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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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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

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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: #29,310 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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MFG4125 The Downfall of Pompeii Board Game Mayfair Games

Ages 10 and up

Players: 2 to 4

Playing time: 45 - 90 minutes

It is 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 Romes 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!

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 !

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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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This is a fun and easy game to play.
William P. Garner
We all really liked the game and even got into it by "screeching in pain" whenever one of our "relatives" got thrown in the volcano!
Lisa S.
We has a great deal of fun with this game.
Anthony LaFountain

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anthony LaFountain on October 9, 2013
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William P. Garner on November 10, 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cody Carlson VINE VOICE on January 1, 2014
Mayfair Games' "The Downfall of Pompeii" is a wonderful game set during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the Roman Empire. The game board depicts the Roman town of Pompeii, with several buildings, each containing several spaces. Roads out of the city are also presented, as is a fun three dimensional volcano. The game is played out in two phases. During the first phase, players use cards to place their wooden pieces (representing people), into the various buildings, then draw a new card. Some cards alter the manner in which pieces are played, however. This first phase is a bit slow, though you can fill the tension being to build. The game really takes off in its second phase, however, like an absentee father suddenly appearing and showering his children with presents. Once the second AD 79 card is drawn, players begin laying lava tiles on the board using corresponding symbols. They can lay the lava down anywhere adjacent to the symbol printed on it. When a player lays down a tile, all of the pieces in that space are thrown into the volcano, so you generally target spaces filled with opponents' pieces. After placing a tile, players can move two of their pieces within the city, toward the city gates. The winner is the player who is able to save the most of his pieces from a firery death in the volcano.

Though setting up the card deck at the beginning of the game is a bit of a chore, it doesn't really detract from this game offers once it starts. This is a game of slowly building tension and then a mad, frantic dash for safety, even as you're screwing over your opponents with well-placed tiles. Additionally, you will be asking yourself, "Do I move those pieces close to the gates, or do I try to get my pieces deeper in the city closer to safety first?" "Downfall of Pompeii" is just a lot of fun and both kids and adults will really enjoy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph M. Reninger on December 18, 2013
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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