Hey, gang! This week’s Kickstarter Game of the Week is Tavern Trouble by Eclosion Games!
I’m a sucker for quick card games that can be played in under a half hour, especially when they encourage drinking and getting rowdy with friends! Tavern Trouble is one such game, built on the premise that Blackjack (which is kind of the ultimate press-your-luck card game) is built upon. Tavern Trouble is simple in design: players take turns drawing two cards that have a “clash value”, after which they can draw a third or fourth card, in an attempt to accumulate as close to a total clash value of nine. If a player goes over nine, they lose life points. If a player manages to get two of the same type of card, they can activate a special power; and if a player manages to get three of the same type of card, they can activate a special power and they gain life. At the end of each round, the player who came closest to a clash value of nine wins the round, and the other players lose life. When a player reaches 0 life, they’re eliminated. The last player standing wins.
You can see how, like blackjack, Tavern Trouble relies on a simple “get as close to this number without going over” mechanic that encourages pressing your luck. However, Tavern Trouble takes it a couple steps further by encouraging set collection amongst your cards. Do you stop now, or do you keep drawing cards, hoping to activate a special power? Maybe I can manage to get a second Elf card… or maybe I can get a third, which would boost my life up as well.
Tavern Trouble also has some pretty phenomenal artwork. The illustrations done by Emir Durmisevic somehow manage to be both epic in their depictions of traditional fantasy creatuers and hilariously charming – the drunken dwarves, the dim-witted orcs, the haughty elves, the undead which are all pincushions of arrows. The gang’s all here, and I can see myself getting lost in the art for Tavern Trouble. This is a game I’m definitely going to buy card sleeves for – fantastic artwork and mugs of beer don’t always mix. 😀 Pledging at the base game level even grants you a digital artbook so you can gush over all the illustrations in-between gaming sessions.
I can’t wait to get my hands on this bad boy – not that I need an excuse to round up the gang and throw back some beers! If you’re interested in Tavern Trouble, be sure to head over to the Kickstarter page and check it out. As of writing this, the campaign’s got just 9 short days to go.
Until next time, gang. Keep it plucky,