G’Day there you,
Here’s another card for today, this time the female spy from C.U.R.B. It’s Agent 98.99:
Her agent number is really close to another spy I know. You could almost say she missed it by that much.
Take it easy.
Got another card for you today, I’m sure you can probably guess the inspiration for this card as well. It’s Justin Weakens:
Have a good one, and let me know what you think in the comments below!
While traveling to Perth by way of Dubai, I’ve been working on the spy cards for “Shaken, Not Poisoned”. Here’s another one, Kitty Abounds:
So as you can probably see, I’m trying to get a poker card motif going. Going to be using black for male spies and red for female spies. I’ll probably put some colors behind the spies for the target and protect versions of the card, maybe put their favorite drinks on the cards as well for the attack versions of the card.
Hoping to get most of the rest of the cards sorted out next week. Not sure if I’ll be able to hit the 1st of December to get this ready, as my brother’s wedding is this Saturday. Should be a good time.
Hope you like the card, let me know what you think about it in the comment section below.
G’Day there you.
So I’ve got a pretty good idea of how the cards for this game will look, at least for the spy cards. I’m going to go for a black and white look for the male spies, and a red and white look for the female spies. Both will have a black border.
Here’s an example of how the male spy cards could look, (click to embiggen)
There’s still a fair bit of work that can go into these cards, but I think this is a nice start. Jimmy Tie works for the organization MI62, along with his female partner, Kitty Abounds. There might be another card ready tomorrow, but I can’t make any promises.
I’d love to hear your feedback! Feel free to comment below.
G’Day there you.
Ok, following the round start and basic rules write up from yesterday, here are the turn rules, and some description about why the rules are the way they are.
After a lot of thought, I’m trying to simplify this game as much as possible, while still making it interesting after multiple plays. I’m aiming for a party game sort of thing which will be easy to learn, but hard to master. I’m hoping that this game will be most interesting in guessing which spies are after each other, which spies are protecting each other, and trying to figure that out through acting as spies around the table, watching were player’s spies are moving, their body language, and what everyone is talking about. You can feel free to accuse people of wanting to attack each other.
I think that having attacks only possible after everyone has had their turn 4 times will hopefully bring more tension into the game, as spies might miss their window to attack, and you can watch where spies move to try and figure out who they will be attacking. I thought that just having the spies attack after each turn would have too much setup for very little game play. I’m interested to see how spies would attack as well. Would they wait until defenders show their hand and reveal their defense cards, or will they attack straight away? I’m also wondering if I should let a few spies be killed before a round is over, so that there’s some knowledge of who is attacking or defending what before the round stops and everything is set up again.
These might change a little, there might be a round end after every 2nd or 3rd kill, so that there’s some meaning to having a spy killed, reduce the amount of setup time versus game time, but doesn’t keep a player out of the game for too long.
Round end setup is basically the same as round start setup, just without figuring the starting position for the characters again.
1. The attack and defend cards are reshuffled.
2. Players take turns to pick up a card from the attack deck.
3. Players take turns to pick up a card from the defend deck.
4. Play then begins as before.
5. First Organization to 5 points wins.
Not a whole lot there, might tweak the amount of points needed to win after trying the game a few times, but this looks pretty good so far.
The following rules are probably the most important part of the game, where players need to be placed to attack and defend other spies. This will be the crux of the game play.
Attacking and Defending
Players can only attack if their character or organization is dancing next to their target.
Players can only defend if their character or organization is dancing with the character they are trying to defend.
So players will need to jockey for position but not give away their targets to attack or defend. Players will have a number of turns to get into a position they want. If two spies are moving together, you can probably guess that one is protecting the other. It could be kind of hard to get one of your spies into a position to attack another spy without them being tipped off to your goal. I’m guessing that players can bluff each other as well and say they are going to protect a player when they are really going to attack the player.
Well that’s it for now, thanks for reading, hope these insights into rule creation help other people out there. As always, feel free to leave comments and questions below!
G’Day there you.
So I think I’ve got a good list of rules for the Shaken, Not Stirred game. Here’s an example of the first few sections:
Shaken, Not Stirred
For 3-10 players. For games of 3-5 players, each player will be an organization. For games of 6-10 players, each player will be a character.
There will be 5 organizations, each organization will have a male spy and a female spy. This means 2 cards per organization. There will also be an attack/target card for each character and a ally/defend card for each character.
This means that there will be 30 cards, and a few cards to explain rules and such. I think that’s probably just about as much as anyone would want to cut and paste for a print and play game. Unfortunately that means that the drink rules might not make it into the final game. To keep the idea of drinks in the game, I’ll make all the attacks and defend cards drink related.
