Card game:The Grizzled

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Three Frenchmen collaborated on a collaborative card game in 2014. Called "Lespoilus" or literally "the hairy one," which is still a phrase of endearment for infantrymen in France, the English version is The Grizzled. In the game, all the players are infantry during World War I and must endure and collaborate, to achieve either peace, which means all win, or death. The game is not meant to be played by anyone under the age of 14 as it deals with serious subjects and emotions during play. Fabien Riffaud and Juan Rodriguez were the developers, while Bernard Verlhac, known by his alias "Tignous," did all the artwork. Sadly, Verlhac was shot and killed during the January 2015 terrorist attack at the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices, where he held his day job, just days after he'd delivered the final designs for the game. The Grizzled has gone on to be nominated for several prestigious gaming awards and both its design and artwork are considered both moving and beautiful by many critics. Verlhac's artwork, less profane than his magazine images, is considered representative of his hopes for a collaborative peace among all rivals.

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  • Title: Card game:The Grizzled
  • Creator: Sweet November
  • Date Created: 2015
  • Location: France
  • Subject Keywords: soldier
  • Type: Card Games
  • Medium: printed cardstock, cardboard, paper
  • Designer: Fabien Riffaud | Juan Rodriguez
  • Artist: Tignous


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