One of the great benefits of hosting our weekly game nights is that they have given us a chance to get to know a number of local Chicago game designers and publishers. One of which is Ben w/ Argyle Games who recently successfully Kickstarted Foodtown Throwdown, a set collection card game lightly themed around starting your own foodtruck empire.
Foodtown is what I would consider a micro-game, it is quick to play, quick to learn and comes in a relatively small box. One of the first things you’ll notice about the game is that it has a really great sense of humor and throughout gameplay this humor continues to develop even further. Each player works to complete recipes by assembling the various ingredients in the form of cards. For example, the Hamburger recipe requires that you have 3 specific types of ingredients: meat, bread, and a vegetable. You don’t have to walk far to find a place that serves hamburgers, but have you ever had a burger made up of Grass-Fed Steak (meat), A Bag of Croutons (bread) and topped off with Colossal Mushrooms (veggie)? Along with territory and publicity cards, these recipes are worth points which everyone at the table is racing to acquire. Finally, each player also receives action cards which allow them to get what they need at just the right time or completely screw over one of the other foodtrucks by sabotaging one of their recipes!
Humor and gameplay combine really well, allowing Foodtown to occupy a great space for folks that are looking for something to start the night off with or play in between other larger games. Its mechanics make it very approachable and easy to grasp, I expect it to continue being a Bonus Round staple to get people started as they walk in the door. For those of you that might have Kickstarted the game, it will be getting shipped out within the next week or so. However, if you’re in the Chicago area you can come join us and Argyle Games this Friday (11/13) at Beermiscous to pick up your copy at our game night!
Not in the Chicago area? Foodtown is getting shipped soon, and is available for pre-order, support indie games!