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Saboteur -- great game for large groups, Mafia with strategy
on December 11, 2008
I love this game. In Saboteur you and your group are miners (dwarves) collaborating to tunnel to your goal: gold. You lay cards that create the tunnels leading to one of three possible destinations (only one of which has the gold you seek). However, one or more of you may actually be a Saboteur, subtly (or not-so-subtly) undermining everyone else's efforts. In addition to laying tunnels, you may: use map cards to help you decide which destination is the one you want; break or fix other players' mining equipment; cave in sections of the tunnel; or just secretly discard cards that are not useful to your goals.
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