Flashback Friday - Shadow Hunters - Love it or Hate It? Do you Still Play It?

Flashback Friday - Shadow Hunters - Love it or Hate It? Do you Still Play It?

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Shadow Hunters

It's almost Halloween, so less take a look back at the spooky game - Shadow Hunters by Z-Man Games. There is fairly recent reprint of Shadow Hunters which includes the 10 card expansion with the additional characters, so it would appear that Shadow Hunters has been a popular game and people are still playing it.

 

If you have never played and want to know more about it, you can check out one of our reviews - Shadow Hunters Review by Matt Drake  or Shadow Hunters Board Game Review by Shellie Rose . 

 

For those of you that have played it, what's your opinion of it? Do you Love it or Hate It? Do you Still Play It?

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Posted: 26 Oct 2018 10:17 by Sagrilarus #284777
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Haven't played it in years, but had a good time whenever I did. It got to the point where I would come out very aggressive at the beginning to get the pot stirred, and then try to see how things fell out. Not necessarily the best strategy to reveal yourself and potentially hit your teammate, but the game usually jumped off the table once I did that. Everyone would get more animated.
Posted: 26 Oct 2018 10:24 by ubarose #284779
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Yeah, we played it to death, and then set it aside for quite a while. Recently it's come out again. It's a really great game to play with casual gamers and family. Best played with siblings and married couples for added drama.
Posted: 26 Oct 2018 11:27 by Shellhead #284789
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I played it once, about two years ago. We had seven players, and it seemed to be a good game for that headcount. But it felt themeless and gamey, so I just couldn't enjoy it. A game without any sense of setting or narrative is just an empty set of procedures. I don't even remember who won, because it just didn't seem to matter.
Posted: 26 Oct 2018 17:28 by Jexik #284805
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I never turn this down, but I don't own it. My most bittersweet experience was winning a big 7 player game with one of the neutral guys with several new players in the game.
Posted: 26 Oct 2018 18:29 by repoman #284808
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Boy, I never liked this game.

I don't know if it's because it usually comes out late at night at conventions when I'm already tired or what. Just bores me to tears.
Posted: 26 Oct 2018 19:48 by Josh Look #284815
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repoman wrote:
Boy, I never liked this game.

I don't know if it's because it usually comes out late at night at conventions when I'm already tired or what. Just bores me to tears.

I’m with you on this one. I’ve played it exactly once and I couldn’t care less to ever play it again. I like silly games, but I like them at 4 in the afternoon when I’m buzzed, not 12:30 am when I’m buzzed and tired. I also feel like everyone else we play with has all these times and memories built on it and for whatever reason, I wasn’t in on any of them. The one time I played it I felt like I was on the outside looking in, watching everyone have a great time and I’m kind of not, and that’s one strange barrier to entry.
Posted: 27 Oct 2018 08:01 by ubarose #284833
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Josh Look wrote:
repoman wrote:
Boy, I never liked this game.

I don't know if it's because it usually comes out late at night at conventions when I'm already tired or what. Just bores me to tears.

I’m with you on this one. I’ve played it exactly once and I couldn’t care less to ever play it again. I like silly games, but I like them at 4 in the afternoon when I’m buzzed, not 12:30 am when I’m buzzed and tired. I also feel like everyone else we play with has all these times and memories built on it and for whatever reason, I wasn’t in on any of them. The one time I played it I felt like I was on the outside looking in, watching everyone have a great time and I’m kind of not, and that’s one strange barrier to entry.

I have to agree with you - Shadow Hunters is a poor choice for late night silliness. It's a social deduction game that requires a lot of bluffing and a fair amount of mental gymnastics if you are playing it seriously. It is best played with exactly 4 people who are alert, relatively sober, and who know each other pretty well.