Saboteur Card Game
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- For 3-10 players
- After three rounds, the player with the most gold nuggets wins the game
- Takes about 30 minutes to play
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The game is very quick for novices to pick up, and works wonderfully with large groups (I think you really need at least 5 for it to work well, and the more the better). It reminds me a little bit of the classic Mafia party game, but with some real gamesmanship involved. It's great fun even with a mix of serious gamers and casual (or even slightly confused) participants... everyone seems to get into the spirit quickly whenever I've played. It also moves fast, and you can alter the length of the game by choosing how many rounds you want to play.
Bottom line -- easy, fun, cooperative strategy game (with possible traitors) that's great for a large group; wonderful way to open up a game night
The game is based on someone in the group of gold diggers being a possible saboteur. On the way of playing cards on a surface, each player may be suspicious of the other as they all connect paths closer to the end where the potential gold is hiding. The game is a lot of fun and easy to teach. The expansion is a must though, but slightly more confusing to teach to first timers.
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The concept is also pretty appealing: Each player is a dwarf working in a mine, digging tunnels and trying to reach gold--except for the ones who are saboteurs and actually want to hinder everyone else's progress. This is a bluffing/deduction game, which is generally my favourite kind: player roles are hidden, so you don't know who's working with you and who's working against you.
As I mentioned before, gameplay is very straightforward. Each player has a hand of cards, consisting mostly of tunnel pieces. On your turn, you play a card and then draw a new one. If you're not a saboteur, you're trying to advance the tunnel toward the three endpoints, one of which contains gold. If the tunnel forms a continuous path to the gold, then the regular miners win. If the deck of cards and the players' hands are exhausted first, then the saboteurs win.
Besides tunnel pieces, there are a few other types of cards that add a bit of variety to the turns. Maps let you look secretly at one of the endpoints to figure out where the gold is, and hazard cards let you hinder the other players: you can break their pick or their lantern, which prevents them from working on the tunnel until the problem is fixed. There are also cards for fixing the broken tools and for destroying part of the tunnel. I should note that I love the artwork on the cards; there are all sorts of cute critters and random objects that bring the tunnel pieces to life.
So, how does it all come together? Personally, I tend to find the game a bit disappointing.Read more ›
The game itself: You are either a "good guy" trying to reach the end goal, or a "bad guy" trying to cause trouble and keep that from happening. The game seems to be easier for the "bad guys", but it really all depends on the cards you are dealt, so I guess it could go either way. All in all, a fun, interesting game!
Most of the players will be on a team as miners trying to lay down cards to build tunnels that will eventually reach the gold at the end. The other players will be saboteurs trying to prevent the miners from reaching the gold through a combination of misdirection, deception, and outright sabotage. The only trick is-- no one knows what team any of the other players is on! The most fun part of the game is trying to figure out the loyalties of your fellow players.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this item thinking this is by the official publisher, but sadly it is a knock off version. Would not have a problem with this if the price tag wasn't so high. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Jeremy
Neat little concept for a card game. We've played this a bunch with friends. It is easy to learn and quick to play (we're normally done in about 30 minutes, even with a large... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
The box looks different from the picture. It seems like a crappy China made pirate version. Meanwhile, the box has a awful damage on it.Published 1 month ago by Peter Yang
Although this packaging looks like it's the original game, my box came with Chinese characters on the front and the instructions looked photocopied. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ronnie G. Bugnar Jr.