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Year Published
2011
# of Players
2 − 6
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4 players
Recommended with 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 players
(19 voters) [poll]
Mfg Suggested Ages
8 and up
Playing Time
30 − 45 minutes
User Suggested Ages
10 and up
(6 voters) [poll]
Language Dependence
Some necessary text - easily memorized or small crib sheet
(7 voters) [poll]
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Primary Name
Nefarious
Alternate Names
Нефариус
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Your genius could have been such a boon to humanity. Your death ray had wonderful pest control applications, and your volcano activator was perfect for fighting global warming. But the fools at the institute, they wouldn't listen. They called you mad! You built a monster to rend them limb from limb, which your minions assured you was the very worst way to be rended. When it became clear that the only hope for the world was your own benign leadership, you took control of TV to announce this fact. But your broadcast was interrupted by someone else taking control of TV and announcing his own plan for world domination – and then that broadcast was interrupted by yet another interloper. So. Competition. Well, the world will never be as scared of these upstarts as it will be of you. Archimedes once said, "Give me a long enough lever and a place to stand, and I will move the world." You will be the most terrifying lever the world has ever seen.

Nefarious is a quick-playing game in which the players race to build inventions like a freeze ray, cloaking device, or robotic pet before their opponents can do the same. (Interesting side note: Eighteen different artists contributed to the artwork on the different inventions in the game.)

Nefarious is played over several rounds. In each round the players simultaneously choose and reveal one of their actions that will allow them to allocate one of their Minions to an area on their Lair, obtain money, obtain a blueprint for an invention, or build one of their inventions if they have enough money to do so. The minions that you allocate to your Lair can earn you additional income depending on the actions that your neighbors choose. The first player to build 20 or more points worth of Inventions AND have more points than any other player wins.

There is a twist to the game, though – actually, two twists! At the beginning of the game, you randomly draw two Twist cards, which change the environment so that the game plays differently each time. This means that in order to win, the players will have to revise their strategies each time they play Nefarious.

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Components:

  • The board
  • 64 Invention cards
  • 36 Twist cards
  • 24 Action cards
  • 30 Spy figures in 6 colors
  • 90 coin chits
  • Rulebook
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Publisher: USAopoly
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Size: Medium Square (e.g. Ticket to Ride)
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English first edition
Publisher: Ascora Games
Artist: Nick Acosta, Glenn Gustafson
Year: 2011
Size: Medium Rectangle (e.g. Agricola)
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Release Date: May 2012
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3 Nefarious - Big Red Button
Rules variant for Nefarious. Based loosely on the plane changing mechanism from Magic The Gathering's Planechase - started initially with just changing twists then added in some additional chaos.
English
2011-11-17
0 Simplified Chinese Rulebook
Simplified Chinese Rulebook for Nefarious
Chinese
2011-10-28
13 Traditional Chinese Rulebook
Traditional Chinese Rulebook for Nefarious
Chinese
2011-10-28
2 Nefarious cartes repaires traduites - petit format (120x80 mm)
Pour une version transportable de Nefarious, voici les cartes repaires traduites et au format des cartes Twist (120x80 mm).
French
2011-10-26
53 Nefarious rules English 1.0
Nefarious rules in English, version 1.0
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Statistics
Board Game Rank: 1382
Family Game Rank: 383
Num Ratings: 1106
Average Rating: 6.58
Standard Deviation: 1.44
Num Views: 117695
GeekBuddy Analysis: Analyze
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Avg. Game Weight: 1.7
Fans: 91
Personal Comments: 306
Users Owning: 933
Users Wanting: 186
Users Trading: 39 [find trade matches]
Has Parts For Trade: 0
Want Parts In Trade: 0
Price History: View
Total Plays: 5469
Plays This Month: 17
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Ben Goes To Gen-Con And Our Review of Nefarious!
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Episode 107-- Gen Con 2015 Wrap up and La Granja Review
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2015-08-17
Episode 45 - Hordes and Awards
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2012-09-12
This Board Game Life Episode #010 – Wanderlust
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2012-05-05
Carnagecast Extrasode 5: A Dark and Stormy Night
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