Neophobia - /ˌniːəʊˈfəʊbɪə/ ~ noun
1. a fear of anything new
We haven't forgotten about the tabletop at Nomad Gamer, but we like to keep things bite-sized and portable and the perfect intersection of these two ideals doesn't come along as often as we would like. Today I have a real treat to share - a preview of a game that meets all our requirements....
Phobophobia is a party game for 2 to 6 players where players strive to remain anxiety-free while triggering overwhelming fear in their opponents. Games are fast paced, clocking in at around 15 - 30 minutes. On your turn you play phobia cards on your opponents. Unless they are prevented with treatment cards the phobia is "acquired" and is entered into their "chart" (it's all very clinical, of course). You then have the opportunity to use trigger cards to activate their phobias and generate fear points. If a phobia is played on you may treat it or prevent it to remove it from your chart. The player with the fewest fear points at the end of the game wins.
The main mechanic in Phobophobia is matching phobia keys on the cards in play. The keys are represented by icons that have been hand illustrated - they look spectacular and are easy to grok from across the table. This is what gives the game its fast pace and "gotcha" feel while still keeping a streak of humor at the table.
This is going to be a great addition to the on-the-go gaming arsenal - the footprint is small and with the fast game time it's easy to break out while waiting in line at a con or over a lunch break with friends.
So where can I get this awesome game? Well Phobophobia will be available on Kickstarter very soon, and I'll be sure to let you know when it goes live with a short update article that will include images of the game components. I know the guys that have designed the game - they are great folks and watching the game develop has been amazing!
You can play Phobophobia this weekend and be part of its playtesting if you are in the Portland area - Jump Point will be at Westercon running demos and showing off artwork at their table. Make sure to drop buy and throw some fear points on your friends! If you can't make it to the con, be sure to like their Facebook page or bookmark their site so you get updates on the upcoming Kickstarter!
Nomad Gamer was not paid to endorse Phobophobia and is not employed in any way by Jump Point Games. We just really like the game.