Gameday First Play – Two Rooms and a Boom
One partially divided room, one boom.
Lots of confused people.
In Two Rooms and a Boom – a social deduction/hidden role party game for six or more players – there are two teams: the Red Team and the Blue Team. The Blue Team has a President. The Red Team has a Bomber. Players are equally distributed between two rooms (i.e., separate playing areas). The game consists of five timed rounds. At the end of each round, some players will be swapped into opposing rooms. If the Red Team’s Bomber is in the same room as the President at the end of the game, then the Red Team wins; otherwise the Blue Team wins.
I’ve played this with 7, 10, 11 and 1 5 players and like One Night Ultimate Werewolf the higher player count adds more to a good game. Unlike Avalon where in my opinion you need at least 7 just to get started.
Like Avalon though you are dealt a secret role card (Red or Blue for the basic game) and people are divided into two rooms (hence the first part of the name :))
The Blue team will have at least a President who is trying to survive. Trying to kill him is the Red team Bomber who will blow up in one of the rooms at the end of the game (hence the second part of the name :))
You play over 5 (or 3 depending on player count) rounds with discussion and bluffing with hostages being exchanged between rooms at the end of each round.
At the end of the game, if the Bomber is in a different room to the President, they survive and the Blue Team will win. Obviously the Red team wins if the President is blown up.
The rounds are timed 5,4,3,2 and 1 minutes which really puts the pressure on and partially explains the lack of photos 🙂
So if you’re thinking Avalon has bluffing and One Night Ultimate Werewolf is timed, what makes this worth playing?
Well for me it’s the card showing. In games like Avalon you can’t show your card but in this one you can. You can show all of it to someone or even everyone, or you can colour share.
Colour sharing is cool too. You can agree to share the corner of your card with someone else to see what colour each of your cards are. It’s a great way to get information… but obviously pretty dull if it’s just Red vs Blue. There are 100’s of different roles but only 2 that I think should be in EVERY game.
If you’re the Shy Guy you can’t reveal your role to anyone, even to colour share. Gives people a role to hind behind and gives a reason for the President and Bomber player to keep their card hidden.
These are just normal Red and Blue cards but the Red card is on the Blue Team and the Blue card is on the Red team. This adds a bit of spice to that colour sharing element and adds doubt. No one wants 100% perfect information in a deduction game, that would be boring.
So yeah, looking forward to playing more of this and exploring the roles and making the game crazy. We’ve played a couple with set-ups that have Gray cards which are neutral and win in different ways that are usually unaffected by the bomb. Such as the ‘Sniper’ who needs to find the ‘Target’ but better not pick the ‘Decoy’…
There’s also Werewolves and stuff…