Shadow Hunters board game
Shadow Hunters board game

Shadow Hunters

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Overall Rank: #669 | Trending Rank: #86

You are a Shadow, a creature of the night, or a Hunter, a human whose job is to destroy supernatural creatures, or a civilian, a normal human just caught in the middle of this ancient battle. But your identity remains secret until someone outs you through your actions and through Hermit cards or you reveal yourself to use your special ability. The key to victory is to identify your allies and enemies early.

Once your identity is revealed, your enemies will attack without impunity using their special abilities like Demolish, Teleport, and Suck Blood or equipment cards such as the Rusty Broad Ax or Fortune Brooch. This ancient battle comes to a head and only one group will stand victorious - or a civilian, in the right circumstances, might claim victory.

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  • If you say "hidden roles" or "hidden goals" I will generally say "let's play!" I'm a sucker for these style of games, especially when some of the hidden roles are intended to work as a team. There's just so much intrigue in sniffing out your friends and enemies and then trying to trust your allies once you think you have them pegged. The interaction of the roles in this game are great, and that just adds to my enjoyment. I especially love how the Neutral characters add exciting twists, like someone who wants to die first and someone who just wants to steal a bunch of stuff.If I were to make a complaint about the game it would simply be that an experienced player has a massive leg up on a rookie. Knowing the roles and how they work is vital to deducing who is who. And, although you can attempt to get new players up to speed, it often takes one full game before they completely understand what they should do. The nice thing is the game is relatively short, so playing a couple times in a row isn't that difficult.
  • Similar to Bang, Samurai Sword, Werewolf; Have Werewolf & Bang! Dice; Would likely pick Samurai Sword nextPlays: 4-8, 45 min, 13+
  • Only played one session, and with the wrong crowd. I see the potential in this game, and want to give it another try.
  • Very light team game where you are trying to figure out what role the other players are playing (Shadow, Hunter, or Neutral). Movement and Combat is very random, as well as card drawing. This game can be fun in a light-hearted gaming session, but there's not much strategy to it. It also suffers from player elimination, but at least it's pretty short.
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#Shadow Hunters was the first game I bought after some friends brought it to a party and we ended up playing it for maybe six hours. I had played a few games before but never considered myself part of the hobby. Despite obvious balance issues, high randomness, and player elimination, I think it still has a place in my collection as a wacky social deduction game with light combat elements. After that, I was interested to see what people thought the "best" board games were, which led me to BGG, and I fell down the rabbit hole after that.


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