Friday, December 26, 2014

Meet Me at the Table: December Game-a-Day Challenge - Day 26: Fortune & Glory

Fortune and Glory: The Cliffhanger Game (2011)

My husband and I have been wanting this game since we saw it played on Tabletop. It just looked so much up our ally that we HAD to have it. When my mom wanted advice on what to get my husband for Christmas, I immediately chimed in on this particular game. One, because she wouldn't be too offended by the price option and two, because I figured she'd appreciate that it plays into one of his passions (archaeology).

A Flying Frog game (AKA - The Most Epic of Epic Components and Excessive Set-Up and Directions Checking), Fortune and Glory has you playing characters who have to accomplish tasks around the world by collecting artifacts or completing secret missions. There are two variations, the cooperative and the competitive. We opted to play cooperative tonight, since we were learning to play and thought cooperative would be better. I think next time we'll play competitive, since there's only two of us. Instead of competing against each other, we were competing against the villains. Our villains were the Mob, instead of the Nazis. No Zepplin for us.

After you learn the rules, of which there are so very many, the games moves swiftly and is really intense, even when playing cooperatively. It was neck and neck at the end where we were trying to gain the money to win and the villains were rising up to 15 on the villain track. But the nice things about it are the amount of variations and the variety that the game provides. There are several different characters to play and with the cooperative or competitive play option, it allows for great flexibility to your mood for playing.

I don't know why, but I feel like some Moroccan food would be great to pair with this game. Some dates, some olives, baklava, and maybe some green tea with mint leaves in it. Spiced nuts and other regional foods would be good. For some reason, I want anything that would inspire thoughts of Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark. You also won't have to worry about a soundtrack to go with the food and the game. Fortune and Glory provides you with a soundtrack to help you through your game play.

What makes it the most fun is adding all the flare and drama to the game. Don't just read the cards. . . READ the cards. . . BE the cards.

I am so glad we were able to add this game to our collection and I am really looking forward to more plays, especially with more people (ahem Friend Jim). So thanks Geek & Sundry, Wil Wheaton, Felicia Day, and Tabletop for the awesome recommendation!

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