MonsDRAWsity from Deepwater Games – Preview

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Steve Mayne
Steve Mayne
Writer, Witness, Story-teller, gamer, & Hawaiian shirt aficionado. he/him.

Introduction

Wheels Up

I was recently invited to an event held by Deepwater Games where they introduced me to MonsDRAWsity, a family weight party game about memorization, drawing, and description. Over the course of the event they told me about the game and some of their future plans. I’m going to share what information I can here. I do want to say that I’ve not played the game, but am fairly excited about the possibilities they talked about.

Just the Facts

Published as a flagship title by Deepwater Games MonsDRAWsity was designed by Eric Slauson who previously brought us Tattoo Stories, another drawing game, and Nerd Words: Science, and educational game about science and science terms. Slauson being a teacher is one of the reasons I’m excited about this game and the possibilities.

Who’s Behind It

What is it About

Can You Describe the Perp

MonsDRAWsity is a quick and easy 3-8 player family game. Every round one player, the witness, will choose a card from a deck of different monsters. They’ll have 20 seconds to study the card and try and remember as much as possible. After that, they set the card down and have 2 minutes to describe the monster to the rest of the players, Agents of Draw, who will sketch the monster. During this time the agents are allowed to ask some questions. Once the two minutes are up, the witness reveals the monster card and judges which of the Agents had the closest drawing. Then, if there are enough player, there is a group award for best monster.

Those are all of the rules. You could play it with just what I’ve said here.

Something Wicked This Way Comes

The original game came out in 2020. Expansions for the game are planned for later this year with particular interest put on conventions in August and a variant released around October. Of course shipping and life are fickle and these things could be delayed for any number of reasons. My hope is that they will be running on time.

When is it Coming

What’s Next

Unfogging the Future

They talked to me about three different types of expansion products. The first was a mid-sized box, a smaller collection of themed cards, and a stand-alone alternate version of the game.

The middle boxes, will feature an extra dry erase board allowing for an additional player. They’ll be themed around things like robots and dinosaurs. Each of these will also include rules variants that will change up the game but will also have educational values.

The smaller box will feature a collection of cards to expand your game with. These will most likely be themed and have new creature with unique traits and characteristics.

The large stand-alone box was a horror themed set aimed at adults. It will include more graphic horror centric art. They talked about trying to get it out around October which sounds like a great fit to me.

Case Closed

Overall I think this is going to be a fun game to start playing around with. I’m excited to see how it plays and what new rules and variants they can come up with. I also like that this is a drawing game where artistic ability isn’t really an advantage. I once played a game of Pictionary where the other team, all professional artists, got Quantum of Solace in less than 30 seconds. This game allows that a good artist might do better, but they’ve got to get their drawing translated through the witness. I think that’s going to be the difference here.

I’m excited to see what they do with this and cannot wait to show it to friends of mine who are all teachers and see what they think. Anything that lets more people enjoy games is a huge plus for me. I also love that this is educational. They talked about a couple of different ways that this could and has been used in classrooms and all of it was fantastic. Ultimately, MonsDRAWsity just sits right in a sweet spot for me.

That’s it for today folks. I hope you get a chance to try this game out. I think it’s going to be tons of fun.

Conclusion

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