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Dangerous Games: 'Myth' Board Game Review

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The chair creaks as you settle onto it. The candlelight flickers. All around you the ravenous faces of your so-called friends twist in delight as you slowly open the box laid out on the table. Welcome to Dangerous Games! Each week, we'll feature a horror/thriller/monster tabletop game you should be playing. Don't be scared… roll the dice… what's the worst that could happen?

 

'Myth' - Mercs, LLC (2014)

 

This is an age old story. You're a brave soldier, or a dastardly brigand, you fire off shaft after shaft of arrows, or you wield powerful magic. You are one of the Heroes, one of the good guys, and it's your job to protect the realm from all manner of terrifying horrors. Like the Terror with 1,000 Legs! Uh oh, these creepy-looking, crawling monsters want to tear you limb from limb, and only by working together with your compatriots will you stand a chance at survival.

 

'Myth' is a cooperative game for two to five players set in a mostly-traditional fantasy world. In it players play through quests, gaining items and fighting off evil. The evil in this game is what makes the game worth talking about on this site. "The Darkness" is an ever-spreading, ever-befouling cesspool of evil, treachery, and gross bug monsters. And they're out to get you.

 

Gameplay Mechanics

 

Each player takes on the role of a specific hero fighting against the darkness. Player choose ahead of time what scenario, or quest, they want to play out. The game doesn't need anyone to run the side of the monsters, those creatures are pre-designed to pop out and hurt you at all the wrong times. You control your hero with your Hero Deck, which will allow you to move, take actions, attack, and help your allies. Each action that a hero does will make the darkness get closer to acting. When the darkness "takes its turn" the heroes are in trouble. In the end, you'll play your cards, move your miniatures, and attempt to succeed in your noble quest.

 

The above was just the slightest, smallest taste of these rules. This game is definitely the kind of game you dig into. The rule book clocks in at a hefty 63 pages and it doesn't hold your hand at all. But if you're into games like "Descent" or the classic "Hero's Quest" you'll be able to pick this up and get going with it in no time.

 

Replay Value

 

If you can find a dedicated group of pals to play this game with I guarantee you'll be playing this game for a long, long time. There are plenty of quests to keep you busy, and this is the type of game that will span a fan-based set of quests. The community behind this game is strong, even though the game is brand new.

 

 

Overall Impressions

 

This game is a home run for me. It marries my two loves: Epic, D&D-style fantasy/adventure, and grim, monster-based horror. The monsters in this game are out for blood, they are devilish abominations, and they are beautifully sculpted in this hobby-level plastic. The production quality of this game is unlike anything I've ever seen before in a board game, and it's got it's hooks in me for sure! 

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