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Shankee Doodle Dandy: First Look

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I’m pleased to offer everyone a brief look at COG Gaming’s first game that is currently in its second phase of play-testing and prototyping!

Shankee Doodle Dandy is a fast-paced competitive card game that pits players against the game, and each other.  An astute colonist has realized the true meaning behind the lyrics of “Yankee Doodle Dandy” and has gone into a feverish rage.  The only cure? No, not more cowbell.  Shanking.  Lots of shanking.

In Shankee Doodle Dandy players take on the role of a British officer, each with a unique ability, who is trying to avoid being shanked by the bloodthirsty Colonial.  Each round players have the option of playing actions to help themselves, equipping cards that augment their evasion efforts, or betrayal cards that attempt to throw the other players under Shankee’s metaphorical carriage in the hopes that his bloodlust will subside before he gets to them.  At the same time, the game(Shankee) is playing against the players, gaining power at the end of each round and possibly disrupting players’ actions with special abilities.  The last player left in play survives the onslaught and is considered the winner.

We’ve already finished initial play-testing on Shankee Doodle Dandy and have begun beta-testing using a homemade prototype deck with a basic version of card layouts.  Our graphic designer, Brittany Wink, is in the process of creating the full prototype card templates which we will soon use to manufacture real prototype decks with placeholder art.

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Second prototype deck and central game setup.

Initial game prototype.

Initial game prototype.

Shankee Doodle Dandy is COG Gaming ‘s first design and publishing venture of hopefully many more to come.  As such we’ve tried to keep things fairly simple with this project as we learn the manufacturing and production process surrounding Kickstarted games;  we’ve kept mechanics for the game simple yet engaging, giving players multiple choices during their turn through draw and play mechanics, and have tried to really emphasize social interaction and theme.  We’re very excited to start the art process for the game since the flavor text and theme are so central to how we’ve envisioned Shankee Doodle Dandy.

If you’re interested in helping play-test the game, or would like the PnP prototype files to write a review, please contact us using the contact page or current projects page.  Likewise, we have not started looking for an artist yet but if you would like more information for yourself or a friend who may be interested in being contracted for art for the game please let us know.



Author: bduerksen30 I have an m.a. in history focusing on naval and maritime history in the Atlantic from the seventeenth-early nineteenth centuries. I've worked as a website consultant, and am currently employed as an analyst. I also run the COG Gaming blog for board game reviews, news, and kickstarter highlights. COG Gaming also offers playesting and editing services for new designers, and we're in the process of developing a few titles of our own. Contact me if you're interested in having your game reviewed, previewed, or in one of our other services!

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