally; assuming you have friends to play with or you are interested in live-streaming it and getting your viewers involved.games_jackboxpartypack2__article-house-780x440

Party Pack 2 comes with all new games, as well as one from the original Party Pack. The new games are “Bomb Corp”, “Quiplash”, “Bidiots”, and “Earwax”.

In Bomb Corp players have to disarm bombs to win points. The bombs however are scattered around the office and you’ve got to defuse them to keep your job. As a bonus it’s good on-the-job experience (and I totally just ripped that off from the Steam page).

Bidiots is  game where you focus on bidding, and I had a lot of fun with this one. Outbidding your friends for stupid art pieces drawn by your friends and family makes for fair entertainment; even more so if your friends are a tiny bit wasted.

Earwax forces players to think of what they are hearing and guess what it is…and it can get fairly stupid at times. But let’s be honest, if it wasn’t ridiculous would you even consider playing it? The only problem with this game is that it was difficult to hear at times, but it’s still fun to guess at the sounds.JPP2_BrandBits

Overall the games are hilariously amazing and I really enjoyed them. My only problem is getting my live-stream going so my friends and I can play every now and then. Is it worth investing in? If you’ve got a good Internet connection and want to have a good time with your local friends or online, then oh yea…this is totally worth it and it will most definitely bring you a good laugh.

You can play on tablets, smart phones and on computers. You can party for hours on-end. Bring the Doritos; it going to be an awfully long night.

-Daniel Clatworthy-