Days of Wonder Shadows Over Camelot Merlin's Company Board Game
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- This is an expansion; Shadows Over Camelot is required to use it
- Adds depth and complexity to the base game
- The Merlin's Company expansion, supports up to 8 players, including 2 possible Traitors
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|Length: 7:50 Mins|
Our games with this expansion so far have felt more challenging in the early game, and less challenging if you make it past the hump. You will lose early or win handily late. A clever traitor can, however really exploit they new problems this expansion presents and alter the difficulty curve.
We have not played an 8 player game with two traitor cards, but based on my familiarity with the game's balance I can say this would be a very difficult and challenging setup.
In particular the new witches are each dangerous and feel like mini Morgana cards, and the new special white cards are all pretty useful and sufficiently varied.
The new knight abilities are generally in line with the old ones power wise, with one exception that feels stronger, however I don't think it's game-breakingly overpowered like some of the other reviews state. If you think it's too good, ban it, or nerf it, it's YOUR game, and you're not playing it in a tournament.
The graphics and durability are what I have come to enjoy with any of the Days of Wonder games.
I hope that you can enjoy this extension of Shadows Over Camelot as much as I did and don't forget you need the original Shadows Over Camelot to use the extension game.
Sir Bedivere is very useful, and can be a great addition to your company of knights, but I was underwhelmed with some of the other knights' abilities. The travel deck offers a new layer of challenge, but I would have preferred to have a new quest board added instead. It adds more deadly black cards, powerful white cards, and a Merlin figure that can join you on a quest, which is an essential addition to the Camelot theme.
I'd have given this expansion a higher rating if I thought it would make people give this game another chance if it's just sitting on their shelves. I don't think this expansion provides that, but if it's already in your rotation, then you definitely want to throw these new cards and characters into the mix.
That being said, I purchased this expansion because the game had simply become to easy. I read some other reviews about this making it a much harder game.
It has succeeded. I enjoy a game where I play it and I have to fight for the win. Its not just handed over to me, or a brief moment of the game. I enjoy a hard fought victory that we had to endure through the entire game.
Merlin is introduced and he is there to help you, trying to get him where he is needed to help combat any of the witches cards that may arise.
The witches add a new element to the game. Their cards are just nasty! You shudder when a friend turns it over and reads it, which to me makes the game all the more enjoyable.
So if you are looking to increase the difficulty of the game, grab this expansion, you will not be disappointed.
The new knights are well written with decent abilities. Merlin traveling to quests is a good new mechanic.
I think this maintains a good game balance and opens the game up to more players.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This game was a gift for my boyfriend and we love it. Makes the already heard game harder but definitely is a great addition to the game.Published 23 days ago by Liani M.
Having spent hours in the world of Camelot with friends I can firmly say this game will give you plenty of excitement. This is in all respects the Dark Souls of board games. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Clinton D.
This expansion is totally worth it for Shadows over Camelot. With this expansion the game becomes a lot harder and a lot more fun!Published 4 months ago by trw
Excellent expansion game for the shadows series... I hope they make more!Published 4 months ago by Afro Bat
My husband is an avid video and board games person, and he hosts a weekly game night with all of his equally nerdy friends. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Alexa
We love Shadows over Camelot and play it with all my (grown) siblings when we're together. We had gotten fairly adept at beating the traitor along with the game, so we added in... Read morePublished 10 months ago by cbonk34
A fairly good expansion to the base game, the inclusion of Merlin makes it slightly easier to finish long quests such as Dragon's Quest and the Holy Grail. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jon Brown