Tabletop: Forbidden Island

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You’ll have to forgive the pictures in this post (they are from my cellphone) but I really wanted to get a quick post up about the newest tabletop game the hubby and I started playing called Forbidden Island. It’s an entertaining cooperative game with a pretty unique gameplay. And, best of all, you can get through it in about 30 minutes.

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The aim of the game is to return to Pilot’s Landing with all of the treasures of the island without dying. Now, this sounds like it would be super easy, but with the forbidden and mysterious islands being flooded, you need to grab your treasures as fast you can before archipelago goes under water.

These little treasures; a aquamarine chalice, a flaming fire, a earth orb and a golden lion; can be quite tricky to grab before the islands begin to sink with the additional difficulties in your way, but once you get into the rhythm of the game, you’ll find yourself wanting to play it over and over again. As you can see below, I was actually quite enamored with the pieces while we played (easily distracted here) and loved the detail that was put into them.

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In the beginning of the game you pull 1 of 6 ‘profession’ cards, you can either be a a Navigator, Engineer, Messenger, Diver, Pilot, or Explorer. All of which have a special ability that you can use during the game. So far, I’ve been a pilot, messenger and explorer and have yet to try the other three.

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This is what the ‘board’ looks like before play starts. What I particularly love about this game is that you can set it up pretty much anywhere as it doesn’t need a large space to play. This weekend we even took it to our friends place and played with them (and they taught us how to play the fun tabletop game Bang!)

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One part that makes it a little harder and complicated is a little card called ‘Waters Rise’. This little bad boy will continue to show up throughout gameplay and cause much consternation when the number of islands that go-under increases each turn from two to the dreaded five.

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And check out this gorgeous fantasty artwork, it really captures the fantasy and imagination  as you watch them disappear slowly sink into the abyss. Fun fact, you can now download this as a app if you have an iPad. Check it out here. (Sure makes me wish I had an iPad!)

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Me and Mr. Geek are just having to much fun playing it, and there aren’t any hurt feelings because because it is a 100% cooperative game, so you are working together for a common goal, which I particularly enjoy.  Check it out and let me know what you think!

P.S. Missed my last tabletop post? You can check out the Munchkin review here.

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Munchkins Away!

Don’t you wish you could get +2 Bonus in life when you sang your own theme music? Now you can in this fun and fast-paced tabletop game called Munchkin, by creator Steve Jackson. This blog post is going to go over how to play the game in a few basic ways. Read on to find out how you can have your very own wandering monster.

How to play the worlds most awesome tabletop game

A couple of years ago that 1 Geeky Guy (a.k.a. my husband) bought a game called Munchkin. We had played with friends when we lived in Idaho many years ago and it seemed to really stuck with him as a fun game. To be honest, when I first started playing, I wasn’t the biggest fan. But, now whenever we get together with fellow gamers, it’s a go-to game for us.

Similar to games like Killer Bunnies, Munchkin is a fun throwback to the original tabletop, Dungeon’s and Dragon’s (which I have actually played). The endgame of Munchkin is to reach the 10th level (or 11th if you are playing with dungeons expansion pack) of your characters development. All you need to do to reach that level is battle silly monsters and gather treasure cards.

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You have two decks, a ‘door’ deck and a ‘treasure’ deck. In a typical tabletop game (like D&D) you would enter the dungeon through a door and encounter certain traps or monsters and gain experience points. In Munchkin, you turn over the door card to reveal certain outcomes (like the surly fellow below) and earn treasures if you defeat said monsters.

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Like other cards games there is set limit of cards you can have in your hand. If you are playing this version of Munchkin, you can have only 5 cards in your hand (that is unless you have the Dwarf Race card which allows you to have 6). You will encounter cards that will give your armor, race, class and bonuses; all of which will allow you to defeat monsters and beat your fellow Munchkins at the game.

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We found that an easy way to keep track of your levels in the game is to use counters like beans, game pieces or pennies, like we did below.

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In later expansion packs you can introduce different types of playing cards like Portals and Dungeons to make the game more interesting and complex. Check out this uber-fun dungeon card I pulled when playing.

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I mean, who wouldn’t want extra treasure? Like I mentioned earlier, there are also certain treasure cards that will cause you to go up a level, and they can be anywhere from that reads “Hurt GM’s Brain: Instead of going up a level, you may use this card at any time you are not in combat. Discard it, and then go through the discards and pick any one Race, Class, Accent, Power, Loyalty, Style, Training, or Mojo card,” or this slightly Buddhist-inspired one.

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There are many cards like the one below that made me giggle for several minutes.

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Oh, and if you like variety in your games, you can try out all these other varieties of Munchkin, including a actually board game: Munchkin Quest (board game),  Star Munchkin, Munchkin Fu, Munchkin Bites!, Super Munchkin, Munchkin Impossible, Munchkin Cthululu (seen below), The Good, the Bad and the Munchkin, Munchkin Booty, Munchkin Zombies, Munchkin Apocalypse, Munchkin Conan, and Munchkin Axe Cop.

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And here we are at Thanksgiving with our friends playing our latest game:

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Lari intently looking at her cards to see if she will be able to kick our butts!

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It looks like she might have gotten the card!

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Their adorable 4-year old. She is so funny and makes me crack-up every time I see her.  Her faces are priceless and she always entertains. During the game, she came in the room dressed up like this.

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Wearing mom’s scarf, Dad’s shoes and other odds and ends from her dress-up closet. She told us she was a ghost, and boy does she love them. Last time I visited, she drew me this picture.

Ghosts - Bus Ghost, Mining Ghost and Golf Ghost

It’s a bus ghost, mining ghost and golf ghost!

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Mommy being scared by the ghost.

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That 1 Geeky Guy telling me not to cheat off his cards.

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We gave my friends daughter a bunch of pennies to keep her busy during the game so that she felt she was participating in it with us.

I never thought I’d be so into a tabletop game, but this is one of my favorites. To check out more about how it is played check out this episode of TableTop with Wil Wheaton, Felicia Day, Sandeep Parikh and Munchkin creator, Steve Jackson.

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And the bloopers:

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And if you are interested in more games, check out Will Wheaton’s Tabletop series on Geek & Sundry called Tabletop.

Disclaimer: This is my own game and I was not paid in any sort to write this blog post. 

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