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Affectionate: Cats & Cuddles
Advanced Rules & Treat Time Expansion
Published by Blue Heron Entertainment
Designed by Trevor Heron
Artwork by Nayaki Anadin

NOTE: Cat Pawns and Cat Mats are prototypes and may differ from the quality of the finished components.

Affectionate: Cats & Cuddles, is a game for 2-5 players, where you roll the dice to try to get as many Cuddle Tokens (hearts) as you can. You can also use Silly Tokens (mice) to re-roll, or make someone else re-roll their Cat Dice and change their Cat Action. When the Cuddle Tokens run out, only Cat Tokens (cats) remain, and one is given to the person with the most Cuddle Tokens. The person(s) with the most Cat Tokens after the amount of rounds that you decide, is declared the Sweetest Cat(s) in the house.

The base game alone is not only absolutely adorable (especially if you’re a cat person, which I am), but it’s actually a bit more challenging than it looks on the surface. It’s very easy to set up, and one of the great things about it, is you can determine how many rounds you’re going to play. The rounds don’t have much lag to them, so there’s very little downtime between turns. It can get a little tough when the Silly Tokens come into play. Someone can throw three Silly Tokens out and make you re-roll your Cat Dice, sometimes completely messing up the awesome Cat Action that you managed to roll, but you can also spend two Silly Tokens to re-roll your own dice if you don’t get a desired Cat Action. The entire round is giving and taking Cuddle and Silly Tokens.

Treat Time Expansion
NOTE: This expansion only accommodates 3-5 players.

The Treat Time Expansion brings in the use of Cat Mats and Cat Pawns (these are prototypes as mentioned). I chose to be Moku, and by the end of this, you will  see why. This expansion brings in worker placement (one of my favorite mechanics ever!) and dice drafting mechanics.

One player starts with a Cat Token. Everyone rolls their Cat Dice and immediately places one on their Cat Mat. The player with the Cat Token then takes a second die for their mat, and it doesn’t have to be their die, it can be anyone’s! BUT, if someone uses your Cat Die, you get to take a Silly Token, up to three. You can spend your Silly Tokens to re-roll if necessary, then, counter-clockwise, starting left of the person with the Cat Token, players place their Cat Pawns on an unoccupied mat. You then resolve the Cat Action next to your Cat Pawn, and once everyone completes that, the Cat Token gets passed to the player on your left.

The worker placement of this is easy to grasp, it really would be a great game to use to introduce someone to the mechanic, especially the younger ones. My Padawan is 10 and is familiar with worker placement from some slightly heavier games, but really enjoyed the ease of this one. Mr. Token isn’t a board gamer but easily grasped the mechanic from this game, and this is his first worker placement experience. Dice drafting, who doesn’t love dice drafting?! It’s another of my favorites so it was great to have a combination of the two, in what was a pretty seamless game!

Advanced Rules for Affectionate: Cats & Cuddles Base Game.

With the Advanced Rules, you’re using the dice drafting mechanic, so your setup is a bit different. You’ll be bringing in the Cat Mats, one player will start with a Cat Token that gets passed after each round, and for games with just two players, you’ll need one extra Cat Die (for a total of five). Any dice can go with any mat, so you’re free to choose what color and cat you want to be.

Everyone rolls at the same time, and places one of their Cat Dice on their mat. After that, starting with the player with the Cat Token and moving clockwise, players choose a die to place on their mat. If someone takes yours, you get a Silly Token.  Players then resolve their Cat Actions, and the round continues.

This is such a fun, easy example of the dice drafting mechanic! The Cat Mats are not only adorable, they also make it easy, but you can play this set of rules without them. This is something that’s fairly portable, and could easy be taught to anyone that’s played using the basic rules.

The General Consensus

When I received this game, I was immediately in love with the packaging! I love that it comes in a nice, soft bag, that feels like it will hold up well. All of the tokens are very well made, adorable, and you can’t help but want to play with them! The dice are easy to read, and with the Cat Action cards, there’s no confusion on what you’re supposed to do once you roll or draft.

This is a very well put together game. The rules and mechanics are solid, and I just can’t help but adore the theme. Any cat human would easily relate. You can definitely tell that the creator is a cat human! I loved it, Mr. Token loved it, The Padawan loved it, and I think just about anyone I introduce it to will also. I highly recommend anyone giving this one a shot, especially as a nice filler game, or one you can easily play with non-gamer family and friends.

This is coming to Kickstarter on October 28th, 2018, so keep your eyes peeled! You can also find out more about Blue Heron Entertainment here, or visit Affectionate: Cats & Cuddles on Facebook.

One Last Note

When I got to the end of the rulebook, I found the sweetest thing I think I will ever see in this industry. I just want to give the creator, Trevor Harron, a little extra love for this. This was amazing, loving, completely heartfelt, and I think it’s wonderful that you added this! I would be lying if I said I didn’t get teary-eyed when I read it. It definitely added to my love for this game, because I got to see your inspiration, and a little piece of the heart you put into it!

 

UFO a Go-Go

UFO a Go-Go
3-8 Players
Published by Akupara Games
Art by Mike Shanks


NOTE: Images of this are not the finished product. This is a prototype copy, some artwork is incomplete, and some components may differ in the finished product.

UFO a Go-Go is a party game about parties! You start off as an alien trying to host the best party, and earn points by inviting other aliens to your party until you reach the winning number of points – which you must hold on to for 5 turns – to be declared the Intergalactic Party Captain! The amount of points you must earn varies depending on the number of players.

