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Mark
Posted on: January 28th, 2007, 11:00am Quote Report to Moderator
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Hunting Party is a three player card game that can best be described as Cluedo combined with Munchkin with a dash of Magic. It can be played with more people, but like Munchkin I suspect that the more people the more nasty it would get.

The format of the game is that there is a 'Dark Overlord' threatening the kingdom who in order to beat you need to determine what its characteristics are. There are 12 characteristics in three categories, and each player is randomly dealt one of the three unused characteristics in each category. You figure out which are the correct ones by going in a Hunting Party into one of four different areas using a set of three. The other players then stop you by showing you (and you alone) one of their characteristics to prove that the Dark Lord isn't that one. When that happens you battle instead a 'Dark Agent', acquiring money if you win.
The overall winner of the game is the person with the most money when the Dark Overlord is defeated.

What makes this game unique is that Hunters are recruited by offering them shares in the booty. As they are turned up from one of five different areas in the kingdom all the players bid using shares for their services.
What this means in practise is that a player with a kickass team will usually have almost no money as they have to give most or all to their employees every time they win a battle. So there is a definite balance between having sufficient muscle to win battles, and having too much eating your profits.

The Munchkin side of things comes in with the market and looting the bodies of defeated Dark Agents. There are lots of nasty potions and magic objects that allow you to do horrible things to one another, all available for one gold each.
Playing with three experienced gamers we found that as soon as two people discovered what the Dark Overlords characteristics were (after 1 1/2 hours play), they experienced a hammering that ensured it took another two hours to achieve victory conditions.
This game probably took a lot longer than it might have otherwise as we were all still learning. But the biggest tip I can give a new player is to NOT reveal you have figured out the Dark Overlords characteristics until you have acquired the right combination to beat him first attempt, thus avoiding the long drawn out Munchkin'ing we went through.

I rate this game 7.5 out of 10, with a smiley face for the beautiful artwork and amusing quotes on each card.

Regards
Mark

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