So, I mentioned just yesterday that Mice and Mystics from Plaid Hat Games and designer Jerry Hawthorne was shipping out to those that had ordered the game directly from the publisher. Well, great news: Mine came in the mail yesterday, so I figured I would do a pictorial unboxing. I apologize if some of the pictures are not of perfect quality, but the lighting in my house is, surprisingly, not necessarily photo gallery quality. Also, this is my first go at doing a pictorial unboxing, so I’d love to hear some suggestions for how it could be improved in the future, or if you have any specific questions about Mice and Mystics. With that said, at least you should get an idea for what you’ll get if you decide to pick up the game. I can say after unboxing it that this is a high quality game, in fact probably one of the highest quality I have (and I have a bunch of games).
So, there’s the box it came in, all taped shut such as it is. I mean, there’s nothing much to say about this box except that it appears to be structurally sound and unassuming in virtually every way that a box can be.
I opened the nondescript box to find the Mice and Mystics box inside and the two promo cards nicely tucked away inside a nice little envelope. Everything appears to be in great shape, the game was tightly packed, and the box is just gorgeous, all matte material and nice color saturation.
So, I decide to open the box and found the two books about (one is the rule book and the other is the adventure book) and a bunch of components. Everything fits easily into the box, and what I found out next was probably the biggest surprise of the unboxing.
That surprise is the sheer size of these tiles. Honestly, they are very nearly the same size as the box. I mean, I don’t think I had a very good sense of the scale of the game before unboxing it. All of the tiles are double-sided and look to be very nicely printed. The clock board is pretty huge as well, being basically the same size as two map tiles. I mean, this game is big.
Up next we have three counter sheets (Mercifully. I love unboxing games, but I really get no joy out of punching counters. I know that is part of the whole thing for some peopel but it just feels like work to me). Also pictured is the baggie filled with the miniatures, the six player cards, and the small bag with the dice.
Up next, we have all of the cards for the game, of which there are a bunch. The cards are all that nice matte/vinyl finish and appear to be very high quality, both in terms of thickness and print quality. As you can see, there a bunch of cards included with the game, although the two in the upper-left are the promo cards that I got for ordering the game directly from Plaid Hat.
Last, here is a picture of all of the figures included in the game. As you can see, there are six mice, six rats, a centipede, a spider, and eight roaches. They are all very nice quality, especially the sculpting on the mice, and are big figures with big features on them that, from what I have seen others do online, paint up quite nicely. And that’s what was in the box. I was excited about Mice and Mystics before getting the game and opening it, but I’m even more excited now that I have seen the game. The box was nicely packed and the insert (which I did not give you a picture of) is just two separate wells. Everything repacks into the box quite nicely. All told, I was really surprised with the scale of Mice and Mystics. It’s a very nicely produced game, and I’m hoping to get to play it next weekend so I can actually tell you how it plays.