Fury of Dracula
Halloween will be here before you know it, so let’s talk about one of best board games I have: Fury of Dracula
The game takes a good 3 hours on average (plus time to explain rules), but if you have some players who have played before and only one or two newbies, you can learn on the fly.
The game is best with 5 players, but you can play with less. One player is Dracula, the other 4 are hunters trying to track Dracula down and kill him. This is why some players can learn on the fly. The rest of the hunter team can help him\her out. I’ve even swapped players out on the hunter team if someone has to go home, etc.
Dracula moves secretly around the board leaving nasty stuff to slow down the hunters. Dracula gets points by trying to create vampires. He gets 1 point for each day he lives and 2 points for creating a vampire and having it survive 6 turns. He also gets 2 points if he can kill a hunter. Dracula wins when he gets to 6 points.
The hunters move around the board trying to find out where he has been so they can kill the vampires he has left behind and picking up weapons\items that will help them on the way. In the end however they need to kill Dracula. It’s not so easy as Dracula is more powerful than any one hunter at night game turns, so you want to find him during the day.
There are a number of rules that are a bit fiddly and are rarely used, but this is a really good game. One when you can talk about what happened during the game weeks later. The tension really mounts as the group gets closer to Dracula and he is getting weaker.
If you are looking for a game for Halloween, get this!