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- For 2-4 players
- By the designer of Carcassonne
- The player with the most survivors wins
- 140 playing pieces in 4 colors, 62 game cards (53 Pompeii cards in 4 colors, 7 omen cards, 2 A.D. 79)
- 45 lava tiles bearing 6 symbols, 1 volcano, 1 cloth bag, 1 game board
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That said, Pompeii is a great game. You strategically place your citizens in the buildings, ward off the inevitable eruption as long as you can by sacrificing people, and when it does blow, you race to get your citizens out while placing lava markers to block you opponents! Yeah, it's a little mean, but it is all in good fun. The game is very strategic, but does not take itself too seriously. The game even comes with its own volcano. Great fun!
Pompeii is a fun game with a little luck and a lot of panic when it's time to get out. I recommend it for those looking for a survival game. Another great game is Survive.
Pompeii can also be adapted to be a 5 and 6 player game. There are advice for doing so on Board Game Geek. Basically, you need extra player pieces and slight set up change with the cards in the beginning of the game and slight change in the end when the lava tiles flow.
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Phase 1: Get as many people into Pompeii as possible. This involves using cards to decide where to strategically place people.
Phase 2: Now try to get your guys out alive. This involves drawing lava tiles and placing them on the board, trying to block the exits for your opponents and create a path of escape for yourself.
In the end, whoever gets the most people out alive, wins.
It's an easy game to teach and plays quick. Highly recommended.
This game I think is out of print and becoming more and more difficult to find so you should grab one if you can!
To give you an idea of how appealing this game is, a copy showed up at my local game shop and it got bought up the first day even though everyone said they could not afford to buy it. As soon as the game was rung up a request for another was put in.
This game is relatively short 30-45 minutes. It's not a hard game, but has enough strategy involved to keep it very interesting.
The game moves from the different stages quickly and there is not much chance for analysis paralysis.
But the best part of this game by far is when you get to pick up your fellow players relatives and toss them into the volcano (sound effects please!).
The theme is pretty good for this game as well.
In the first stage you are placing your family members in the different buildings located throughout the city. In the second stage you continue to place your family members but also get to place relatives who have come to see the volcano's activity (you wrote your relatives to tell them about it).
Stage three the volcano erupts and everyone runs for the gates. Each player draws and places on of 6 different area lava tiles until all the gates are sealed or all the relatives have been taken by the lava. Any relatives trapped or taken by the lava are tossed into the volcano as well.
Whoever gets the most relatives out of the city wins. In the event of a tie you count each player's family members that were tossed into the volcano. The one with the least family members in the volcano wins.
This game is ALOT of fun! It is one of my most played games (I have nearly 100 games). It is also one I ALWAYS want to play!
If you find a copy of this game get it! It is already difficult to find.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
When I purchased this, the picture to advertise this game was the box of the original first edition cover. Read morePublished 14 months ago by TobyWan
"Pompeii" is a game that seems to havetwo distinct personalities.
At first play it seems to be a worker placement game much like other Euro-type games. Read more
This game is great fun and I liked it very much. A good strategy game. It has a short play time (which is good for me), and is fun to play with small or larger groups. Read morePublished on September 8, 2010 by LHLohio
Oh how fun is this! Great game, that consists of three phases. First phase is where each player places there people into Pompeii. Read morePublished on January 11, 2009 by James Overseas