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Defend the TTC from killer snakes in new board game

The good news: Toronto finally got those new subways (subways, subways) we've been waiting for, with the expanded network stretching from Pioneer Village to Liberty Village.

The bad news: All that digging unleashed an army of bloodthirsty snakes. (Surprise!)

That's the premise behind a new indie board game created by Toronto studio Benham Games. Creator Sean Benham came up with Subways & Serpents during last summer's neverending subway vs. LRT debate: "I got to thinking how great our subway map could look if only we were able to fund all the proposed routes, and I began to sketch out what that potential map would look like - making sure to gerrymander the map to my own selfish whims," he says.

The game, which takes place inside this super-sized subway system, sounds like a takeoff of childhood favourite Snakes & Ladders - but the rules of the game are far more complex (and badass). You (and three to six of your closest friends) play as leaders of a team of serpent exterminators, looking to make some money and St. Patrick some snakes. "The 'bullseye' on your back grows larger and larger as you get closer to victory," with other teams trying to steal the cash you've accumulated, Benham says.

Your team is composed of parodies of beloved local figures - think "Sam The Wreckin' Man", who sports glasses that look like a pair of records, and "Oliver Russell", who's depicted sitting on top of a pile of gold, lighting a cigar with a Canadian $100.

The game is available on the Benham Games site for $35, and it's the closest any of us are going to get to York University Station anytime soon.


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