Thursday, 1 October 2015

Halfling Feast

Time to play: 20-30 minutes
Players: 2-4 Players
Suggested age: 10+
Price: £15 approx.

Mike: When David and I heard the pitch for Halfling Feast we both laughed out loud. It’s not often you get to play a game where the goal is to eat and fart your way to victory.

In Halfling Feast each player represents a champion Halfling eater. Your goal is to eat as many dishes as possible by the end of the feast. Each Dish has a points value which is not only important for the scoring points but it also tells you how much it fills your belly.

David: Every time you eat a dish your belly spaces (which starts at 0) raises by the number of points that card is worth. You cannot go above 10 (unless you have played an action card that increases your belly rating).

Mike: So how do you make space in your belly? Well this is where David and I really fell in love with this game. There are action cards like “Mighty Fart” and “Off to the outhouse” that help reduce your belly spaces by 8 or 10 points.
If you don’t have one of these cards to play you can release 2 belly spaces as one of the actions on your turn.

David: Yes some of the cards are very funny my favourite card is “little trump” the Halfling on the picture looks like he has a bad belly.

Mike: Ha yes that’s a good one.

David: There are a few options each turn. You can eat a dish or release belly spaces. You can also take an action card, play an action card or use your Halflings special skill.

Mike: These options make you think and for a small filler game it has a nice amount of depth to keep players engaged.

David: It’s such an easy game to play. Even though you have a few choices you never get stuck. Our games have been very close. I also prefer the plastic dials we got with the game as it makes it easier to track score.

Mike: Yes those were special belly space trackers we picked up at Dragondaze. I don’t think they will be with the final game.

One thing we noticed and have slightly changed to keep it interesting. Play continues in the game till all of the dishes are eaten. The sum of the dishes cards are 108. So if David scores 55 I know my score is 53. So when we play we know first past 54 points wins the game and this can dull the climax of the game a little.

To combat this a small house rule we have added was to randomly take 2 cards out and not reveal their points value. This just helped add a bit more tension when scoring at the end.

In summary we have had great fun with this game it’s nice and light. The recommended age is 10+ and this is due to the cards having a bit of text that would make it a bit difficult for younger players. With a bit of help though there is no reason this could be a great game for ages 7+.

We really enjoyed Triple Ace Games other game Leagues of Adventure Rocket Race. So we were excited to see Halfling Feast at Dragondaze. It hasn’t disappointed and gets a thumbs up from us.

You can back it now on kickstarter.

Check it out here.

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