The primary 94 card Hex deck is made up of various types of cards. These are known as Basic Deflections, Enhanced Deflections, Counter Hexes, “Play Only When Hexed”, and Play When Dealt / Standing Effect. Each of them have different effects which allow for various types of attacks. The game begins with the player to the left of the dealer. This player casts the first Hex, NOT with a card, but by saying aloud, “HEX-HEX” (target player name). The named player is now the intended target. That player then takes the red Hex token in front of them and has to choose what card they will play to deflect or cast a different effect to warrant a surprise attack on the entire group. Play continues in rapid-fire succession as player after player deflects the Hex around the table. At some point, a player will be unable to pass the Hex, either because they hold no cards in their hand or the cards they are holding do not allow them to pass the Hex. When this occurs, that player is Hexed, and they lose one point of their voice on the voice card. Under normal circumstances, when a Hex occurs upon a player, the Hexed loses one point of Voice. If the Hexed would lose additional voice through the boost of a card, the player who targeted them still only gains one voice. The voice token is moved along the scoring track on the voice cards. If a card calls for you to discard a card from your hand, then you discard face down in front of you. If a card calls for you to discard at random, then another player choose the cards blindly for you.
This game is REALLY easy to learn and play so some people may like that, but the type of repetition in HEX HEX and overall weight of the game is not for us. The integration of some of the rules (rock, paper, scissors) is just strange. Why not have a real condition more pertinent to the game that allows a decision to be made? This doesn’t seem to be like Smirk & Dagger to make a game like this, but we still respect their other games. This one, while it does carry some good qualities, is just not one that will see our table very often, but it could work for someone else.
Overall Pumpkin Rating: 5.5/10
1) Hand Management
2) Take That
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