“There, I believed, lay the greatest secrets of the past yet preserved in our world of today. I had come to the turn of the road; and for better or worse I chose the forest path..”
― Percy Fawcett
Legendary explorer Percy Fawcett marched deep into the Amazon in search of El Dorado. He was never seen again. Your team has gone in search of him, but now you hope to escape the jungle with the greatest treasure of all: your life.
You will choose three adventures (Three shall be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three) and take health for each character (you always play with three explorers no matter how many people are playing). Each round has two stages: Morning and Evening. Cards are drawn and placed in a row to show which adversities, challenges and confrontations you have to overcome. Sometimes there are good things that can happen, but not very often. You try to place the cards in such a way that you have enough health and supplies left by the end of the round to make it through another day. You do this by using your health, bullets or food, depending on what the requirement is on the card.
Some cards have rewards for completing them. Some have choices on them regarding the way you would like to complete the card. Other cards will require you to resolve multiple things.These are represented by different colors on the cards; yellow is to be resolved first, red is second and blue is last.The goal is to make it with at least one character alive when you reach El Dorado.
If there is one thing i can bank on from an Osprey game, it’s quality components. The chits are a good size, the cards are high quality, and the art by Garen Ewing gives me that retro comic vibe. Also, basing all of the explorers off of famous people was a nice touch. Teddy was mandatory for all my adventures.
This game is very difficult, and I mean that in a good way. I feel it really shines as a solo game with the ability to look ahead and try to map out your moves by yourself (I felt the same way about Fuse). Due to the amount of cards the replay ability is very high on this game. I felt like every adventure was a totally different experience and had to be managed in the moment.
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