It’s the future and a mysterious plague has eliminated all cutlery, except for the humble chopstick. Only those who are one with the chopstick will survive.
In a world where the fork is king, one hero dares to rise against the tyranny of the tines. That hero may be you…
After the machines took over, humans were gathered to entertain the mechanical overlords in a series of increasingly bizarre gladiatorial spectacles. On this, the final day of games, the weapon of choice is the chopstick.
Whatever story you choose to believe, Mayday’s Chopstick Dexterity Mega Challenge 3000 (to be referred to hereafter as CDMC 3000) is a fast, noisy, sloppy game in which opponents try to be the first to gather colored wood shapes from a central wok using (wait for it) only (wait for it) chopsticks (gasp!!).
There are 25 wooden pieces: five shapes (shrimp, tentacle, nigiri, onigiri, sushi roll) in five colors (purple, red, yellow, blue, and green). These are placed in a large central wok. Each competitor gets a set of chopsticks and a smaller dish. The game also comes with 40 tokens that tell contestants the target shapes. When a token is revealed the opponents race to see who can collect the most wooden pieces that match the revealed token. There are 25 standard tokens. These match the shapes and colors of the wooden pieces. In addition there are 15 wild or special tokens that force competitors to fight over different numbers or combinations of pieces.
There are many competitions included with CDMC 3000, but the most basic involves using the 25 standard tokens. When one is revealed, the opponents race to gather pieces that match either the color or the shape of the revealed token. It’s good to start simple because once two or three sets of chopsticks are clattering about the central wok, things get messy.
Familiarity with chopstick use is a definite plus but some of the pieces are very tricky even without someone else stabbing at the bowl like a ravenous seagull. Moving the bowl is legal. Hitting someone else’s chopsticks is legal until that person has lifted a piece from the bowl.
Time-outs are frequent because the central wok capsizes or pieces get scattered in the melee. Once the table has been reset, the match resumes.
Oh the humanity!
Never have so many been reduced to tears by so few!
We hold these truths to be self-evident that all are equal before the great wok of CDMC 3000 and that they shall be thus endowed with Major Fun.
Although the game pronounces that it is designed for 1 – 3 players (solo play is accomplished with a timer) it can easily be adapted to larger numbers. Players can form teams and compete in rounds or (and this is only for those who have a pathological desire to be the object of blame and humiliation) they can compete with a partner—each holding ONE chopstick. I’m not saying you should play this way. I’m just saying.
CDMC 3000 is slappy, stabby, table-smashy Major Fun.
1 – 3 players. Ages 8+
Chopstick Dexterity Mega Challenge 3000 was designed by Greg Lam and is © 2014 by Mayday Games.