Truck Off: The Food Truck Frenzy

Design by Ryan Lambert
Published by Adam’s Apple Games
2 – 6 Players, 45 minutes
Review by Greg J. Schloesser

I have often bemoaned the lack of creativity and overindulgence in terms of themes used in board game design.  Dragons, dungeons, dwarves, castles and even medieval cities – all have been overused as the setting for games.  So, I am always pleased when a game is released that has a fresh or seldom used theme.

Truck Off by designer Ryan Lambert and Adam’s Apple Games certainly has a unique theme:  food trucks in search of customers at various venues. Players assign two of their fleet of trucks to different venues, then attempt to manipulate the customers and trucks in hopes of reaping the most money.  Dice and card play are the central mechanisms, but a healthy dose of luck also plays a major role.

Depending upon the number of players, up to six different venues are set out, each corresponding to a specific sided die (4, 6, 8, 10, 12 & 20).  Each venue is named, and includes locations such as the Brewery, Sporting Event and Gaming Con. Each player receives a fleet of six trucks, one for each of the venues.  Each player’s fleet has a clever name, such as Fry Hard, BeeBeeQ and Fig Town. Players also receive a hand 12 action cards, but the group mutually decides to discard two from their hands.  There are two recommendations provided, depending upon whether the group prefers less or more “take that” during game play.

About gschloesser

Greg Schloesser is the founder of the Westbank Gamers and co-founder of the East Tennessee Gamers. He is also a prolific reviewer of games and a regular contributor to numerous gaming publications and websites, including Counter, Knucklebones, Boardgame News, Boardgame Geek, Gamers Alliance and many others. Greg has been a gaming enthusiast his entire life, growing up in our hobby mainly on the war game side. His foray onto the internet exposed him to the wonderful world of German and European games and now nearly all of his gaming time is devoted to this area of our hobby. He travels to several gaming conventions each year and is the co-founder of Gulf Games, a regional gaming get-together held in the Southern USA. Greg was born in 1961 and lived his entire life in New Orleans before moving to East Tennessee in 2005. He is married and has one daughter (now married.)
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