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Look! Vanilla Scoop has ice cream!

June 7, 2013

A year ago we started playing Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule! as a print and play game which was released to support a very successful Kickstarter campaign. We enjoyed it then (and posted here about it) and have played it from time to time since.

Cobweb Shock flips nobody and sends home...   nobody.  That's another goblin disposed of.

Cobweb Shock flips nobody and sends home… nobody. Good, that’s another goblin disposed of.

Printing of the game was delayed quite a lot but finally, about six months after it was due, our copy has just arrived in the post. So, of course, we had to give it a play. Our print and play version only had a sample of the artwork, so we were very pleased to get hold of the thick, oversized, beautifully illustrated final product, housed in a nice little tin.

This is also a game that S. likes, so the three of us sat down for a couple of games.  Miss B gets on well with this, though it can be a little brain bending to figure out the effect of playing a card, working out which cards will flip and which will be sent back to you.  But Miss B has got into the habit of systematically working out each possible play and talking through what would happen in each case before making a decision.  This makes things a little slow, but it’s good to see her thinking about all this.

To be fair, most adults need to go through a similar process.  I certainly do, though I do it in my head.  An adult game could also involve working out what the next player wants and trying to scupper their plans, but we don’t worry about such things with Miss B.

The verdict from Miss B (aged nearly 6½): “Goblins Drool Fairies Rule! has got some wonderful illustrations but I think there should be a little bit of a change to the rules.” She didn’t let me know what changes she thought would be necessary, but she did say that she liked the game but prefers Love Letter.

The game: Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule! (Game-O-Gami), 1 to 4 players aged 7+.

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