Friday, July 01, 2005

Game night

Two old friends came over and we ate roast with potatoes and played Jacob Marley, Esq. and Can't Stop.

I lost Can't Stop, due to not being able to stop. Not sure why I lost Jacob Marley, Esq., since there's a lot going on. Did I pick the wrong loans? Did I pick the right loans at the wrong time? I dunno.

3 Comments:

Blogger Wendy said...

Are Jacob Marley, Esq. and Can't Stop actual board games? I've never heard of them before? I'm looking for unusual board games for my website and am very interested to know.

7:42 PM  
Blogger Todd D. said...

Absolutely, they're real games!

Can't Stop is an old Parker Brothers game, designed by America's most beloved game designer, Sid Sackson. It's a fast-paced dice-rolling game, and is great for 2-4 players. See also http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/41 for the Board Game Geek's opinion.

Jacob Marley, Esq. was released recently by goofy Seattle gaming company Cheapass Games. They put out low-cost games in envelopes and small boxes. Designer James Ernest has got lots of totally weird design s. "Kill Dr. Lucky" and "Give Me The Brain" are probably their signature works. All the games are different. Some are good, others are eeh, okay. Check out their double-secret website at http://www.cheapass.com!

Here's the Geek's take on Jacob Marley, Esq.: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/8707
Jacob Marley, Esq. lasted an hour and a half or so, maybe 2 hours, which is a little long for a party game.


If I were putting together a girls' boardgaming night, I'd pick up a few of these (caution: I'm not a girl):

Fluxx by Looney Labs - very light filler card game by hippies. It's adorable.

Nobody But Us Chickens by Dancing Eggplant Games - light bluffing card game. Everyone has a handful of chickens, a fox, a rat, and a guard dog. Good for mixed groups of kids and adults.

Can't Stop by Parker Brothers - out of print, so that's Ebay or thrift stores, or Mom and Dad's attic. Great press-your-luck dice game.

Falling! by Cheapass Games - A real-time card game. All the players are falling from a great height, and whoever hits the ground last wins. Kill Dr. Lucky and Give Me The Brain are also pretty cool. Read the boxes - most Cheapass games require one or more dice, tokens, money, etc. to be played.

Apples to Apples by Out Of the Box Games - Everything these guys make would probably work for a party, but I like Apples to Apples the best.

9:11 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Thanks so much for your imput and taking the time to give me so much information. I really appreciate it.

9:55 PM  

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