Run for Your Life, Candyman!
Run, run, as fast as you can...
Yours is an enchanted land made entirely of candy and confections, but underneath that sugar-frosted veneer lies the disturbing truth. The king has betrayed you all. The sweet, candy citizens throughout the land are being packaged and shipped from the castle to voracious children all over the world. But not you. You're not going out like that. Time to get your candy buttons out of Dodge!
So, it's every gingerbread man for himself in a mad dash for the border. And if you have to snap a few ginger limbs to save yourself, well...that's the way the cookie crumbles.
Okay, that's what it says on the box... what's it really like?
Brutal and chaotic. Mean-spirited and a whole lot of fun. In an effort to escape the land, things get ugly. Knowing full well that only ONE of you will ever get by The Twins who guard the border, you will do anything to make sure that cookie is you. And so, this is a no-holds-barred gingerbread smackdown.
As you pass other players along the board, you get to take a shot at them. This gets assessed as damage on a gingerbread status sheet. Fill up all 6 damage boxes on a limb - and rip it off. It's gone. Keep it as a trophy. But not to worry...this is an enchanted land. You can be just a ginger foot hopping across the finish line and still win.
To help you along the way, you will be earning 'Special Treat' cards, special attacks and defenses like, "Candy Caning" (two shots to each leg), "Ginger Snap" (tear off a damaged arm and smack 'em with it) or equiping yourself with a ranged weapon like "Licorice Whip".
And just when you think you've won, you may be called back into a 'Candy Cage Match' space by another player. There you will exchange blow after blow, taking hit after hit and dishing out the same until one of you is able to escape the match with a final parting shot.
And then there's The Twins. The final deadly gauntlet to run before you escape the land. Pass by them with at least one gingerbread piece left - and you win the game.
Okay, so Settlers of Catan, it ain't. But if you want a hysterical, laugh-filled 30 minutes of pure unadulterated beat down, getting up in someone's face with cookie themed trash talking, screaming, "Oh, no! Not my candy buttons! Here... Take Two to the Gumdrops!", well... this might be your kind of game.
Run For Your Life, Candyman
Game Design & Illustrations: Curt Covert
Ages: 12 and Up
Playing Time: 30 Min.
25 Gingerbread Status Sheets
6 Gingerbread Tokens
68 Dash N Bash cards & 30 Special Treat cards
read the rules (pdf)