In an era of gaming where game production is at its peak, it’s seldom do we find new ideas and unique mechanics. Are these games bad? no, of course not, like Citizens Kane we can expect these old ideas to be put into a mental kaleidoscope and improved. But, nothing is more refreshing than to get that thrill of something completely new. It’s rare do we have to read a games rulebook that branches out of the board game standard we are so used to.
Resurrection Men IS the new idea we’ve all been waiting for. Center board piece surrounded by the games story arch. Our pawn is placed in the center of the board or, the black market, and assumes the role of a hired thief robbing fresh corpses for science! You and your team of robbers scout the graveyard for corpses to be resurrected in order to sell on the black market for a bit of profit. Unfortunately, police have caught on to this act and are patrolling the yards seeking you and your team.
The story is compelling to say the least. dig up 1 of the 4 visible and exclusively illustrated corpses and make your way to the black market; the corpse is dead, obviously, and is rotting away right before your very eyes, so it’s crucial that we make it to the market before the value of the corpse decreases and becomes a lost cause.
I appreciate a tabletop experience that can provide active activity while supplying us with a few mechanics. It escorts quality and commits to originality. Quality and originality don’t just stem from the experience- let the rulebook speak for itself.
The rulebook provides us a fully detailed play by play in the back of the book to insure we have confirmed the rules and can understand the game play. Anything I was unsure of, was described in the back and left me with no concern. I’d also like to mention that the rulebook adds a bit of historical knowledge on the theme of the game. We are given the legalities behind resurrectionists and a brief history on the two infamous resurrectionists themselves, Burke and Hare. I think what grabbed my attention is being able to consume a bit of information on the topic so I could immerse myself into the story more than I would have if I never would have known.
All in all, resurrection men is a game of strategy, originality, and at the height of bodysnatching popularity.
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