My First Game Play of Skulk Hollow with Trent

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Supporter13 months ago

Wow this game looks great!

13 months ago

I nearly backed this game and I'm kind of regretting that I didn't now.

Owner13 months ago

It's in retail so at least you can get it now! (not sure if there were any KS exclusives though)

Supporter13 months ago

I am really curious how differently the different monsters play.

Owner13 months ago

Trent's review video incoming! (in the next 1-2 days hopefully?)

If they all play drastically differently then this is a solid 4-4.5/5 for me. I should have read the descriptions of the other Guardians before I left for work after the game session with Trent haha

Supporter13 months ago

Wow. That high. That's great.

Owner13 months ago

Keep in mind though that I'm pretty easy to please xD

Edit: Solid 4/5 for sure among this category of games, I'd have to see if it's closer to 4.5 after more play (and especially after trying out the different Guardians)

Supporter13 months ago

Easy to please... That's makes it easier to enjoy stuff. 

13 months ago

That is one scary looking monster! On a scale of 1 to I-can't-wait-to-play-that-again, where would you rank it? I don't know much about it, but I like what I see!

Owner13 months ago

After my experience playing as Grak (and Trent as the Foxen Heroes), I now see the "monsters" as peace-loving Guardians just wanting to be left alone :(

I'd also have to say that it's somewhere around 9-10. Really love how simple/intuitive it is but offering different strategies and allowing you to push your luck to some degree. Plus, I always enjoy a bit of asymmetry in a game.

13 months ago

Both of you really enjoyed it, huh? Cool. I like a bit of push-your-luck in a game. Always a good time. Hopefully I get an opportunity to play it.

Owner13 months ago

Me too. It was a bit of a gamble at times trying to think things like "should I heal later and hope that he doesn't get a card that will kill me?" As Grak, you're only limited to two actions (unless you're fatally wounded and granted one additional action) so I kept having to make those types of decisions.

Owner13 months ago

I'd say 10. It's the game I want to play next over any others right now.

Owner13 months ago

It's really nice that it's under an hour. By the way, does it seems like there's a big gap in complexity between Grak and others?

Owner13 months ago

It's probably not that crazy of a gap.

Owner13 months ago

I played as the Guardian Grak, this awesome looking monster. And Trent played as the Foxen Heroes. Despite the appearance, the Foxes actually feel like the bullies as I tried so hard to ward them off while getting the life squeezed out of me haha.

Besides the fact that I lost, the game is lots of fun. Fairly simple to pickup and the mechanics work so well with delivering on the theme. I also love the art style that's reminiscent of old cartoons like SWAT Kats.


Owner13 months ago

We should switch for the next game. I'd like to play as the monster!

Owner13 months ago

Sure! Would you play as Grak? Or some other monster?

Next time I play as a monster, I'm going to go much more aggressively from the get go haha. There was even one point in today's game where I had to choose between dealing two damage to your king or just doing one and then making another move (either throwing someone off or preparing). Went for just the single damage but I think it's better to prioritize damaging the king as much as possible when he's vulnerable. Now that we've gotten a feel for the game, I do wonder how different the other monsters play.

Owner13 months ago

I'd play something else since I just like seeing new things. It seems important to either focus on killing the leader or ignoring it and completing the monster objective. I'm not sure though. Super fun.

Supporter13 months ago

I've wondered if this could be a game that my wife and I would like and I'm not quite sure. 

13 months ago

How did you all find out about this game? It seems like a really polished game and I had never heard of it!

Owner13 months ago

I'm usually on the lookout for new games for us to either review or for me to interview the designer/artist. So I tend to lurk around either the facebook groups for board game reviewers or on reddit at r/BoardGamesNews. It seemed like a solid game with not just a great look but fun gameplay too so I reached out to the publisher about a 1-2 weeks ago :)

Such a great find!

13 months ago

That is awesome! I am looking forward to seeing the review on this one. Seems like a hidden gem currently for sure. 

Owner13 months ago

I'm looking forward to it too.

Here's more info on the game if you're interested. The KS campaign launched October 2018, got around $162,000 with ~3,200 backers. Got Dice Tower's "Seal of Excellence" (if that means anything haha)

Edit: It hit retail as well.

13 months ago

Man I like hearing about games hitting retail after a KS campaign.

Did they send you a copy or did Trent/you purchase it?

Owner13 months ago

We received a copy from the publisher!

13 months ago

Man that to me is like the ultimate power move...

Owner13 months ago

"Power move"? o_ o?

13 months ago

Power move: asserting your dominance via an action you take. 

Owner13 months ago

Ahh I see, hahaha. Not gonna lie, it's nice being able to test out these new games for "work" :)

Wonder how Ben feels since he reviews games as well (we really need that tagging feature soon don't we)