News Flash: Bad Decisions by Bad Decision Games is a game that’s currently undergoing development and playtesting. The Kickstarter canceled after this last weekend, preparatory to other arrangements, but I promised a review, and a review will be happening.
The game play runs similarly to multi-card variants of Apples to Apples and Cards Against Humanity. In each hand there is a Fool, a Bad Decision, and a Crisis, and as the deck of News Flash cards runs down, you play any combination of Fools, Bad Decisions, and Crises to create news stories.
The Good News
The game is in a fairly advanced state, and there are relatively few typos that still need to be fixed. This isn’t a problem; most games regardless of genre make it to print with errors, some of them large and egregious, still in them (case in point Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition, which shipped to stores with a social conflict sub-game that was fundamentally broken).
The game plays fairly quickly – a play-to-seven game of News Flash: Bad Decisions can run in as little as a half hour with a bit of luck. Which leads to the first piece of bad news: Sharing with Apples to Apples and Cards Against Humanity, winning more than a couple of hands at the outset can lead to a runaway victory fairly soon.
A distinct advantage for this game: The “News Flash” idea, which allows for multiple cards on a single play, can lead to more creative and intricate plays than your typical game of A2A or CAH.
And Now the Bad News
Really the only down note to this game is the fact that it’s basically Cards Against Humanity with a different gimmick. It has a similar idea of mocking the foibles of humanity. The cards are less overtly adult than the cards in CAH, which might turn off the CAH players who like the open depravity, and the greater complexity of the cards makes NFBD less suitable as a drunk person’s card game than CAH.
News Flash: Bad Decisions is a fun little card game for 3 to 10 players, for people who want a game like Apples to Apples and Cards Against Humanity, which falls between the two in tone. Being less overtly mature than CAH, News Flash: Bad Decisions hits a sweet spot for gamers who want a game that they can play both in the company of other creative adults and with their kids. It needs a bit more development, but it shows a great deal of promise.