My favorite monster when I was a kid was The Creature From the Black Lagoon. We lived a few houses down from a large drainage gully and not all that far from the Texas Gulf Coast, so an aquatic monster creeping across the backyard at twilight was a lot more plausible than, say, some monster from a lightning-struck castle, Transylvania, or pyramids. I’ve never lost my love of classic monster movies, and my husband loves them too, so when I saw a board game based on all those monsters I had to get it. It’s been less than two years since I started getting back into board games as an adult and the pandemic and consequent lockdown put an end to the 4-6 player weekend board games with the extended family, so I started looking for games my husband and I could play together. If it could play well with the whole family in the post-pandemic era, all the better.
Fall of 2001 brought with it the release of the latest supplement for Dungeons and Dragons 3rd edition: Oriental Adventures. My gaming group at the time had wandered through a few different RPGs but had been carefully watching the publication of the new 3rd edition materials from Wizards of the Coast. In this group, being a half-orc barbarian or an elf wizard was never the norm; the Dungeon Master was heavy on backstory and unique characteristics and encouraged all the players to be the same. Fan creations at the time were often not particularly well balanced, so using the latest supplements became the way to create something out there and fun.
This pandemic meant that, for a while, I wasn’t able to play regular board and card games with my friends. There was a lot of uncertainty, as we all know, about what was happening in the world around us. Desperate for something familiar, I bought and downloaded For the King on Steam.
My gaming group is pretty mixed in our skill set and often includes children. Therefore, cooperative games get to the table often. On a whim several months ago, we pulled out the board game Detective. Although we had played Sherlock several times, we were never very successful. Sherlock just has far more skills than our party does, and we often wound up frustrated that, although we solved the case, it was more trial and error than actual skill. However, we liked the case-solving aspect and hoped that Detective would prove more our speed.