Based in the city of Ankh Morpork, the game of the same name offers a fun and interesting experience. Fans of Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, will know that it has provided the setting for several other games such as Guards Guards and Thud. I may review these at a later date but for now we’ll concentrate on this gem of a game.
Ankh Morpork, by Tree Frog Games, is a fast-paced game in which players go head to head to achieve their own personal objective. At the beginning of the game each player takes a role card that tells them what their own personal goal is. There are three roles that require you to take control of a set number of areas within the city. Then there’s a role which has you earn fifty dollars, one that needs there to be eight trouble markers on the board, one that needs you to have at least one person in a certain number of districts, and the final role wins if the last card is taken from the draw deck.
If you’re a fan of the Discworld novels then you’ll appreciate the characters and humour spread throughout this game. However, if CMOT Dibbler means absolutely nothing to you, don’t worry! I’ve played this game with several people who have rarely picked up a book, let alone heard of the Discworld. Every single one of them grasped the game quickly, found the characters and art work to be great, and thoroughly enjoyed their visit to the magical city of Ankh Morpork.
As you play this game you’ll discover just how important it is to keep your suspicious eye trained on your fellow gamers! Did they just add that extra trouble marker because it’ll get them one step closer to their goal? Did they build in that area to make more money from the special power or to claim their third control area? Sooner or later you’ll find yourself pointing out whose closer to any of the possible goals, making wild accusations, and casting aspersions on your fellow gamers. You can trust no-one, must watch everyone, and always do what’s best for you! It’s what I would call a fun, fast “leave your friendships at the door” kind of game. If you haven’t already tried this game, then for the surprisingly low price, you should really give it a go. It’s not heavy, it’s not all that time consuming, but it is a lot of fun.