The Game: Nanobot Battle Arena
The Publisher: Derpy Games
Time: Depends how many players, but 15 minutes or so.
Players: Me, +Michelle Lyons-McFarland, +Stentor Danielson, +John Mathys, +Cheyenne Rae Grimes, +Fredrick Martin-Shultz, +Misha Broughton
You can play this with up to 8 players. Everyone gets a set of tiles; a different "strain" of nanobots, if you will. On your turn, you place one, trying to build the longest unbroken chain. But it's never that simple.
But then you get to play cards, which do things like move nanobots around the board, change their facing (which screws up the chains), "petrifies" them (making them immune to further fuckery), infects other people's bots (turning them into yours), and just blowing them up entirely.
|I'm...not entirely sure what card just got played on Fredrick's bots.|
The game ends when one player runs out of bots, but that ends the game right there. You don't get to play a card on the turn you place your last bot, so it's possible for someone with the right cards to play a bunch of bots quickly and end the game. It is likewise possible for someone to Burn or Infect a bunch of someone else's bots.
But, the game itself. I really enjoy it. It's fast and simple, and the different combination of cards are interesting enjoy to make me want to play multiple times.