Born to Serve Preview

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BTS NEW 3d BoxDesigners: Nick Sauer, Diane Sauer
Publisher: Shoot Again Games
Year: 2019
Minimum Pledge: N/A
Players: 2-6
Play Time: 60 min
Ages: 12+
Rules Available Online: Yes
BGG: Born to Serve

It’s tough being a superhero when the government revokes your supergroup’s funding. What’s a hero to do? GET A REAL JOB, YA BUM! Unfortunately, there’s only one job left in town, and that’s as a waiter at the local diner. Unfortunately for you, your other heroic buddies are also vying for the job. So here’s the deal: You all get a shot at the job by doing the job. The super with the most tips at the end of the day gets it. The others? Sorry. Back to your Fortress of Loneliness.Heroes Final

Born to Serve is a worker-placement game of sorts, with each player using Service Tokens to wait table, get help from the restaurant’s staff, and take breaks. Tables will score when filled with Service Tokens, while tables left empty at the end of the round will lose their current tip cards as their patrons leave in a huff for not being helped in a timely manner. It’s a delicate balancing act of making sure you’re on the winning end of a tip, getting some extra help, using your superpowers, and sometimes letting customers leave the joint. The player who earns the most money at the end of the game wins!

At first, it seems like there’s a lot going on in Born to Serve, but after a round or two play becomes second nature and players can really start digging in and employing their strategies. Tough choices, combined with beautiful Silver-Age Comic style art makes Born to Serve an interesting game that the entire family can enjoy. In fact, the game was recently nominated for Best Family Game at the Boston Festival of Indie games, and with good reason. Each of the game’s heroes is hilarious with their nominally powerful superpowers and the character diversity is refreshing and most welcome. The game also comes with a comic page that explains the character’s backstory. After getting to know each of the characters through play, I can’t wait to read more about them and the ridiculous predicament they’ve been placed in.

Born to Serve hits Kickstarter soon. I’ll be sure to update this preview with the price and KS link as soon as it goes.

A prototype of Born to Serve was provided free for this preview and returned to Shoot Again Games.

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