Unpub Preview: Bigfoot vs. Yeti

Unpub Previews allow designers the opportunity to talk more in depth about the development of their games in the Unpub Network.

Bigfoot vs. Yeti is a rummy style game with lots of twists and turns.

In Bigfoot vs. Yeti you are an up and coming cryptozoologist mounting expeditions in the hopes of proving the existence of unknown creatures such as Bigfoot, Yeti, The Loch Ness Monster, the Jersey Devil or Extraterrestrials. Your ultimate goal is to gain fame and fortune by being the first cryptozoologist credited with the actual discovery of a new species, making you world famous. As a cryptozoologist you of course have an opinion on who the king of the cryptids is. Some of you say it’s Bigfoot and others of you claim it’s the Yeti. Choose your side as it will help shape the fate of your research and ultimately your success!

Let’s hear what Diane has to say about Bigfoot vs. Yeti, which will be showing up on tables soon…

What was your inspiration for the game?
The inspiration was the old TV shows In Search of… and Arthur C. Clarke Mysterious World and the old tabloid newspapers like the Weekly World News.

What is your favorite part of the game?
The discrediting mechanism I came up with and have also used in Conspiracy! where at the end of round cards in the discard pile (called the Tabloids) that match creatures that are trying to be proven discredit them and cause them to lose a card.

To your knowledge, What do other people find most interesting about the game?
I think the theme and the combinations that you can do if you plan correctly for them

What has been the most challenging part of designing the game?
Finding the right way to handle the Bigfoot vs. Yeti back and forth I wanted in the game. Also, and this still is not settled is the name. The central theme is Bigfoot vs. Yeti, but it has many other cryptids too like the Loch Ness Monster, the Jersey Devil, Mothman, etc.. The title needs something more to express that I feel.

What advice would you give to players attempting the game for the first time?
Play test, play test, play test and then play test some more. Also, get people you don’t know to play test (UnPub is a great place to do this).

What has surprised you most in play-tests of the game?
People sometimes are so sure they know what strategy will be most effective and are then surprised when others are able to counter it.

People who like_____will like this game. Why?
Set collection and rummy style games because Bigfoot vs. Yeti integrates the theme extremely well and is simply to learn, but has many levels of strategy that take time to understand.

Tell us anything else you want to say about your game that I haven’t asked or you haven’t said already.
This is the second game in what I’m calling the Conspiracy! family of games that will use the base engine of Conspiracy!, but with additional new mechanics and twists. I envision more such games down the line, but do not know what they may be as of yet. So if people have some hot ideas, I am open to them.

For more information, photos and to find out where you can try Bigfoot vs. Yeti, please visit the game’s Unpub.net Page!

Author: Brad Smoley

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