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Episode 193: Abomination The Heir of Frankenstein, Eschaton and a Spooky Short Topic Extravaganza

In episode 193, The Founders celebrate Halloween talking about Halloween Games and more! Today we jump into a deep dive review of Abomination the Heir of Frankenstein from Plaid Hat Games and look back at Eschaton from Archon Games one year later. Tony T wakes up to host another amazing tabletop gaming news segment. And then the gang ends with a spine-chilling Halloween themed Short Topic Extravaganza!

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Timecodes

  • Abomination Overview 01:10:55
  • Abomination Review 01:15:38
  • Eschaton Look Back 01:44:17
  • News with Tony T 01:54:43
  • Spooky Short Topic Extravaganza 02:29:47

Opening Banter and Reviews

Games of Yesteryear

Feature Review: Abomination: The Heir of Frankenstein

It's been twenty years since Victor Frankenstein died on a ship in the arctic, but his vengeful creature lives on, as does Robert Walton, the sea captain who vowed to kill the fiend before mercy stayed his hand. It's now 1819, and a sinister darkness descends upon the city of Paris. A mysterious benefactor of gigantic stature has emerged in the scientific community, never showing his face, claiming to possess the late Frankenstein's research. He sponsors a grand competition, offering an even grander prize: unlocking the mystery of mortality! Renowned scientists from around the world come to take part: some drawn to solve this eternal riddle, others coerced against their will. But a certain captain comes as well, one deeply suspicious of the secretive patron, hoping to finally fulfill his vow. Abomination: The Heir of Frankenstein is a competitive game of strategic monster building for 2-4 players, inspired by Mary Shelley's classic novel of gothic horror. In the game, the creature demands your help to accomplish what his own creator would not: to bring to life an abomination like itself, a companion to end its miserable solitude. Through worker placement and careful management of decomposing resources, you'll gather materials from the cemeteries and morgues around the city, conduct valuable research at the Academy of Science, hire less-than-reputable associates, and toil away in your lab — all in an effort to assemble a new form of life and infuse it with a "spark of being". Do well, and the creature may reward you during one of its surprise visits; do poorly, and you may come to regret not putting forth more effort. Narrative elements come into play throughout the game, guided by your decisions, leading to potentially unsavory outcomes. The game ends when you succeed in bringing your creation to life or when the Captain kills the creature, whichever happens first. Then the player with the most points fulfills Frankenstein's dark legacy, becoming his heir, for good or ill...

Designed by Dan Blanchett

Published by Plaid Hat Games

BoardGameGeek.com Entry

Lookback Review: Eschaton

In the game of Eschaton, players seek to lead the most favored cult in the final days before Armageddon. As the world crumbles, the Dark One will favor only a single unholy mass to be his Chosen in the vastness of eternity following the cataclysm. All others will be obliterated by his depraved will. Through bloodshed on the field of battle, divination of the unholiest arcana, and initiation of powerful cultists, you will build your cult and earn your rightful place. Eschaton is a strategy game driven by a deck-building mechanic. All players begin with the same basic cult (deck) and an equal presence on the realm map. As the game progresses, each player utilizes the evil Influence of their existing Cultist cards to initiate new Cultists into their deck as they seek to earn the most Points of Favor from the Dark One. These Cultists carry different specialties: some are masters at arms, others strong wielders of arcane magics, and others provide even greater Influence to recruit stronger members.

Designed by Petras Vaznelis and Adam Watts

Published by Archon Games

BoardGameGeek.com Entry

Gaming News by Tony T

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