Machine of Death – First Play Review


Machine of Death is a quick storytelling game based on a collection of short stories with the same name. Players work together to develop a story following prompts given through cards and a MadLibs style set of characteristics of your potential victim. I’ve played a few storytelling games in the past and could never get that in to them. I never really realized what was lacking in the game, but after sitting down with some friends and a copy of Merchant of Death: A Game of Creative Assassination it clicked. There was never any sense of urgency to the storytelling, a problem solved by a simple 90 second sand timer and dice that makes the creative assassinations very difficult to pull off.

The basic gameplay of MoD is very simple. A card is drawn showing the cause of death, cards we were dealt were “Spring Break” and “Revolving Door,” and…

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About Jack

BRIEF BIO: Jack Gunter is a writer of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and songs. He is the co-owner of Open Door Communications, a copywriter, an inventor, and a former broker and private investigator. He is a naturalist and an amateur scientist and cryptologist. He likes to compose music and to design and play games and puzzles of all types. He homeschooled his children. He lives in the Upstate of South Carolina with his beautiful wife, talented two daughters, his old friend and Great Dane Sam, and his three Viking Cats.

Posted on September 17, 2015, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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