Board Game Mechanics: Forest Plum

Board Game Mechanics is a Shady Baron feature which looks at some of modern gaming’s greatest mechanics. These are the rules that, when you explain them to a group, cause a collective gasp or burst of laughter. They’re the rules and mechanics which we believe, here at Shady Baron, encapsulate everything that’s great about modern games. They’re the rules that hook new and non-gamers, that show non-gamers that board games don’t have to be stuffy or complex or boring. In short, they’re the rules that can tip somebody from being a non-gamer into a gamer.

Generally, to feature here, a mechanic must be simple, elegant and thematic. So no complicated dice rolls and modifiers, no correlating charts and poring over statistics. Here, we’re talking about rules you implement in seconds but which add a wonderful and unexpected dimension to board games. Often they’re very funny.

This week we’re talking about Forest Plum, Dead of Winter’s resident Mall Santa.Read More »