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Braggart

Reviewed by Andy Gordon 

Braggart; a game of heroes, lies and unfortunate fish is a laugh a
minute filler card game from first time designer Kyle Daniel, by I
think a first time publisher spiral galaxy games. Then at (I think it
was) their first ever UK Games Expo it won the best card game category
beating the card gaming might of AEG! That is a lot of firsts (I
think), hopefully that will start to show you how good I think the
game is.

Stuff and Things or Bits and Bobs

The game comes in box 20x96x122mm or in old money about 1x4x5 inches
in size, there is a lot of laughs packed into such a small box. Inside
the box are 6 player aid cards, a “My Round” card (so far nobody with
the My Round card has got a round in, cheapskates), 92 Boast cards (14
scenes, 32 deeds, 32 foes, and 14 results), 11 ploy cards and 10 liar
cards. The cards are full colour, a good thickness and fibre backed;
also they are white bordered so that nicks and scratches will not
show. I never have bothered to sleeve cards other than for CCG
completions and after 10+ games in 2 weeks they still look like new.
Things are looking good on the quality front.

Finally a mention must go to the artist Vicki Paull as the card art is
top notch, sets the tone of the game perfectly, it is funny, lots of
running jokes throughout the card set, I almost feel sorry for the
unfortunate fish who appears on a lot of cards.

“How do I win?” or playing the game

We are talking comedy and fun rather than depth and a maths exercise
here.

To win you have to when the game ends (no more cards in the draw pile)
you need the highest score. You get the highest score by playing the
best boasts, simple really.

So I do I get the highest score? Starting at the beginning, each
player (the games takes up to 6 but you can get away with 7 if you
don’t mind even more chaos and a slight unbalancing towards those at
the end of the round) receives 4 cards as their starting hand. Next at
the beginning of each round there is a card draft phase. From the draw
pile reveal cards equal to the number of players. Each player starting
with the owner of the “My Round” card selects one. Once everybody has
chosen the boasting can begin starting with the owner of the “My
Round” card.

To play a boast, first play any ploy cards in your hand, these allow
you to break the rules of going to the bar, steal/demand cards off
other players and so on. Then play a deed and a foe card, all boasts
must contain these 2 types of card. To make the boast bigger and
better scene and result cards can be added to the boast. Then read out
the boast in a suitably heroic voice, the score of the boast is the
total value of the cards played. Now the other players can swap cards
in the boast with the same type of card to make the boast worse/
funnier by using liar cards, once they have finished “correcting” it,
the boast is read out again (normally in a suitable less heroic
voice).

For example a boast could be:
Scene Card: While possessed by the spirit of a long dead warlord...
Deed Card: I was captured and left at the mercy of...
Foe Card: a fell knight of dark renown...
Result card: then I drank so much ale I was banned from 3 taverns.

This was read out in a deep heroic voice (think James Earl Jones),
scoring 19 points for the boast, then 2 liar cards were played and the
boast became:

Scene Card: In front of my friends and family...
Deed Card: I was captured and left at the mercy of...
Foe Card: the vicious village cat...
Result card: then I drank so much ale I was banned from 3 taverns.

Scoring 8 points for the boast reread in a weedy embarrassed voice.

Not having enough or the right cards for a boast can be solved by
going to the bar for some Dutch courage, drawing you 3 cards in the
process then your turn ends. Once every player has gone to the bar or
boasted the boast scores are compared, whoever has the highest keeps
all the cards in the boast for final scoring, the losers keep the
highest scoring card in their boast. Then a new round begins, with the
“My round” card going to the player who had the lowest scoring boast.

Is it any good?

Short answer: Yes, very, this is the best filler game I have played in
years possibly in my gaming life time. It is a game I will struggle to
do well in, because a comedy low scoring boast always feels the like
best play instead of a serious high scoring one, well that is my
excuse and I am sticking with it. Play it, you will like it.

Long answer: The best way to describe how great and fun this game is
this: I belong to 2 different gaming groups, one group is friends and
family and we try to get together once a month to get the toys out, 3
of the more hardened gamers in the group went to the UK Games Expo and
all 3 of us bought the game, then I introduced it to the guys at the
Oxford Gaming Club, we meet once a week and after 2 plays, 2 more
copies of the game were sold to hard core gamers so we now have 5
copies between 2 groups that is a good strike rate for any game. Even
my non-gaming work colleagues want to play it/own it, the corruption
of the innocents begins, now that would a high scoring boast.

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