Rounds will start as follows:
I’m interested to see how the target and defend cards work out. Having the attack and defence cards be random each round could be interesting, since players will have to pretend they don’t want to protect someone to draw out an attack, and attackers will need to guess when they can attack their targets. I’ll have to figure out how many cards each player can pick up for attacks and defence, so that everyone gets a chance to attack and defend.
That’s enough for today I think. Hopefully this has got you excited to see more. Tomorrow there should be some more rules up, and soon there might be enough time to show a card design or two?
As always, I’d love to hear feedback. Is 30 cards too much for a print and play game, or is that enough?
G’day there you.
So, in the last post I wrote the initial design for Shaken, Not Poisoned, a I think the simplified version of the game is the way to go.
But, I need to have something about poisoned martinis in the game, otherwise calling it Shaken, Not Poisoned doesn’t make much sense.
So here’s the current idea for how cards could work in Shaken, Not Poisoned.
On the dance floor, there is also a bar, if a character is close enough to the bar, they can be moved to the bar to pick up a drink. Drinks have special powers, allowing you to move extra characters around the board, switch places with other characters, etc. Drinks can also be poisoned, which could knock your character out, or be assassinated.
The thing that I hope will make this interesting, is that the players will be the ones that will make the deck. Each round, players can pick up 4 cards from their deck, and get to choose 2 they will stock the bar with.
Players take turns to stock the bar with a card. Each card will have the players team name on the back, so players know who poisoned or helped out whom. Cards not used will be discarded. So this should give the player an meaningful choice: should they stock the bar with drinks that will help them, or poisoned drinks.
If you poison the person you are meant to protect, you lose all the points you have collected so far.
So I can see this being a little bit more complicated, but I think it could add a lot to the game. Players can move any character to the bar, so they can make their target drink poison, or they can protect their ally by drinking something that powers them up.
If a player knows their next card placed by another player is poison, and knows who that player’s ally they need to protect is, they can use that poison to remove all the points for the other player.
So I hope this adds another layer of bluffing and information hiding and gathering that people can do playing this game. I’m hoping to see some memorable bluffs and mistakes that come from this.
In terms of teaching this mechanic, it might be good to play a game with just the dance floor, then add the bar and the drinks in later play throughs.
So I’m interested in hearing your thoughts? Could this system be easily broken? Does this sound like fun, or something that is just too complicated? Any drink effects you’d like to see?
G’day there you.
So I think a good place to start is what the initial flash of inspiration that caused me to think of this as an idea.
Imagine you are a spy in a ballroom. You know that someone out there is going to be attacking you…
You keep your cool, dancing with your saucy dance partner, when suddenly, an evil agent comes out of the shadows and throws a knife at you!
You were dancing close enough to the buffet dinner to quickly grab a steel tray and block the knife from hitting you, grab it out and throw it right back, killing the agent in a wink of an eye, and nonchalantly resume your dancing.
How did that feel to read? These are the feelings that I’m trying to put into this game. In the game, the evil agents are the other players, all working towards the same goal. To be the last spy standing.
The main ideas I have here are:
– A circular board, made of several cards, such as a bar, a grand ballroom, a casino room, a server room, a research lab, a helipad, etc.
– Your spy is infiltrating a mega-corporation while it is celebrating it’s 50th year anniversary.
– Your goal is to make it into the server room in the center of the board, grab the data in there, and make it out with out the other spies killing you by laying traps or attacking you directly.
Even writing this out seems like it could be a very complicated game. A simpler version could just be within the ballroom, and the ballroom has a bar.
So each player has a male spy and a female spy, a target they are trying to take out, and two targets they are trying to protect.
If your target ends up being one of your own spies, you dont have to worry about being attacked that round.
All the spies are dancing in a circle.
Each turn, players can choose to move one of their spies clockwise or anti clockwise to switch dance parties.
After all players have had their turn, everyone can make their attempts to kill spies next to them.
If a spy is dancing with their protector, the protector will block the attack.
When an attack is made, the player that kills the spy gets a point. If the attack is blocked, the player that blocks the attack gets a point.
After an attack is made, players return their target cards to be shuffled and redistributed. The first person to 5 points wins.
I’m playing around with the idea of having spies go to a bar to pick up drinks as cards, and players can leave poisoned drinks in the card pile, but I don’t know how that would work so far. Maybe players have to pick up a drink when they go past the bar? Have a buffet dinner section that can block a certain number of attacks? Or does all this just detract from the game and make it more complicated?
Well, that’s all I have for now. Hope to hear your thoughts!