Do You Have a Short or Long Fuse?

Do You Have a Short or Long Fuse?

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When you sit down to play a game, do you prefer one where you can think about your move for as long as you need? Or do you like to keep it moving with a title that requires a timer, limiting the amount of time each person can take on their turn?

For me I guess it depends on the mood I’m in. Longer, thought-provoking games are more relaxing. But I do have to admit there are times I wish there was a timer when someone suffers from AP (Analysis Paralysis) trying to decide what to do. Many games we play are most certainly AP-inducing and it is usually solved with a couple friendly comments to the offender.

Sometimes we only have a limited amount of table time and want to make sure we get the game finished. There’s nothing worse than a game when you’re leading and have to pack it up early. No way will your friends give you the win! Of course, if I’m way behind I’m happy to call it a night and try again next time.  😉

Some games are bombs, others have you diffusing them. Fuse by Renegade Game Studios is a fast-paced cooperative title perfect for all ages! - SahmReviews.com

For quite a while now a friend has been bringing his copy of Fuse by Renegade Game Studios to our weekly game night gathering. I had never gotten the opportunity to play it, but now after getting my own copy I wish I had sat down earlier and given it a go. And thanks to the need for a timer, start to finish is only 10 minutes – guaranteed!

As you might have guessed, Fuse is all about disarming a bomb. And not just one bomb – LOTS of them! In fact, you can crank up the difficulty of the game by adding more bombs (and more difficult ones) to the mix. The instructions even warn that the hardest setting, Insane, may very well be impossible to win!

Some games are bombs, others have you diffusing them. Fuse by Renegade Game Studios is a fast-paced cooperative title perfect for all ages! - SahmReviews.com

You’ll need to provide a timer of your own – the clock app on your phone works perfectly. Renegade Game Studios also provides a free app for iOS and Android that not only has a handy 10-minute timer, it also includes sound effects and voice-over to enhance the mood!

Some games are bombs, others have you diffusing them. Fuse by Renegade Game Studios is a fast-paced cooperative title perfect for all ages! - SahmReviews.com

Each player is dealt two Bomb Cards which they put face-up in front of them. Five additional Bomb Cards are set in the center of the table, with the remaining cards (number determined by difficulty and number of players) are shuffled with the Fuse Cards and put in a draw stack next to the five Bomb Cards. Then the timer starts!

Some games are bombs, others have you diffusing them. Fuse by Renegade Game Studios is a fast-paced cooperative title perfect for all ages! - SahmReviews.com

The starting player grabs dice from the bag equal to the number of players and rolls them. Players quickly decide where to put the dice, as each Bomb Card has a formula that must be created in order to diffuse it. Some bombs require a certain dice number, while others a color. Many also have additional limitations depending on where you place them. For instance, one might command that every die be of greater value as you move from left to right. Others challenge you to build a stack of dice – knocking it over will force you to put all the dice back in the bag.

Some games are bombs, others have you diffusing them. Fuse by Renegade Game Studios is a fast-paced cooperative title perfect for all ages! - SahmReviews.com

Every die must be placed in a matching space on a Bomb Card or else it is re-rolled. Every player must then take one die (if possible) from their Bomb Cards and place it back in the bag along with this re-rolled die. The chosen dice must match either the number or the color of the re-rolled die.

Once a Bomb Card is completed, set it aside (face down), return the dice to the bag and select a new bomb from the five in the center. Of course, draw one to replace it. If you draw a Fuse Card, it will have either a number or a color on it. Every player is then required to return one matching this variable to the bag.

Some games are bombs, others have you diffusing them. Fuse by Renegade Game Studios is a fast-paced cooperative title perfect for all ages! - SahmReviews.com

Once all of the bombs in the center of the table are taken (the draw stack is depleted and only the two bombs in front of each player are left), the game is over. That is unless you run out of time, then it’s really over! If the timer hits zero, everyone loses! If your team is successful in diffusing all the bombs, then you can tally your team’s score by adding up the points in the corner of each diffused bomb. Take an additional 10 points for winning the game, add a point for every 10 seconds left on the timer and award yourself a bonus of 2 points for every Fuse Card you had to complete. Record your team’s score on the back of the instruction booklet and make beating that your new goal!

