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Escape the Dark Castle

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Themeborne Ltd.
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Number of Players 1-4
Playtime 20-45 Min
Suggested Ages 14+
Designer(s) Alex Crispin, Thomas Pike, James Shelton
Publisher Themeborne Ltd.

Escape the Dark Castle is a straightforward, cooperative game of retro-atmospheric adventure.

Players will take on the roles of prisoners, wrongfully incarcerated in the depths of The Dark Castle. Whether it’s the Abbot, the Tailor or any of other the six playable characters, each prisoner is represented by a character card and a custom character dice showing that prisoner’s unique endowment of Might, Cunning and Wisdom – the game’s three traits.

Embarking on a desperate quest to escape, players must work together using custom dice and item cards to overcome the castle’s many horrors, traps, and challenges - each of which is represented by a large, illustrated chapter card. At the start of each game, 15 of these chapter cards are drawn at random from a larger deck to create a unique castle every time.

Gameplay involves a player revealing a new chapter card each turn, in a motion like turning a page of a book. When a card is revealed, the next chamber or passageway into which the prisoners have stumbled is revealed. There is no set turn order. Instead, players will decide as a group who will turn the next chapter card, and there are often grisly consequences for the one that does!

Once revealed, the chapter card explains the situation facing the group and what must be done to get through it. In the style of choose-your-path adventures, most chapters will offer the group a choice about how to proceed. Bribe the drunken guards or attack? Charge at the beast or lure it out? Rob the kitchen stores or keep moving?

Each chapter is a mini-game and a variety of mechanics are needed to complete them, from RPG-style skill tests for an individual character, to push-your-luck dice rolling as a team, to the playing of item cards collected along the way to bolster the tactical abilities of the group.

When the players decides to enter (or fail to avoid) combat, all players roll their unique character dice simultaneously to make an attack against the enemy. They need to collectively muster the right combination of Might, Cunning and Wisdom to beat the foe in question, or risk taking damage. Blocking, Resting, and the use of Weapons, Relics and Potions help to keep the prisoners alive.

The goal of the game is for the group to complete every chapter in the castle deck, then beat the final boss. To win, they must keep every member of the team alive - if any player is killed the game is over immediately.

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