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The Downfall of Pompeii Board Game
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- Takes about 45 minutes to play
- For 2-4 players
- Historical themed strategy game
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Ages Suggested 10 and up
Time: 30-45 minutes
The Downfall of Pompeii is another great game from Mayfair Games. The object of the game is to get as many of your "relatives" out of the city of Pompeii before lava engulfs the entire city. Rather than give you a play by play of the game we are simply going to highlight some of the mechanics involved. We do have a brief video review as well. Find this after the review below.
There are four phases of the game. First you move your "relatives" into the city. This is done by through simple deck mechanics. You draw a card with a number on it and place you pieces in the corresponding building. This will continue for a few times around the table until you pull the first Vesuvius (A.D. 79) card. When this card is drawn the volcano is beginning to get a bit agitated. This also bring you into phase 2 of the game. Now when you place your pieces you can also invoke the Relatives Rule which allows you to bring more people into the city at a time.
Remember the object is to get as many people outside the city walls by the end of the game as possible, so you will want to start with as many as you can. You will also now begin to see Omen cards. These cards allow you to and I quote from the directions "pick another players piece and throw it into the volcano." This is unusually satisfying. Continue around the table placing pieces and feeding the volcano until you pull the second Vesuvius (A.D. 79) card. You now put away all of the cards and begin to try to rescue your relatives. You have a bag of lava tiles you will being to place in the corresponding places on the board. If a piece is placed in a space that has pieces on it, they to get thrown into the volcano.Read more ›
The game is played in two phases. In the first phase, players place as many of their people as possible in the city, hopefully close to exits. Players have a hand of cards with numbers corresponding to buildings on the board. Each player plays one card, puts a token (one of their people) in the appropriate building, and draws a new card from the draw deck. Turns continue until the first 79 AD card is drawn.
Then, play continues with some new rules. First, when placing a token, if the building already has other tokens, the player may place additional people in buildings of the same color or in the grey-colored neutral buildings (representing relatives fleeing into the city). Second, occasionally the new card drawn is an Omen card, which means a person needs to be sacrificed to the mountain. The player who drew the card chooses a token to put in the volcano (presumably, some other player's token). Third, if a building can't fit anymore people, then the card can be played as a wild card allowing placement of a token in any building on the board, but the relative bonus does not take effect, i.e. no extra tokens are placed. Eventually the second 79 AD card is drawn and the lava starts flowing.
In the second phase, players start drawing lava tiles from a bag and placing them on the board. Each tile has one of six symbols on it, indicating where the tiles can be placed. Each symbol has a starting square for the first tile with that symbol. Any subsequent tile is placed next to a tile with the same symbol.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really fun game. The setup is a little hard to get the first time around if no one has played the game before but it is worth it to toss people into the volcano.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
This game is played in two parts. After playing the game 4 times; the game feels repetitive. The placing of the citizens becomes routine. Read morePublished 1 month ago by I. Wells
The first play through takes a while as the rules don't quite make sense, but once everyone has the hang of it, this is a nice quick game and a lot of fun. Read morePublished 1 month ago by iceph03nix
Love this 3 stage game. Even keeps the kids entertained, but know it is a 4 player only game.Published 6 months ago by Kris F.
This is a great game! My family loves to play it. My students loved to play it on special occasions. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Caleb shoemaker
This game is simple and addictively fun. At first, it's all about strategy worker placement. Drop people into houses, maximize siblings. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Rijvi Rajib