I’m a terrible vampire hunterTuesday, September 8, 2009 14:16
Our regular session at CarcaSean last Saturday was a pre-arranged game of Fury of Dracula. This was our first experience of a mostly cooperative game with one player assuming the role of the antagonist. In this game, most of the players take on the role of hunters who must track down and destroy Dracula who is controlled by a single player. The action takes place on a board that represents all of Europe. Dracula can win through a variety of ways including maturing enough young vampires or simply eluding the hunters long enough. The hunters are forced to destroy Dracula before he has earned enough points to win.
In retrospect, getting the most experienced and skilled player in our group to be Dracula was probably a bad idea. Our first game went disastrously for the hunters as we muddled around the coastlines of Europe being confused about why we hadn’t picked up Dracula’s trail when we were sure that we must have disembarked at a port. We simply forgot that a port location had been cleared out of the trail earlier. That first game went by so quickly that we decided to do another game.
This one went a little better in that we managed to actually have a confrontation with Dracula this time. However, he managed to play an Evasion card just as all of the hunters were close to surrounding him and we learned that even if we won every fight, we’d still have to successfully confront him multiple times to whittle down his blood supply. So either our Dracula was very, very good, or we were very, very bad vampire hunters.
My thoughts on this game is that while at first glance it seems that deductively working out Dracula’s hiding place is important, in practice, it comes to using event cards to locate him and perhaps judicious use of the Sense of Emergency ability to pin him down. The good thing about this is that a session doesn’t take very long at long, but it doesn’t strike me as having enough replayability to consider buying. It strikes me that many of these American games have a strong luck factor. It’s been a while since my wife and I had a chance to play a Euro game. I think we’re going to try to do that for our next session. I’ve been meaning to try out Mr. Jack which should be a game of almost purely logical deduction. We’ll see how that pans out.