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Darkest Night - Euro Game #9 - Co-op Fantasy Boxed Board Game
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- Solitaire Gameplay
- 2.5 hour playing time
- Cooperative fantasy game
- Up to 6 players with variants
- Deluxe box packaging
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Searching the kingdom provides new powers and equipment to strengthen you and your party, as well as the keys that can unlock the holy relics and defeat the necromancer. You can acquire many powerful abilities-unique to each hero-that can help to fight the undead, elude the necromancer's forces, accelerate your searches for items and artifacts, and more. The knight is a brave and powerful warrior; the prince can rally and inspire the people; the scholar excels at locating and restoring the treasures of the past.
But ravenous undead roam the realm, and as the necromancer continues to build his power base, he blights the land and his army steadily grows. As the game wears on, the necromancer becomes more and more powerful, creating blights more quickly and effectively. If an area becomes too blighted, it gets overrun-and the monastery receives the spillover. And if the monastery is ever overrun, the necromancer wins and the kingdom is swallowed in darkness! Before the monastery falls, it's up to you and your party to defeat the necromancer in one of two ways: If you can gather three holy relics and bring them all back to the monastery, you can perform a powerful ritual to break the necromancer's power and scour the land of the undead. Alternatively, you can try to defeat the necromancer in direct combat-but be warned, he will readily sacrifice his minions to save himself.
Can you save the kingdom from darkness? Do you have the courage, the cunning and the will to withstand the necromancer and his forces? Strategize, plan and bring out the best of your abilities to end our Darkest Night!
Top Customer Reviews
The game is played with 4 heroes (not players per se) per game. If you have less players than 4, someone or multiple people will have to play multiple heroes. If you're solo, you play all 4. You'll traverse a small land terrorized by an evil necromancer and his minions utilizing holy relics and light feet to gather and prepare yourself for battle with the necromancer before the darkest night becomes... too dark.
The board and components are of adequate quality. Heroes and baddies are standard cutout cardboard rectangles (bah!) but with very nice and appropriate artwork. The game board is created from mutliple pieces of nice thick cardboard, very solid and clicks well together. The basic minions are similar to arkham horror pieces, square minions with artwork. The difference being that on one side there is artwork while on the under side are the creature stats.
Gameplay is fairly basic, the comparisons to arkham horror are justified. It is a lighter version that is pretty much "less everything." less locations to move, less characters to play as, less complicated rules, etc. It utilizes similar sneak/dodge techniques, similar combat rolls, similar card drawing / enemy introduction. One thing I do wish it had was some more descriptor thematic text that can be found in other games, but if you know the game well and can read the cards quickly, you can create your own thematic short blurb when a card is pulled.
If you are looking for a solo or multi player co-op i think you'll find this as a nice option, especially if you're trying to get a group to pick up a meatier game such as Arkham Horror.Read more ›
Victory Point Games, according to their reputation, doesn't have the best components for their games, but I was pretty impressed with what I received here. My only disappointment was that this didn't come with a box, but I'll probably make one specifically for this since I enjoyed the game so much.
As I've mentioned already, the gameplay is very similar to Arkham Horror. You choose a character, move around the board, and try to thwart the ever-present evil. What makes this game perhaps a little more tense than AH is the fact that, no matter what character class you are, you really don't stand up too well against the enemy. Rather than be able to roll into a portal with shotgun in hand, a lot of times you're just trying to sneak into an area, dispatch something evil, and get out before you get caught by the evil Necromancer who roams around the board, serving as the main villain for the game.
There are a number of characters who fit traditional medieval classes such as a knight, a wizard, a rogue, and a druid. There are also a few more less common ones such as a seer, an acolyte, and a prince. Everyone has their strengths, but no character feels particularly adept at combat. The only exceptions are probably the prince and acolyte. While they are both very weak in terms of the game's version of hit points, the acolyte grows stronger as the level of evil increases, and the prince has some skills designed to make him better at fighting the Necromancer directly.Read more ›
Game Designer: Jeremy Lennert
Artwork: Clark Miller and Daniel Taylor
Players: 1-4 (Cooperative)
Ages: 12 and up
Playing Time: 150 minutes
Game Mechanics: Dice Rolling, Card Driven, Variable Player Powers
Contents: One full color rules booklet (player aid included), One 11" x 17" paper game board, Nine Hero sheets, 150 cards, 111 laser-cut counters (minor assembly required), Five six-sided 12mm dice, One 11" x 17" mounted, jigsaw-cut game board
Suggested Retail Price: $49.99
Parental Advisory: Safe for children
Awards: 2012 Charles S. Roberts Best Science-Fiction or Fantasy Board Wargame Nominee
A great shadow has fallen over the kingdom as the undead continue to multiply under the control of a dread Necromancer. The king's army is broken, the lands overrun, and now the Castle has fallen. The last of the kingdom's strength has taken refuge in the hallowed ground of the Monastery, where the Necromancer and his dead dare not tread...yet. As he tightens his grip on the land and builds his power for a final assault on this last refuge, a few brave souls seek a way to fight back...
This introductory paragraph sets the tone for Victory Point Games title Darkest Night, a 1-4 player cooperative fantasy game where players choose four heroes, each with distinctive and unique powers and abilities. These heroes must battle and search throughout the kingdom for the keys needed to unlock Holy Relics which are the only weapons that can be used to defeat the evil Necromancer before he is able to overrun the land with blights, covering the land in darkness for all eternity.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fun, easy game to play. Rules are straight forward and the game theme/gameplay would make this a good gateway game for arkham horror (more gameplay than lore/monster wise). Read morePublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
Good game. Very difficult. The rules can be a bit involved, but once you get it down, it's worth playing.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
The game is fun, and I look forward to playing Darkest Night again. My wife played with me and said she gave it two or three out of five stars. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Davolous
This game is a great Co-op that has a ton of replay value.Published 7 months ago by PropagandaPanda
Absolutely love this game! Great class selection, and balancing.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Darkest Night is a fantastic game in and of itself, the expansions only enhance the experience.Published 8 months ago by Brendan D. Savalle
I love this game. Even if you don't buy any of the expansions there is a lot of game here to enjoy. It also plays well solo which is a plus for me.Published 13 months ago by Philip D. Miller
Delivered on time. Happy to receive my game. Played it once.Happy with the game system so
Far. Give it a thumbs up .