The story of the Three Little Pigs itself seems pretty straightforward in its themes-the moral is more or less "don't be stupid when choosing building materials for your house." . However, Eisner took hold of the theme of tricking/outwitting the wolf (there is a second part to the story, that I think most of us tend to forget, where the third pig continues to be harrassed by the wolf, and keeps outsmarting him) and used it to create a board game in which players are competing against the other players for the limited resources available. Some reviewers have likened it to "rock, paper, scissors"-when I first saw the rules of play it reminded me of a version of "Settlers of Catan" for kids!
My favorite additions are the cards that represent other fairy tale characters. For example, there is a Rumpelstiltskin card that can be used to transform straw into the other materials! There is also Little Red Riding Hood (of course, the wolf's other arch nemesis), the Fairy Godmother, Puss in Boots, the Elves (of Elves and the Shoemaker fame) and more. And an added challenge for Tales of Faerie readers-if you can think of other fairy tale characters that could work well in the context of the game, they might make a card based on our ideas! What other fairy tale characters can you think of that could be helpful (or not so helpful) to gathering straw, wood, and brick, and building houses? (I'm guessing they're looking for more well known characters that most players will recognize).
You can look at the game more in depth at its Kickstarter page or this review by Father Geek! And if you're able to contribute to the Kickstarter, what a great way to spread fairy tale themes into the world of board games!
Completed houses-of straw, wood, and brick
All the game artwork is original, by Ryan Swisher.