Wishlist: Shadows of Brimstone
It’s funny that I somehow completely missed Shadows of Brimstone from Flying Frog Games when it was on Kickstarter last year. There is very little more up my alley than a dungeon-crawly game about cowboys who sometimes are attacked by Lovecraftian nightmares. And yet miss it, I did. However, the two core sets have now been released (Swamps of Death and City of the Ancients) and it couldn’t be more on more radar than it is. Looking through the rulebook, it reminds me a bit of Arkham Horror, and not just because of the theme (although that helps, too), although it also appears to share a lot in common with dungeon crawlers like Descent (I’ve also heard it compared to Warhammer Quest, although I’ve never actually played that one). The heroes go about the game trying to complete missions, but the darkness grows as the game goes on, as the heroes try to hold it back in the mine, keeping the rest of the world safe from the Cthulhu-esque monstrosities. The game also, from what I’ve seen on BGG, allows for campaign play, which is a great addition to this type of dungeon crawling game. Each of the starter boxes contains 8 unique map tiles and 4 standard tiles, as well as some passage ways and caps and 32 miniatures. Getting both starters is a daunting task, since the sets MSRP for $99.95 each, although Cool Stuff Inc. has Shadows of Brimstone: Swamps of Death and Shadows of Brimstone: City of the Ancients for $68.99 each (and I’m sure it’s available at many other fine online retailers as well). The mix of theme (Cthulhu cowboys!), dungeon crawling gameplay and my deep affection for miniatures puts this one high on my wishlist.