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Who's Bluffing? Review


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Who’s Bluffing? (European Cities and Towns edition)
Designer: Not Listed
Publisher: Sté Tumba Capital
Year Published: 2019
No. of Players: 2–5
Ages: 9+

Playing Time: 10 minutes

Review
Who’s Bluffing? (European Cities and Towns edition) is an easy-to-learn card game the entire family can play. Because of the bluffing component, players need to be able to read and understand, or at least recognize, the location on the card they are choosing to play.

Those who played Who’s Bluffing? with me enjoyed the game. It was pointed out that even older players didn’t know all the locations used in the game. This led to conversation about the places and even one person later looking up information about some of them.


Who’s Bluffing? is the size of a single deck of standard playing cards in a slightly wider box. This makes Who’s Bluffing? a great cabin game. It's also easy to pack away for a trip and bring out during those times the family is stuck in the room, camper, or cabin and are looking for something to play.


The time required for playing Who’s Bluffing? also makes it a good filler game. When you are waiting for players to arrive or between other events, the easy setup and cleanup along with the speed of play makes it nice for filling the gap.
Play continues until one person is able to discard all of their hand.
Setup
Who’s Bluffing? consists of 5 Ruler Cards and a deck of 50 locations, 10 for each country identified on the Ruler Cards.


The Ruler Cards are separate. One is randomly chosen to determine the country to start the game and is turned up. The rest are left face down.


Each player is dealt 5 cards from the main deck. The remaining cards are left as a Draw Pile.
Leave enough room to create a Discard Pile, and the first player is ready to go.
Gameplay
The Ruler Card lets everyone know which of the 5 countries they are matching locations to. A player has a few options on their turn.
They can play a card that is one of the locations in the country onto the Discard Pile—face down—stating the location name on the card as they play it.
If they don’t have a card for that country, they have two options. The first is they can pick a card from the Draw Pile. If the card matches the country they can immediately play it to the Discard Pile and state the name of the location. If it doesn’t match, they add it to their hand.
Or, they can play another card and state the name of one of the locations within the country of the Ruler Card, attempting to bluff. They can also bluff a card they just picked from the Draw Pile.
If another player thinks the player laying a card on the Discard Pile is bluffing, they can call “Bluffer.”

If the player is bluffing, they gather the Discard Pile into their hand. If they weren’t bluffing, the player that called “bluffer" picks up the Discard Pile.

After the cards are picked up, the Ruling Card in play is returned to the 5 card deck, shuffled, and another Ruling Card is put into play. It can be the same card.

The person who picked up the Discard Pile starts the next round.
Keep going until someone is out of cards.
Theme and Mechanics
Who’s Bluffing? is a straight-up bluffing game. You want to convince everyone else playing that you’re telling the truth as you play a card.
Artwork and Components
The cards have pictures of the places identified on the card. Everything pictures is associated with the specific location. Most are landmarks and some are identified on the card.
The Good
  • Easy to learn
  • Conversation starter about the locations listed


Final Thoughts
We played the European Cities and Town edition. There is another one of English Cities and Towns along with plans for additional locations and topics.
Players Who Like
  • Family games
  • Educational games
  • Bluffing games

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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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Who's Bluffing? Review Who's Bluffing? Review Reviewed by Guild Master Gaming on August 07, 2019 Rating: 5

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