The Downfall of Pompeii

The Downfall of Pompeii

Product #MFG4125

Regular Price: $35.00

Special Price: $20.00

8 In stock

Manufacturer: Mayfair Games

Why We Game

Can you escape the inferno?

It's the year of the Consulship of Augustus and Vespasianus. The rich, beautiful Roman city of Pompeii sits at the foot of majestic Mount Vesuvius. Renowned for exotic, easy, and ample luxury, the wealthy town attracts the best of Rome's proud citizens. But a terrible secret lies deep beneath the slopes of the mighty mountain. A primeval secret is about to unleash unspeakable horrors on this fateful afternoon. The mountain, so very long asleep, is finally reawakening!

Come to beautiful Pompeii! Use your cards to attract your Roman friends and relatives to visit select sites. But beware! The dreaded Vesuvius card means the mountain is awake, spewing fiery lava onto the unsuspecting city. Now you must struggle to get your compatriots out of the doomed town before they are engulfed. Rushing to avoid lava flows, your people must flee before Vesuvius explodes and ash seals their fate. Lead the most survivors to safety and you win!

Designed by Klaus-Jurgen Wrede, the talented creator of "Carcasonne". This edition Includes 3 dual vent tiles and a new "Dual Vent" variant!

120 wood pieces
62 game cards
45 lava tiles
3 dual vent tiles
1 volcano
1 cloth bag
Game board
Simple rules

Ages: 10+
Players: 2-4
Game Length: 45-90 minutes




Excellent Final Game of the Night
The Downfall of Pompeii is a great light game for three to four players. It reenacts the fall of the Roman City of Pompeii in a two-stage process.

During the "setup" phase, players draw cards and select one to indicate which building a "person" - a wooden hexagonal cylinder of player color - will start on the board, jockeying for spots near exits of Pompeii. Players continue this until the first Era card is drawn. After this, players continue placing people, and a relative (a second "person") at times, vying for remaining spaces closest to the exits of the city.

The thrill of the first phase of the game is the Omen cards. As a player draws one when refreshing their hand, the player can choose a "person" of his or another player color, remove the "person" from the board, and throw them into the volcano as a sacrifice. This ensures early in the game that there is no safe place to put any "people" before the next phase of the game.

When the second Era card is drawn, the second phase begins. All reserve people not placed on the board are removed from the game for all players. Then, each player draws a lava tile from the bag, places it on a square on the board with a matching icon (e.g. A helmet lava tile on the helmet space on the board) and tries to eliminate other players tokens or cut off exits of the city. Only one space may contain a lava tile and new tiles with similar icons can be placed adjacent to existing tiles on the board. Afterward, the player can move up to two "people" per turn. "People" move one space plus one place per other "people" on the same starting space of that "person". (Ex: a person on the same space as two other people can move three spaces - one for the moving person and one for each of the other people starting in the same space).

The game ends when every "person" on the tile flees the city or is killed by the lava flows. The player with the most survivors wins the game.

This game is simple fun! Opponents are scrambling to move their "people" out of the city as quickly as possible before the lava "streams" grow. Opponents' "people" are often cutoff from exits and at times surrounded by the lava tiles with nowhere to run. And of course, all "people" sacrificed or killed by the lava tiles are put into the plastic volcano; lifting the volcano at the end of the game often reveals dozens of little wooden "people" in its belly.

Interestingly, while each player starts the beginning of the first phase with 25 "people" tokens, winners will often only save five to seven "people" to win the game. This game usually calms all tensions between other players and is a great way to end game night. I highly recommend giving it a try!
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Review by Random F on 7/31/2016
Great Light Weigth Game
Downfall of Pompeii is an great light weight game, a category i normally don't like. The game is played in two stages and I have to say that the second stage is what makes this game. During the first stage you are playing cards to repopulate the city and add people to the empty buildings. At some point you will have drawn the second AD card and will move on to the second stage. In this stage you are placing lava tiles while trying to move your people out of the city. The person who saves the most people wins and this is an awesome game that brings laughter as you kill off your opponents people. It is a take that game that brings no hostility to the table as everyone i shaving a grand time.
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Review by Bryce on 9/15/2015
Love it! Fun and simple!
This is a great lite game. There is actually more strategy then one would think when trying to save your people. I would highly recommend to have for your collection.
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Review by Trashman677 on 10/4/2013
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