The Ted Lasso Party Game is meant for 2-6 players and is played cooperatively. You play as Coach Lasso and Coach Beard as you try to ease the troubles of your comrades and football players, and thus, boost morale. When you set up the game, you'll have 5 location mats with a character card and miscellaneous trouble cards on each. Using your pool of Believe cards, match the colors to the trouble card symbols on each character to remove their troubles and earn morale. You can also discard with "Self Care" and remove a trouble card that way too. Look out for Biscuit Cards, they're wild! To move Coach Lasso or Beard, you'll have to sacrifice a card. All this must be done within a 2 minute timer! Players take turns starting with the dealer. After 2 minutes, tally up your morale points earned. Earn 45 morale points after 4 rounds to win! The instructions can seem complicated at first, but there is a helpful video QR code which has helpful visual aids. Mechanically, it's a game of color matching and resource management under a time limit. If you enjoy organization and planning games, definitely try this one out!
Now we have Parks & Recreation! This game captures the duplicitous camaraderie of the show in a hilarious way. This game is mainly competitive, but with some pseudo cooperative twists. You'll start with Pawnee Projects that need to be completed. Using To-Do card symbols, try to complete a project by matching the number of symbols with the project's needed amount. If you can't complete a project, you can "volun-tell" someone to help you, thus adding their total to yours! Match or exceed the symbol number, and you complete that leg of the project and can seat yourself at the bench to take credit. Seat your helper in the seat next to you. Each player goes in order from lowest number to highest number on their To-Do card. You select your To-Do card at the top of the round, so strategize accordingly! If you see a likely opportunity, it may be good to play a card with a low number so you can go first. Jerry Gingrich can help you in a pinch if you can't complete a project even with help. After the round is over, tally points based on the symbols on the bench and earn your waffle rewards. The game can end by running out of plain waffles, or by Li'l Sebastian eating his way through his supply. The player with the most waffle points by the end wins! Visitor cards can complicate your task in an unknown way, keeping players on their toes. This game is fairly complex, but after a few rounds of projects, you'll get the hang of it! There are even more small rules and conditions we don't go over here, so make sure you know every quirk and advantage to take the most credit and win the game!
Both games are a lot of fun for game night. Fans of the show will get the most out of these games, but even non-watchers will enjoy these well-designed games.
The Ted Lasso and Parks and Recreation Party Games from Funko are recommended for players age 14 and up.
- Both games have quite a few little rules to keep track of, so if you're having trouble grasping the rules right out of the box, watch the helpful videos which explain the games in-character! Scan the QR code inside the instructions to go straight to the video.
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