I’ll admit it, I was originally sucked into the Ancient Terrible Things Kickstarter by the really cool theme and the sexy graphics. Once I browsed around though, I found the game to be pretty interesting. Ancient Terrible Things is a pulp horror dice game for 2-4 players. Players join a doomed expedition in their ascent up a jungle river, and their descent into madness. Reading more about the game, it reminded me some of the great dice roller: Elder Sign. One of the main differences I found seem to be that Ancient Terrible Things is a competitive game, instead of a cooperative one.
From the Kickstarter Page:
Ancient Terrible Things is a pulp horror press-your-luck and risk management dice and board game for 2 to 4 players, age 14 and up, and takes 60 minutes to play.
In Ancient Terrible Things, you play the role of an intrepid adventurer, exploring a dark jungle river. Each turn you must travel to a Fateful Location, face an Ominous Encounter and attempt to unlock its Ancient Secrets. If you succeed (using a combination of dice, tokens and cards), you add the Ancient Secrets to your score.
If you fail, you unleash a Terrible Thing, which counts against your Secrets at the end of the game. The object of the game is to be the player with the most Ancient Secrets when the game ends at the Unspeakable Event.
I know there has been a lot of dice games lately, so I probably should apologize for sending another one your way two weeks in a row. But to be honest, the game looks really well done. The artwork also is pretty fantastic and I love the theme. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a press-your-luck dice game. While I’d like to see some custom dice with the game, the rest of the components seem pretty solid. The game does have a slight Yahtzee feel to it, but that might also make the game more accessible for families and your non-gamer friends.
Ancient Terrible Things has already blown past it’s funding goal and is closing in on it’s 5th stretch reward. A $45 dollar pledge will get you a copy of the game and all stretch rewards. The game is expected to be delivered in January of 2014 so head over there today if you’d like to know more. You have until July 18th to become a backer.