Danny and Trevor share their top 5 lists of Fun Games. They define Funny Games as those that get players to have a good time and laugh. They do not include the games that just try to put the players into a funny predicament. The game itself must be what causes the laughter.
For the game to fall into their definition of funny it must be the artwork, the mechanics, or game-play that is funny. Putting a player into a physically funny position or condition doesn’t qualify.
Funny Games are usually a big hit at parties and get togethers. If you are planning a party and want to keep the guests entertained please try one of the games on these lists. Your party will be the stuff of legends.
Trevor and Danny from ZiaComics.com have compiled a list of their Top 20 favorite board games. They have different tastes in games so their lists have very little in common.
Danny prefers abstract strategy games while Trevor enjoys games with captivating artwork and ease of play. They both like ALL types of games, these are just their favorites.
This is the first segment in the countdown. This video covers #15 through #11 on their lists. Trevor and Danny tell you what games squeaked onto their list. A little bit of info is given for each game to help you decide if it is a game you’d like to look into a bit further.
Hey, hey, hey, it’s time for another Board Game Blog! Today we are going to take a look at “Chez Geek: House Party Edition” by Jon Darbro and Steve Jackson Games.
Chez Geek is a satirical competitive game for 2 to 5 players. In this game you are playing as college roommates living in a house together. You are trying to work your menial jobs, slack off, hang out with friends, and party your socks off!
To begin, each player gets a job card. These can range from Web Designer, Corporate Drone, Slacker, Drummer, Professional Research Subject, and more. Each comes with their own Free Time, Income, Slack Goals, and special abilities.
The object of Chez Geek is to reach your personal slack goal before the other players. You do so by playing life cards from your hand of 6 cards on your turn.
Life cards range from things you shop for like books, food, cigarettes, weed, booze, etc (Blue cards), guests you call over, or try to send to another player’s room (Green cards), activities to go on like watching television, sleeping, going to a cafe, surfing the internet, getting nookie, etc. (Red cards), and whenever cards which will usually increase slack, income, or other shenanigans (Orange cards).
On your turn you start by (1) drawing up to your hand limit (usually 6 cards); (2) rolling for any variable free time, slack, or to get rid of an annoying guest; (3) calling people over by playing guest cards (Green cards) by rolling the included D6, on a 3-6 they stay if they are good, on a 4-6 they can be sent to someone else if they are bad, and pets stay automatically; (4) spending free time (the number of life cards you can play on a turn is dependent upon how much free time you have, e.g. 2 free time equals 2 cards, by going shopping (Blue cards) spending the appropriate free time and income, doing activities (Red cards) again spending free time but not always income (in some cases, e.g. RPG’s and Nookie, rolling for the amount of slack gained), and playing whenever cards (Orange cards) which don’t require free time or income, and can be played out of turn as well; and finally (5) discarding any remaining cards that you do not want, or cannot play.
Certain activity card types (marked TV) can also be played out of turn on other players as an interruption to the things they were going to buy or activities they were going to go on. Often resulting in less slack than they would have previously received from the card they were about to play.
And that is it! The first player to reach their slack goal wins!
This is a very tongue-in-cheek type of game with cultural references aplenty. The game is highly recommended for players at least 18 years or older as the subject matter of some life cards (weed, booze, nookie, etc.) can be a little too coarse for young audiences.
The artwork is done by famous “Munchkin” and “Dork Tower” artist John Kovalic. His art is quite the hilarious sight to behold. “Chez Geek: House Party Edition” even includes the first two expansions to the game: “Slack Attack” and “Block Party”.
Chez Geek retails at $34.95 and includes 202 Life cards, 17 Job cards, 4 blank Life cards, and 1 blank Job card (to make your own off-the-wall additions), Slack tokens, and a six-sided die (D6). There are two newer expansions available now: “Slack to the Future” and “Spring Break” each retailing at $10.95 respectively.
I give it 5 dead end jobs out of 6.
Until next time, keep playing games, and “Party On Dudes!”
-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.