MFG: Mayday Games
#of Players: 3 – 5
Age Range: 8+
Overall Construction: Walk the Plank is a modular boardgame. By that I mean, instead of having one solid board, there are several pieces that make up the board. The board pieces, a big Kracken token, and a Captain’s Favor token are all made of very sturdy pressed cardboard, that holds up rather well. There is a set of 3 pirate meeples for each player.
There are 5 sets of 10 cards, 1 set per player. They hold up well and would shuffle well if they were all 1 deck, but because each player only gets 10 cards, shuffling can be difficult.
The rulebook is a multi-page accordion style book that is easy to read with funny graphics and detailed card descriptions.
Gameplay: Gameplay is simple enough. Each player takes their meeples & cards. The main board is placed on the playing surface and both pieces of the plank are extended from it, leadinng to the Kracken. All of the participating meeples are placed on the deck. The Captain’s Favor token is given to the first player.
Once all of that set-up is complete each player will select 3 cards from their hand of cards, face down so that the top card is the first one that is played. In a way, you are programming your movements. When everyone has their cards on the table, the first player flips their first card and follows the action on the card. In some cases this may mean that nothing happens at all, but it’s fun just getting there. You will eventually play until only 2 players are left.
Yes/No Recommend: This can be a very fun game. After the playing we did in public, there are a few things that I would recommend. First, if you want a longer game & the feeling of last man standing, play until only one player is left. Also, we found that playing with people you know can be very challenging, because you have a good idea how they think and what they might try to do to you. If you are playing with random strangers, then you have the surprise of an unknown strategy.
I wouldn’t mind seeing an expansion pack with more planks & the option to push someone sideways off the plank.
Another idea is to get a copy of Get Bit and use the Pirates from it as replacements for the pirates in the game. Then play until there is only one person left.
This is definitely better than Get Bit which is basically the same game, but less fun.
Where To Get It: I received my copy from Mayday Games, but you can pick a copy of this at your local game/hobby shop. If they don’t have one I’m sure they can order it. It is not available in any of the Big Box Stores I go to. If you would like more information about this and other Mayday Games games please visit their website at https://maydaygames.com/card-games/walk-the-plank.html?limit=all