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Quick Look: Sheeple

Designer: Aaron Smith
Artist: N/A
Publisher: A Smith Games
Year Published: 2018
No. of Players: 4-10
Ages: 8+
Playing Time: 30-45 min.

From the publisher:

A hilarious party game where you start as a sheep, and are trying to evolve into sheep-person.

Pick a category
Frantically Brainstorm for one minute.
Compare Answers – Items only score points if other players also put them down.
So to win, you must THINK LIKE A SHEEPLE!

Find more info on BoardGameGeek.com

WARNING: This is a preview of Sheeple. All components and rules are prototype and subject to change.  Sheeple is scheduled to hit Kickstarter on October 23, 2018.

Review: Sheeple

Overview and Theme:
Are you ready for the puns?

Really ready?

Sheeple: The Best Game in the Ewe-niverse is full of side-splitting laughter and full-on groans as you dive into the world of a party game brimming with corny sheep puns, as you work your way from E-lamb-entary School up through the Ewe-niversity...be ready for chuckles and eye-rolls with this game, packed wall-to-wall with cartoony sheep goodness.

Sheeple is a word-listing party game with a twist--instead of unique answers, you're trying to come up with answers that the other players will also jot down. Score points for your answers and move along a board with plenty of chances to move forwards or backwards at the whims of the board or the Pun Cards. The first player to reach the Ewe-niversity will win!

Components and Setup:
My copy of Sheeple is a prototype, so I can't comment on final component quality, and my pictures will reflect that!  The one thing that all our players did notice was the thick, durable material used for the sheep standees--I'm not sure if it was all plastic or some type of coated cardboard, but it is rugged and very nice quality. If the same material will be used in the final copy, you won't be disappointed.

Sheeple consists of two decks of cards--108 Category Cards and 42 Pun Cards--as well as the 10 Sheeple movers, a 60-second timer, the game board, and the instruction sheet. Besides these items, you'll need to supply paper and pencil for each player.

Game Play and Mechanics:
Sheeple is a party-style word game. Each round, one person will be the Shepherd who draws a Category Card and chooses one of the three categories listed there, from Drinks or Beverages, to Superheroes & Supervillians, Things in This Room, or Places to Go on Vacation. The top two categories on each card are a little easier, and the bottom category is always something a little trickier, great to use if you're playing with all adults.

Once the Shepherd announces the category, she flips over the timer and everyone has 60 seconds to scribble down as many items as they can think of for the category. You don't need to be super literal--you can include phrases, ideas, adjectives, etc. The rules also include suggestions to abbreviate for speed and also to use parenthesis to include several items on the list, writing "chocolate (cake)" to include both "chocolate" and "chocolate cake" on your list. These ideas were great, and we're already planning to incorporate them as house rules in other word games!

For holidays, you might write down Halloween, New Year's, and Fourth of July, but you might also jot down family, food, parties, and presents. You could add happy, busy, and patriotic, too.

After the timer ends, each player reads through her list of answers, crossing off any that no one else had written down. Every answer that at least two other people wrote down earns each of those players 1 point, and every answer that only one other person wrote down gives 2 points to those two players.

Tally your scores and, starting with the Shepherd, move your Sheeple mover along the game path.  You'll land on several "move forward" or "move back" spaces and you will also often land on blue Pun Card spaces--draw a Pun Card like, "Explore the Lamb-azon, Forward 4" and follow its instructions. If a Pun Card lands you on another Pun Card space, keep drawing!

Some turns will turn wildly chaotic, with Sheeple moving back and forth all over the board. Once all the moving has been completed, if no Sheeple have made it to Ewe-niversity, the game continues with a new Shepherd for the next round.

The game ends when one or more players reach Ewe-niversity, and there's even a little track extension so you can see who made it the farthest beyond Ewe-niversity to be the ultimate winner.  Did anyone manage to Discover the Origins of the Ewe-niverse?

Sheeple is very family-friendly--it includes suggestions for altering game play a little to include younger players (cap the number of answers each player can list, allow younger players to draw instead of write, and/or team younger players with adults) and the random movement added by board spaces and Pun Cards keeps games from becoming a blowout in favor of the adults. One good run of Pun Cards can catapult a younger Sheeple to the front of the pack.

The Good:
My family loves party-style word games, so we really enjoyed laughing together over a game of Sheeple. The art is bright and bold and the puns are truly plentiful. We really appreciated the variety of modifications that the designer included to make the game work for a range of ages.

Sheeple has a different take on the standard list-your-answers word party game, and it leads you to think of things in a different way as you are deliberately trying to match the answers of others instead of heading out on your own unique trail.

The Bad:
The puns did get old after a few plays for some of our players...this is a game that is most fun the first time or two you play it, and then benefits from sitting on the shelf for a few weeks before you take it down again, so the puns are a little fresher. Ewe know what I mean!

I'm curious about the decision not to include pencils and pads of paper in the box--it probably would increase shipping costs due to a heavier box, but it can be a little frustrating to have to scrounge up your own paper and pencils, especially if you brought the game to a party but the host didn't have paper readily available. Having paper and pencils in the box would make it a more complete experience.

Players Who Like:
Players who like party word games like Scattergories, Boggle, and Scrutineyes will enjoy the light-hearted fun of Sheeple.

Final Thoughts:
Sheeple immerses you in the land of corny sheep-puns, but beneath that layer of eye-rolling humor is a strong and enjoyable word game that is suitable for groups of many ages. There's plenty of thought in making Sheeple accessible and engaging. You may tire of the sheep puns after a bit, but for a game that is pulled out occasionally for parties or family gatherings, it's a keeper.

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Coming to KICKSTARTER October 23, 2018.

About the Author:

My name is Alexa: I'm a life-long game player and homeschooling mom to two awesome kids. I've loved board games since my early days playing Scrabble and Gin Rummy with my grandmother, and life only got more interesting when I married a Battletech enthusiast and fellow game lover. We've played games with our kids since they were small, and I helped start a thriving homeschool co-op where we have weekly sessions of board games with kids.  In a family with kids raised on Catan and Pandemic, life is sure to be fun! You may run into me on Twitter, BoardGameGeek, and other social media as MamaGames. Be sure to say hi!
Sheeple Kickstarter Preview Sheeple Kickstarter Preview Reviewed by MamaGames - Alexa C. on October 17, 2018 Rating: 5

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