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|How clear & compelling is the game's central idea?||#1||5.000||5.000|
|How elegant, useful, and intuitive are the game's mechanics?||#1||4.400||4.400|
|How cohesively designed do you think the game is overall?||#1||4.800||4.800|
Ranked from 5 ratings. Score is adjusted from raw score by the median number of ratings per game in the jam.
Judge feedback is anonymous and shown in a random order.
- Barista therapists for magical creatures are the sorts of heros everyone needs more of. Focusing on kindness, routine, and making sure people get a warm scone is a great relief. I especially find the storytelling possibilities lovely, and this game's deliberate and natural focus on safety. Including a debrief at the end of a game is common in LARPs, and adding it to a tabletop is a welcome sight. The card mechanics are intuitive and flexible. Sometimes Tarot games can have too much of a focus on the preconceived notions that the players have about the cards. Instead, this game does a wonderful job recontextualizing the deck into the world of a coffee shop. I love this game.
- I thought this game was absolutely delightful, in just about every regard. I'm not overly familiar with tarot, but I found the use of the tarot deck and the simple fact that you'll likely be seeing the same cards again (certainly, over a long enough time period) , makes the fantasy of running a coffeeshop and encountering regulars, and becoming a real part of a community really come alive. The way character creation perfectly entwines characters into this mix (by representing them on cards as well) is also super interesting and evocative! Plus, there are really great guidelines for running scenes and ending the game session. Finally, I thought the principles were a really awesome addition to the game, and great for making the themes shine through.
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