Recently I was given the opportunity to preview an upcoming new game that is currently available to back on Kickstarter. I received a preview copy of the game and rules. These are my thoughts and opinions on the presented materials. Enjoy!
Partee Cards is a game by the design team at Blue Sky Labs. It is for 2-6 players. In this game, players will be trying to throw the ultimate party. Of course their opponents will try to sabotage them while throwing their own parties. In the end the first player to get their party started right will be declared the winner.
To begin, the 3 immediate play cards are removed from the deck. The cards are shuffled together and each player is dealt 5 cards. The immediate play cards are shuffled back into the the deck randomly and the deck is placed face down in the middle of the play area. Play now begins.
On a player’s turn, if they have an empty partee, they can place up to 2 partee cards to begin their partee. If they already have a partee started, they can play up to 2 cards, however only 1 of these cards can be a partee card. Partees can only contain 1 of each partee card type, not including wild partee cards. These cards can be duplicated. If a player doesn’t wish to play any cards, they are allowed to discard up to 2 cards. The player then finishes their turn by drawing new cards from the deck until they have a hand of 5 cards again. Play then passes to the next player.
There are several different types of cards; partee cards, vip partee cards, sabotage cards, quick play, skip cards, immediate play and special cards. Of course partee cards are what you need to win the game. VIP partee cards keep your partee from being sabotaged by another player for a turn. Sabotage cards are used to ruin another player’s partee. Some cards steal cards from an opponent’s party while others are placed in their party to keep them from winning. Quick play cards can be used to stop a sabotage or to remove unwanted guest from your partee. Skip cards simply skip an opponent’s turn. Immediate play cards are special cards that do different things, from causing players to swap their hands to discarding all the cards in the player’s partee. Special cards cause an opponent to discard their entire partee and skip their next turn.
The game continues with players playing cards and adding to their partee until 1 player has 5 partee cards. The player that does this first is the winner.
This game consists of a simple deck of cards packed inside a tuck box. The cards are good quality and seem to hold up to shuffling pretty well. The artwork is alright. It kind of reminds me of those old clip art discs that you could get for your computer to make greeting cards with. Nothing spectacular but yet, not bad. I will say that this game is not intended for kids. There is some very offensive and vulgar language on many of the cards. Several of the cards are thematically inappropriate for children, including drugs, alcohol and sexuality. As such, I’m very disappointed with the cards. What could have been easily omitted to make for a fun game about throwing a party, has been reduced to a very obscene looking card game. The cards make me think of the card game Cards against Humanity. If you’re ok with that, then this won’t bother you either. For me however, I’m not a fan.
2 out of 10
The rulebook for this game consists of a single double sided card included in the tuck box. The card contains only text with the short and simple rules on one side and an overview of the different card types on the other side. While the game is quite simple, it would have been nice to have had a rule book more like those found in games like Deadfall or Pairs from Cheapass games. Some examples of gameplay and some pictures would have been much appreciated, yet there’s no room for that on a single card. For me, another disappointing part of this game.
4 out of 10
With all the negatives listed in the previous sections, I can say that the gameplay is at least decent. It’s a very simple game to play. In many ways the game reminds me of Fluxx. It has simple mechanics and simple goals to winning. Get 5 partee cards of a different type out first and you win. The take that aspect of the game isn’t all that bad although it does have some affect on the game. Much like Fluxx, it’s a bit chaotic and luck driven. You never know what cards you’re going to draw so getting the right selection to complete your party first or to sabotage your opponents from completing their partee is a big toss up. If the game wasn’t so thematically unappealing and vulgar, I’d be a bit more forgiving since the gameplay isn’t that bad. However, I just can not recommend this game for the previously mentioned elements of the game. If you like Fluxx and are ok with the theme and language, you might like this one. As for me, it’s a major pass.
5 out of 10
Partee Cards is a simple card game of set collection with some take that elements included. The game isn’t that long to play. Most game sessions last around 15-20 minutes. The artwork is kind of boring in a clip art kind of way. The theme is offensive and crass full of vulgar language, alcohol, drugs and sexuality. The rulebook is equally dull and boring as it is merely a double sided card of nothingness. I’m highly disappointed in this game. There’s a lot that could have been done to make this fun and entertaining without the offensiveness that is a part of it. The game plays a lot like Fluxx but is NOT recommended for families, children or pretty much anyone that is offended by the themeatic elements of the game. I can not recommend this game at all. It’s not for me, my family or my friends. There are much better games that play a lot like this one, just without the rudeness. I will say though, if you like games like Cards against Humanity, then you just might like this one as well. In my opinion, it’s one of the worst games that I’ve ever played. It’s a HUGE pass for me.
3 out of 10
For more information about this game, you can check out the game’s site.
You can also back it on Kickstarter now by following the link below to the campaign page.