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How to Play Pairs

Danny from teaches us how to play Pairs by Cheapass Games. This is a game for 2 – 8 players. A complete game should only take 15 minutes.

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Pairs is the name of the game, and pairs of cards are what players want to avoid.

The game uses a 55-card deck that contains one 1, two 2s, three 3s, and so on up to ten 10s. At the start of the game, shuffle the deck, then remove five cards from play unseen. Deal one card face-up to each player.

Whoever has the lowest card is the first active player. She decides whether to “hit” — that is, be dealt another card — or forfeit the round. If she hits and is dealt a card that doesn’t match a card she already has in front of her, then the next player clockwise becomes the active player; if the card does match, then the round ends, she keeps one of these matching cards as penalty points, then everyone else discards their cards and a new round begins with each player being dealt a card.

If the active player forfeits, the round ends and she takes the lowest-valued card visible on the table as penalty points, then a new round begins. Penalty cards remain set aside, even if the deck is shuffled to continue play. If a player acquires more penalty points than the predetermined threshold, then the game ends and this player loses. (Alternatively, players can use coins to track scores between games, with the loser paying everyone one coin, paying her score in coins to the player with the lowest score, etc.)

There are many versions of Pairs from Cheapass Games. The base game play is identical, but the artwork (and artist) vary across the versions. Some include special game rules relevant to the theme of the deck. In general, you can find new/experimental/user-submitted rules at the Cheapass website, and many non-English versions of Pairs also include rules for additional games to play with this deck.

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TNTM: Top 5 Game Publishers

This episode Trevor and Danny discuss their Top 5 Lists of Game Publishers. If the company currently manufacturers games or has in the past, they qualify. Publishers differ from designers. Publishers are responsible for manufacturing and marketing the games for distribution.

What are some of your favorite game publishers? Let us know in the comments.

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Lord of the Fries Games Review

Lord of the Fries Review

HEY YOU GUYS!!! It’s time for your weekly board game blog. Today we are gonna take a look at “Lord of the Fries” by James Ernest and Cheapass Games.

Lord of the Fries

Lord of the Fries is a card game that mixes the awesomeness of zombies with the mediocrity of the fast food industry. It plays 2 to 8 players and comes with 108 cards.

Every player starts with a number of cards (depending on the number of players) and plays over the course of four “days” (rounds). The first order of each day is determined by the roll of a six sided die. Each order afterwards can be rolled or called.

Starting to the left and moving clockwise, each player will have a chance to fill the order using ingredient cards from their hand. If you can’t, you have to pass a card and the next player gets a chance. If the order makes a full rotation around the table you may try to make a “short order” by excluding one ingredient and proceeding around the table again.

This continues until either the order is filled or no one can complete it. The player who fills the order becomes the leader and play continues as before.

Lord of the Fries ingredients
Lord of the Fries ingredients

As soon as any player is out of cards the day ends. You total the points on all ingredient cards on the table in front of you and subtract points from ingredient cards in your hand.  That’s it! Highest total points after four days wins.

What sets this game apart is the comedic vibe. From Brian Snoddy’s card artwork, to the funny (and sometimes punny) menu items. The base game comes with two decks:  the standard deck and menu, and the McFrye’s coffee and dessert shop deck and menu, and the ren-fare menu.

There are also four 54 card standalone expansions. A Chinese, Italian, Mexican, and Irish deck each with their respective menus. Four more expansions are coming in 2016 (Breakfast, French, Japanese, and Brazilian).

Cheapass games has free downloadable menus available on their website (like the Holiday menu) with more menus coming soon.

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The base game retails at $25 and each expansion is $10. I give it 8 French fried zombie fingers out of 10! Until next time, keep playing games my legion of undead cooks!

-Trevor L. Cooper is an avid board gamer. When he is not gaming he can be found at Zia Comics, home of all things awesome.

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