Pogs, the original compact disc, are cool again. The strange collectable game is making a Christlike return that isn’t totally unsurprising since this is the era of remakes and reboots. Everything comes back in fashion eventually, and I guess Pogs are once again ready for their close up. I know most of you are saying “WTF is he talking about” or “I kinda remember that bullshit” but don’t fret, SBS will catch you up on all the rules and trends so you can be ready for the Pog invasion 2.0.
Pogs are round paper/cardboard tokens with art on one side, normally featuring something wicked awesome like a spider, 8-ball or yinyang. Games need at least 2 players but could accommodate a whole group, all with the same rules. Each player picks an equal number of Pogs to play with. Let’s just say two players and ten Pogs each. They next make a mixed tower out of their combined Pogs. Making sure that they are all face down.
Gameplay is simple. Players take turns throwing. Using a extra thick Pog called a Slammer. These can be huge and made from materials like rubber, plastic or mean metal. So players use the Slammer to hit the tower of Pogs. Any Pog that flips face up goes to the thrower. Turns continue until all the Pogs have been claimed. The player with the highest number of Pogs, wins.
Some, crazy kids play for keeps. Meaning the Pogs you add to the tower can be lost permanently if they flip up when your opponent is shooting. Scary stuff, I know. I never play for keeps with any of my favorites. I mean you could lose an important member of your collection.
Alf, Game of Thrones, Hunger Games all have new sets coming out (not fact-checked). These are the must-haves this Spring gaming season. If you do miss out on one of those hard to get pieces then you can always turn to eBay where for just a few hundred dollars, you could be the proud owner of a choice collection.
Get into it NOW!
This is going to hit us like a wave and you want to be surfing this one, my friend. You do yourself the favor and invest now. It’s a great game. It has original art and is basically gambling for kids. The Pogs get stored in this cool plastic tube that looks like weed from the medical dispensary. I think Gut Fieri is really into it (also not fact-checked). So if you ever meet him you can bring up Pogs and not food stuff. Then you guys would totally be friends and he would probably buy you some of those cool backwards sunglasses.
If you do one thing right in 2016, it should be get into (or back into) Pogs. It’s like Yoga, but for your mind. Think about that.
Just like time, fun is also a flat circle.