My copy of Bloodborne: The Card Game arrived. Took it for a spin after teaching my other group Seafall.
Guess start with Seafall:
Having played it once definitely sped up the learning curve for my players (and them not arguing about minor things like how the Captain Booke has a map when it could’ve just been a list.)
Basically by the end of the prologue, we were definitely getting through turns fast enough that I wouldn’t even notice that “Oh, it’s my turn already?” Mind you, I played with 3 players with this group, so that might’ve been the biggest different. The 5 player group I ran while it took 3 hours didn’t get to the 2nd winter. This 3 player group in 2 hours finished the prologue by the 2nd winter.
And onto Bloodborne.
It definitely scratches that itch for players who love the chaos of players trying to backstab each other of Munchskin (really the reason why I bought the game, was for the “Tim” of my group who lives for that kind of thing), but there’s a set game length. My group had a hilarity riot when we would party wipe cause everyone played Cannons and Flamesprayers and the monster rolled a 4. Or a player got lucky with the Saw Spear and was able to solo a monster when everyone else went back to the Hunter’s Dream.
On the thinking side of the game, there’s a lot of decisions and valuation to be made to work out a way so that you’re the only player who does damage during the killing blow round. And figuring out what everyone will play (especially people who have flamesprayers and saw spears,) and taking advantages of holding onto the first player token.
My main complaints are some of the weapons I loved in Bloodborne (Rifle Spear, Reiterpallash, Ludwig’s Holy Sword) didn’t make the cut. And that Transform isn’t so much your weapon transforming, as it is, delaying your action to see what everyone else played first at the cost of only being able to play a weapon.
My friend also wasn’t too keen on some of the comeback mechanics, but they’re so minor that he’s fine with them. The comeback mechanics keep the game pretty even throughout I find, though a player really good at getting the sole kills definitely keeps ahead.