Thursday, June 5, 2008

Wanna Play a Game?

I found a box labeled Barista on that stack of random board games Barnes & Noble's got piled up near the Starbucks. The tagline: "Brew the perfect cup!" and "The strategic game of fresh brewed fun!"

I was curious, so here's some more info from the back of the box:

Grande nonfat mocha with a single shot? Or tall soy cappuccino with a double-shot? Match the beverage shown on a roll of dice to make the perfect cup and win! But wait…other players can force you to spill your drink order, or they can change the drink order and mess up your hand! Or maybe a player is closer to finishing the drink order than you are and calls a Barista challenge. Barista is the best game of strategy and match-up fun you’ll ever play with an espresso cup.
Holy cow, that box is excited about coffee.

The Post-Intelligencer — Seattle, where else? — calls Barista "a latte fun," which makes me die a little inside. The spokeswoman for Barista's publisher, Discovery Bay Games, gave it a resounding endorsement, saying Barista "really is a pretty good game." The box is more enthusiastic. Spilling coffee! Changing drink orders! It's everything you love about your local coffeeshop, except the coffee. And in board form.

I do, however, want to know what this Barista Challenge thing is, and if they could maybe import it into Grounded.