RESURRECTION! nice work on the minis btw skeletal, pretty good stuff! alright board games, lets talk. am i alone here in that i dropped money onto the Deep Madness kickstarter? i received my copy of the game a few months ago, and jesus christ its been a total blast. like, it is a seriously challenging sci fi horror game in the vein of dead space and HP lovecraft set in an underwater mining facility, kadath.
the pacing is pretty good, limited number of rounds so you’re on a time limit in completing the mission objective. its brutal in that every new round the game will spawn new horrors for you to fight against, and when my friend and i been 2 manning this ■■■■■ we always get overrun. you have some strong monsters, weaker ones, and then you got the boss monsters that we only have faced 1 of. the miniatures are high quality, the board pieces look awesome, and the story is pretty neat. you can go ■■■■■■■ insane depending on how your fights go, and when your character is totally nutty you will suffer consequences that will result in some form of crowd control, debuff, dropping your guns, damage being taken, or generally just ■■■■■■■ your party over. if there are too many nasties rushing you to eat your face, you can close doors as well, thus forcing them to start rolling for an attribute test to see if they bust it down. if there are too many monsters, and their horror rating surpasses your investigator’s escape rating, he/she is ■■■■■■ and must kill some to move again.
highlight was a mission to escape to a subway train in the facility. we had to run our investigators while blowing away any monsters in our path to power it up. with bad luck plagueing us at the dice roll, too many survived and it got to a point where nearly all of the bestiary was on the board. we had 4 doors closed, lady luck was on our side as we failed the monster tests to bust them down. but at the very last round we passed their door tests and probably close to 40 of the ■■■■■■■■ came pouring in screaming in a rage trying to slaughter our investigators. we opened up with shotguns while retreating and at the very last turn barely made it onto the train leaving that huge riot behind. overall its a pretty exciting game! id post up images, but im firewalled and the images come out way too tiny to post. this game is pretty merciless, you need teamwork to win, you have to blow your investigator abilities, and above all you need to search search and search some more to grab weapons to fight them.
you got ARs, 12 gauge shotties, SMGs, pistols, long rifles, construction tools, blunt weaps, blades, and your wits. we were armed to the teeth and still got overwhelmed. if youre throwing 5 dice down with an SMG, you need to score 5 or higher on the roll, as an example, then the monster gonna throw dice to defend to see how many bullets bounce off. or if you got say, a double barrel 12 gauge, and you throw snake eyes, the monster in your sights is instantly splattered all over the wall.
likewise if a monster lands a hit on you, they’ll throw a special dice with a chance to see what special attack they can land on you. some will pin you, some will possess you for instant undefendable damage, some will slow you thus causing you unable to attack, some ignore your saves and slash you through armor, one species can yank you across the room, there are many things they can do and none are good. there are also tough armored ones that are walking juggernauts from hell that if they are in a submerged room where you can drown in btw, they will heal HP back. not gonna lie, just to put a dent in one of those things the whole party had to unload with shotties and ARs, then to our dismay he chased us in through the water and got the damage back. yep. lol
what an intense game that is, i think this weekend we are going to set up for another session and see whats up. one play through typically lasts about 2 to 2.5hrs and thats with us still referring to the rulebook. its not very complex either, its about the same as Descent 2nd edition in complexity but maybe just a bit simpler. Descent btw is ■■■■■■■ amazing too, especially with the app on your iOS tablet or android where you’ll have the A.I. play the role of the dungeon master.