Board Game First Impression – World of Warcraft the Board Game

19 05 2009

Finally something that my friend DaTechGuy can sink his teeth into:

This game has been in my closet for over a year, all but untouched, and finally got christened this past Saturday at my bi-weekly gaming session with my fellow gaming crew who I’ve been gaming with since we met around 2000 or so during the UMass Lowell Graduate Student experiment.  Well, I never got more than a couple classes under me, but I did find some new friends there.  In any case, the game in question is based upon the MMORPG World of Warcraft from Blizzard Entertainment.

It took quite awhile for all of us to get used to the game, and a very long time to set it up.  We didn’t finish the game, but at the end of the night, once we got into it, we all had the same opinion:  “Damn, that was fun!”

It’ll take a few hours to get into the game and get used to the mechanics of it, but it is first and foremost a TEAM game.  Faction vs. Faction (Alliance vs. Horde), and it is best suited for 2, 4 or 6 players, but is quite playable with 3 or 5 players too (though a bit harder).  You control one of eight classes, two of them faction specific (The Alliance’s Paladin and The Horde’s Shaman), but once someone plays a class, it becomes unavailable for the opponent (ie two warriors can’t play, since the character sheet has the alliance on one side and the horde counterpart on the other).  It takes a bit of decision making on what you will play, and how it’ll complement your teammate(s).

It’ll take awhile to setup, it took us about 90 minutes since we were going between setup and rule reading.  I think next time will be faster, and we may be able to get a full game done next time.

It does take a bit of strategy and a decision must be made, you have 30 turns to defeat an overlord (which you select at the beginning of the adventure), or if 30 turns pass, on turn 31, a Faction vs Faction fight takes place, where one faction must survive, or possibly, both factions fall at the same time.  A draw is ENTIRELY possible in this game.

One playthrough is not enough to make a rating out of it.  A second playthrough will be required, and it will take place the saturday after next, instead of the normal D&D adventure.  The DM and players needed a break. 😀

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