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I got the pleasure of sitting down with a few of my friends, Ally and Justin for our video series we like to call Books & Brews & Blogs & Board Games. Basically, we play board games, drink beer at a Books & Brews location and nerd out. Not a bad gig, if I do say so myself.
Out of my little board game haul, I brought along this cute little game called Dinosaur Tea Party. I’d never even opened it. Every year (for the past 5 years), I have been lucky enough to be on the Event Team Staff with the largest tabletop convention in the Midwest, Gen Con. One of the perks is that I get cool games for working and this was among the games in last year’s haul. This game certainly did not disappoint. I’m probably going to put it into my rotation of games that I bother everyone in my inner circle about. Everyone has to play it. Everyone. I have spoken.
Anyway, let’s get to the analysis:
Unboxing The Game
I absolutely adore the art (which I’ll get to in a later section), but the box is very simple. There aren’t any dividers for each of the pieces that you get, which I think would make the layout a little bit easier to navigate. Just throwing pieces into a box is Hell for an OCD person like myself. I think the best part is that they give you little bags for the smaller pieces, so that at least helps a bit with organization.
The objective of the game is to guess which dinosaur everyone is by asking them if they have specific traits. (You get a board with all of the traits outlined so you don’t have to remember what all of the icons mean, don’t worry!)
“Say, Mr. Salvador Kensington The Third, do you happen to be drinking a spot o’ tea?”
“Oh it is so good to see you, Miss Allison! Is that a beautifully brimmed hat you are wearing there?”
You get the point.
However, at the beginning of the game, 3 dinosaurs randomly have a quirk, so pay attention to how people are answering. Looks can be deceiving! Anyway, as people ask you questions, you either set the trait piece on the side with the X or the side that has no X, indicating you have that trait. Everyone can see what traits you have / don’t have.
You guess 3 people’s dinosaurs correctly and you win bragging rights and 3 sugar cubes! Wooohoo go you!
Components of the Game
The game comes with various pieces to make the game flow better.
Top picture: your personal game board of traits.
Bottom picture: Quirks!
Middle: Your bag of traits.
Right: Sugar cubes. Because… sugar cubes.
Meet The Dinosaurs
The dinosaurs are cute and each of them have various traits, as you can see displayed on each of the dinosaurs cards above. I love the uniqueness of each dinosaur and how well the art style drives home the beauty of each one. I think that is what makes this game truly special. The colors on the dinosaur cards really make it pop unlike most other games I play / have reviewed in the past.
Overall, I absolutely adore this game. If you ever want to test this game out, don’t hesitate to reach out to me! I can break it out during one of our Table Top Game Nights at Zionsville Books & Brews!