By Anthony “LibrariaNPC” DeMinico, 28 November 2018
While November has been a chaotic month of illness, emergencies, and other not-so-nice-things, I didn’t want to leave all of you without a regular post. So, in lieu of my in-depth post of City of Mist, I’m here this week to give you a look into the board game Monster Slaughter.
I backed this game on Kickstarter last year, as once I saw the premise I knew I needed to play and review it.
Now that my copy has arrived after a bit of a delay, I want to share the lovely bits and bobs with you as a sneak peek before the big review (which will be coming soon!).
Once it arrived, I started trolling my friends with lots of “What’s in the box?” memes…and this photo.
Then I took a stab and got to opening!
Then I got to this magical box. It’s a rather beefy thing, probably around 5-7 pounds, and as you can tell by the photo, it’s not exactly a small box, either.
After getting this far, I was itching to really get in there and find out what we have.
Monster Slaughter is packaged in a different way than most games, as it’s a box within a box…that is also the board. Once you take the top part off, you are presented with a new, rather plain box.
And beneath that, you have the center of your playboard: the cabin in the woods. This means the outer casing of your box is the center of your game board.
While the idea is novel, I’m not entirely sold on it, as it does promote the idea that your centerpiece will get damaged. In this case, mine was already “flaking” a little bit. Nothing some mod podge or other adhesive can’t fix!
Within this new box, we have a number of plastic shells that hold all of the pieces for the game, including dice, cards, cardboard bits, and most importantly, the minis.
This version of the game, with all of the extras, had three tiers of plastic, two of which were loaded down with minis, and one that was set with the cardboard needed for the board. The plastic isn’t very durable, so some of the minis were knocked around in transit. Thankfully, nothing was broken, but I had a few that were slightly bent.
The minis themselves are an interesting size with varying levels of detail. Each “family” has a child, mother, and father, each of varying sizes to represent this.
The humans, on the other hand, are usually smaller, closer to the size of the mother or child miniatures.
The figures also have a range of detail, from being rather plain (as above), or have in-depth textures that just beg to be painted.
For those of you who run multiple games: these minis are just a bit larger than the 25/28mm we see with most fantasy miniatures, but smaller than the 40mm we see in some Warhammer 40k. If I had to guess, I think they may be closer to the 32mm range, putting it closer to the new 40k figures or Warmachines/Hordes.
The board itself is cardboard that is folded out, with the rooms of the cabin and toolshed being set with interlocking lengths of cardboard. It takes a minute to put together, but it’s a simple build and easy enough to work with.
Mine weren’t entirely punched or cut properly, which led to a bit of tearing in the process. Thankfully it was just the bottom of the toolshed, so no one will ever notice.
After it’s set up, the board takes up a decent bit of space, but not too much. The round shape helps reduce the overall form factor, and the board has everything needed to track your game progress.
I’d put it just below games like Arkham Horror, but above more “traditional” board games when it comes to the required real estate to play the game. I think comparing it to Arkham Horror and Descent is rather fitting, considering the number of minis and the copious amounts of cardboard that will be used.
And there you have it, the unboxing of Monster Slaughter. A full review is coming…once I have a voice long enough to teach people how to play and actually play the game. Until then, stay tuned!