So this artwork right here is from the ghost archipelago book by Dmitri and Kate Burmak and its extremely evocative! I instantly wanted to play a scenario with this happening. The book contains one where this could happen but it is for two players. I tried to make a solo scenario for this as the professor is out travelling the realm. It is the first time I tried a solo game so a new experience for me! Here are the homemade rules for swamp race. Notice the amazingly detailed map. Spent hours on it…
Set it up like so on my small living room table as I didn’t want to bother with the 3×3 gaming board. The goal is to get out via the island on the far top right with the treasure which is placed in three spots in the “canal”. Each creature phase a swamp zombie turns up from a random board edge. In addition 1-3 zombies appear when I pick up a treasure.
First treasure two swamp zombies show up. A dice roll determines which side of the boat they grab on to.
Archers are really a must in this scenario.
We soldier on to the next treasure…
A zombie boards but the heritor smashes it to a bloody pulp.
One of my crewmen is dragged into the water, never to be seen again…
We finally arrive at the exit point, zombies closing in.
My heritor has to smash a few more skulls, but the remaining crew manages to exit.
It was a pretty balanced game. I’m still a bit shaky about the boat fighting rules, but it felt like the situation in the artwork at times and I totally see this as a possible versus scenario as well. The warden mostly had to use healing on the heritor, who really got to scrap it out with the zombies. I think he killed six of them!