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Lord of the Fries

Superdeluxe edition


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Ages Play Time Players
12+ 45 minutes 3-8

Designer(s): James Ernest

Manufacturer(s): Cheapass Games

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Product Description

Part of Cheapass Games' Fast Food Restaurant of the Damned line and the follow-up to Give Me the Brain, the mechanic in Lord of the Fries is simple: combine the ingredients in your hand to build combo meals, with dishes like the "Cowabunga", the "Meat Munch", and, of course, the "Lord of the Fries". This SuperDeluxe edition of Lord of the Fries contains the original restaurant menu (55-cards), plus a completely new Coffee Shop menu with all-new art and ingredients (also 55 cards). Each deck can support up to six players, with a third menu using ingredients from both decks which supports up to eight players.

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Average Rating: 3.3 in 6 reviews

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by Margret R
Another satisfied Friedey's customer
July 01, 2016

I have owned this, along with several other Cheapass games for ages, including Give Me the Brain, The Great Brain Robbery, and Change! Lord of the Fries is by far my favorite. I find that it is easier to learn and it moves along a bit faster than some of the other games. Though Change! is pretty quick and easy too, Lord of the Fries has a bit more substance. I love the names of the menu items, and nothing is more satisfying than being able to lay down The Patriarch in the final moments of the game. Though there is a lot of luck involved, knowing how far into the game to switch from rolling to calling, and calling wisely can make the difference between winning and losing. I have a great die that I use while playing. It is a large clear die, with a smaller die encased inside of it. They can probably be found at most gaming shops that sell dice. With a single roll, the outer die determines the menu, while the inner one sets the item. No need to remember what was rolled first, or which die is for the menu and which one for the item. I have just ordered the deluxe version of the game, which for many years I was reluctant to do because I somehow ended up with two copies of the original version. I didn't think I needed a third, but I could not resist the bonus coffee shop deck and new menus. I am so looking forward to playing them.

 
 
 
 
 
So you want to be a zombie fry cook ... huh.
June 18, 2003

I have to admit this is the first game I have tried in the Friedeys series, and I keep hearing it's not the best. I love the idea of anyone creating a game that would make the basic plot to a Troma Film, and I think zombie fry cooks fits that bill. The gameplay is not bad, and the ability to make half a dozen different decks with different menus can keep this game fresh. A great sence of humor, that can lead to a great time. This game is built for big crowds (the 4-7 area).

PLAYING PARTS/CARDS:

This game includes the playing cards, which are about the quality of aviator, but that is still as good, if not better than a lot of games on the market. A big step from the usual 'business' card stock cheapass uses. I think for this price point, it should have come with the one die, but I have dice of my own, so I am not upset about that. This game suggests 1 die, I would suggest you use 2 of different colors, just makes it a bit nicer to cover the roll in one shot. Also 2 of the new menus require chips, or markers of some kind, if you dont have any of those, and don't want to write it on a piece of paper I would just play the other 5 menus. Still a decent product, that will last over a lot of games. This game has one little thing you need to remember....NEVER LOSE THE RULES. If you do, you will need to find the construction of the different decks, and the bonus rules that apply to some resturaunts elsewhere.

EASE OF PLAY:

A very easy game to explain and play. You match the pictures, or pass a card. If you make the menu item, you get to take over the menu (like a game show) and either pick an item, or roll for an item. It all depends on if you want to get cards, or try to pick a menu item that will get cards out of your hand. I have only played the basic menu thus far, but it really was a lot of fun. Within 2 rounds the little bit of strategy that is required can be picked up. Half the fun of this game is reading the titles, and items on the menu, and for some reason these little jokes seem to stay funny for a while. Seeing an order of one fish called a 'cod piece' still amuses me. I also cant wait to order the 'Magna Carta with a side of fries'. 4 of the new menus have new rules, that change the game style a little. I have yet to try any of the new menus yet, but I imagine it will create a slightly different strategy for each menu.

STRATEGY VS LUCK:

Very little strategy, but enough that you can see what happens if you make the wrong decision. At times the wrong decision can cost you quite a few points, but you never really make that mistake more than once or twice. A lot of luck in this game, but that's not always a bad thing, especially in card games. This game is light and fun, and gets more peoples attention than lets say rummy, or spades.

HOUSE RULES OR PERSONAL CHANGES:

This game dosent need too many changes, but is very open to them, I am sorry I dont have a few more games under my belt so I can provide a few changes. However the idea was brought up in my group of adding a pie to the basic deck, so that it wasent a 'one and only' card, I dont know what it will do, but it might be worth a shot.

OTHER THOUGHTS:

Not bad cards, fun art, great menu item names, and a quick fun game. This is a top game for the beer and pretzels crowd, or as I like to call it 'the people I perfer to play games with crowd'. The one big observation I have is the bigger the crowd the better, I have played this 3 handed and 6 handed, six was A LOT more fun. As far as quick, stupid, fun card games go, I would rate this a top 10%.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
 
 
 
 
 
You'd talk like this too, if you were a zombie.
March 14, 2001

Oh, what fun can be had in the mythical Friedey's fast-food dive. James Ernest seems to have an unusual obsession with the undead, but not so far as to be unhealthy.

The idea behind this game is that you are a zombie working at Friedey's, and you have to fill orders for waiting customers. You have a hand of cards, each of which represents a part of the order (drink, cow meat, bun, and fries makes a Cowabunga Conga). Each time you fill and order, you get points for all the stuff in it. Easy enough.

Each round, you roll the dice to determine what the customer ordered, then you try to put it together from your hand. If you can't, you have to pass a card to another player. There are some other details and a few variations on the Cheapass site which keep the game interesting, but what this essentially means is that the game is poker with always-changing winning hands.

It's a clever game, and fun enough to play, but most of the other Friedey's games are more fun (Particularly Give Me the Brain and The Great Brain Robbery). It's a good value, but there are better games.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.

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