I pity the ghoul who hasn’t gotten to play Monster Mansion! That may be many of you, but don’t worry, lovers- you won’t be unlucky for long. MM has a Kickstarter up right now!
Monster Mansion sets you in what was thought to be a simple carnival ride, but before you can even scream, you find yourself in monster mayhem. With a real time limit, you and your friends must do whatever possible to get out of this hellish mansion. Whether you’re aiding or swindling, be ready for some loud and crazy fun gameplay.
I fell in love with the game at Celesticon in Fremont and the designer, Payton Lee, was sweet enough to send me two prototypes! *insert squeals of excitement* I’m surprised at how sophisticated this thing is. It’s Payton’s first full game design and it’s smooth from start to finish. It combines elements from my favorite types of games like secret agendas, cooperation, combat, monsters- and it’s all done in real time. That part is super stressful but also exhilarating. Masochism… Seriously, though, it’s super fast-paced no matter the difficulty level. You can decide the time to be either 5, 7 or 10 minutes per player and then you have to all try to get out within that time. No matter what you decide, the excitement levels never really die down. Your turn should really only be 10 seconds long and the extra stuff like buying item cards can be done during other peeps’ turns. So, there’s always something happening.
Monster Mansion is supes perfect for groups. With everything going on at once, it’s easy to keep people engaged. Time goes by hella fast. My buds and I played 3 times in a row without skipping a beat. The concept is simple, but fun. The stress is never overwhelming even when you keep getting monsters stacked on you. As I’ve said over and over, I LOVE aggressive games and this one makes co-op cool. You just get in this natural groove that feels awesome. I cannot WAIT to post the playtest vids!
Mini Mansion and Reg Mansion prototypes
This game is already funded on Kickstarter. I mean the box concept alone is so legit. It’s going to be an actual little friggin’ house. Plus the graphics are sa-weet! It’s like kinda cute but not too cute. It’s just hella fun. I really like the HP tracker, too. You just place it behind your character card and slide it up and down accordingly.
Binder clip stands? #brilliant
Firsties, you get to pick a character- first come first serve. So, it’s pretty much a free-for-all grabfest, which perfectly sets the tone for the rest of the time. Hint: you should be judging everyone’s character at this point. Is A a selfish rake? Did B not really give a crab? So, maybe A isn’t evil, he just likes to go first and you shouldn’t trust B because who doesn’t like crab? Ignorants, that’s who… and ostraconophobics.
Gem markers have been replaced with HP trackers
On your turn, you get an encounter card, which could be a monster or just the wind (which does nothing). You then get two actions which can be used to attack, heal or move. Keep in mind that monsters move with you, so you can’t just outrun them. Thought you were slick, huh?
You’re just trying to make it out of this damned place, but you also have hidden agendas. One is VIP and that just requires you to get out, otherwise, everyone loses… unless you’re an assassin. An assassin just wants to off the VIPs. What the h, hater? You only get an assassin with 4+ players, though. Most others are civilians. Secret agendas always spice up the game. You want to bluff up as much as you can to get through this madhouse.
Gameplay moves crazy fast. It’s easy to lag in the beginning, but once time starts running down, your turns go down to 4 seconds and everyone is just yelling and grabbing stuff. It really isn’t that hard for people to get in the flow- you work up a rhythm and make alliances. It’s kind of awesome when you get a slap in the face after working with a person you thought was on your team. Things are happening so fast and then all of a sudden, you’re getting left behind while someone runs out the door. It’s so dirty and wrong and right! I love it!
Be careful if you get out of the mansion early, because once you’re out, you can’t help your buds… which may not be a problem for you assassins.
Monster Mansion is for surely a new fave. I’m running another ForPlaytest this Sunday and a special Halloween game. Be jelly, but not too jelly because pretty soon, it’ll be available for the masses. /Kickstarterplug Also note, I played with nothin’ but noobs and before long, we were all crazy into it. It was kind of hard to keep up with the drinking rules, but check below for the ones that stuck.
A shot whenever you must respawn
A drink whenever you kill a monster
A drink when you heal