For decades that nasty dragon has been sitting atop his throne of ill-gotten gold and treasures, daring any adventurer with the nerve to come up and try to take it from him. A few did try in the past, and let's just say their families saved a great deal in cremation costs. But now, all that has changed. In a cloud of smoke and ash, the dragon has bolted from his mountain lair. Maybe to look for more riches, maybe to look for love. We're not here to judge. The point is: there is a mountain of treasure currently unguarded! No one knows how long you'll have before the dragon returns, so assemble a team of Looterz to get up there and start plundering before someone else comes up with the same brilliant idea. To the tavern!
In Looterz, you're working to put together a team of, well, Looterz to delve into the dragon’s lair and get out of there with as much wealth as you can. The team you assemble will change as you play, but finding a good combination of skills and strengths will be the keys to success for your party. Your opponents are working on the same task (those jerks!), and you can bet there's going to be competition when there's that much wealth on the line.
Looterz is played over a series of rounds with four phases to each player's turn. You'll get to Recruit Looterz to join your team from your hand or hire more from the Inn (Draw Pile) where adventurers are known to hang out. The Dungeon Phase allows you to activate the Looterz you have in the dungeon by having them try their luck at finding treasure, attacking opponent's team members, or using a special ability. After a second Recruitment phase, you'll have a Sacrifice phase, discarding down to only three Looterz in the Dungeon. Hey, no one ever got rich without some sacrifice along the way!
The Looterz have their own strengths and weaknesses, and some of them even have special powers that that can be tapped into for an advantage. For example, the Assassin can destroy any one Looter in play when he's activated; the Zombie will allow you to draw an extra card when it's killed; and the King stops all players from being able to loot, including you. With 60 Looterz cards, you'll have fun crafting the perfect team to take out the competition and bring home the gold!
The game ends immediately when someone gains a certain amount of gold, depending on the number of players. If one player is getting too close, you may want to consider taking out some of their looting team. Victory is a fine balance between searching for gold and dispatching with the competition.
Looterz is a hilarious, hand-building game for 2-6 players. Games last only about 20 minutes, so with that fast play time and a ton of fun backstabbing, it has a lot of re-playability. As soon as you and your friends have tramped out of the dragon's lair with your shiny bounty, you'll be polishing your weapons and planning the next expedition while making your way to the tavern to find the next batch of suckers . . . um . . .Looterz looking for gold and glory!
Looterz is available at your FLGS and CMON’s web store on Friday, September 2nd. You can learn more about it and read the rules here.