The Kidd here...
I'm not one for spending a lot of time playing board games anymore. My epic games of RISK in college notwithstanding, I never got into a lot of the gaming scene that exists. There is some hardcore participation in the strategy and role-playing area of things, but I've just never had the dedication to put myself into it wholeheartedly. Oh, those brief forays into DUNGEONS & DRAGONS...
In any event, not too long ago, Gale Force Nine sent me over a copy of SPARTACUS: A GAME OF BLOOD AND TREACHERY, based on the popular Starz series which I had never seen, to see what I thought. I told them I'd give it a play and send them back my feedback, and instead of playing cards one night with my usual crew, it became a SPARTACUS night, as the game asked for four players to really play it at its best.
My friends were skepitcal with the multiple stacks of cards, loads of dice and pretty extensive set of rules, and, while the game started off slow as we got our feet wet, once the first signs of deal-making and conspiring against one another reared their awesome heads, it was on for the next few hours. In fact, it was our own Jon Doe who committed that we should no longer play cards anymore... that SPARTACUS should become a regular thing... and I agreed.
So with such an awesome game in my hands, I thought it'd be a bit selfish to just enjoy it on my own. I went back to Gale Force Nine and asked if we could turn some of these over to our readers who would absolutely appreciate it, and they were more than happy to oblige.
I've got FOUR copies of SPARTACUS: A GAME OF BLOOD AND TREACHERY up for grabs here, and this one is open to every one of our Ain't It Cool readers around the world (any taxes and duties are the responsibility of international winners though).
How do you take your best shot at taking one of these sweet games home? That's easy. Let's hear about some backstabbing.
I want to hear about the worst cutthroat backstabbing you've ever been a part of - on either the giving or receiving end of. You can substitute names, if need be, to protect those who were screwed over or did the screwing, but I want the gory details of the time you seriously screwed someone over or got screwed over yourself - who was involved, what was at stake, why did you/they do it, etc.
The four best stories to come my way will be playing SPARTACUS: A GAME OF BLOOD AND TREACHERY as a result.
In the body of your email, send your name, mailing address and backstabbing story to Contests@AintItCool.com with the following subject line exactly (in all CAPS):
TWIST THE KNIFE, WHY DON'T YOU?
If you're missing any of the information I'm asking for, then it's as if you don't even have an entry, no matter how good it may have been. And you've only got ONE shot at this, as only ONE entry is permitted per person. That means if you do it wrong the first time and need to resend it, that's TWO entries, and you're out.
Entries will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. EST on Thursday, October 4, and the winners will be judged by me... and my word is final.
Good luck to you all, and thanks to Gale Force Nine for setting this up with us.
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