Upgrading tech in Decrypto with the Laser Drive expansion — Gen Con 2019 Preview

Decrypto has become an alternative to Codenames. In Decrypto, two teams sit on the opposite side of a table. A sequence of words is shown in four windows. One player takes a code card that has three numbers on it. That player gives clues to get the rest of their teammates to guess the code in such a way that the other team can’t guess what the code is. The opposing team tries to guess the code. If they are right they get a white mark. If the opposing team guesses incorrectly, the current team guesses the code. If they are wrong they get a black mark. The game ends when either one team wins with two successful interceptions or one team loses with two incorrect code guesses. Now choosing your words gets more difficult with the Laser Drive expansion.

For some people giving clues is simple since they can use any word they want and they are only trying to describe a specific word that their team can see. Laser Drive makes players use a word that matches a category like “Something found in a kitchen” or “A television series.” At least one of the words needs to match the category, but if all three match, the team automatically earns a Laser token. After earning two Laser tokens, a team can try to guess one of the opposing team’s words and get an interception.

If you’ve played Decrypto a lot, the Laser Drive expansion may make you think harder about the clues you give for matching the code. It won’t give you any new words to put in the Decrypto stands, but it sounds like that might be coming in a future expansion. It only costs $15 and will be out next month.

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While not working as a Database Administrator, Keith Schleicher has been associated with Gaming Trend since 2003. While his love of video games started with the Telestar Alpha (a pong console with four different games), he trule started playing video games when he received the ill-fated TI-99/4A. While the Speech Synthesizer seemed to be the height of gaming, eventually a 286 AT computer running at 8/12 Hz and a CGA monitor would be his outlet for a while. Eventually he’d graduate to 386, 486, Pentium, and Athlon systems, building some of those systems while doing some hardware reviews and attending Comdex. With the release of the Dreamcast that started his conversion to the console world. Since then he has acquired an NES, SNES, PS2, PS3, PSP, GBA-SP, DS, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One S, Gamecube, Wii, Switch, and Oculus Quest 2. While not playing video games he enjoys bowling, reading, playing board games, listening to music, and watching movies and TV. He originally hails from Wisconsin but is now living in Michigan with his wife and sons.

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