Aug 6, 2015
Channel A, designed by Ewen Cluney, is a party game about pitching anime television shows to a single producer. Each player is given 10 cards with words that can be used to make up the title. The producer chooses 2 of 5 premise cards and reads them aloud. These cards may say "robotic" and "hamsters" or "chinese fantasy" and "cooking". Players use up to 4 (according to the base game) title cards to pitch a show idea. The producer chooses which one he or she likes and awards that player with a point.
This genre is well-worn territory, but Channel A brings a new theme and an extra dose of creativity. Our discussion focused on what Channel A does different than many other games of its type. We talked about how the premise cards allow the players to play to a standard as opposed to the whim of the individual judge. Finally, we explored Ewen's love of anime and the ways this game can both celebrate or rib the popular Japanese style.