fully funded in February. While they didn’t win the competition, they did just recently get the game picked up by Gamewright for Summer 2018 release. Trash Pandas is a push your luck game for the whole family where everyone is trying to rummage through trash for yummy goodies.
Setup for Trash Pandas is simple and quick. Shuffle the deck, give each player 3 cards, set the tokens in the center of the table, and give the first player the die.
The goal of Trash Pandas is to Stash the most goodies of each type to earn points. This is done by rolling the die and taking the corresponding token that matches the roll. The roller player can then choose to push their luck and roll again to take more tokens. If a die face that’s already come up has been rolled again, the player busts and loses all the tokens they’ve collected. The player draws a card and passes the turn unless they have a card that lets them reroll or ignore the last roll. If the player chooses to stop rolling they take the actions they’ve collected. The following actions are available in the game:
- Trashcan/Tree – Draw one or Stash a card from your hand, face down.
- Two Trashcans – Draw 2 cards.
- Paw – Steal one card at random from another player. Can be blocked with a Doggo or Kitteh card.
- Mask – Reveal a card from the top of the deck, then add it to your hand. Every other player may Stash that type of card, face up. The current player then draws cards equal to the number Stashed.
- Two Trees – Stash 2 cards, face down.
- Recycle – Exchange the token for one that wasn’t taken this round.
Players may also play cards to the discard pile to play their actions.
Play continues until all the cards are drawn from the deck. Players then reveal their Stashed cards. Some cards are worth a flat amount of points. Others require a player to have a majority of that card to earn its points. Other cards will even provide a few points for the 2nd and 3rd players in line for the majority. Cards like Doggo and Kitteh aren’t worth any points if stashed.
The full rules of Trash Pandas can be found here.
The artwork in Trash Pandas is one part cute, one part a bit gross. I mean, we are talking about trash here. Nothing disturbing, mind you. This is a family game after all.
The wooden tokens are a nice touch but need to be stickered before your first play. It’s not ideal, but at least there’s only 6 to do. The die, on the other hand, comes pre-stickered which is a life saver. There’s nothing I hate more than having to put stickers on dice!
MMM…pie. There’s nothing like the smell of moldy old pizza in the dead of the night. Trash Pandas lets you live out your disgusting pizza eating fantasies in the comfort and safety of your own home. It also won’t get you awkward stares and calls from the police like raiding your neighbors’ trash cans will. Not that I would know from experience or anything. I like my pizza perfectly hot and fresh.
What were we talking about?
Trash Pandas! Yes.
As a push your luck game, Trash Pandas is very simple, making it a great intro to those style games. Roll one die then keep the token or push your luck for more. Even if you bust, you still get a card in your hand so it’s not a complete loss. The ability to save yourself from a bust by playing certain cards is also a nice touch. Then it comes down to the choice of do you use a card to possibly further yourself more or accept the bust to keep cards in your hand so they can eventually be stashed.
Trash Pandas has a lot going for it. P) You’re playing as a raccoon. I) You’re digging through gross trash. Z) The rules take 2 minutes to learn. Z) It’s super family-friendly. A) Did I just spell “pizza?”
Trash Pandas is currently available from Red Rook Games for $12, and come Summertime you’ll be able to grab the 2nd edition from Gamewright for the same price.
A copy of the 1st edition of Trash Pandas was provided free by Red Rook Games.
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