“So load up yer’ six shooter, throw on yer’ hat and poncho, and gather the posse as the darkness is coming, and all hell’s about to break loose…”
This week we take a trip back into the Old West…with a heavy dose of nightmare mode added. Shadows of Brimstone: City of the Ancients is a cooperative game for 1-4 players in which the players are citizens in the old west minding their own business and then a bunch of really scary stuff starts to happen. You have the grit to make it through, partner?
From the Website: Shadows of Brimstone: City of the Ancients is a fast-paced, fully cooperative, dungeon-crawl board game set in the Old West, with a heavy dose of unspeakable horror! Players create characters, taking on the role of a classic Western Hero Archetype, such as the Law Man, Gunslinger, or Saloon Girl. Forming an adventuring posse, the Heroes venture down into the dark mines, overrun with all manner of ancient demons and foul creatures from another world. With tactical gameplay, lots of dice, and a robust card-driven exploration system, no two games are ever the same as the heroes explore the mines finding new enemies to fight, new loot to collect, and new dangers to overcome. Players can even find portals to other worlds, stepping through to continue their adventures on the other side!
From RTHG Staff (Brandon): I’d seen this game a year or so ago and thought it would be pretty awesome to dive into. You know the story, though, and I just never found time to buy it much less play. Then GenCon 2016 happened for me and I found myself standing at the Flying Frog Production booths staring this game square in the face. I watched a demo of it along with a buddy of mine and after said demo we both had the same thought: Give them our money!
The first time we got to play it was a few weeks after getting back and if you like a Horror West setting mixed in with some Descent-like gameplay this one nails it! The models are spectacular and the pace of the game keeps you humming. You can play it in one off game mode or in a campaign mode (which is where my tastes lie as I like persistence) and grow your characters abilities over time. There are more than a few expansions for the game, one (Frontier Town) which takes the in between games “town phase” and makes it a full on game itself instead of just dice rolls. Another (Trederra) introduces space aliens as a threat, though they look more humanoid than the horror based creatures you initially tackle.
An interesting note is that Flying Frog has an A and B core set. City of Ancients is the A set and Shadows of Brimstone: Swamps of Death is the B set. You can start play with either (or both) sets with the major difference being the aesthetics.
This game has a ton of support pieces behind it should you find you enjoy the base set that it will keep on giving fun play sessions for a long time.