Everyone knows that it takes money to make money. The more you pay the better your chance of scoring big … or of having your opponents clean you out. Will you play it safe or are you willing to Pay the Prize?
Players: 2 – 6
Interesting Features: being willing to pay out more of your chips gives you better chances of claiming other chips, but can you recoup your losses or are you just giving your money away?
Extras Needed: a deck of playing cards, coins or poker chips (in three distinct denominations/colours) … a marker or pawn for each player.
Printing Suggestions: Everything prints onto a standard Letter size piece of paper. Couldn’t be easier.
Designer’s Notes: Much like Barnyard Brawl, this idea had been kicking around in my
wastepaper basket … filing system … for a looooonnngg time. It has also gone through three or twelve different minor tweaks where I basically changed everything about the game except that it was played with cards and chips and pawns (although I think this even got thrown out … filed … at one point or another!) The breakthrough came when I stumbled upon the idea of limiting the way in which the chips had to be payed onto the board, and then expanding the idea of the chips to include different denominations, thus making for some unpleasant decisions. A little bit of pain makes for a whole lot better of a game … especially when that pain is your opponent’s! Oh yeah, and I finally got to use the word “Mooch” in a game … sweet!
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Designer’s Challenge: What variations can YOU come up with? Post them here in the comments … let’s see how many we can create! Just remember to give it a snappy name … or I will. All the variations I receive I will then format into a second “printing” of the rules – complete with full recognition for each person submitting (and a free copy emailed directly to their inbox for printing!) This very rich prize pool is made possible by the fact that in play testing I didn’t realize that when playing with real money my wife wouldn’t give it back after she won it from me. (I want my two dollars!)