If you’re a confirmed Indiana Jones nut like me (yep, it was even the theme of my 40th birthday party!), you’ll be over the moon at the release of Fortune and Glory: The Cliffhanger Game, a brand new, huge game by the masters of theme-heavy gaming, Flying Frog. Yes, it’s got everything we know and love from those 30s pulp adventure stories (barring the actual Indiana Jones licence of course!)—zeppelins to Nazis, mad professors to resourceful nightclub singers, whips to occult artifacts, ancient temples to cliffhanger endings—all done in that inimitable Flying Frog style. Fortune and Glory, Kid. Fortune and Glory.
Gamers have been waiting for ‘the’ pulp adventure game for quite some time, and this looks like just the ticket. I’ll have a full review as soon as I can get the game on the table, but until then, let’s have a look at some of the great stuff in this first ‘big box’ game from the Flying Froggers!
Fortune and Glory: The Cliffhanger Game is set in the late 1930s, with the world on the brink of war as imperialist nations in the Far East and Europe work aggressively to expand their domination. The Nazis have taken control of Germany and now spread darkness across the globe in their hunt for powerful occult artifacts that can give them the upper hand in the days to come. But the spirit of adventure and freedom won’t be stamped out so easily.
Heroic adventurers from around the world answer the call, racing against time to hunt down ancient artifacts, explore deadly temples, and fight back the powers of darkness from engulfing the world in flames.
Fortune and Glory is a fast-paced game of high adventure, vile villains, edge-of-your-seat danger, and cliffhanger pulp movie action. 1-8 players take on the role of a treasure hunter, traveling the globe in search of ancient artifacts and fending off danger and villains at every turn in a quest for the ultimate reward of fortune and glory!
The game features a beautifully rendered adventure map of the world as the game board, 8 pulp adventure heroes to choose from (such as Jake Zane the Flying Ace, Li Mei Chen the Night Club Singer and Martial Artist, or Dr. Zhukov Master of Science), an army of ruthless villains and thugs (including the Chicago Mob and the dreaded occult-hunting Nazis), ancient Mayan temples to explore with a zeppelin hovering overhead, a wealth of coins to horde as heroes collect fortune and glory throughout the game, and a unique mechanism of dangers to overcome and those classic cliffhanger moments of suspense.
When the game is set up, Relic cards are drawn and paired with locations on the board. Your adventurers will be travelling to these locations and facing dangers in an attempt to collect—you guessed it—Fortune and Glory. The unique thing about these challenges is that if you fail a relevent skill test, the card gets flipped to its ‘cliffhanger’ side, and next turn you will have to face an even more terrifying challenge! For example, look at the card Alpine Trail: should you fail the skill test, the card will escalate into Over the Edge! Whoops! Another classic is Ancient Puzzle, which when flipped to its cliffhanger side becomes Walls Closing In!
Of course there are lots of other dangers to face as you race around the world: Nazi goons, dangerous mobsters, special villains who are racing for the relics themselves, and lots of unique events. Plus you can buy items and gather allies to help you on your quests. Sure there’s a lot of luck involved, but that’s what this kind of cinematic game is all about—hilarious stories and complete immersion in a fun theme!
Like most Flying Frog games, Fortune and Glory comes with rules for both competitive and cooperative play; players can race against one another or work together to overcome an evil organization bent on world domination through powerful occult artifacts. 39 highly detailed plastic 28mm miniatures include heroes, villains, enemy soldiers, Mayan temples, and even a zeppelin! And of course, there’s a CD soundtrack included to put you in the mood (though how anyone could resist playing the Indiana Jones movie soundtracks is beyond me!)
Prepare yourself for the epic adventure! Fortune and Glory is available now at Games Paradise.
You’re gonna get killed chasing after your damn fortune and glory!
Maybe. But not today.