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Shadows Over Camelot
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- A unique collaborative game featuring a malevolent twist
- Great for game nights
- Takes 60-90 minutes to play
- Beware the traitor in the midst
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Unique, Collaborative Game Featuring a Malevolent Twist
Shadows Over Camelot
- 1 Master gameboard of Camelot
- 3 double-sided Quest boards
- 30 miniatures of Knights and their foes
- 168 characters, events and loyatly cards
- 7 Coats of Arms
- 8 Dice
- 16 Swords of Round Table
- 1 Rules booklet
- 1 Book of Quests
- 3-7 Players
- Age 10+
- 60-80 minutes game
Great for Game Nights
Beware the Traitor in the Midst
At the incarnation of the Knights of the Round Table, you join forces against the game itself in an attempt to protect Camelot.
Your victory hinges on the successful completion of legendary Quests, such as the search for Excalibur, the Holy Grail, or Lancelot's Armor; the tournament against the Black Knight; and numerous wars against the Saxons and Picts.
But beware. .. all is not as it seems among these noble Knights. One of your number might yet turn out to be a traitor-in-waiting, biding his time while sowing havoc and destruction from the Shadows
Top Customer Reviews
The best part of the game is that one player can end up as "The Traitor" and actually be working against the other players without their knowledge, advancing the cause of the "Dark Side" in the shadows. There are 'loyalty' cards dealt out at the beginning of the game; all of them say "LOYAL" except for one. We always include ONE more loyalty card than there are players, that way, someone probably is the traitor, but not necessarily.
I remember the first time I was the traitor - it was so exciting! I mean, I was just so into that game, trying to pretend like I was helping, and instead going to a location where I could burn through my good cards without anyone realizing it. Then, when I blew my cover, I made a really bad play, intending to harm the other players, and ended up killing off my character! I just wanted to cry. (Well, not REALLY.) Anyway, this is a great game. Takes about 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours with four people (but that's with 4 kids running around and lots of snack breaks.)
The other thing about this game is that it is just BEAUTIFUL. I mean, every time we open it I just marvel at the level of detail and the beauty of it. (And it smells good, too!) This game is expensive, but when you open the box and play it, you'll know why. It FEELS like a $[...] game; nothing cheap or cheesy about it.
But let me skip right to the good stuff. Shadows Over Camelot is my favorite game, for one main reason. The Traitor. Not only does the mere idea that one of your knights might not be loyal throw a wrench into the cooperative mechanics of the game, but actually *being* the traitor is... is... so delightfully treacherous!!! You undermine your friends' work. If you have Lancelot's armor, you pretend to wince about your limited choices while playing a black card that may well screw them all over. And so long as you remain unrevealed, it's wonderfully stimulating to try and remain that way. (Last time I was the traitor, my hands were shaking so hard that I was sure both my "fellow players" (read: opponents) knew what I was up to. Also, the amount of King Arthur lore embedded in the game is really fun to discover! For example - the quest for Lancelot's armor turns out horribly when Guinevere appears on the scene, but Merlin may be able to save you...
One last note - once you get the hang of the game, be sure not to give each other too much information!! Our most recent handicap is that we give each other no advice or information about cards other than what we intend to do on our next turn. If someone wants to say more than that, they have to discard a white card or lose a life point, so you can imagine it doesn't happen very often.
It is a game easy enough for kids and challenging enough for adults, and it is a fast enough play so that a group can finish it and still play something else. Our gaming group usually has one or two people who show up late due to work (this happens when you game in your 40's) this game is an excellent multi player choice to play while waiting for the latecomers.
The basics are these you play one of the Knights of Camelot and try to complete quests as either teams or as individuals. Each Knight has abilities specific to himself. The different quest vary from the Holy Grail to the recovery of the Sword Excalibur to more mundane quests like defeating Picts or Saxons or solo quests such as defeating the Black Knight.
You can quickly adjust the skill level of the game by playing with our without the traitor rule. With the traitor rule one player is a traitor, but his loyalty is known only to him at the start of the game.
If Days of Wonder keeps putting out quality stuff like this pretty soon I'll be calling the old Avalon Hill "Avalon who?"
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We played this this weekend with some friends and boy is it FUN! Everyone should play this game at least once. Read morePublished 8 days ago by A. Miller
Came quickly and as described in great shape. Awesome game!!!!Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
Awesome game. Kids love it. Especially love the cooperative aspect with the added twist of the traitor.Published 2 months ago by Michael A Pedrotty
Awesome co op game to play with a group of friends that isn't too lengthy.Published 2 months ago by Allisa Daniels
purchsed for family member that likes good strategy games, they love it!!!Published 2 months ago by WANNA.BE.COWGIRL
Very fun, my whole family enjoys being both the loyal and the traitor, great replayability.Published 2 months ago by Joshua Rothwell