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HoNoToGroABeMo Day Nineteen: Yarr

   Posted by: Jim   in Board games

[The posts for this month are reposts from the site www.honotogroabemo.org, on which a host of hirsute individuals including yours truly would grow beards to raise money for breast cancer research. The site is defunct, but I thought I’d resurrect the game-related posts. This was originally posted on 2011-11-19.]

(Me parrot died, so now I all I have this is here manatee. Yarr.)

So yes, this is me with a stuffed manatee. You’d think that manatees don’t have much to do with vintage games — and I would have agreed with you — but it turns out that a remake of a classic computer game features a rather large manatee swallowing our hero’s ship. Giant man-eating manatee — those crazy game designers…

Yesterday’s game was yet another board game: (The) Fury of Dracula. The parenthesis are there because the original name of the game as designed by Stephen Hand and published by Games Workshop was The Fury of Dracula, and when Fantasy Flight republished it, they renamed it to Fury of Dracula. It’s a bit like Scotland Yard with extra cruft on top, as one player acts as Dracula and sneaks around the map, and the other players try to find him. I haven’t played the original, but the combat in the new version is confusing and not a lot of fun, so it no longer makes it way onto our table any more.

Let The Right One In would make for an interesting game, on the other hand, but probably more as an indy roleplaying game.

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