Reviews written by Legomancer
There's a reason this is considered one of the best gateway games: it's quite fun, has a lot going on, and people seem to enjoy it. Won't please you if you insist on having complete control over every molecule of the game, but it's actually quite fun.
Well of course it's hefty and gorgeous and you can often get it and parts for it at nice discounts. The game itself is fun, and unlike many miniatures games I actually can sometimes come close to winning, but the long long setup time means I just don't often pull this out. I don't find it compelling enough to sit down and muck about with all the pieces. Maybe if I had a game room with a table where I'd keep it set up all the time it'd get more play, but for now it's easier not to play it than to play it.
(2nd edition review) There's a lot to like about FoD. It's fun, it's exciting, and the cooperation works well. But this is definitely a game from the 80s. It lasts way too long, with very little to distinguish any part of it from another. There's a lot of curlicues and chrome that add to the rules burden without really benefiting the game. Some of the random events are just brutal, such as the one that basically restarts the game. Our game only came to an end when it did because Dracula made an ill-advised attack in the daytime, allowing the hunters to dogpile on him. If he hadn't, we could still be playing it. And while it's fun and exciting, it's not THAT much so.