The Summer Solstice is a very important time. The Great Shaman uses the longest day as a chance to contact the Spirit of Everything. Surrounding tribes aid in this process by sending Apprentices to help with the rituals. They’d fast for days, hoping that The Spirit of Everything would cause their totemic animal to appear. But will the animals show up? Or will it just be a hoax? That’s what you’ve gotta figure out in Waka Tanka, now available from CoolMiniOrNot.
The object of the game is for the players to get rid of all the cards in their hand first, or be the first one to acquire four Apprentice tokens. On your turn you can move the marker to a new totem animal circle and play a card, face-down next to it, proclaiming that the card they have played is the same as the totem animal circle. Or, you can attempt to cast a spell, revealing all the cards next to a totem animal circle. If there’s two of the same animal (that matches the circle), the spell works and you get an Apprentice token. If there’s not, you have to take all those cards into hand. Or, you can call someone’s bluff, revealing the cards in the stack of the player that just played. If they were lying, the liar must pick up all the cards and the bluff-caller gets an Apprentice token. If they were telling the truth, the bluff-caller gets all the cards.
Obviously, there’s a lot of bluffing and push-your-luck aspects of the game. It’s available now at game stores near you.