Sons of Anarchy have a duty, brother
It’s time to open the throttle and ride high, because we’re unboxing Sons of Anarchy: Men of Mayhem by Gale Force Nine.
Motorcycle gangs. They’ve never held any fascination for me whatsoever, to be honest. Riding noisy bits of metal for hours, not washing for weeks, dressing in denim and leather all the time, getting bad tats—not a lifestyle I aspire to.
But the great thing about boardgames is that you can immerse yourself in any theme you like for a while—even ones that don’t personally appeal! So I’m looking forward to a lot of trash talking, deal-making, gun and drug running and brrrrooommm brrrrooommm noises when we put Sons of Anarchy: Men of Mayhem on the table this evening and all pretend to be tough guys controlling biker gangs for an hour or so.
Gale Force Nine have had a couple of hits with Spartacus and Firefly: the Game, but Sons of Anarchy: Men of Mayhem (I hope the ‘Men of Mayhem’ bit was some kind of strange contractual obligation, because it sure seems redundant and man those Blash Blah: Blah Blah titles with colon in the middle annoy me) is less tied to the TV series than you might think. While the different gangs in the series are represented, you don’t play particular characters. This is probably a good thing as the property is less well-known, and it also brings the focus back on the gameplay and the overall theme, not just the specific licence.
Anyway, let’s rip off the shrinkwrap and have a look inside this black box, shall we?