When the Rat Hole launched we began the monthly tradition of looking at different expansions for Skybound Games’ runaway hit party game, Superfight. But since designer Jack Dire has several other games available, also published by Skybound Games, we’ve decided take a short break from Superfight Saturday, and branch out into Skybound Saturday. Last month we featured Blank Marry Kill, and this month we pulled out Red Flags. All through February, we have been celebrating relationships by featuring 2-player games. After a month of competing exclusively against your significant other, it is possible you may now be looking for a new lover. With Red Flags, your friends can help you find that perfect someone who may not be so perfectly perfect.
Red Flags is a card game of social debate, from Skybound Games, in the same family as Cards Against Humanity and Superfight. In a game of Red Flags, one player takes the role of the Bachelor(ette). The remaining players each take two white cards from their hand, each with a unique personality trait, called “perks”, to create a potentially ideal date for the Bachelor. For example, the first potential date could be an astronaut who loves all the same music as you. Once each player has played their cards and introduced their potential suitors, everyone gets the opportunity to play a “red flag” on the player next to them. These are red cards that represent a negative trait. So now you have an astronaut who loves all the same music as you, BUT they tell you to calm down after everything you say. Each player then gets to defend their suitor’s potential, before the Bachelor selects a winning date. The next player then becomes the Bachelor(ette), and everything starts again with a new hand of cards.
I pulled this out for the first time at a games night in public, and it was fun. Then I pulled it out with a private group of friends, and it was so good that it was played constantly at gatherings for the next few weeks. Once, when I left for the night, I had to leave it behind to be played for another 6 hours or so.
This isn’t really a game for the kidlettes. The base set is pretty PG-13, maybe PG in a dull round, but they also have expansions like the Dark Red expansion. Dark Red isn’t just a title, nor is only reflective of the slightly different shade of red on the cards (making it easy to sort out after the game). The Dark Red expansion is pretty dark in tone, giving 75 horrible new red flag cards to players that can be truly cringe-worthy. My friends and I loved it. (We’ll have more about Red Flag’s expansions in the coming months.)
If you and your friends have an odd sense of humour, pick this up. I have a feeling if I ever want to play something new (because you know, reviewer) I may have to force myself to leave Red Flags at home once in a while, at least until they release the supernaturally inspired Blood Red and fairy tale inspired White Rose/Rose Red expansions. As I am unaware of plans for either of those things, there is a chance I may actually get some other reviews done.