Played first two games at Euro Quest 2008 here in Maryland.
I've been eyeing this game since I saw it on FFG's "up coming" games. I like the theme of co-operative gaming and the humor involved in such a dire situation...such as a sinking sub filled with gnomes. I saw a freshly stock Red October game at a local "Brick-n-Motar" store's table and snatched it up. It gathered a small
The first game started out with multiple fires and flooded compartments. Then there was a series of gnome mishaps with missile countdowns and a myriad of other pending disasters. We (players) ran around the sinking sub chewing gum to plug holes and drinking lots of liquor to quell the fires. Something just amiss here...alcohol and fire . Then our gnomes started to pass out and the not-so-drunk gnomes had to bail them out, literally. Of course, there must have been a commie amongst us...key doors seemed to become locked for no reason at all.
Then...when all hell broken loose on this rust-bucket, a Kraken, a very large underwater MONSTER appeared from the depths of the sea. What the . . . . . ! We realized we were in deep kimshee now. We picked a not-so-drunk-or-he-would-totally-screw-this-up gnome to dawn a wetsuit to hunt down this Kraken. We armed him with a "Sea Hunt" styled spear gun. He just looked at us like we were the idiots. We just smiled and pushed him outside into the dark deep blue...and gave him a bottle of GROG to fortify his will to survive....or to ease the pain before his demise. Muhahahahaha! We then closed the hatch behind him and quickly ran to the porthole to watch the action.
Wow…he speared it on the first try…luck for us! We all cheered and drank GROG. As we started to sing some far offish and out of tune gnome victory song…we hear a crack! Cr*P! We forgot to mine the ship and we sank…and died right there.
To the horror of our fellow and remaining surviving gnome outside…he watched as his dear sub sank. Voyage to the bottom of the sea. He had a slight twinkle in his eye but that quickly faded as he was told that he was 10 seconds too deep to survive. Blub blub blub!
We all died on the first game. A total thrill ride indeed.
The second game started as the first…disaster after disaster. No Kraken this time. He must have been busy bullying some other gnomish sub.
This time, we all were cheering as all but one made it to the coveted “0” time spot! The last gnome made his way to the “0” mark and drew the last card. We were celebrating and drinking GROG! As we surfaced and started to open our hatch on this rust-bucket, the last card indicated a reactor warm-up. C**P! We burned up inside this rust-bucket and died. The gnomish surface fleet watched as we sank below the waves….blub blub blub again!
Again…another thrill-ride. A great game of fun and sorrow…
but hey, we have GRG!