Frequently Asked Questions
Game Play Q&A
Q: How many players can play at once?
A: This game is co-operative, meaning you work together. You can play it by yourself, with two friends, three friends or up to eleven people in total. There are 11 characters that must be used each game. So if you have 3 players, two of them would control 4 characters each and one of them would control 3 characters.
Q: If a player is eliminated early, are they out for the whole game? 90-120 minutes of game time is a long time to wait around.
A: Generally speaking you usually have more than one character you are controlling. So even if one is eliminated, you still have another one. Also, if all of your characters are taken out, another player can give you one of theirs to play. In play testing there was very little sitting around.
Q: Is this game a play once and done? Or can it be played multiple times and each time will be different?
A: This game has lots of re-playability. There are only 25 SAE tiles, but 80 different options for what could be underneath them. You also don’t know if it will be a monster or a clue. Plus the mysterious man does negative things to the characters each time you gain an artifact. You roll the dice to see what happens and so that is another mechanic that causes each play to be different. Lastly there are different ways to set up the board to make it more or less challenging.
Q: For the game, when you reach the end point of the game when alive players try to get out asap, does it become a pvp game at that point?
A: No. In the final round, it is much like ep 10 of season one. The players move their characters quickly, taking one turn at a time, and can keep going until time runs out on the hourglass. The only time it is player vs player is in the death challenge.
Q: From what I see so far I'm just a little nervous about some of the character's abilities. The savant being able to instantly defeat the evil of the house seems like a free ride to the end. Also, I think that some characters should have abilities that affect other characters in the game, (e.g.. The Fixer, once per game, being able to swap themselves out of a challenge with someone else in the game).
A: Defeating the evil of the house is less of a disadvantage than you think. There is only one card in the monster deck, which has 30 cards, named the evil of the house. That is what it is referring to. Some games it might not even be drawn. It is the hardest monster in the game, so if it does happen it is awesome, but I doesn’t guarantee a win. The savant can still die in death challenges like any other character.Last updated:
Q: Please tell me more about playing alone. How does that work?
A: Because this is a co-operative game, in truth, you are playing against the board. So it works for one player or eleven. In the single player version one player controls all eleven of the characters, rolling for each one separately. The only rule change is during the voting process. Instead of using the voting tokens, all living characters are flipped over and shuffled. Then two are drawn and that is who goes into the death challenge each turn. It is very fun even with one player.
Q: What are the challenges?
A: All 20 of the death challenges are handled differently. Here are two examples – Perverted Mannequins: Each player rolls two dice. Player with highest number picks a character not in the challenge to die. You might remember this from Episode 4 of the show. Electric Chair: Each players roll one dice as fast as they can. The first person to roll three sixes lives. You might remember this from episode 9.
Q: What does each round look like?
A: There are ten total rounds in the game and the last one is played different than all the others. For the first 9 rounds each character takes one action by rolling two dice. If they land on an SAE tile, they turn it over and resolve it immediately, whether it is a monster or a clue. If all of the tile are resolved in a room then a character can take their action, after they roll the dice, to land on the artifact and claim it. If an artifact is claimed, you roll the dice and consult the mysterious man card to see what disastrous thing happens. At the end of the round, all players vote, one token for each character. They are placed in the voting box, which a “shield” so other people can’t see who you are voting for. After everyone votes, the cover of the voting tray is removed and votes are counted per person with the highest two going in the challenge. Then a death challenge card is drawn and the challenge is played out as described. After the death challenge move the turn tracker forward one turn and do the same thing again. On the last round, there is not vote. Instead an hourglass is turned over (90 seconds) and players take turns, one at a time, trying to gather the last few artifacts before time runs out.
Q: How does the voting work? How do you know who goes in and how to pick it?
A: At the end of the round, all players vote, one token for each character. They are placed in the voting box, which a “shield” so other people can’t see who you are voting for. After everyone votes, the cover of the voting tray is removed and votes are counted per person with the highest two going in the challenge. If there is a tie, dice are rolled with the lowest number going in the challenge.
Q: So I'm just a little confused on the voting, do you put in the voting coin or do you vote with cards like in the actual show?
A: At the end of the round, all players vote, one token for each character. They are placed in the voting box, which has a “shield” so other people can’t see who you are voting for. After everyone votes, the cover of the voting tray is removed and votes are counted per person with the highest two going in the challenge. If there is a tie, dice are rolled with the lowest number going in the challenge. In the single-player version you flip over all of the character cards, shuffle them and draw the top two to see who goes in.
Q: So I am still concerned about players who get out early not having anything to do if there are more than 7 or 8 characters, then there will still be the potential of having to sit out for an hour or more. It would be very interesting if there was some kind of mechanic that would allow people who are completely out to still be able to help, maybe through a seance and being able to give a character a hint, or possibly being able role and if they succeed on the role they give a living character an ability or make them stronger for a turn, if they fail they could hurt the character or make them weaker. The odds of it being a success or fail could change based off of how many times they’ve successfully helped. That would allow for even in the event of a large group playing, all the players can still contribute and help throughout the game.
A: There is a relic card in the game that can bring a character back from the dead, which helps with people getting killed off early. Interesting thought on ways other players can contribute. Will give that some thought.Last updated:
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The Custom Cards Will Assume The Ability Of The Character Card You Replace It With. So If You Swap Out The Fixer For Your Personal Card, You Will Have Her Ability To Trade Places With Another Character In A Death Challenge. That Way The Game Is Always Played With 11 Characters And The Abilities Are Balanced.Last updated:
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