If Pogs ever had a chance of experiencing a resurgence, it would have to be right now, at the peak of the 90’s nostalgia movement. So far, though, there’s been nothing…but one scrappy crowdfunder entrepreneur wants to change that.
He’s introduced a new tabletop game, Battle Pogs, to Kickstarter. Much like the original, it uses cardboard coins with designs on them…however this time, it’s played rather differently.
Battle Pogs is great for improving math & memory skills. Players battle each other by spinning brass coins that are used to add, subtract, or multiply their current points. You only need ONE coin to play.
You place the common side of the coin facing the playing surface and spin it like a top. Stop the coin by placing your finger at the bottom of the coin. The result is the first visible symbol or number to the left of your finger.
Wait, math is involved now? Bogus, Ted! It gets more complicated…..
On the first spin of your turn, use the symbol (plus, minus, or multiply sign) to the left of your finger, to modify your current points with the result of your second spin. On your second spin, use the number to the left of your finger. For example, if you have 10 points to start your turn and your first spin is an X (multiplication sign) and your second spin is a 3, the result is 30 points (10 x 3 = 30).
Multiplication signs are usually good unless followed by a 0. If that happens, it takes you back to 0 and you must build your points again.
So yeah….I don’t think Battle Pogs, despite its cool name, is going to bring collectible caps back into vogue….not when it’s like doing your homework again. Of course, you don’t have to play it that way….just stack ’em up and slam ’em; no one will arrest you. They might arrest this guy, though, for using a trademark of the World Pog Federation (if that’s still around).