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Nightfall

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Year Published
2011
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2 − 5
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Recommended with 2, 3, 4, 5 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
12 and up
Playing Time
45 minutes
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12 and up
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Extensive use of text - massive conversion needed to be playable
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Primary Name
Nightfall
Alternate Names
Chainmaster
The World Arena
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吸血鬼の夜
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The sun has retreated from the earth. It has been a little over a week since the last hint of light shone over the horizon, and the chaos has begun. People fear for their existence, while scientists struggle to explain the phenomenon.

Until they came.

The creatures of nightmare — vampires, werewolves, and ghouls — have begun to appear throughout the world, and they show no sign of hesitation in claiming the dark world as their own!

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Publisher Blurb

Nightfall - a new fast, furious and fun deck-building game from Alderac Entertainment Group. Featuring direct head-to-head combat, amazing art, a new AEG world, and unique mechanics by designer David Gregg, Nightfall will be the deck-building game to own.

Before the game begins, there is a draft to determine which cards are available for purchase, and by whom. During this draft players select two cards from the set for their personal archives, and they also select cards to put into the common area. The cards drafted into personal archives may only be purchased by the player who drafted them.

After the table has been set with the private and common cards, players begin play.

The meat of Nightfall is in the chaining mechanic, which was partially developed with the help of people right here on BoardGameGeek.

Each card has a main color and two linking colors. If you can match the main color of a card to one of the linking colors of the previous card, you can chain those cards together. Once a chain is started, players all get an opportunity to link additional cards onto the chain during that turn.

Cards in the chain resolve in reverse order: first in, last out. Instant effects fire off as cards come off the chain, doing damage to your opponents or bringing characters into play to defend you and attack your opponents.

The object of Nightfall is to put wounds into your opponents’ decks and end the game with the least amount of wounds in your deck. But beware: the more wounds a person has, the more enraged they become and the faster their deck works, meaning more cards and bigger chains will come your way!

Nightfall's base set releases with starting decks of 12 cards for up to 5 players, and 24 distinct cards (7 copies of each) for drafting during play.

The box contains card dividers, and is in the same format as the much heralded Wrath of the Elements box for Thunderstone.

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More Information Edit | History

Box Contents:

  • Rulebook
  • 312 Cards
    • 228 Orders
      • 7 each of 12 Actions
      • 7 each of 12 Minions
      • 10 each of 6 Starting Minions
    • 24 Draft Cards
    • 60 Wounds
  • 34 Card Dividers

Official Nightfall Card & Rule FAQ

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Publisher: Alderac Entertainment Group
Artist: Conceptopolis, Andrew Hepworth
Year: 2011
Size: 11.50 x 7.56 x 3.15 inches
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Publisher: Alderac Entertainment Group
Artist: Conceptopolis, Andrew Hepworth
Year: 2011
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Product Code: 51050G
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Publisher: Galmadrin
Artist: Conceptopolis, Andrew Hepworth, Daniel Vendrell Oduber, Florian Stitzmore»
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6 Comprehensive Nightfall Game Aid - 3 pages
This game aid attempts to collect and consolidate all of the Nightfall set game rules to aid in learning and playing the game. It is color-coded by set.
English
2015-07-28
4 Nightfall Player Mat
This is a generic play mat to help keep your cards in order while you play. Version 1.0. Feel free to use this as you wish.
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2014-12-28
5 Nightfall Random AI Generator v1.0
The Nightfall Random AI Generator is a macro-enabled spreadsheet that allows the user to generate one or two AI opponents based on modified criteria from the AI deck variant posted here: http://boardgamegeek.com/article/17125635 Users can specify the sets and promo cards to be selected from, as well as eliminating one or more minion types or expansion mechanics. AI Opponents will include cards of four different colors. Two will cost 1 or 2, and the other two will cost 3 or more. If possible, all four cards' link colors will link to two other cards in the selection. Setting the "Limit Actions" option to "Yes" will typically return 3 or 4 minions and no more than 1 action. "Generate AI Opponent" will randomize the valid draft cards for one opponent. "Generate Two AI Opponents" will...
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2014-10-12
8 Quick setup and round summary reference
Major reformatting and revision reducing the whole document to just one page. A major thanks to David Gregg who drafted the 1-page format and sent it along to me.
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2013-11-08
11 Epic Nightfall Playmats
I made a couple of playmats for playing Epic Nightfall to keep all the cards nice and organized. There are two different mats, depending on which version of Epic Nightfall you like to play. One mat is for playing with all the cards divided up by color. There's a spot for each of the different color minions and orders, as well as spots for summoned ghouls, wounds, moon phases, and exiled cards. The other mat is for playing with the minions divided up by race. Take all the Vampire cards and shuffle them together, then place them into four equal piles on the Vampire minion spots. Then do the same for the Hunters, Lycans, and Ghouls. Divide the orders up by color, and place them on their spots. Then place the summoned ghouls, wounds, moon phases, and exiled cards on their spots.
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2013-01-28
7 Quick Rules Summary and Game Management Cheat Sheet
Updated Summary with correction to Clean-Up, pointed out below. Thanks for the catch!
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2012-05-08
8 Nightfall rules summary
Nightfall rules summary that I use to teach the game and to refresh my memory. Based on the v1.01 rulebook. Incorporates any clarifications from the official FAQ.
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2012-04-20
2 concise reference sheet by hecose
Reference sheet useful for quick referencing and provides a structured summary for teaching the game. If you are interested in ref sheets for other games that I’ve made (~200), a complete set is available at my boardgame blog, http://hiewandboardgames.blogspot.com/2010/12/concise-reference-sheets.html
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2011-10-28
9 Nightfall Cardlist spreadsheet with Auto-Filter Colors
This spreadsheet lists all the cards found on: http://nf.s3rvant.com/?mode=fullpics The spreadsheet includes all card text (Chain, Kicker, In-Play, etc.) along with the additional explanation text found on the linked website (thanks to the authors for making that available.) There are sorting filters on the following columns: Set, Card_Type, Order_Name, Order_Color, Chains_to_1, Chains_to_2, Kicker_Chained_from, Cost, Strength, and Health.
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2011-10-25
3 Regles NightFall en Francais
Traduction des regles de NightFall en francais.
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2011-07-31
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