Show your hosting prowess and treat your favorite Surrealist artists and writers to an excellent dinner party!
But this might be trickier than you’d imagine. Keep your guests happy by serving the food they desire, managing drama between them, and sending them home at the right time.
On your turn, bring new guests to the party, serve food and drink, or have guests socialize with their neighbors at the table. Each artist also has a unique habit, so pay careful attention to who is sitting next to whom! Of course you want to make all the guests you’ve invited happy, but if you can arrange for your opponents’ guests to start a little drama, that’s okay too!
It is living and ceasing to live that are imaginary solutions. Existence is elsewhere… – André Breton.
EXTRA LARGE ART CARDS
WOODEN APPETITE TOKENS
10 BONUS “FAUX PAS” CARDS
On your turn, you have the choice of:
Each artist also has a unique habit, so pay careful attention to who is sitting next to whom! Of course, you want to make all the guests you’ve invited happy, but if you can arrange for your opponents’ guests to start a little drama, that’s okay too!
Learn to play with the official How-To-Play video
Learn how to play with Girls’ Game Shelf
The game features beautiful illustrations done by modern day Surrealist, Virginia Mori. She does wonderfully distinctive work in pencil, ink, and ballpoint pen on paper.
Artists and writers featured in the game include:
Read about all of the Surrealist Dinner Party guest abilities here!
You can try the game online before you buy on Tabletopia!
Faux Pas cards are optional special objectives that are worth additional tokens at the end of the game for the players who claim them. There are two types; “First to 4” Faux Pas cards are immediately claimed by the first player to get 4 of a specific token type in their Stash. “Most in Stash” Faux Pas cards are claimed at the end of the game by the player who has the most of a specific type of token in their Stash. If players are tied for the most of a token type, they share the Faux Pas and both get the bonus. “First to 4” Faux Pas cards that you claim add 2 to your token total at the end of the game, and “Most in Stash” Faux Pas cards add 4.
At the start of the game each player is dealt 2 Faux Pas cards. Look at your Faux Pas cards, then look at your hand of guest cards. Choose one or both of your Faux Pas cards to make available to everyone—choose the card(s) you think you’ll be able to claim given the guests in your hand. Put the chosen card(s) next to the Platter, and discard the one you didn’t choose to the box (you must choose to make at least 1 card available and discard the other, but you may choose both and discard none).
Once chosen, Faux Pas cards are available to anyone, so it’s very possible that the Faux Pas you chose will be claimed by another player! You don’t get to see the Faux Pas cards that your opponents choose before you choose yours. You may wish to play chosen Faux Pas cards face down beside the Platter, only turning them face up once all players have chosen.
Game Design: Mary Flanagan and Max Seidman
Illustration: Virginia Mori
Graphic Design: Spring Yu
Additional Game Design: Emma Hobday
Writing and Production: Danielle Taylor
Production: Sukdith Punjasthitkul
Community Management: Rachel Billings