In preparation for our 4-day excursion to Gen Con in Indianapolis, we and our friends had many (MANY) discussions both in-person and online about events, new game releases and anticipated game purchases. One of our friends who has two boys just a bit younger than our girls mentioned they were clamoring for one from Mayday Games called Click Clack Lumberjack. In the back of my mind I was wondering why she was travelling to the largest and best attended gaming convention in the world, only to be looking for what I assumed was a kid’s game.
Then I saw an adult carrying one on the convention floor having just purchased it. Then another. And yet another. You couldn’t miss the cartoon-designed box among the space and fantasy-themed big box titles that most attendees were trying to find. Walking by Mayday’s booth I see a small crowd (yes, of adults) gathered around taking turns trying out the game. I had to know more.
It turns out that Click Clack Lumberjack was a hit Korean game back in the late 2000’s and translated as Toc Toc Woodman. This updated version by Mayday Games renames it to a more catchy moniker while keeping the simple, yet addictive game play of the original.
At heart a dexterity game, Click Clack Lumberjack allows 2-7 players to try to remove the bark from a tree without knocking one of the cores over. Wielding a plastic axe (no tree-huggers here!), everyone takes two swipes at the stump each turn. Each piece of bark collected is worth one point, while knocking over a core on your turn subtracts five from your total.
Moving clockwise, you’re hitting the tree just hard enough to nudge a slice so the attached bark falls to the table. With tilts and leans reminiscent of Jenga, the addition of grub stickers randomly seeded on the bark pieces gives each player an extra turn if they reveal one.
As more and more bark is removed from the tree, the tower becomes just a bit lighter, making the slices move further with a same-force hit. The game is complete once the last piece of bark falls, and the player with the highest score wins the round. This is a very quick game (5-10 minutes) and I can assure you that multiple rounds will be demanded.
So now I understand what all the hub bub was about and why I saw so many adults picking it up. Want to see for yourself? Check out this quick video of one of our sessions!
Now the bad news. Click Clack Lumberjack appears to be sold out just about everywhere. You can still find it on Amazon thanks to 3rd party sellers. However, there is a silver lining. Mayday Games just completed a successful Kickstarter campaign in June for a second version that will add better packaging, updated artwork, additional variants and rules, a special golden axe and golden bark/core expansions as well as three different colors of bark worth varying amounts. What this all means is that you should start seeing this new version in the stores shortly after the Kickstarter backers receive their copies in this Autumn!
And here’s a very cool aspect of Mayday Games that we wish other game publishers would offer – you can purchase replacement pieces directly from them rather than resorting to finding a 3rd party seller on eBay! As always, keep an eye on Mayday Games’ Facebook and Twitter timelines for new product announcements and specials. They’re also widely known for their high-quality line of card sleeves and other gaming accessories, which you can find for sale on their website.
But what if you don’t want to wait for the new version to be at your local game store? You can win one right now from SahmReviews courtesy of Mayday Games! Enter right now using the form below and don’t forget to come back tomorrow for additional entry options! You might be the lucky one to swing the axe next!
Click Clack Lumberjack Game