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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