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Defend the TTC from killer snakes in new board game

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / April 8, 2014

ttc board gameThe 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.



Dave / April 8, 2014 at 04:32 pm
This games looks awesome. Can't wait to play.
W. K. Lis / April 8, 2014 at 04:38 pm
Where's my "Get Out Of Jail Free" card?
M / April 8, 2014 at 04:40 pm
It's disappointing that a board game has a better plan for downtown transit than our Municipal and Provincial governments do.
#FordMoreYears replying to a comment from M / April 8, 2014 at 04:53 pm
That's because the game doesn't have to real with the realities of actually having it built.

Join Ford Nation for the Rob Ford re-election campaign kick off
April 17th, 6:30pm 650 Dixon Road

Show support, show love, Ford more years
Jmons / April 8, 2014 at 05:27 pm
BlogTO---please delete that comment replying to a comment from #FordMoreYears / April 8, 2014 at 05:56 pm
The only snakes in Toronto are the Bros. Ford
James / April 8, 2014 at 07:11 pm
Where is the gravy train??
BH replying to a comment from #FordMoreYears / April 8, 2014 at 08:22 pm
I don't know what's worse, being a predictable BlogTo troll or actually supporting an alcoholic druggie who consorts with criminals and has an allergy to telling the truth.

One is just lame, but the other makes you a moron.
W. K. Lis replying to a comment from BH / April 8, 2014 at 09:11 pm
It'll be closed on weekends for maintenance and signal upgrades.
#FordMoreYears / April 8, 2014 at 09:23 pm
I just love that your all getting caught up in these Rob Ford video games and fake campaign signs and Rob Ford animations and short films all the while you're doing NOTHING to actually spread support for the actual candidate that you're interested in. I thought all the Ford media hype and your commenting on him once you actually had your candidates in place to support BUT your not, your still talking about Ford.
You have it all wrong... replying to a comment from #FordMoreYears / April 8, 2014 at 09:59 pm
...we're simply entertaining ourselves until the election, when the vast majority of people vote for ABF, and Ford's --what...25%???-- share of the vote won't be anywhere near enough to return him to the Mayor's Chair.

In fact, my friend, you've actually perfectly outlined YOUR dilemma. You and folks like you who enjoy littering every post with FORDMOREYEARS garbage on sites like this are literally doing ZERO for your candidate. In fact, all you are doing is firing up the center and left bases.

So, personally, I'd love nothing better than all the Ford trolls to spend every second of their days for the next 7 months going crazy on here. Better here than in a forum where they might actually sway a voter or two over to your man.

If Ford lives or serves long enough to election night, I can't wait to attend his party just to watch the look on his face when they announce Chow/Tory/Solnacki won it going away.

I'll be the one at the back of the room doing the loudest, most perfect Nelson Munse you ever heard.
#FordMoreYears replying to a comment from You have it all wrong... / April 9, 2014 at 12:00 am
We're just more passionate than your side is. Your side won't show up to vote, its a bit of a hassle, then you'll complain that Ford got in because of voter apathy. Our side is showing up for the polls for sure!
Ron / April 9, 2014 at 12:26 am
This is a little too Snakes on a Plane/Cat Cafe for me....thanks
hahahaha! replying to a comment from #FordMoreYears / April 9, 2014 at 07:55 am
Silly boy. Thinks he has poli-sci degree because he reads the Sun. That's so cute.

Now run along and let the adults talk.

Randal / April 9, 2014 at 09:06 am
Is that the problem, are we expecting all tax paying voters to have poli-sci degree?
Fred / April 9, 2014 at 09:58 am
"gerrymander"? the guy sounds like a dink
jen replying to a comment from #FordMoreYears / April 9, 2014 at 10:07 am
Free crack for everyone and vodka in water bottles! Yay!!
haha / April 9, 2014 at 10:11 am
Take off your 1987 University Engineering jacket pal its time to stay in reality here, clearly the old grey made ain't what she used to be.
iSkyscraper / April 9, 2014 at 11:30 am

Why yes, I do. I believe it's called "not electing a dimwitted, crack-addled university dropout whose only interest in transit is clearing more road space for cars to be the mayor".

Cute board game, but kind of sad that it has to be based on a fantasy.

Garth replying to a comment from Can't wait tfor Ford's blow-out. / April 9, 2014 at 02:55 pm
Sure show up in numbers it always looks good in the media. We definitely want more people to show up than the mere 69 people that showed up to listen to Wynne...HA HA HA
WTF replying to a comment from Garth / April 9, 2014 at 03:01 pm

"Only 69 people attended a hastily arranged speech at the sprawling Columbus Centre that her office had deemed an “important” event."

Clearly the Liberals are as important as they think
Spike replying to a comment from iSkyscraper / April 9, 2014 at 03:04 pm
It's bullshit and NOT realistic, in that we don't need any more subways like the ones shown in the game aside from the DRL and the extension to Vaughn; we should be building up most (not all, since the Jane street line is though to be impossible) of Transit City along with the DRL, and that's it.

To be frank, this focus on 'subways, subways, subways' is becoming tiresome, and needs to stop; there are OTHER things we need to be focusing on, and this article has the right of it;
wolfkin / April 9, 2014 at 04:16 pm


Ha ha that's actually kinda clever. This game however I'm not really sold on it. I hope he does like a demo at Snake and Lattes or something.
Can I ask you a question Garth? replying to a comment from Garth / April 9, 2014 at 07:22 pm
Or does your Mommy still carry your balls in her purse??
Garth / April 9, 2014 at 08:22 pm
We want the campaign kick off celebration to be packed beyond capacity, those that can't get in can listen from the street or parking lot Ford Nation is growing fast. The last time we saw this kind of interest, controversy, celebrity was with Trudeaumania.
Answer this replying to a comment from Garth / April 9, 2014 at 09:11 pm
What would the Mayor have to do to lose your vote?
For those interested, the Mayor's reps will be handing out free green items replying to a comment from Garth / April 9, 2014 at 09:15 pm
April 17--be there. And just be cool. Be sure your friends are cool, be on the lookout for idiots trying to spoil the fun. And just enjoy the evening and the music and the food and the rockin' speeches. And then vote with your hearts, Herbal Nation. April 17, write it down in your smartphones!
Garth / April 10, 2014 at 12:09 am
The mayor would lose my vote if he blew a million dollars on gas plants without anyone even knowing it was happening. But then claimed innocence because they too knew nothing about it, just a billion dollar leak.
Um...Garth/Gus?? replying to a comment from Garth / April 10, 2014 at 08:06 am
City mayors don't build gas plants, provinces do.

I'm talking about municipal matters, not provincial.

Try again, please.
michel / April 11, 2014 at 10:14 am
Subways & Serpents now available at Midoco!
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