Cat & Chocolate
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Hard to believe two games that rely on improv will debut at Spiel 2010, but if wine-making is the new pirates, perhaps improv can be the new dungeon crawl, if you know what I mean. In addition to the previously announced Freeze! from Andrea Meyer and Hans-Peter Stoll, Spiel attendees can visit the Japon Brand booth to discover Cat & Chocolate, a card game from Ryo Kawakami that was self-published through Qvinta Essentia.
Players in Cat & Chocolate will find themselves in a haunted mansion in which terrible things happen to them: a demon attacks, waves of blood wash toward you, boiling hot water jets from the shower, the clerk presents an enormous room service bill, and so on. On a turn, a player draws an event card that presents him with a situation; he must then use 1-3 items in his hand to protect himself from this event. (Players each have three items in hand, and the number of items used in a turn is determined by the number shown on the back of the next event card.) Can you use a pot lid to stop moving walls from crushing you? Will sneakers protect you from a falling chandelier? Explain how you'll use these items to defend yourself, and do it fast!
The other players will then secretly vote on whether you're safe, or whether you've failed. What makes this part tricky is that at the start of the game the players were secretly assigned to two teams. You want your teammates to survive and everyone else to fail, but how will you know who is with you? At the end of the game, the team with the most "saves" wins.
Description written by W. Eric Martin and used with permission of BoardgameNews.com