Monday, October 25, 2010

The Downfall of Pompeii

One really neat board game my friends and I have been playing recently is "The Downfall of Pompeii" by Mayfair Games Inc.  It's a fun game where your object is to escape the city as the volcano erupts. It's a 2 to 4 player game, only takes about 45 minutes to play and it's age rating is 10+.


In the year 79 A.D., the beautiful city of Pompeii sits at the foot of Mount Vesuvius. For years, the lovely town has attracted the best of Rome's citizens, and it is famous for both its businesses and luxuries. But a terrible secret lies deep beneath the slopes of the mighty mountain. A secret that will unleash unspeakable horrors on the fateful afternoon of August 24th...

Come to beautiful Pompeii with this exciting game! You will use cards to attract your Roman friends and relatives to the town. But hidden in the deck is the dreaded Vesuvius card! Once this card is drawn, the volcano will erupt, raining fire onto the unsuspecting city! Now you must struggle to escape the doomed city, rushing to avoid the constant streams of lave that threaten to engulf your people! Will you be able to save them all? The player with the most survivors will be the winner!" -- Text Blurb From the Back of the Box

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One of my favorite parts of the game is when I lay down a lava tile and can then take some of my opponents pieces and drop them in the volcano. This youngster looks to be having just as much fun as I do doing the same thing.

It's manufacturer's suggested retail price is $44.99, which is a bit steep, but you can pick it up from for only $35.99 with free shipping.

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