Game Buzz: The Kringle Caper

There are two types of people in this world. Those who, on November 1, crank up the Christmas tunes, hang the lights, bust out the Christmas decorations, and just generally become super cheerful about everything. Then, there’s the rest of us:

Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas. But I love it after Thanksgiving. I’m setting that aside, however, to do a quick overview of

image by BGG user kamus73

The Kringle Caper is a new 18-card game from designer Jonathan Chaffer, published by Grand Gamers Guild. It’s a 1+ player escape room style game where you’re trying to solve a mystery.

The 18 cards, which are all numbered on the back, are kept face down. An app at the Grand Gamers Guild website runs the game for you. You’ll draw card #1, start the timer on the app, then start solving the puzzles on each card. Enter your answers into the app, which will tell you if you’re right or wrong and guide you through the cards. Once you solve all the puzzles, you’ll see how you did.

And that’s it. This is a very different game than anything GGG has put out before, and it’s definitely designed as a Christmas gift. It’s an interesting concept, and though it’s really only a one-time play, I don’t think you’re damaging any of the components in any way, so you can save it from year to year to try it out with other crowds. Plus, it’s so small, you can easily use it as a stocking stuffer.

So, if you’re so inclined, check it out. Preorders are being taken until November 10. And in the interest of full self-disclosure, GGG’s Guildmaster Marc Specter did ask me to talk about the game a little bit here. Which I’m happy to do – GGG puts out some great stuff.

That’s it for today. Back to Thanksgiving celebrations. Stay safe out there, and thanks for reading!

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