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February 25, 2014 / Jett

Saboteur Review

SaboteurSaboteur is a game of deception and greed. Everyone plays the role of an elf that’s mining for gold. However, some of your party is looking to get the goods through nefarious means. You know that one or more members of your party aren’t on the up-and-up, but you don’t know who. Or maybe you’re the saboteur that’s looking to thwart everyone’s quest for gold. How far will you go to come out on top?

This is a game that supports 3-10 players. Because of this, it makes for a solid option in large groups. I’d even go as far as saying that this one works best with a large group. At the start, each player is randomly assigned a role. You’ll either be an elf or a saboteur. These roles are kept secret until the end of the game.

photo 1(1)From there, your starting point and treasure cards are set up. Only one of the three treasure cards actually has the gold and their randomly placed face down at the start of each round. When it’s your turn, you have the ability to lay down a path, or play an action. These actions range from breaking other people’s tools, fixing other people’s tools, removing a path from play as well as the ability to take a sneak peek at one of the treasure cards.

All of these actions can be used for good or evil, depending on whose hands they’re in and depending on how they’re used. The part I find interesting is the fact that the line between good and evil can be blurred a bit. There are points where the saboteurs may want to help others to either keep a low profile until the right time to strike arises. There are also points where elves may want to screw over their fellow miners as a means of getting to the gold first, as the person who reveals the treasure will finish with more gold cards.

photo 2(1)These shades of gray make for a game that can force you to make some interesting decisions regardless of what side you’re on. During our time with it, everyone seemed to be acting like jerks, which made it really hard to tell who the saboteur was and who were just being jerks. I also like how this game scales with more players. With a simple rule set, you can get a lot of casual players up and running fairly quickly.

Whether you’re an elf or saboteur, you’ll probably enjoy this one. Winning as a saboteur is tough, but it’s definitely more fun. I don’t think it does anything particularly revolutionary or mind-blowing, but it serves as solid game for large groups with just enough in the way of mechanics to keep things interesting. For a game that only costs around $10, this one is easy to recommend.

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  1. VOID RPG / Feb 25 2014 5:24 PM

    This looks like it would be very fun to play.

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