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- $75 for Base game (Includes expansion)
- Asymmetrical Adventure/Escape
- 1-5 Players
- 60-90 min playtime
- Fantasy/Horror Theme
Vast: The Mysterious Manor
Vast: The Mysterious Manor caught my eye in the same way that most Kickstarter games do, with its art. The art has the fun, sort of whimsical art style that reminds me of Off The Rails. I’m a sucker for this kind of design, so I had to check it out.
What I found was something unique and cool. Vast is an asymmetrical escape game where each player has a different win condition, and different abilities depending on the character they choose. When I first heard that you could be a Paladin, Spiders, Skeletons, an Enchanter, or you could play as the Mansion, I was a little bit confused. The idea that spiders would be working together with a paladin to escape a mansion obviously left me with many questions. But upon further reading I found that the varied win conditions have a smart way of creating different adversarial relationships between players.
For example, the Paladin player’s goal is to kill all of the Spider player’s minions, while the Spiders are just trying to escape. Simultaneously the Skeleton player’s goal is to kill the Paladin.
Why I think Vast has some staying power
A lot of games like Vast: The Mysterious Manor end up being boring after the first couple play-throughs. Obviously this is only my opinion. But many games like these don’t have enough variety for a lot of people to justify buying them. Especially at such a high price point. While Vast has a lot of qualities that initially led me to believe that it fits into this category. What changed my mind was considering that you are not playing with the full 5 players every time, you could have very interesting interactions between the different players because of the set win conditions for each playable character.
My one concern with Vast is the price point. $75 for a game with as few components as it seems to have is very high. Especially for a game that obviously isn’t out yet. Leder Games has made another game in the Vast series that is pretty popular, Vast: The Crystal Caverns. They are doing well so far, they’ve been fully funded at almost 10x their initial goal at the time of the writing of this article. But I am, as always, interested to see how the community will receive the game when it ships.
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