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mygif

I got that game for Christmas. I’ve played it twice with family members, and it’s pretty good.

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I had not realized there was an expansion! I’ve had the game for a while and my friends and I have enjoyed it – it tends to be one we break out when folks are too exhausted from work to want to deal with any complex strategies or competition.

On the one hand, the game sometimes feels a bit too easy – the players are generally in control for 90% of the game, especially if the competition for ‘Monster Slayer’ takes a backseat to the cooperation of simply winning. I’m not sure if I have ever lost the game.

That said, it has a few optional rules to boost difficulty if desired – and it does a very good job, even without them, of managing to hit the sweet spot of ‘victorious but bloodied’. I may not have ever lost, but I can think of half a dozen times when the game has ended with only one tower left standing – and about half of those involved the last monster dying in the act of the destroying the second to last tower.

Anyway, I’ll definitely have to check out the expansion, and see if that adds the ‘kick’ to the game that would really make it click for me…

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mygif

If you play with the ‘Monster Slayer’ rules, the game is much harder. People keep their hands secret, and you often have to make the tough decision of trading cards with someone (and giving THEM a kill) or not helping them, letting a monster through and risk losing the game.

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mygif

The designer is a really friendly guy, too. He taught me to play at PAX.

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