The Plot Thickens

Previously we reported on the fact Hasbro was running another set of Indigogo campaigns as part of their Next Great Game series of contests.  Now they have announced a winner, and this time around it’s the story telling game, The Plot Thickens.  The Plot Thickens is a collaborative story telling game where you are telling a story using cards that represent people, places, and things.  The more plot points you are able to fit into your story, the more likely you are to be able to tell the ending, while the player who got referenced to the most gets to name it.

Color me skeptical that this will be the next great game, but it could still at least be a fun game to play so I don’t think Hasbro’s gone off the rails just yet.  In the mean time, the game creators will take their prize of $25,000 and a trip to Hasbro HQ to finish development of the game for release into the mass market in 2017.

finalists

Hasbro continues to search for new talent in the area of hobby games and so has selected five finalists for their latest Next Great Game contest.  There is no particular theme to this contest unlike some of the previous ones, and at least one of the games is something I think would appeal to a lot of board gamers.  The finalist are:

  • Lair – this is a two player dungeon exploration game where you create the dungeon on a sheet first, then you will take turns exploring it, revealing things as you go until the hero perishes or finds all the loot
  • Colossal Blob – this is a card game where you are trying to grow your blob to colossal size by playing out in order, 1-4 and then a colossal card on top.  While that sounds easy there are plenty of attack cards which will knock up back down so you have to grow back up again.
  • The Plot Thickens – this is a story telling game where you are telling a story using cards that represent people, places, and things.  The more plot points you are able to fit into your story, the more likely you are to be able to tell the ending, while the player who got referenced to the most gets to name it.
  • Plank and Rank – this is best described as a race game as you try to build your bridge across the river and then try to get your army across faster.  The number of army guys you get to move each turn is determined by a 10 sided die, with the option to move either a line of X guys one space, or one guy X spaces, where X is your die roll.
  • On The Slopes – this is a game all about skiing and trying to visit all the lodges on the mountain.  On your turn you have three actions to use, going up a lift will take an action, visiting a lodge takes an action, but going down a slope takes a variable amount of actions.  This is because you can choose what difficulty of slope you take down, beginner slopes guarantee you make it but cost 2 actions.  Intermediate and advanced slopes take fewer actions but you have to roll a die, possibly giving you wipeout cards that have negative effects on them.

All the games are currently up on Indiegogo and if they get at least 100 backers then they will be considered for the final win on November 13th.  Personally I hope On The Slopes takes the win, but everyone has different tastes in games, and right now The Plot Thickens is doing the best.

plot thickens cards

In previous editions of The Resistance social deduction card game, there were Plot Cards and components that are now no longer available, and many players new to the game have requested these items.  Therefore, Indie Boards and Cards is currently running a Kickstarter project to provide previous components included in these previous editions to players who missed out on them.

These items have been grouped into a module called The Plot Thickens and is only running for a very short time, until Wednesday, June 1st.  The module includes:

  • The Plot Cards
  • Rogue Agents
  • The Sergeant
  • A full set of replacement Character Cards
  • A full set of replacement Mission Cards

This module will not include promos, as the goal of this project is to provide previously released material, not new material.

For more information on this project, visit its Kickstarter page.