Trapped in the Closet: The Man Cave


UPDATE (4/3/11): Looks like Kobolds Ate My Baby! won the vote, so I’ll be playing this next. I”ll share the experience in a future post — hopefully not too far into the future.


Behold my game closet (well, two sides of it). Some call it my man cave, but half the stuff in the closet is my wife’s so it isn’t much of a Fortress of Solitude. It’s packed full of games though, way more than I’ve ever actually played.

I really want to make an effort to play most of what’s in here, but I thought of a fun way to do so. I’m always a fan of audience participation, so I ask you, our faithful readers, what game should I put on the table next. I’ve selected three games, all very different from one another, and I’ll put them up to a poll. Let’s meet our contestants.

Kobolds Ate My Baby!

Kobolds Ate My Baby! is a silly RPG where the players take the role of every DM’s favorite cannon fodder. It has great features like the Kobold Horrible Death Chart and art by John Kovalic. I  made one attempt to play KAMB!, but it was a failure. I was still pretty new to RPGs, so its “simple” dice mechanic, the BEER system, went a little over my head. But I reread the rules the other night, and I think I finally get it. I’ll also have a decent group to play it with, and not one sole Kobold as in my last attempt.

Also pictured: Doctor Who – Adventures In Time and Space. This will probably find its way into a future installment of Trapped in the Closet.

Scotland Yard

I hear this game is a classic, and I found it at the Salvation Army for $3. I opened it once to make sure it had all of its pieces, and then I opened it again to boil those pieces. If that sounds weird to you, I did it because the player pawns are working whistles. A very cute idea for a game where you play as London cops, but it’s also ultra gross. Still, it looks like a fun detective games, and I know I’ll use my whistle when I catch the fugitive Mister X.

Also pictured: Samurai Swords. It’s a great looking Risk-like game, but I’ve always been too intimidated to play it. There is a lot going on in feudal Japan.

Primordial Soup

This game belongs to my evolution loving, DNA sequencing, mad scientist of a wife. She bought this game when we first started getting into board games, but she never found anyone who would be interested enough to try it. I would play it with her, but Primordial Soup is one of those annoying games that requires at least three players. I don’t really know much more than that, however. I never really looked too closely at it, but I think Primordial Soup is a game I’ll need to open eventually.

Also pictured: The Primordial Soup expansion. As if we’ll ever play the base game first.

3 Responses to “Trapped in the Closet: The Man Cave”
  1. Jonathan says:

    My real vote is for Samurai Swords

  2. David says:

    I’m sure it is! It was almost up for a vote, but I wanted to keep it to three. It can be a choice next time. Or we can just play it soon if you really wanted to.

  3. Christopher says:

    Ahhh Primordial Soup is my favourite game at the moment! Feels a bit like the first section from that computer game “Spore” out a few years ago. I’m sure your wife will love it – as your family of little creatures develop (purchase) different genes/abilities, the combination of those abilities effectively places them into different ecological niches.

    Luckily I never have any problem getting 4 players (the “as designed” number for the game) but unfortunately the game takes us 3-4 hours to play, so that limits its appearance. There’s a buggy computer version around with AI opponents having fast turns – that reduces the time to half an hour!

    I gather the expansion isn’t so popular.

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