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Tabletop Review: Paranoia – Trust your friend the Computer

As a follow up to my wonderful time at Regncon, I will regal you with a tale of Paranoia. A table top game I played for several hours with a random gang of fantastic fellows. With a very fun and good game master.

But before you can continue with the article make sure you have ultra violet clearance. Anyone without the proper clearance will is considered a terrorist and will receive a summary execution.

Always follow the rules if alpha complex and the computer is your friend. Happiness is mandatory.

*Spoilers* ultra violet clearance reading this is considered treachery. You won’t disappoint friend computer will you?

I started of by exiting a cloning chamber, putting my feet on the cold floor. As a TOS pops up in front of my face. Introducing me to the wonders of friend computer and the joys of working in alpha complex. Quite outrageous really. I had to click yes on a pop-up window in front of my eyes. This annoyed me a lot, so I opted to poke the guy next to me in the ear instead. He was very distraught about that, so I did it again instead of ticking of yes. There system did not like this one bit and a pesky terrorist star popped up over my name. Apparently five turns you into an enemy of friend computer. As we wetter getting out bearings, a horrible rumble shock the foundation. So I headed for the door, but before I could exit a very rude lady in red came offside inside and demanded that I put on a black jumpsuit. seems like being dressed in mosaic bars is not acceptable. Since I’m infrared and all. We were also handed a standard issue mop. Which I was explicitly told had to be taken good care of it.

Outside I came into a long corridor, where a slightly inoperative cleaning bot sat and whined, barley moving. As a gang of reliable trouble shooters, we decided to do the best we could go help the poor thing. I kicked it very hard, twice. Only to be greeted with a horrid sound. One of the other fellows decided to talk to it, hoping that the poor sod could tell us. It simply replied with another whine. At this point another fellow pushed his hands in under the machine. To see if he could wriggle out the thing that was stuck. The bloody machine nearly took his hands off instead. We decided to push it towards maintenance instead after a friendly suggestion from friend computer. Suddenly a wild terrorist appeared running towards us. Which caused one of the others to squeeze his ever wet sponge, pooling up a puddle on the floor. Which caused the five star terrorist to take a nasty stumble. Followed by a nasty beat-down until he died. For the good deed he got rewarded with exp. Whatever that is.

Paranoia is the latest iteration of the game. Which does the best it can to combine witty dark humor and the everyone is out to get you mentality. Backstabbing is to be expected followed by brutal murders, no matter how inconsequential the task. 

The character creation is an interesting affair. Pick a skill your good at, such as athletics +2, which will then cause the one left of you to have -1 to that stat. Until at least 5 skills have been picked. Then pick three adjectives to describe your character. Which you then pass over to the person on the left hand side, so he can reverse one of the adjectives. Such as nice is turned into mean instead. 

Meanwhile skill checks are done with six sided dices, where one is friend computer. Take the skill, combine it with a stat above and roll the combined sum worth of dices. To dodge, you can use athletic and violence. Every time a five hits five our six, it counts as a success. Even if the computer notice you. Being seen is bad and removes a point of moxie. Lose eight and you’ll go of on the deep end.

Eventually mutant powers manifest as well. Which is handed out by the GM and is represented with cards. Doing good and positive things brings exp, which can increase skills or number of clones. You’ll be number one in no time. It’s not like the other people in the party will put a knife in your back and take the glory for your accomplishments.

Gear, mutant powers and the rest of the goodies comes in a pack of cards. We never really touched on combat, and ran a simplified version. Apparently the game box comes with a GM screen, a funny clones introduction manual to alpha complex and a booklet with a very tongue in cheek adventure, which I roughly introduced above, and a stack of character sheets. After all I can’t spoil all the fun. Unless you want to.

Njål Sand

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-