Woohoo! I do love the Indiana Jones films, King Solomon’s Mines and pulp adventure stuff in general. The cliffhanger element has always been great fun and the clarity of goodies vs. baddies has always been very satisfying. Interestingly, there have been some board game attempts to capture the feel of this type of genre. One of my favourites is AEG’s The Adventurers: The Temple of Chac which is great fun but limited to escapades within an ancient temple. There hasn’t been a game which gives you the epic global feel of the pulp adventure, until now, with Fortune & Glory from Flying Frog Productions, a game for 1-8 players age 12+.
From GenCon 2011 until just recently, companies have decided that dicefests are the new deck builders. We’ve seen Elder Sign, Quarriors, Bears!, Martian Dice, and now King of Tokyo come to fruition, and I’m quite excited that publishers are finally realizing that deck building has been done to death.
Ah well, one more thing you have to know: I love Goblins. In German, there is a saying that goes “Alte Liebe rostet nicht” (=literally “Old love doesn’t rust”) and this is true for me and goblins. I loved them in e.g. the classic “Axe of the Dwarvish Lords” and that was affection toward the creepy little buggers was rekindled by Paizo’s brilliant re-imagination of the critters. That being said, I may be a bit biased with regards to whether the Goblins are cool, but I try to review as neutral as possible.