During our vacation in California, TacoMa’am and I had the opportunity to play Grave Robbers from Outer Space (GROS) with Lyle and her husband.

GROS is a tongue-in-cheek game that mocks all of the horror movie clichés found in b-movies (and indeed clichés that have flowed over into blockbuster horror movies). The play is relatively simple, each player gets 6 face-up cards to start.  Across the bottom of every card is a word pertaining to the horror movie genre.  During this first round, each player has to make a movie title utilizing as many of those words as possible.  These words are used later to determine bonus points.  The deck is reshuffled and each player is then dealt 6 cards into their hand.  Players immediately play their blue character cards and play begins.  At the beginning of each turn you draw your hand up to 6 and then enter your turn.  During the turn you can play additional characters, locations, props, special actions, or use monster cards to assault other players.  The object of the game is to try to get as high of a movie defense value as possible.  This defense value is the sum of the defenses of all your characters, props, and your location (if you have one).

Play continues until either the deck runs out or somebody plays the “Roll the Credits” card.  Once either of those conditions are met, everyone adds up their defense which converts 1:1 for points awarded for the round.  Bonus points are given out if any of your in-play cards or hand-cards match any of the words from your movie.  All the points are tallied up and the next round begins.  Generally you play to a set number, such as 50.

I found I rather enjoyed this simple game.  It’s easy to pick up, plays pretty quickly, and is accessible enough not to be daunting to the new player.  If you get a chance to play it, I say go for it.

The game is produces by Z-Man games and there are many similar move-based card-games produced by them that are all compatible (in case you want to create a super b-movie deck).

-Confusion is a state of mind, or is it?

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