Bob Ross: Art of Chill Game
MFG: Big G Creative
#of Players: 2 – 4
Age Range: 12+
Sug. Retail: $ 24.99
Overall Construction: This game is beautiful from the construction of the box to the Bob Ross artworks which are the main component of the game. You have a little plastic easel, it has little dimples to hold the pictures in place. The pieces of artwork that you will be painting are modified works by Bob Ross. There is a cute and iconic Bob Ross bust made of wood that travels along the bottom of the paintings. You get a deck of nice glossy “art supply” cards that have a combination of paints and brushes, they shuffle well despite their smaller size. Each player will get a solid pressboard pallet, they are nice and solid. There are pressboard tokens for each player as well as wooden cubes in the 4 basic colors to represent each player. Finally, there is the Chill Meter game board which is a very colorful “euro” style scoring track with no folding necessary. There is a specialty die.
Gameplay: To start the game each player picks their pallet and receives 3 Art Supply cards. Shuffle the art supplies and the Chill cards. A picture is chosen, placed on the easel, and then Bob is placed in the first silhouette space on the artwork. Lay out 4 Art Supplies and 4 Technique Cards.
A person gets 3 actions after they roll the die. Depending on what is rolled will determine what happens next. On your roll, if you happen to get a pallet, add an art supply to the pallet. If you roll a “card +” you get to take an extra Art Supply card. If you get the hand you can take any action you want. If you roll “Bob”, flip a Chill card, follow the instructions, and take your actions.
Actions are: Draw an Art Supply, apply Paint to your Pallet, wash your pallet, sweep the art supplies, earn a Technique Card, or Paint a Feature. Details about how these actions are performed are in the rulebook.
The pallet is separated into 2 parts, A & B. Each part can hold up to 3 paints. Most of the features on the paintings require 3 paints and a brush (which can include the knife). There are some with 2 colors and some with 4. For features that need 2 and 3 paints, you can paint 2 features at once, but the feature requiring 4 paints will require you to use both sides of your pallet.
The object is to paint the features before everybody else, including Bob. There are bonuses for painting specific features. Each art supply used is worth a point and Techniques give bonuses if you create a feature using that technique. It only takes 49 points to become chill.
Yes/No Recommend: We had loads of fun with this game in whatever venue we played it in and it always drew everyone’s attention. We enjoyed reading the Bob Ross quotes on the chill cards. The art supplies are supplies commonly used by Bob, but we did encounter people who didn’t know that Phthalo blue was pronounced “they low”. It is always funny seeing that you get to try to paint “fluffy little clouds” or “happy little trees”. Everyone we played with and some of the people who saw us playing would like to retell stories of watching Bob paint or trying to paint along with Bob. If you want a game that will cause people to interact with crowd appeal, that is also a solid game, this is it.
While at Gencon on the first day, I almost went home, until I saw a guy dressed as Bob Ross with a flyer for this game. It quickly became the main highlight of the con for me. It was also the reason I stayed beyond the first day because I was determined to have this game. Since they were only selling 125 per day, timing was everything. I was not disappointed in staying to get it or for paying for this game.
Where To Get It: This is a Target Exclusive Game, but is currently only available as a pre-order. http://www.bobrossgame.com/