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BarPig and After Hours (Expansion) Review


Quick Look: BARPIG, and BARPIG: After Hours (expansion)

Designer: Johnathan Franklin and Phillip Melcher
Artwork: Frederick van de Bunt
Publisher: Self-Published
Year Published: 2017, 2019
No. of Players: 3–7
Ages: 13+
Playing Time: 30–45 minutes

Find more info on BoardGameGeek.com

Review
BARPIG and BARPIG: After Hours are both about having fun doing odd things and making others do them, too. This is not a game of heavy strategy. This is for playing with friends when you all want to get wacky and laugh.

Some won't want younger players in a game about drinking. However, BARPIG is not a hard game to learn and could easily be learned by players below the age range.

If you are looking for a game for an older crowd, yeah, BARPIG is right there with the theme, art, and language.


We had four players for our test game. We were laughing and having fun. I know we will be playing BARPIG again if for no other reason than I have people already telling me they want to play it based on seeing the name, box, and some of the cards. The four of us who played also agreed we wanted to play again with more people. BARPIG presents itself for a group of 6–7 players for maximum enjoyment.

Setup
Each player has a character to start with (though I doubt you'll finish with the same one) and two cards for tracking your progress. These are designed to sit on top of each other in front of you. Along with those you start with, you get an item card. The extra character cards are set aside so they are available and the rest of the item cards are shuffled and placed in a pile on the table.

Gameplay
Each round starts with everyone rolling a d6. High roll wins. That person gains a level and they read off their character’s power. Then some havoc starts. The power is engaged and cards can be played to alter what's happening.

The powers range from memory and dexterity challenges and other oddities usually associated with drinking games. Some of these are racing to a declared object in the room, hand slapping, staring, and giving compliments.

For example: From BARPIG, Pourceror has “Hex of animality—Choose an animal which all other players must imitate,” and from After Hours, Bockaneer has “Mercenary Code—Secretly choose an object you can see. Describe the object one word at a time, while all other players point to what they think is your chosen object.”

Players then adjust their scoring as needed and move on to the next round. This time the player who won the last roll off doesn't get to participate. But once you've sat out one roll get your six-sided die ready.

The first player to make it to level five wins.


Theme and Mechanics
The title gives away pretty much everything about the theme for BARPIG. The porcine theme is carried through with the art and the names of the characters. Everything appears to be a mashup between pork and liquor.

There is the rolling the die for high number, deciding when to collect a card, and deciding when to play one. But, the real mechanic of BARPIG is the ability to respond to the powers on the character cards.

Artwork and Components
The artwork is good and is designed to be fun. There is a mature nature to many of the components.


The Good
  • Easy to learn
  • Plays up to 7
  • Fast paced and wacky activities

The Bad
  • The adult level of humor will turn some away
Final Thoughts
BARPIG and After Hours is a good cabin game (easy to pack and don't need a lot of space) for older players. With the right group, there will be laughter and shenanigans.

Players Who Like
  • Watching their friends do strange things
  • Lighthearted games with minor strategy

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Daniel Yocom - Reviewer

Daniel Yocom does geeky things by night because his day job won’t let him. This dates back to the 1960s through games, books, movies, and stranger things better shared in small groups. He’s written hundreds of articles about these topics for his own blog, other websites, and magazines along with stories, after extensive research. His research includes attending conventions, sharing on panels and presentations, and road-tripping with his wife. Join in the geeky fun at guildmastergaming@blogspot.com.

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BarPig and After Hours (Expansion) Review BarPig and After Hours (Expansion) Review Reviewed by Guild Master Gaming on May 31, 2019 Rating: 5

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