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Welcome to Which Game First where we boldly explore the hilariously huge world of board games. Did we unearth any hidden treasures you’ve been missing out on? Let’s find out!

First, we get emotional as we try to match Cute Kitties with fun phrases in Cat Face!
Next, we’re archeologists searching newly discovered islands for that ancient sarcophagus of VP in Lost Ruins of Arnak
Lastly, we find out just how bad at geography we make up lies about the globe in Locale

Cat Face

Published by: The Pet Collective (2019)
Players: 3 – 8
Ages: 13 & up
Playing time: 30 – 90 min

Cat Face is a cat meme party game featuring cats featured in viral videos. Players compete to find the funniest combination of cat faces and funny captions.

Each player draws 5 Cat Butt cards for their hands.  A Catt Butt card may read something like “You’re a Wizard, Harry Potter” or something as simple as “Meow”. As they are played, draw back up to 5.  Always draw back up to 5.

One player is designated the first player, and will judge the first round of answers. A Cat Face card is turned up from the Cat Face deck, and the players hand the judge their CattButt card which they think the judge will choose.

The judge chooses who made the best or funniest match, that player gets the Cat Face card, and they become the judge for the next round.

The first player to get to  … whatever, wins.  Does this game sound … “familiar?”

Lost Ruins of Arnak

Designed by: Mín & Elwen
Published by: Czech Games Edition (2020)
Players: 1 – 4
Ages: 12 & up
Playing time: 30 – 120 min

Lost Ruins of Arnak is a deck-building and worker placement game of exploration, resource management, and discovery. In addition to traditional deck-builder effects, cards can also be used to place workers, and new worker actions become available as players explore the island. Some of these actions require resources instead of workers, so building a solid resource base will be essential. You are limited to only one action per turn, so make your choice carefully. Which action will benefit you most now? And what can you afford to do later… assuming someone else doesn’t take the action first!?

Decks are small, and randomness in the game is heavily mitigated by the wealth of tactical decisions offered on the game board. With a variety of worker actions, artifacts, and equipment cards, the set-up for each game will be unique, encouraging players to explore new strategies to meet the challenge.

Locale

Published by: Discovery Bay Games (2009)
Players:
3 – 8
Ages:
8 & up

In Locale, the object of the game is to make up a story by explaining as much as you can about a given location. 

A player chooses a card, and reads aloud the location, such as Lichtenstein, or San Tropez. Then the other players need to make a guess as to where that place is on the world map, and they have to write a description of the place, being as convincing as they can.

Everyone’s guesses are written on a notepad and handed to the player who drew the card. That player then proceeds to read all the answers aloud, along with all the coordinates of the locations, which get marked accordingly on the world map. Now it’s time to vote. All the other players vote on which description is correct, and which set of location coordinates are correct. 

Points are awarded for guessing the correct description, the correct coordinates on the world map, AND for fooling players into guessing one of the incorrect descriptions.

Most points at the end of the game wins. This game is not fat, it is totally Low Cal.

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