Super Truffle Pigs channels Silk but the reward is less complex and all the more sweet – Big Boss Battle (B3)
While I’m always ready to approach a pre-production board game with an open mind, I’ll admit to being skeptical when games come with little to no fanfare. I’m not sure why, but board game news usually travels quickly – and with big budget Kickstarters, it’s become normal to see mockups of games and read pages and pages of text to theirs. subject, long before the basic mechanics were finalized. Or Super Truggle Pigs is concerned, I hadn’t heard anything at all.
And in that case, it just might turn out to be a blessing. You see, where I get more and more disappointed with the last million dollar plastic pile to wade through whatever the favorite Crowdfunder of the moment, Super Truffle Pigs delivered a nice antidote – and it hasn’t even been funded, or finalized (or whatever) yet!
Super Truffle Pigs, from designer Jason Corace and publisher Games by Bicycle, is a pretty straightforward idea. Each player simply has to move the two pigs of his color on the map according to the number of actions available on his game board. The default is three actions, and players can increase to five during the game.
What will they spend their shares on? Well, each move costs one action, but the same goes for digging up truffles – one for a basic mushroom, two for a slightly better mushroom, and three for the most valuable and wanted mushrooms. A fun part of this process is that attempts to ‘dig’ happen from turn to turn, so to show your progress the pigs will first jump on a mushroom token (a dig) and then bow to front (two) if necessary.
Each mushroom is worth a certain number of points – which can be zero in the case of basic mushrooms. Some have an S on them – allowing players to upgrade their game boards as I mentioned above, and also invest in one of three Superpower cards displayed in a shared marketplace. Most of these superpowers are for immediate single use, providing powerful movement – or the chance to fight wolves.
Ah yes, not everything is easy. An ever-growing pack of gray and brown wolves hunt our pigs, breed on the board, and move around following cards played by each player in secret at the start of a turn. This means that on each turn you will have to consider your own objective – the truffles – as well as currently known information (wolf locations, your own wolf card, and wolf cards already played on the wolf track) as well as some aspects of the information. unknown: Cards played by others.
The downside of being caught by a wolf is serious – and the captured pig is simply removed from the game. Indeed, one of the end-game triggers is when all pigs are removed, or when only one player has problems. pigs (in which case they can play a trick.) We all know player elimination is frowned upon these days, but here eliminated players can still play their wolf cards and stay involved. That said, get out early in a multiplayer game and you’ll lose interest pretty quickly, because you won’t have the truffles to compete for the highest score …
The version of Super Truffle Pigs that was sent to me seems very close to the full article, to be honest. The pig and wolf miniatures are well made and of very good quality, as are the card stock and illustrations. Aside from adding more content and possibly fine-tuning the rules a bit, I could see this making a commercial version almost complete.
Having said that, there is a game that Super Truffle Pigs reminded me, and it’s Silk by Devir Games. Silk, however, is a much more convoluted and complex game, and this Super Truffle Pigs done really well is to introduce several interconnected skill-based systems that combine in a simple way. Silk did the opposite – by taking a simple concept of worker placement and farming and making it really hard to explain.
Only time will tell how Super Truffle Pigs compares, but I really enjoyed playing this preview because of its simplicity and exciting use of opposing wolf actions, revolutionary powers, and programming. It never takes too long to play, and other than the playoff aspect (which is certainly painful for young players), it has no obvious flaws. It is definitely one to watch over the next few months.
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