I got the gang all together to test this one out! The Padawan (my son), the Queen Token (my mother), and the ever-stubborn Mr. Token, so I had a pretty diverse group to test it out with. My mother is a gamer, the Padawan is 10 and is a gamer of every kind, and Mr. Token, well, not much of a board gamer…he’s picky lol.

We got ourselves all set up with the Winner’s Bridge at the center of the table, sorted though the cute standees, and decided which aliens we all wanted to be. The artwork that was available in my copy is really fun, and I can’t wait to see what it will all look like finished. (Remember, I’m working with a prototype).

Once we got ourselves situated, the game was pretty easy to figure out, and there was almost no having to double-check the rules. There is very little downtime between turns so there isn’t much chance of boredom between turns because it’s a very interactive game. With each alien you bring to your party, you have to perform actions to keep them there, and if you fail to do so, another player can shout “Party Foul!”, and if they are correct, they can steal one of your aliens! Some of the actions you have to perform can be a bit challenging if you have any type of physical ailments/injuries, but there are house rules to accommodate such cases. The VIP cards give an extra point to one of your alien guests, and they have mini games on them that involve all players.

Party Favor cards are a lot of fun because, when you draw one, all you have to do is announce that you drew a Party Favor, and then you put it face down in front of you until you decide to deploy it, which can be anytime, during anyone’s turn.

When a player draws a Galactic Event card, they become the Event Leader for that Galactic Event, they must read the card out loud, and place it face up for everyone to see. The game continues with the rules of the Galactic Event in place until one of the hosts fails to complete the challenge, and then has to forfeit one of their own aliens to the Event Leader…and that’s where it can get tricky!

This game was very easy to learn, but tricky enough to keep everyone’s interest! It was a hit at our table, we all had a lot of fun playing it, so it’s great for most ages – definitely something you can play with your kids, or they could play with their friends. There is also the possibility to add in house rules to make it harder if you’re playing with older kids or adults.

This project is live on Kickstarter right now, so go check it out here and see what they’ve got going on!

Twin Stars – A Button Shy Gem!

Twin Stars – A Solo System
Adventure Series 1
Published by Button Shy Games

Game design by Jason Tagmire & Mike Mullins
Artwork by Luke Milton

Twin Stars wallet game with token & dice pouch.

Well, this took longer than I thought it would. I started in on Twin Stars thinking I could blast through it in one sitting…never judge a tiny game by its size! There is so much content in this little wallet game, that I still have a ton of replay-ability left in it. I started off with the first couple scenarios, using the suggested characters, and did absolutely horrible! But…it looks so simple! It’s not supposed to be this hard, right…? Wrong.

You see, I wasn’t paying attention to the part in the rules that says “Instants are abilities that occur as a single die is placed. Instants are optional.”. Of course they are! I’m over here dying off right and left, and didn’t even notice that. So, I did what everyone would’ve done, tried again, the right way.

Each scenario has three difficulty levels which are determined by how many energy tokens you choose to use. I went for easy, which meant more energy, and it was still challenging – in a very good way! I have yet to try any of these on anything but easy. The game comes with 6 different scenarios, and 12 different characters to choose from. Each scenario gives you two suggested characters to use but you can pick who ever you’d like. My personal favorites are Bood and Fanoobia. Bood has amazing hair, and Fanoobia is “A loud, shrieking Quassian tentacle creature. Beware.”…and, if we’re being honest here, it’s only a matter of time before my other half puts the same caption on my forehead. Fanoobia is my spirit animal.


With all of these combinations of scenarios and characters, this could hit the table many, many times without redundancy. It has a very small footprint so it can be played anywhere (I can play it on the console of my truck!), and the play time is pretty quick. It makes a great little time killer to keep in your pocket while you’re waiting for food, at the DMV, or waiting for that barista that forgot to even start your coffee order.

And if all those options aren’t enough for you, there’s Syzygy Mode…

Syzygy Mode is a series of scenarios you set up that carry over into each other, and you have three special characters along for the ride.

There is seriously so much to this little game that I could go on for days, but I haven’t even explored all the options yet! Needless to say, this one stays with me now, along with Sprawlopolis, in my purse at all times. I can play this sitting on the couch, or in bed if I’m not feeling well. This would also be a great hospital game! The components are great, and I love that it comes with a really nice zipper pouch for the tokens and dice because they’re definitely not going to fit well in a wallet.

Don’t forget to check out Button Shy‘s other amazing games, and take a look into their Game of the Month Club…it’s well worth the money!

Until next time, my tokens and meeples! Peace, love, & board games!

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Happy Birthday to…us?

Guess what? It’s my birthday this Friday, and I’m giving someone a chance to win a gift from me!

In my infinite quest of finding solo games, I decided to try my hand at Four Against Darkness. I thought that it was so cool, that I put together an awesome little bundle to give one lucky winner on MY birthday!

4AD Bundle includes the first Four Against Darkness book, a full size grid paper book, one of my favorite ink pens, and two blue marbles Chessex dice.

Go to The Misprinted Token Hangout Group on Facebook to find out the details, the giveaway is posted in the announcements. But, don’t wait too long, I announce the winner Friday, Sept. 28th, on my birthday!

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Good luck, everyone! This is my first giveaway, and I’m so excited to give someone something cool for my birthday!

~ Karanaida