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Pompeii

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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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Can you escape the inferno? In the year 79 A.D., the beautiful city of Pompeii sits at the foot of Mount Vesuvius. For years, the lovely town has attracted the best of Rome's citizens, and it is famous for both its businesses and luxuries. But a terrible secret lies deep beneath the slopes of the mighty mountain. A secret that will unleash unspeakable horrors on the fateful afternoon of August 24th... Come to beautiful Pompeii with this exciting game! You will use cards to attract your Roman friends and relatives to the town. But hidden in the deck is the dreaded Vesuvius card! Once this card is drawn, the volcano will erupt, raining fire onto the unsuspecting city! Now you must struggle to escape the doomed city, rushing to avoid the constant streams of lava that threaten to engulf your people! Will you be able to save them all? The player with the most survivors will be the winner!

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Can you escape the inferno? In the year 79 A.D., the beautiful city of Pompeii sits at the foot of Mount Vesuvius. For years, the lovely town has attracted the best of Rome's citizens, and it is famous for both its businesses and luxuries. But a terrible secret lies deep beneath the slopes of the mighty mountain. A secret that will unleash unspeakable horrors on the fateful afternoon of August 24th. Come to beautiful Pompeii with this exciting game you will use cards to attract your Roman friends and relatives to the town. But hidden in the deck is the dreaded Vesuvius card Once this card is drawn, the volcano will erupt, raining fire onto the unsuspecting city Now you must struggle to escape the doomed city, rushing to avoid the constant streams of lava that threaten to engulf your people Will you be able to save them all? The player with the most survivors will be the winner.

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Product Dimensions 2.8 x 14.8 x 10.8 inches
Item Weight 2.2 pounds
Shipping Weight 2.2 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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ASIN B000NDQ0WQ
Item model number ASI5771
Manufacturer recommended age 10 - 14 years
Best Sellers Rank #748,630 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#17,158 in Toys & Games > Games > Board Games
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3.3 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

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Discontinued by manufacturer Yes

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Before I say anything about the game, just a heads up, and I got this from the company itself--Pompeii is being reprinted this summer. Probably will be out in June, 2013, they said. So unless you are one of those people who absolutely has to have the first print run of a product for collector's reasons, then don't spent $100+ like people are charging for it. That is absolutely ridiculous. They are only charging that much because it was hard to get. Come June, it will be easy to get a copy and will be retailing for around $40 or so.

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!
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The Downfall of Pompeii is a board game about survival. Players take turns during the 1st half of the game, populating the city of Pompeii. Everything is great, life is wonderful, everyone is happy. Volcano erupts! No problem, everyone is still happy, so happy in fact that the eruption doesn't affect everyday life. Players with the Omen cards, happily throw their "cousins" (other players' pieces) into the volcano. In fact, let's populate the city even more! Soon enough though, the volcano really shows it's eruptions are really deadly. So deadly, that tiles not lava, come raining down on the city, soon closing paths to exits all around the city. It's everyone for themselves, players take turns picking tiles out of a bag and placing them on the board, trying to smother other players while running for their own lives.

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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Pompeii has an inventive design and clever mechanic quite unlike anything else I've played. Some may be a little uncomfortable choosing an opponent's meeple to roast in the volcano, but it's all in the game.
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Pompeii is a very interesting game because it uses two completely different phases and makes them work together in such a fun way.

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.
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I played Downfall of Pompeii at the MACE boardgame convention and just had to have the game after I having played it a couple of times.
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.
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