Food Fight: Session Impressions
In the Myriad Games Podcast on the card game Food Fight, the team is split. People had fun playing, but its clear that we were responding more to the crisp art and sizzlin’ punnery than we were to the game mechanics. I didn’t get much chance to play the game, watching a few rounds while working on learning another game and jumping in on a few rounds before we went to podcast. The few rounds I played confused me… not because the game was over complex, but because I kind of expected the game to do something else. It’s not a good sign when a guy who plays one or two new games per week is having trouble parsing your intent.
But, I didn’t play a full game, so you should take my opinion with a grain of salt. Dan, who spends a fair amount of time criticizing the game, evaluates games from the perspective of a salesman who wants to sell a clean message. Dan was at odds with the mechanics that encouraged you to spend a long time drafting, for too small a reward. Is this a child’s game? A game for teenagers? Hard-core gamers? If Dan can’t point a game at a particular play group, I don’t think he’s going to like it.
Brian, however, wasn’t as fried as we were, and while Sara seemed is sitting on the fence in this one, I think she may have accepted the game and how it worked if brought before a different play group. Maybe, in the end, this is one of those games that you’d have to play for yourself to figure out if you like it or not. Maybe. But my guess is that it wouldn’t hurt to listen in.