June 27th, 2016
It’s through the looking glass one more time with a wild race through Wonderland. Play Me. The instructions couldn’t be more clear, but in Wonderland you always have to proceed with a little bit of caution.
In Play Me, players are late for a very important date, and it’s a race to see who can complete their tasks first.All players take their turns at the same time by rolling their dice as quickly as possible and setting aside one die at a time. They’re trying to collect a straight from one to six, in order! No need to wait for anyone else. It is, after all, a race. As play progresses, players must announce the action they’re taking as they do it. The first person to complete their straight will win the round. If you’re able to finish first in two rounds, you win the game!
Of course, it’s not that simple . . . in Wonderland it never is! If one player is running away with the game, their opponents may block them with their own dice to slow them down. Players will have to work twice as hard and be twice as lucky to advance. To remove a block, players must roll a matching number. They can then return the blocking die to their opponent and get back to the race.
Each player will take on the role of one of the characters in Wonderland. The character cards start face up on the colorful Wonder side. When their Wonder side is showing, the players will be helped along with a special ability that aids them in their goals, like the Cheshire Cat, who can’t be blocked by other players or The Walrus, who can force another player to take back their last played die. Once a player has won a round, their character card gets flipped over to the Madness side. Now the ability is negative and will slow down your progress.
Players will have to overcome the odds if they want to win.The Jabberwocky will make an appearance if all the players have succumbed to madness. The rules of the game are completely flipped on their head, and it becomes an everybody against one game. Will the team be able to defeat the Jabberwocky or will one of them betray the rest and go for a solo victory? People do funny things when they go mad.
There are a number of different challenges and optional rules to the game. The roll of the dice is never predictable and that will keep players on their toes every time they decide to Play Me!