Scott’s Toy Box: Table for 2 to 5 Players
I currently don’t have a dining room set. In my search for a table, I’ve found some nice gaming tables that come with a cover to convert them into dining room tables. Unfortunately, those tables cost a pretty penny, so for now I have a makeshift table of two different tables put next to one another. I bring this up because this month I’ve found some games that are food themed, merging games and dining in the same way I want in a table.
First we have the game Just Desserts. In Just Desserts you battle against your opponents for customers. You start out with three desserts in your hand with three guests in the middle of the table and two decks (desserts & guests) off to the side. At the beginning of your turn you draw a dessert to add to your hand and then add a guest to the group in the middle of the table. Then you can do one of three things: satisfy up to two guests, go back to the kitchen, or dump your tray. When you satisfy a customer you give them enough desserts with things that they like without giving them anything they don’t. For instance if a guest likes chocolate and pies but hates nuts, you can give them a chocolate cake (which has the chocolate and cake icons) and an apple pie (which has the pie and fruit icons) to satisfy them because neither of the desserts have the nuts icon. Guests also have a favorite dessert, which is noted on their card. If you give a guest their favorite dessert, you also get to draw another dessert card for a tip. If you choose to go back to the kitchen, you get to draw one more dessert card. If you choose to dump your tray, you can discard as many of the dessert cards as you would like and draw the number of desserts that you discarded. After performing one of the three actions, your turn is over. Eachguest has one of six suits and at the end of each turn there can be only one guest in the middle of the table for each suit. So if there are any suits that have more than one guest in the middle of the table then the player whose turn is ending gets to decide which guests to discard. The game ends when someone has either 3 guests of the same suit or a guest from 5 different suits. The game costs about $14 on Amazon.
Next is Sushi Go! At the beginning of the game, you deal out a number of cards depending on how many people are playing. Each turn in the game you will pick one card out of your hand to lay down in front of you to keep for the round, to which all players reveal their card at the same time, then you pass the cards in your hand to the next player. You continue in this way until everyone is left with one card in their hand, which they have to lay down with the rest of their cards. As soon as all the cards have been played, the cards are scored according to the value on them. Each card type has its own rules for scoring that are explained in the game’s booklet. The only cards that aren’t scored at the end of the round are the pudding cards. The game is played for three rounds and then the scores are added together along with the pudding cards and the person with the highest score wins. The game costs about $11 on Amazon.
M. Scott Anderson was born in Hattiesburg and lives in Jackson and hopes to get a table in time for Thanksgiving.