Designer: 木皿儀 隼一 (Hayato Kisaragi)
Artist: ryo@にゃも (Ryo Nyamo)
Publisher: ワンドロー (ONE DRAW)
Playing Time: 30-45 minutes
Times Played: 5 with purchased copy. (Deliverer: 3; Mayor: 2)
Availability Note: The copy I have was acquired by a friend at the 2018 fall Game Market, but at the time of this review, copies are available from bodoge.hoobby (transship service such as Tenso required).
When I’m old, I’ll eat pizza on Fridays. It has a name in my life: Pizza Fridays. It also has a black twist: it starts when my wife dies.
I try to make it to the gym 3 or 4 days a week. I often don’t because things come up. It’s important to me, but y’all: so are many other things. The weekends are when I succeed. Weekdays inevitably come down to making it once or twice, but if I can make it on Saturday and Sunday, I’m likely to hit my 3 or 4.
I don’t do it to lose weight or build muscle or really anything too specific, other than trying to die later than I otherwise would. I go as preventative maintenance. Medicine. It makes for some interesting dynamics while I’m there.
Whichever of us dies first, the other will be crushed. If we have our faculties enough about us, the plan is some sort of ‘taboo travel’: if something happens on a pirate cargo ship on the way to see Socotra, well, we hope to have had a good life. But if something else happens, well, the plan is to make sure I don’t die first. If I don’t, there’s a vision of me curled into a fetal position by the front door, awaiting a pizza delivery on Fridays. (Until then, it’s a too-many-carbs thing and boo dairy; no pizza.)
In the meantime, I sometimes make guacamole with bananas instead of avocados because of a Shopsin twist on a Carlin joke. Shopsin puts eggs in most everything, including as pizza crust. It’s like a broiled open-face omelet with marinara. I ate that frequently years ago. Might have been every night.
I have a complicated relationship with pizza.
Anyway, in PPDGttGT, the players are pizza deliverers attempting to complete deliveries in a ghost town. But, here’s the thing. The ghosts that live in the pitch dark ghost town like to play pranks, like stealing your pizzas. So you, the psychic deliverers, attempt to use your powers of perception to find the pizzas, fight the ghosts, and get the pizzas delivered.
In 20 minutes. Otherwise the pizza is free and you lose.