Saturday, August 6, 2011

Fortune and Glory: The Cliffhanger Game

I'm not much for playing tabletop RPGs. In fact, before this weekend, I don't believe I have ever played one. Since I was attending Gen Con, I thought it might be time that I actually sit down and try to play a game. The boys decided on Fortune and Glory: The Cliffhanger Game by Flying Frog Productions. It's a fast past, pulp-style adventure set in the 1930's with swashbuckling heroes, vile villains and legendary treasure.

I know I shouldn't judge the proverbial book by its cover, but Fortune and Glory is a beautiful game to look at. Just looking at it, I wanted to play it. The board is gorgeously designed and the character photos are straight out of a pulp novel. The art is just one aspect that makes it so easy to become immersed in this game. Thankfully, the art is backed up by a very engaging story where the heroes either compete against each other to bring back ancient artifacts or cooperate to take on the Nazis and the Mob.

I had a lot of fun playing this game, drinking a few beers and talking about all manner of subjects with my friends. I never realized what a very social thing gaming is. What was even better for me was talking to the employees of Flying Frog Productions at their Gen Con booth and discovering that each of them were the faces behind various characters in Fortune and Glory. I acted like an obsessed fan pursuing autographs from all of the employees. A few of them are shown below.

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