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Pigeonpocalypse: Taking Back the Park One Visitor at A Time!

Pigeonpocalypse is a self-published game by Marek Mata!

The sun rises yet again in the park in the bustling city. This time, however, the park inhabitants have had enough of the day to day invasion of their home. Banding together, they go to war against the invading grandmas, lovers, lawyers, and even pets! Will these invaders go quietly after a few skirmishes with the furry and feathered fighters or will it lead to a full-on apocalypse – in this case, a Pigeonpocalypse – where no one survives?!

I love the art style of this game!

Pigeonpocalypse is a brand new game from new designer Marek Mata and is currently live on Kickstarter as of the release of this review. The 2-6 player card game features artwork from both Lenka Feifrlikova and Iveta Dolezalova. The style of artwork surprisingly reminds me of something I would find in one of my old fairy tale storybooks from when I was a child: colorful, hand drawn, appealing to both young and adult audiences and not at all the Disney version. However, Pigeonpocalypse is by no means a fairy tale! Instead, it is a quick, competitive game all about war. This particular war is being fought by the mice gangs, rabbit scouts, squirrel warriors, and, of course, pigeons as they defend their precious green space against the constant human intrusion from the surrounding city.

Pigeonpocalypse Set Up

An example 4-player set up.
(All photos were taken and edited by KristaG for this review, as always please feel free to click and enlarge them for easier viewing)

The game is made up of 2 separate decks: The City cards and The Park cards. As one would suspect, The City cards consist mainly of city residents (a.k.a. The Enemy) and The Park cards consist mostly of park residents. However, also included in The Park cards are a few special cards such as Nuclear Boosts and Garbage Can Fortresses among other things. When setting up a game, these 2 decks need to be separated and respectively shuffled into their own draw decks. From the City cards, a number of these cards are dealt face up to the middle of the table to showcase who is visiting the park during the round. The number of cards dealt is equal to the number of players in the game (i.e. 3 players = 3 cards, 5 players = 5 cards, etc.). These cards should be visible to all players. Once this is done, each player is dealt 4 cards for their opening hand and the game is ready to be played.

Pigeonpocalypse Scoring

An example of scoring a card: The player who played 6 points beats out the player that played 5 points and scores Grandma Ruth for themselves at a whopping 5 points!

Pigeonpocalypse is played over several rounds comprised of individual turns until a player reaches 15 points. These points are earned by defeating park visitors. The randomly chosen starting player begins by placing one of their Park cards face down next to a City card to indicate that it is their intended target. With play moving clockwise, each of the following players also choose which visitor they wish to attack and places a card next to it. It is important to keep each player’s stacks of card easily discernible from one another. Play continues in this fashion until all players pass or all players run out of cards and are forced to pass. Once all players have passed, it is time to check the results of the round. This is done by revealing the stacked cards and comparing them against one another as well as the hit points of the visitor. Any special cards such as Tornado Strikes are resolved first. The player with the highest total that meets or exceeds a visitor’s hit points, takes that visitor to count as points (hit points = victory points). All other cards at that location are then discarded unless otherwise stated on a special card. Any unclaimed visitors are left in play for the next round. Once all cards have been scored, new cards are dealt into the emptied spaces on the table and each player draws 3 new cards to signify the start of the next round. The game ends once a player reaches 15 points.

Currently, there are several versions of Pigeonpocalypse including the Base version (1-4 players), Extended version (1-5 players), and Complete version (1-6 players). The Extended and Complete versions not only contain more cards for more players but also several NSFW cards. While these NSFW cards are easy to identify and remove for more family-friendly gameplay, I feel it is important to note that they are included in the game. Overall, I found the mechanics to be ones that I’m fairly familiar with so it made learning and teaching the game rather easy. The theme itself was fun and, as I’ve stated above, I really like the illustration style that comes with the game. Check out Pigeonpocalypse today on Kickstarter or on their website!

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