April already seems like a distant memory, the fools, the showers and the O’Neil. So if you want me to tell you about my Game of the Month, you’d probably reply No Thanks! Which is funny, because my game of the month IS No Thanks!
I played a lot of games last month, my most played were 7 Wonders Architects and Next Station London, but I’ve already told you all about those in my recent reviews. So, I scrolled through my 86 logged plays on the Board Game Stats app and the 50 different games I played to find something to put in the limelight. There, unassumingly, was the card game No Thanks! I thought to myself, this month is the time to put this classic small box card game in the spotlight and give it the accolade of Game of the Month.
No Thanks! is a super easy game to play and teach. It also plays up to seven people which is always a bonus. The winner is the player with the lowest score. This is the combined value of any cards subtracted by one for every chit token in your hand. On your turn you either take a card or you pass by playing a small chit on it. If you decide to take a card you take all chits also on it, and if you run out of these tokens you are forced to take the card. If the cards you take make an unbroken numerical sequence you only count the lowest card, so this is certainly something to aim for. I should also state that a few cards are removed from the game at the beginning, so you are never sure exactly what will be coming up!
Ignore the understated box and rudimentary rules. No Thanks! delivers a simple, yet deliciously tactical game, that I always enjoy. I do love extorting my fellow players when there is a high card you don’t mind taking, but no one else wants and seeing additional tokens get placed on it as it goes around the table, and possibly around again! I do always thoroughly enjoy playing it, regardless of the fools and showers and irregular Teenage Mutant Hero references!
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