We have a new game!
Yup, last weekend at CT FIG at Connecticon we debuted a brand new party game called Master of Pieces!
So what is it?
Master of Pieces is a mid-weight party game about painting, but the best part is there are no actual art skills required! Like Cheer Up!, it’s easy to learn and play and it’s REALLY funny. Unlike Cheer Up!, it requires a little more creativity from the players and rewards you even more for being clever.
How do you play?
Each round, one player plays as the curator of a museum soliciting artworks from the other players, who are shady artists with lift-screen canvases. In this world, all of the famous artwork has been stolen and cut to shreds, and the artists are trying to pass off knock off paintings as their own!
Curators choose an exhibit card and reveal the awards that artists are eligible to win for that round. Curators also pass around one secret award to each artist that only they can see (they bribed the museum guard, of course!)
Each round has a different theme, which are all vague words like “Healing” or “Conflict.” In addition, artists will try to tailor their paintings to win more specific awards, like “Best use of red” or “Best use of the human form.”
Artists will have 90 seconds to…ahem “paint” a work that conforms to the exhibit theme. To paint, artists choose a background and put it behind the canvas lift screen. Then they can grab any of the pieces from the middle of the table and place them in their canvas. There are tons of pieces to choose from, from things you might recognize, to funny faces, to interesting people, animals, and props.
Once everyone is done, the pitching process begins! In this phase the curator will do a little role play as they ask each artist to show off their paintings. The artists must reveal their works one at a time and explain why they should be the one that is chosen for the museum. This results in a fun back and forth mini-improv game where the other players get to watch the two people talk about their ridiculous painting.
The Awards Ceremony
Once the pitches are all complete (and a little round of applause is given), the curator collects all the round’s awards and shuffles them up. Then one at a time, they reveal the awards and give them out to the winners according to their subjective eye, which are worth between one and three points.
Finally, it’s the moment of truth, and the curator picks one painting to buy for their museum. The winner gets the exhibit card and five points!
Players reset by putting all the backgrounds into a pile and the pieces back in the middle of the table, and the curator role passes to the next player! First to 21 points after going around at least once is the Master of Pieces!
Want even more detail? Read our full set of Prototype Rules here!
How did the playtest go?
Great! We played with about 100 people over the course of the weekend, and the initial debut was excellent! We were really impressed with how creative people got with the paintings, coming up with titles we would never have thought of! While there are still some kinks, we got a ton of suggestions and we are very excited about the potential of this game! It was VERY funny.
When will this be out?
We still are planning on re-doing the Kickstarter campaign for The Big D Pack in a few months, which will probably be our top priority. In the meantime, we will be breaking this out in certain cons and events and continue to gather feedback. It will probably be a while before it is released, but we have some awesome plans and can’t wait to get it out there! Don’t worry - we’ll keep you in the loop on social media or via our newsletter!
Thanks for playing and thanks for painting!