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Temp Worker Assassins Review

September 26th, 2017 by

Temp Worker ASsassinsIn my life I have had many freelance jobs; some of these were great, most of them were boring, tedious and made me have homicidal thoughts. The worst of the worst often had me wondering how much it would cost if I was to hire a crack team of inconspicuous assassins to eliminate Katie from HR or Bob, the guys that seemed to manage to break the printer just as you had sent your file to be printed. The cost, luckily for Bob and Katie, always seemed to be far more than the paltry sum I was being paid. Temp Worker Assassins realises my hopes and dreams from that time of my working life.

It’s a deck building, worker placement game which basically means that you will be spending most of your time either gathering the right set of cards or by placing your meeple assassins onto the board. If you haven’t already guessed, the theme this time around is that you run a guild of highly trained assassins in a kind of medieval office fantasy setting.

You’ve been hired to take out as many fulltime employees of the Bureaucratic Castle. Of course as a temporary worker you only deemed worthy of being afforded a five day contract. No one is safe from the, quite literal, chop from the typing pool zombies all the way to the top.

Of course Health & Safety is paramount at the Bureaucratic Castle and security gates at the entrance mean that you can’t just bring your death weapon of choice into the building so you gotta create creative with the staplers and fax machines.

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The castle “board” is made up by a series of cards placed in a grid. All of these have superb names such as the Appalling Admin Department or the Forbidden Stationary Cupboard. Once you have sharpened your pencils, it’s time to take on those full time members of staff.

The bigger the monster, ummm I mean colleague, the bigger the reward and whomever has the biggest pile of gold at the end of the week is the winner. Many of the cards allow you to discard them in order to pick up more cards so you can always go in with a weak hand in the hope that you will be able to strengthen it during the battle.

I feel that the artwork has to have a special mention on this one. The card has some amazingly gruesome but humorous artwork from Adam Bolton and if you have worked in this type of environment you will know someone who fits the artwork or description of the full time employees.

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Although it will never be the main event of a gaming night, it is a great game which fits nicely in all of the other areas of a gaming night whether this be as a Curtain raiser, support act or cool down game. It is also great for relieving stress after a long day at the office. You never know it may just save Katie from getting a memo stapled to the back of her head.

Midlife Gamer Rating: 7/10     Year of Release: 2016
Designer: David Newton & Adam Bolton     Manufacturer: Self Published
RRP:  £23.99

Disclosure: Midlife Gamer were provided with a review copy of  Temp Worker Assassins for review purposes. The title was reviewed over the course of  two weeks. For more information on what our scores mean, plus details of our reviews policy, click here.

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