Mansions of Madness is still going well with my regular group. I've got the base game, plus about 20 fan-made scenarios downloaded from BoardGameGeek, so that should keep us going for a while. Thankfully, everyone is pretty into it so even when we have a rookie Keeper, it's not a problem. Minor mistakes have been made, but nothing game-breaking, and as a result we've had some great games.|
In the latest, our main brainbox, the writer Gloria Goldberg, was quickly crippled with a back injury, so as she staggered about the map solving puzzles and unlocking boxes and doors, she left a trail of items behind her, unable to carry them. I fucked up there, as the veteran player and meat head, I really should have been hoovering them up.
Sister Mary, our wild card, turned into a surprisingly fearsome close combat monster, taking on enemies three at a time armed only with a crowbar and some holy water, including a nifty knee-shattering smash that killed a zombie making off with a sample of her hair (to be used for disgusting, nefarious ends, no doubt).
Playing the goon Michael McGlen, I polished off the first few monsters with my Tommy gun, and the Keeper responded accordingly at a critical juncture in the game, first jamming my gun, then making me fumble it, then having it run out of ammo. Forced to take on the undead with bare hands, I wasn't worried as I had full health, but a constant flow of Dexterity tests and McGlen's pathetic Dexterity stat ensured I stayed locked in combat with a pair of zombies, unable to kill them or escape, until I set the room on fire.
While I and my new best mates were busy being immolated mid-fisticuffs, Gloria and Sister Mary proved utterly incapable of fording the flow of monsters, and getting access to and solving the last puzzle. Time ran out and the game ended in a draw, after some three hours of play (including plenty of drinking and a meal). A great time was had by all, as the Keeper stayed the right side of being a dick, and the ensuing shenanigans were challenging but not impossible for the Investigators. If we had indulged in a little more teamwork, we would have won...
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