Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Review Who Would Win

Published: 2009
Publisher: Gamewright
Rules Complexity: Easy
Players: 3+ Age 12 and Up
Type: Competitive

Artwork: N/A
Bits: B

Gameplay: C
Playing Time: 20-30 minutes

Overall: B-
Gamewright provided the copy of this game for review.

Who would win takes the random argument you have with your buddy in a bar to a new level.  In this game your pitting two well know people in a contest and it is your job to argue who would win that contest.

The game comes with 100 character cards, 100 event cards and a 20 second sand timer.  You need at least 3 people to play this game but it is best enjoyed with at least 5 or 6 while having cocktails. First you assign someone to be the time keeper, that person still gets to play the game but acts as the focal point for who is debating who and also is the arbiter on all disputes.  In other words pick wisely and stay away from anyone involved with the NFL for this role.

In the first round each player will square off against the player to their left, in the second round against two players to their left and so on. The goal of the game is collect 5 event cards or depending upon your play group avoid fisticuffs. 

The current player will draw a character card, his opponent will do the same. Then and event card is drawn.  The other players not participating will act as the judges for the debate that is about to happen.  As an example you might draw Bill Gates and your opponent Muhammad Ali and then the event card pillow fight.

The current player then has 20 seconds to make an argument on why Bill Gates would win a pillow fight. Then the opponent has 20 seconds to plead his case. Finally the original player has 5 seconds (or so) to give a rebuttal. 

After this is done the other player point to the person who gave the best argument, not necessarily which character would win the contest.  The winning player gets the event card.

As a concept Who Would Win is great, with the right group of people and in the right setting it can be fun. However as a game there is just too much left open for interpretation.  Players sometimes vote for who they think would win the contest, players vote for their spouse etc. Perhaps that's examining a game whose intent is a quick pick up and play title a little to closely.


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