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The Downfall of Pompeii Board Game

4.6 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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  • Takes about 45 minutes to play
  • For 2-4 players
  • Historical themed strategy game
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

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Can you escape the inferno? It's the year of the Consulship of Augustus and Vespasianus. The rich, beautiful Roman city of Pompeii sits at the foot of majestic Mount Vesuvius. Renowned for exotic, easy and ample luxury, the wealthy town attracts the best of Rome's proud citizens. But a terrible secret lies deep beneath the slopes of the mighty mountain. A primeval secret is about to unleash unspeakable horrors on this fateful afternoon. The mountain, so very long asleep, is finally reawakening. Come to beautiful Pompeii. Use your cards to attract your Roman friends and relatives to visit select sites. But beware. The dreaded Vesuvius card means the mountain is awake, spewing fiery lava onto the unsuspecting city. Now you must struggle to get your compatriots out of the doomed town before they are engulfed. Rushing to avoid lava flows, your people must flee before Vesuvius explodes and ash seals their fate. Lead the most survivors to safety and you win . Designed by Klaus-Jurgen Wrede, the talented creator of "Carcasonne" A historically rich, fun game for 2-4 players age 10+, "Pompeii" plays in Å45 minutes. Includes 3 dual vent tiles and a new "Dual Vent" variant. "Pompeii" contains: 120 wood pieces, 62 game cards, 45 lava tiles, 3 dual vent tiles, 1 volcano, 1 cloth bag, game board, rules.

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Can you escape the inferno? It's the year of the Consulship of Augustus and Vespasianus. The rich, beautiful Roman city of Pompeii sits at the foot of majestic Mount Vesuvius. Renowned for exotic, easy and ample luxury, the wealthy town attracts the best of Rome's proud citizens. But a terrible secret lies deep beneath the slopes of the mighty mountain. A primeval secret is about to unleash unspeakable horrors on this fateful afternoon. The mountain, so very long asleep, is finally reawakening. Come to beautiful Pompeii. Use your cards to attract your Roman friends and relatives to visit select sites. But beware. The dreaded Vesuvius card means the mountain is awake, spewing fiery lava onto the unsuspecting city. Now you must struggle to get your compatriots out of the doomed town before they are engulfed. Rushing to avoid lava flows, your people must flee before Vesuvius explodes and ash seals their fate. Lead the most survivors to safety and you win . Designed by Klaus-Jurgen Wrede, the talented creator of "Carcasonne" A historically rich, fun game for 2-4 players age 10+, "Pompeii" plays in ≈45 minutes. Includes 3 dual vent tiles and a new "Dual Vent" variant. "Pompeii" contains: 120 wood pieces, 62 game cards, 45 lava tiles, 3 dual vent tiles, 1 volcano, 1 cloth bag, game board, rules.

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  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 7.6 x 2.6 inches ; 1.7 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • Origin: USA
  • ASIN: B00DGKNQEI
  • Item model number: MFG 4125
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 10 - 15 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,194 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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The Downfall of Pompeii
Players 2-4
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.
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This is a fun and easy game to play. Played it in my gaming group and we played it 2 times. The first game was really fast, the second volcano card came up early so we did not have much time to get our people on the board to have them escape in time. The second time we played it was way more fun. Trying to stop other players from winning was a lot more strategic. The randomness of the game makes it's playability endless. Highly recommenced.
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There are enough good reviews here so I'll just throw in my opinions. First off, the box says 8+, I disagree. I taught my five year old boy how to play in 15 minutes by the third game he needed little to no help (other than some minor people placement issues), and by the fifth game he had beaten me with some pretty clever lava tile placement. Anyway, the game is a ton fun, has basically a six page, well laid out rule book and so far has infinite replay value for me and my son. A lot of people are put off by the complexity of Euro games but I can assure you this is not one of them. My son is so amped on this game that when I come home from work he points a finger and announces, "You Sir, Are going into the volcano, MU-WHAHAHAHA".
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Some games take their inspiration from historical events. You'd think it would be tough to base a game on the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. The Downfall of Pompeii recreates that experience in a light and exciting two-to-four-player game.

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.
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This is just plain fun. We got it after we saw a special exhibit on Pompeii at a science museum. The directions explaining the three stages of the game are clear, and it works well for adults and kids. I play with my 8-year-old; I try to use strategy and he doesn't, and we each win about equally often. You can play with "nice" lava, which avoids people, or "vengeful" lava, which takes out the other players, or whatever you find entertaining. The game is relatively quick - 15 to 20 minutes. It does take a little time to set up the cards at the beginning, so I always sort the cards by type at the end of the game to speed up setup the next time we play.
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