Saturday, November 10, 2007

let's kill!

let's kill is one of my favourite games. the premise is simple: you are a psychotic serial killer, and you want to kill as many stick figures as possible as you prevent other opponents, who are rival serial killers, from making big kills themselves. the weapons range from traditional instruments of mayhem (chainsaw, ak-47, axe) to more whimsical choices (spork, home garden chipper-shredder, weed whacker and a pound of coke). i play this game with my friends at school a lot, and we draw plenty of horrified glances from students and professors alike.

one of the cards you can play on someone else to make their killings worth less is called "political scandal." this turns out to be rather prescient. the game is published by Atlas Games--and one of the people who runs Atlas Games, John Nephew, ran for the city council of Maplewood, Minnesota this year. the local paper ran an article a few weeks ago; the fact that his company published that game caused some public outcry. someone even distributed fliers to local residents under a sham organization name, criticizing Nephew for marketing violent games to children.

that criticism in a municipal election is so irrelevant that it cracks me up. let's kill is a hilarious game. it's violent, of course, but not in the way that a real-life fights is violent. the game is cartoonish and satirical. more importantly, the fact that his company publishes such a work has no bearing on whether he would be a good city councilman or not. i'm not intimately familiar with the local politics or issues of this suburb of the Twin Cities, but i can confidently say that until they discover that someone in the town has actually killed a Gassy Old stick figure [who is actually Elvis] in a taco restaurant with a pair of tweezers there is far more relevant muck to rake in the city council election.

how did it all turn out? scandal or not, he got elected. there were two seats open, and he and his allied incumbent won the election handily.

1 comment:

George said...

I only have to disagree with a single point. (Only in a good way though.) I absolutely believe it has some bearing on whether or not he gets elected. And you know what, I'd totally vote for that guy. You know why? Because he's more real to me. And on top of that, I'm compelled to actually look him up, and one of the first bits of information I encounter is that he was preserving average Joe's public tv access to city hall meetings and stuff... try watching one sometime, you'd be surprised about what you learn about what's going on in -your- city. I actually got pissed off about some of the stuff I've seen. See, and I know that if he had a hand in creating this card game, he's got a sense of humor. In fact, I bet -he- was responsible for putting guys like "your local senator" and "political scandal". So you know he's got a sense of humor, and hates stupid people. (there's a lot of "stupid" people in Let's Kill.) which says he's the kind of person someone could toke with and play a game of Let's Kill, Because he doesn't take himself too seriously. Which tells me that he's less concerned about himself, and more concerned with understanding other people. Which increases the likely hood that he will accomplish the most good for the people he represents.

and you learn all that about a person, just by getting a couple facts, and playing some cards.

That's why I think this game does have some bearing on how to vote.