This best-selling title from Renegade Game Studios is available at your local game store, Barnes & Noble as well as Amazon for around $25. Be sure to watch their Facebook and Twitter feeds as they do have a couple new games in the pipeline!

Do you prefer long or short games?

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A former manufacturing executive, Scott now balances his family life with ownership and backend administration of websites such as SahmReviews.com, GiftCardCollector.com and a number of other online properties. He also is an occasional writer and full-time board game fanatic.

38 comments on «Do You Have a Short or Long Fuse?»

  1. brody says:

    this is one of the funnest games!

  2. David S says:

    I want to play this game while listening to the Mission Impossible theme.

  3. Brad R says:

    I have heard alot about this game from the board game community. Sounds like a fantastic dexterity filler game! Thanks for the chance to win.

  4. James says:

    Yes I do typically keep my cool under pressure. If I crack, its because I’m really stressed!

  5. Zoltan says:

    I like short and tense little games, so this is right in my wheelhouse!)

  6. Zoltan says:

    I like to think that I can keep my cool 🙂

  7. Dan K says:

    I don’t keep my cool under pressure and this game sounds like fun!

  8. Ryan says:

    I fall aprt under pressure

  9. NickS says:

    I like to think that I stay cool.

  10. Sandra Watts says:

    I keep my cool now much better than I did when I was younger. You really got to push those buttons to get a rise out of me.

  11. Sparks says:

    Usually I can keep cool when aggravated, though my kids know how to push my buttons best.

  12. Matthew S. says:

    Thanks for the review.

  13. Clay Dun says:

    Seems like a really fun game, thanks for reviewing it.

  14. JamesL says:

    Good luck!

  15. Naomi says:

    Thanks for another great giveaway

  16. Megan says:

    Love this game

  17. Drew T says:

    Heard great things about this game. Thanks for the contest.

  18. JamesL says:

    Just realized I actually needed to answer the question. Depends on the pressure. I do very well under pressure regarding work deadlines / timelines. I suppose, it has to do with comfort level. If experience exists granting me a chance to succeed under pressure, then I do well. But, the less comfort, the more angst under pressure.

  19. Jeremy S says:

    My friend has this game and it is a lot of fun. Would love to own a copy.

  20. Fabiano Pires says:

    Thanks for the contest! I played this game a couple times and it would be a blast to win it!

  21. Megan says:

    My fuse is usually pretty long. Don’t test it though

  22. Éva says:

    Sometimes I can keep cool

  23. Zita Hargitai says:

    I’m totally cool, my fuse is incredibly long 🙂

  24. Alison King says:

    I’m think I’m pretty good at keeping my cool. The only time I lose it is when someone keeps purposefully and repeatedly doing something.

  25. Mark Marine says:

    Can’t wait to play

  26. Julie Lundstrom says:

    I try to keep my cool under pressure but it is hard.

  27. MaryAnn says:

    At work I do but at home not usually.

  28. Annmarie W. says:

    It takes quite a bit to make me feel ‘under pressure’…but once I’m there, I can lose my cool!

  29. Mark W says:

    I always keep my coo…… Hey, keep it quiet over there!!!!;

  30. EmanuelCB says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  31. Barinthus says:

    I got a long fuse, will this game cut it short?

  32. Paul Christopherson says:

    This looks fun! thanks for the contest.

  33. PBinCT says:

    Awesome, short-fused contest!

  34. Josh Willhite says:

    Thanks for the contest!

  35. Ron says:

    I think this game sounds like a lot of fun.

  36. Gabrielly says:

    Yes, I do typically keep my cool under pressure.

  37. Brad R says:

    Recently got this after reading so many great reviews. It has quickly become my wife and my favorite “downtime filler” game. Usually between dinner and kids going to bed!

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