Last year, game designer Shanna Germain and Monte Cook Games introduced the world to a revolution in role playing game that would allow the entire family to join in the fun, with No Thank You, Evil! It was a fun way to introduce kids as young as five to the concepts of role playing games without the complex rules that would so often discourage younger people from playing. Plus, it was also a great way to introduce grown-ups to RPGing as well! No Thank You, Evil! is now available on Amazon and other game retailers. It's fun, and can be as simple or involved as players want to make it. And it has awesome artwork.
Now, there is a Kickstarter for even MORE adventures with No Thank You, Evil!, with two new expansion sets! Uh-Oh, Monsters! is an adventure pack that has everything players need to play new adventures with the original game, including a creature book, a deck with 30 new creature cards that match the style of the original game, three new adventures, and some creature stand-ups.
Story, Please! is an adventure building deck, and I received a prototype from Monte Cook Games to preview. This is what has me REALLY excited about this Kickstarter. Story, Please! is a deck of one hundred cards designed so that you can build your own story for your role playing adventure. There are so many possibilities that players could get YEARS of enjoyment from this.
The game play is really simple and straight-forward, which leaves players free to enjoy their game instead of constantly having to check the rules, which can be really frustrating for kids (and for adult newbies!). The idea is to simply draw a story card with some places and people cards to outline the quest for gamers. Then you can draw a twist card to throw a wrench into questers' plans, and then some awesome "stuff" to keep things interesting.
Parents who have never played an RPG will have no problem learning how to play and teaching their kids. I know that a lot of adults feel discouraged when they want to try playing Dungeons and Dragons or Pathfinder because it seems like there is so much to learn and they can feel nervous about joining a gaming group completely green. No Thank You, Evil! is a great way adults new to role playing games can wet their feet and get used to the game dynamics.
The artwork of the NTYE series is very appealing. It's cute and colorful, and would appeal to both boys AND girls. The design of the cards is perfect for use with kids and beginners. The text is very clear and concise. The cards don't look cluttered at all.
Over all, these expansions are definitely worth backing the Kickstarter for. There is a backer level available for people new to No Thank You, Evil! as well.
I can't recommend this game enough, really. Families will find hours upon hours of entertainment in this game, and even adults will find it to be fun for game night. It's truly a game for all ages. The Kickstarter only has a few days left though, so hurry up and back it! I promise you won't be sorry. Monte Cook Games has an excellent track record for delivering their games in a timely manner, and the quality of the materials is second to none. This game will help your kids gain confidence with gaming and will get their creative juices flowing. So don't wait!
Melanie R. Meadors is an author and editor of science fiction and fantasy, blogger at The Once and Future Podcast, and a professional author publicist. She studied physics and astronomy at Northern Arizona University, where no day was complete without a heated debate over relativity versus quantum mechanics. You can find her at her website, melaniermeadors.com, on Facebook, and Twitter, @melaniermeadors.