How to Throw Down at the Xmas Party
It’s that time of the year again. You know. That time when the days are joyous and the nights doth sparkle. When holiday cheer is spread like a fine margarine across your life toast. It builds and builds and builds until finally…splat! Your toast gets dropped holiday cheer side down. Another Xmas party at grandmas?!
Between the distinct lack of booze and hearing about grandpappy’s colostomy bag for the 100th time there’s nothing worse than being forced to attend a dull Xmas party. Now they’re not all that bad and hey, sometimes it’s cool to see Uncle Bob. But if you’re looking to take charge this year and decide enough is enough, then you should bring the party to the party and pick your toast up off the ground.
Nothing gets the party pepped up better than games designed to do just that. It used to be that you were forced to choose between games like Trivial Pursuit, Charades, Pictionary, and Monopoly (if you wanted to hate each other by the end of the night). But now there’s a wide world of party games out there that are guaranteed to have everyone laughing and enjoying themselves.
This game is great to play wherever you are. It’s safe to play with the whole family from little Timmy to Great Grandpa Abraham. The concept of the game is ultimately to win, but more importantly not to lose. The loser of the game has to do whatever is decided before the game begins. Whether it’s doing the dishes, running around in the snow in your underwear, performing a bank heist…etc. Each player takes turns performing 1v1 & 2v2 challenges. The challenges range from simple coin games to elaborate acting challenges. Players that aren’t actively competing in a challenge can bet on certain contests of skills for a chance to raise themselves higher in the rankings. What’s really unique about this game is that not everyone has to stay around the game the entire time it is being played. The game was designed so that people could come and go as they please without interrupting the flow of the game. There’s a caveat to that though. Spend too much time away from the table and you might end up being the loser. In which case, I hope you enjoy running around in your underwear while robbing a bank. Don’t do that, please.
It’s impossible to mention Don’t Be A Loser without mentioning the expansion pack for the game. In the Shenanigans Expansion Pack you gain access to a whole slew of new challenges that are designed with the adult player in mind. That’s right, this expansion pack is definitely not for kids, in fact it is recommended for ages 21 and up. There’s some naughty challenges in here followed by hilariously dirty challenges followed by all kinds of madness. This is the game you want to play if you’re looking to get to know Janet from accounting a little bet better at the company holiday party. Though, you better make sure everyone is cool, especially Margaret in HR before busting this game out. Everything remains true from the first game as far as rules are concerned, but the new challenges bring a whole new life to this game.
This is one of the hottest selling games of the year. It’s one of those games where at first glance you’re like, “huh?” Then once you actually get into it you realize that this is one of the greatest games to play in a social setting. Players take turns placing a plastic mouth piece in their mouth (where else would it go? Don’t answer that) and trying to say common words. The result is a fairly hilarious butchery of the English language, especially if booze are involved. The game comes with four plastic mouth pieces so be sure to have some disinfectant around if you plan on playing this more than once or with more than four players. Unless you’re down with that sort of thing. We don’t judge here at BoardGames.com.
I love this game. I love the concept. I love the game play. I love everything about it. I grew up (not sure I’m actually grown up yet) a major fantasy nerd and one thing that is common through all high fantasy games and stories is that they all focus on the journey, not the days off. This game turns that concept on its head and focuses on the adventurers chillaxing at the tavern after a hard days adventuring. Players take turns playing cards, making boasts, and engaging in tomfoolery of all kinds. Booze are drank and money is spent. The last conscience adventurer after all the drinking wins. Drinking in real life during the game is optional. We at Boardgames.com can’t specifically recommend you to drink along with the player characters due to legal reasons, but if you’re an adult over the age of 21 then you can do whatever you please.
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