On Episode 95 of Building the Game: A Documentary Podcast I pitched a game I’m calling “Epic Kaiju Tea Party.” In this 2 to 4 player game the players are giant Kaiju monsters who’ve just finished a long hard day of smashing the city. Now they’re sitting down to relax with a nice cup of tea. But of course, Kaiju don’t drink regular tea. They drink tea made from all the people they’ve collected while on their rampage through the city.
- 42 Meeples (or colored cubes) of various colors in the following quantities: Blue – 15 / Red – 9 / Yellow – 7 / Brown – 5 / Green – 4 / Pink – 2
- 1 fabric bag big enough to hold all of the meeples and other components. To be used for drawing meeples.
- 4 smaller fabric bags in 4 different colors, one for each player.
- 4 small teacups.
- Also recommended: 4 cards that show the quantity and power of each color meeple.
How to Play:
Each player takes one of the teacups and a small fabric bag. This bag is their “stomach.” All of the meeples should be placed into the large fabric draw bag. Choose a player to go first. Players take turns drawing a single meeple from the draw bag. They then must choose whether to place the meeple into their teacup, or immediately use the meeple’s special power. If the meeple’s power is used, that meeple is killed and put back into the game box. It cannot re-enter the game.
Meeple Points & Powers:
- Blue: 1 point / “Drink” – Use this power to “drink” the tea in your teacup. That means you will dump all of the meeples in your teacup into your “stomach” bag. Only meeples in your stomach bag at the end of the game will earn the player points.
- Red: 2 points / “Draw” – Use this power to immediately draw a second meeple from the bag.
- Yellow: 3 points / “Steal” – Use this power to steal one meeple from another player’s teacup. You now get to choose again whether to use the stolen meeple’s power, or to put it into your teacup.
- Brown: 4 points / “Dump” – Use this power to force one player (can be yourself) to dump the contents of their teacup back into the draw bag.
- Green: 5 points / “Plague” – This meeple must be immediately placed into your teacup. After the player drinks this meeple, they must randomly draw 2 meeples out of their “stomach” bag and throw them back into the game box, as if they had vomited from consuming this plague-infested meeple. If your teacup contains 2 or more Plague meeples, only vomit 2.
- Pink: 6 points / “Swap” – Use this power to trade your teacup with another player’s teacup.
The game ends when the draw bag is empty. Players do not score any meeples still in their teacup that have not been consumed. Count the total score from all meeples in their “stomach” bag. The player with the highest score wins.
I really like this game and it’s simplicity. The design is pretty much done. But I’m concerned that its interest might be too narrow. And the component cost could be too high, considering the simplicity of the game. It could be made less expensive with cardboard tokens, of course. But the act of drawing meeples is much more satisfying. And actually having plastic teacups included with the game could be particularly difficult to achieve on a small scale.
But there you go! Epic Kaiju Tea Party.