This Is Only A Test returns players to a much simpler time in 1950's America when you only had to worry about who was going to the sock hop, whether the Reds were going to invade, and if a nuclear bomb was going to drop in your backyard.
Players re-create the ever present fear, anxiety, and heaps of neighborly suspicion as they vie for resources to survive what may come.
This Is Only A Test uses a unique timeline mechanic that keeps the players in suspense as the game heads toward an unknown conclusion at an unknown time. The timeline may contain the Red Invades card or the Atomic Bomb Drops card. Then again, it may not and This Is Only A Test.
Players can use their actions to investigate the timeline, or (better yet) manipulate it to press for their preferred ending by visiting City Hall. Each location in City Hall allows players to manipulate the timeline in different ways. Want the bomb to drop? Visit the Mayor's Office and start adding bomb cards to the timeline!
When the game ends, the player who has prepared the best for the corresponding ending will win! So, if the Atomic bomb drops, you had better have the most supplies in your Fallout Shelter, but if the Reds invade, self-defense items will rule the day. What happens if the bomb doesn't drop or the Reds don't invade? Well, This is Only a Test, of course! And, the Golden Rule applies - the person with the most glorious riches wins!
Panic is building and you must negotiate for supplies in anticipation of a Red invasion or the dropping of the Atomic bomb. Will you stockpile heaps of supplies, defend yourself to the teeth, or simply profit from other’s paranoia? The Red Army looms! The A-bomb is armed! Is it time to duck and cover? Or perhaps...This Is Only A Test.
The game plays 1-4 players (Solo rules are included!) Play time is 45-60 mins. Ages 10 and up!
<<<<<<<<<< While we wait for the fallout to come, spend your bunker time watching the designers explain the setup and gameplay! >>>>>>>>>>
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Doug and Carl represent 2/3rds of the 2 Ton Porcupine design studio. They have been designing games for the better part of 10 years. After years of design and testing, they are excited to team up with Eagle-Gryphon to bring This is Only a Test to your table!
Doug did a stint on The Dice Tower as The Board Game Baker. He has been playing games since the Advanced D&D days. He's an omni-gamer, enjoying war games like Flames of War, board games like Anachrony, and RPG's like D&D 5th edition. He also the artist and graphic designer for This Is Only A Test. He has designed the recent KS game KAPOW! and has also been the graphic designer and Artist for the Chimera and More trick taking game from Eagle-Gryphon Games.
Carl is a long time-time competitive card player and helped design CCGs and TCGs in 2000s. He has since moved on to board gaming as co-designer of Kapow!, This Is Only A Test, and lead design on the upcoming Town Square.
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