Bring Life Into Your Game
I've read and heard a lot of negative reviews about this game but I love horror themes, gothic settings, and worker placement games. My only problem with this game is that I am dice averse. There are several things to contemplate in this game: financing, set collection, worker acquisition and development, and item collection and development. You also have to consider personal development as well because your character does not only have its own power, it also develops as a result of your decisions. Players interact with each other mainly via competition over worker spaces. Event cards provide a narrative that adds atmosphere, story, and either penalties or bonuses to gameplay. Not all event cards will be used and the turn they are drawn affect which side will be read. Not all event cards and player personalities can be used in one game so this, with the chance arrangements of each deck of cards at each locale and the dice rolls for animation of your creature sums up to a high degree of replayability. The rules are simple enough with very few complications. I purchased a copy of this game because of its unique theme. Granted, the combination of game mechanics are familiar, but the gestalt is a beautiful beast. The main gripe I get from video and written reviews is the material used for the player board. To give you an idea, it is the same kind of material used in players boards of Argent: The Consortium, Arkham Horror (Revised Ed.), Chaos in the Old World, Descent (Second Ed.), Terraforming Mars, and so on. Most games of Fantasy Flight. Most games available on retail. In short, I'm not disappointed because this is not a deluxe copy nor was it ever on Kickstarter so I don't expect it to have quality greater than retail. I find the artwork to be gruesome - it's a horror game after all - but it justifies the 13+ age requirement. By that age, a child would have been exposed to the decapitations of Yu Yu Hakusho and the zombies of Train to Busan or Zombieland. I even know some parents who allowed their children to watch The Walking Dead.