MowTown takes the simple (yet painful) task of mowing the lawn and twists it into a competitive tabletop game for 2-5 players. The game is set in a quiet 1960’s suburban neighbourhood where a rivalry for the best cut lawn has broken out. It’s up to the player to decide whether they will concentrate on cutting and tidying their lawn or sabotaging the others to work their way up the social ladder.
MowTown is a played via removing long grass tiles from the lawn based on the results of dice rolls. Each turn, five custom dice are rolled to determine which directions each player moves the lawnmower and what actions they take such as obstructing opponents’ lawns with junk and removing dice from their hands. Based on the dice rolls you move the mower over the long grass and each tile removed awards points. The player with the most points at the end wins the game and the best cut lawn. Also mowing certain patterns into the lawn earns bonus points. MowTown takes 15-30 minutes depending on the number playing.
Ark Angel Games is an independent game studio based in Melbourne. MowTown is one of their works in progress. If competitive lawn mowing sounds like something that will appeal to you, MowTown version 1.2 is available as a print and play game from the Ark Angel website as well as info on their other games including Pirates: Scourge of the Seven Seas and Hard at Work. Ark Angel encourages you to try out MowTown and leave feedback. You can download the necessary files here.
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Michael Vane is a freelance journalist and co-editor of PN2. Mike wished he had more time to work on lawn-based puns. He’s on Twitter @DrVane