After attending Who’s Yer Con this year in Indianapolis, I wanted to set aside some time to share some thoughts on a new game to be released this summer by Devious Weasel Games. We have had the honor of working with Jim before on his game Shadows of Malice, and had the opportunity to not only catch up, but to try out a brand new game – Bemused.
Bemused is a card game in which players assume the role of one of the muses working through their human Virtuoso – these are larger, tarot sized cards. Throughout the game, each player will have a Gemina – one of the other Virtuosos in the game. Each player has a secret about their Gemina. They may be trying to protect, kill, or drive their Gemina insane, but the motive is kept hidden until the end of the game.
Players get a hand of cards which are color-coordinated to the various Virtuosos in play called Doubt cards, and a black card called a Dread card. Throughout the game, players try to place Doubt and Dread, instill Dread, change Doubt to Dread or vice-versa (depending on their Virtuoso’s abilities), or remove cards from themselves or other players. Simply place a card of matching color on another player (and take a jab at ’em!) to plant Doubt, or reveal a card that matches your own color to activate your Virtuoso’s ability. If at any time a player’s Gemina is revealed, they may also use their Gemina’s abilities!
We had a great time demoing Bemused at the Devious Weasel Booth, but also moseyed on over to one of the play areas after the vendor hall closed to observe (and play) more rounds. I really enjoyed the theme and the artwork, provided by Tani Pettit and Naomi Robinson, is outstanding. The table talk was fun – for example, my Virtuoso one round was the Painter, and Doubt was planted on me accompanied by the comment “that last painting you did was pretty muddy and unreadable, don’t ya think?” which made the competitiveness of the game very real. I played with people I knew and complete strangers and had fun each time.
Bemused will be releasing during the summer of 2017 and I am really anticipating owning a copy. To learn more, head on over to BoardGameGeek where you can find rules, discussion, and art from the game. Be watching later this year for a full-on review of Bemused!