Boardgamesnobs (USA) Apr 2018
Playing #savvy #cardgame by Stephen Betts at www.savvy-games.co.uk. The box does not impress. But looks are deceiving. This game is great fun!!! Played three player. It’s #bingo mixed with #nothanks but BETTER than both. Totally unexpected delight! #bidding #pushyourluck. Will discuss in our next podcast. Pick it up!!
Boardgamesnobs (USA) May 2018
I looked at it...I laughed at it...We were wrong...I really enjoyed it...We were like cheering, clapping, laughing, hollering, hooting...It's stupid fun...It was fun to watch someone fail miserably...It was also fun when somebody else got on a roll and won it.
Podcast - 19 to 24 minutes in.
Late To The Table... (USA) Mar 2018
Designer – Stephen Betts
Publisher – (self-published)
New to me
First play – 2/12/18
Total plays in February 2018 – 2
The designer got ahold of me and asked if I wanted a review copy of this game and I told him I’d be happy to check it out. We got it this past month and proceeded to pull it out and play. This is a light, quick, easy-to-teach card game that can be picked up and play in minutes. I haven’t been able to play it at enough player counts yet to do a full review but the game is pretty decent. There isn’t anything stellar here but it is a fun game in a small package. Possibly more to come later!
'To Win Just Once' (UK) Issue 182 Mar 2018 www.pevans.co.uk
Arriving at Olympia, I made my way to the Greenhouse area. This is an area of small stands intended to provide an economical way for small firms to present themselves. Thus it's often been where I've found games 'inventors' showing off their pride and joy. At first glance this year it seemed to be mainly companies that provide services to the toy industry - manufacturing, safety testing and so on. However a closer look found plenty of others in amongst them.
One games designer I did find was Stephen Betts of Savvy Games (www.savvygames.co.uk) showing off his game, Savvy (it seems I missed it at the UK Games Expo last year). This is a simple push-your-luck-game. Players are guessing whether the next card turned over will be higher or lower than the previous one (the deck is 36 numbered cards). Call it correctly and they take a chip. Get it wrong and they lose all the chips they've taken so far in their turn. At any point players can stop and bank the chips they've earned. First to fifteen wins.
There's one wrinkle: when it's your turn, you can wimp out (ahem!) and pass the turn to the next player. However this costs you a chip, so you don't do it for ever. It's a neat little game, that makes a decent filler (no doubt prompting lots of banter between players) and will work well in a family setting. Production is fairly basic - it's essentially a deck of cards, a number chart and some plastic chips - but it's not expensive, either. It's available online, including at the publisher's website.