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Gruel Truck! Brings the Monkeyfun

Zany does not begin to describe this game

The A Town Called Malice Kickstarter campaign from the fine folks over at Monkeyfun Studios is almost at a close. It will be down to 24 hours when this post publishes. I can’t recommend enough that you go check it out for yourself and back it if you can. I’m a big fans of the games from Monkeyfun Studios, and I’d like to tell you a story about a really fun roleplaying game they make, and the time that we “broke” that game at a convention.

The game in question is Gruel Truck! Gruel Truck! has a fairly ridiculous yet wildly entertaining premise for an RPG; you and your party have grown tired of the adventuring life and decided to open a food truck. Think Jon Favreau’s Chef, but set in Middle Earth. Each player in your group picks a Placemat, which is your class for the game. You can choose from a Barbarian, Dwarf, Elf, Halfling, Knight, Orc, Thief, or Wizard. The Wizard is also referred to as The Most Powerful Placemat to Vanquish Your Enemies in Competitive Play. Once everyone has picked a Placemat, you pick a Truck Job. The job determines what step in the customer service process they fit into be it Driver, Counter, Fry Cook or Cleanup. Finally, you need to build your truck by rolling three six-sided dice and assigning the results as Armor, Zoom! or Space. Armor determines how much punishment your truck can take from unsatisfied customers, Zoom! matters when you’re trying to get away from those same customers, and Space determines how big your truck is (also how many dice your crew has to roll). Very important!

The mechanics for Gruel Truck! are easy to learn. The game utilizes a deck of cards and a number of six-sided dice to reconcile the gameplay of feeding hungry customers. For each customer you flip over a card. The number on the card, e.g. eight of whatever, represents the target number you need on a roll on 2d6. Hit that number and that customer’s order moves to the next step in the process. If you don’t hit the number you can roll again by taking a Fatigue or let someone else give it a try. If you collect five Fatigue you’re out for that round and someone else has to pick up your slack. It’s fast and frantic and above all else FUN!

Unless you happened upon a game of Competitive Play Gruel Truck! a few years back at Strategicon. On that fateful day, Gruel Truck! was all about winning! For one truck. MY TRUCK!! You see, when you play the Wizard Placemat in Competitive Play you gain the move Bippity-Boppity-Boom! This allows you to send a customer to another truck with a 10 or higher on a roll +Pluck. Where they explode dealing 1d6 points of damage. You need an 11 or higher to serve a face card, so the +Pluck roll seems like a no-brainer on these customers. And it was!

We “accidentally” sent so many Bippity-Boppity Booms! over to the other trucks that we eventually destroyed them all in the process. We knocked out that Gruel Truck! tournament in less than half of the scheduled time. Sure, we didn’t win by serving superior food or by having the best trained staff or by having a better business model. But, we did win. The Lord of the Onion Rings was the last truck left standing and rolled victorious to our next conquest.

Check out A Town Called Malice on Kickstarter in it’s last day, And Gruel Truck! (along with many other great games) over at the Monkeyfun Studios store or at DriveThruRPG.


The latest RPG that our Tuesday group has been playing is Robert E. Howard’s Conan: Adventures in an Age Undreamed Of from Modiphius Entertainment. This sword and sorcery game utilizes the 2d20 system to transport players to  the world of Robert E. Howard’s iconic pulp hero Conan the Barbarian. We’ve been having a great time playing the game so I thought I would share my thoughts on it with all of you.

Continue reading Conan: ADVENTURES IN AN AGE UNDREAMED OF RPG Review

Creature Codex From Kobold Press Review

Creature Codex cover image

When Kobold Press released the great Tome of Beasts in 2016,I would have bet money that they had exhausted their collective imaginations of all new monsters. I would have lost that bet since they just released Creature Codex, the sequel to the original tome.  Creature Codex introduces almost 400 new creatures for your 5e Dungeons & Dragons game, but does this new volume live up to what we have come to expect from the creative minds at Kobold Press? Read on to find out! Continue reading Creature Codex From Kobold Press Review

GenCon 2018 Recap

Gamers waiting for the doors to Exhibit Hall H to open at GenCon 2018.

Hello, everyone! I’m back from GenCon 2018 and I’m back to updating this blog! I had a fantastic four days of gaming in Indianapolis this year and wanted to share some of my experiences with you. My group did things a little bit different than last year, which made the logistics a lot easier this year. The first thing that was different, and the most important, was managing to get a hotel room downtown. Wow, what a difference this made. We didn’t have to coordinate cars, and we could drop stuff off at the room when we got tired of carrying it. The other thing we did different was arriving in Indianapolis on Wednesday instead of Thursday. This meant we were able to pick up badges and tickets on Wednesday which ultimately made things go smoother on Thursday.

Continue reading GenCon 2018 Recap

Aliens & Asteroids Kickstarter

Aliens & Asteroids logo

Everyone knows that I enjoy supporting new RPG projects on Kickstarter. Some might even say that I enjoy it a little too much, but I’m pretty sure that’s not possible. An ongoing Kickstarter campaign that I’m very excited about is Aliens & Asteroids a new science fiction horror roleplaying game from Moebius Adventures. Continue reading Aliens & Asteroids Kickstarter

Tiny Dungeon 2nd Edition Kickstarter Preview

Gallant Knight Games is roughly a week away from launching their next Kickstarter: Tiny Dungeon 2nd Edition. I was lucky enough to get a sneak peak at the new game before the Kickstarter goes live. So, let’s talk about the game! Continue reading Tiny Dungeon 2nd Edition Kickstarter Preview

Tiny Dungeon 2e Giveaway

It seems like Alan Bahr over at Gallant Knight Games has always got about fifteen amazing games swimming around in his brain. The latest of those games, Tiny Dungeon 2nd Edition will be launching on Kickstarter September 5th. To celebrate the release of TD2E Gallant Knight Games wants to give one lucky table topper an Ashcan copy of Tiny Dungeon 2nd Edition and a set of limited edition D6’s. Between now and September 1st visit and enter to win.

#RPGaDay: Day 10

“Which ‘dead game’ would you like to see reborn?” I honestly could not think of a single game to answer this question. Leave them all dead. I just can’t think of any voids in my current library that a reborn game would fill. Furthermore, I can replicate a lot of discontinued games using existing systems. For example, it would be nice to play a Marvel superhero game. But, I could easily run that in FATE or Mutants and Masterminds. A new Marvel branded RPG would probably end up being expensive anyway because of the Disney licensing juggernaut.