Disclaimer – The copy of Braggart played was supplied free of charge by Games Lore LTD for review purposes. At Drunken Goblin we will review products sent to us the same way as if it was purchased by ourselves.
The box compaired to the size of a mouse
Imagine a old fashion Inn, then add a few heroes regaling the clientele with fantastic story’s of fighting dragons and saving damsels in distress. Are they really telling the truth or are they just trying to tell the most fantastic boasts so they don’t look like a weakling? Well with Braggart your the one making the boasts and setting other story’s straight.
Braggart is a card game released by Spiral Galaxy Games and supplied by Games Lore Ltd.
It supports 2 to 6 players aged 10+ and has a playing time of 30 – 45 minutes.
When Braggart arrived I was genially surprised. Other card games, like Munchkin and Death Angel, usually have over sized boxes and can be a pain in the arse to carry around. Not so with Braggart, the box is skin tight with just enough room to hold all the cards. It fits nicely in the pocket or bag for easy transportation but if your going to take this game anywhere secure it with an elastic band as it has a tendency to open in transit.
Inside the box there is 120 cards split between:
6 X Summary Cards:
One for each player with a summary of how the rounds are played.
1 X My Round Card:
Designates who goes first in the round and changes from player to player according to how low their scored was in the last round.
92 X Boast Cards:
14 X Scene – Where the deed took place.
32 X Deed – What the player did.
32 X Foe – Who were you acting against.
14 X Result – What the outcome was from your deed.
11 X Ploy – How to screw the other players by stealing their cards or drawing more cards from the boast deck.
8 X Liar – Allows you to interrupt another players boast and swap out a boast card.
2 X Outrageous Liar – The same as the Liar card but allows you to swap out two cards
The rules are surprisingly simple and all fit on a single piece of paper. This made a nice change after trying to understand the Mansions of Madness rulebook. The rules are explained in an easy to follow format and was only made complicated when I tried to explain it to the rest of my family, I’m not very good at rule explanations as anyone in my game group will testify.
The cards are of a really nice quality and feel they would stand up to a good battering without purchasing card protectors. The artwork on the cards match the fun feeling of the game and were continually commented on during play.
A selection of cards from Braggart
So onto playing the game and it’s really simple:
Each player is dealt a starting hand of four cards from the boast deck. One of the players starts with a “My Round” card which designates which player goes first and changes throughout the game at the end of each round.
A number of cards matching the amount of players are drawn from the boast deck and turned face up in full view. Then, starting with the player holding the My Round card and going clockwise each player takes a card from this selection and adds it to their hand.
Then each player takes a turn. During their turn players have the opportunity to either:
Go to the bar:
- Draw the top three cards from the draw pile which ends their turn.
Make a boast:
- Play any number of ploy cards, following the instructions as written on the card.
- Play at least one Deed card and one Foe card.
- They also have the option of adding a Scene and Result card to add points to the boast.
- Other players can play Liar and Outrageous Liar cards:
Once everyone has had a turn the round ends and it proceeds to the scoring phase.
Scoring takes place by adding together all the coin numbers on top of the played boast cards. The player with the highest scoring boast places all their played cards into their scoring pile. The other players are allowed to add one card from their boasts to their own scoring pile.
End of Round
The player with the lowest boast score that round then takes the My Round card and the next round begins.
End of Game
Rounds continues until the boast draw pile is depleted. Then at the end of that round each player adds together their boast cards in their score pile and the winner is the player with the highest score…Easy!
Braggart Box Art
- Nice artwork
- Easily portable
- Easy to learn
- Can get quite tactical with the Liar Cards
- Can get into the role of being the boastful cad
- Luck of the draw with the cards
- After a couple of games the humour can get stale
I liked Braggart and I’m glad that I had the opportunity to try a game that usually wouldn’t peek my interest. The game was fun and the humour on the cards really adds to the game. It definitely fits into the “filler game” category as when we played the game a couple of times in a row the humor did start to fade and everyone began to lose interest.
I will be using this game in my Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay session as it fits in with the fantasy world. It will also raise their spirits before I crush them in the grim world of Warhammer. (Insert evil laughter)…