Salt Lake City
I mostly picked up this game as an alternative to Bang!. I always hated playing Bang! and after my first game of Shadow Hunters I knew they were similar enough that I could convince people to try it when they suggested Bang!. I really like the hidden team component, and unlike Bang! it doesn't matter as much what your seating position is. Also, the game plays a lot faster, so it doesn't feel like it's just dragging on. Of course in games like this that have elimination aspects, a long game can mean a long time for one or two people to sit and wait for it to end.
I never thought we'd play it as much as we have at work. The people in my group just really love the theme. I've noticed that with this game the fun isn't in whether you win or lose, but rather what happens as you're going along. It is awesome when you get that game where everybody wins. There are just so many cool scenarios that this game just keeps on giving. Plus most of us like to talk during our games, and this game encourages it.
Today we were able to get 3 games in. We had 6 players which I think is when the game really starts to shine. 4 isn't fun at all because you don't have the neutrals to throw things off, 5 is okay, but 6-8 is where it's at it's best. We saw a little bit of everything today. The first game the Hunters were able to work well together in finding and killing all the Shadows. The second game I made some bad assumptions and helped kill my teammate and threw a huge advantage to the hunters. The last game looked like it was going to be another win for the Hunters when Charles made his kill to end the game early.
I think we have a lot of fun with this game especially in our main group. We have gone through periods of what is best in which situations. We all understand the characters pretty well, so that helps us in interpreting peoples' actions. It just makes for a fun time with a lot of talking (read lying) going on all the time. I never thought I'd have as much fun playing this game as I do.
Does this work for lunch?
Yes! Definitely this is a great game for a lunch time group. It plays fast, we typically get in 3 games even with all 8 players, and is constant enjoyment. Okay, sometimes somebody gets a character that they don't like, or gets attacked a lot and feel picked on, but that all seems to even out. Of course, as I mentioned with the number of players, this is a much better game if you can get 6-8 people together. You can try with 4 but I wouldn't suggest it. If your group isn't big enough, I guess this is one you'd need to stay away from, at least from a lunchtime gaming perspective. This game sees a lot of plays with my family, at my monthly game nights, and in other situations as well.