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Subject: In Memory of Fallen Heroes - Our First Firefight rss

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J Boomhower
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Last night my children and I embarked on our first Flash Point action adventure. I had been excited about this since I first read about (in a search for Firefighting games) and the reviews only stoked the...well, you get the idea. I finally got it in the mail and off we went.

For those who haven't played, a quick overview of the gameplay. Each player is a firefighter and the board is a house already in flames (we played the family rules). On your turn, you have action points to spend moving around the house, putting out existing fires/smoke, and chopping down walls all in the attempt to reach the tokens that COULD represent victims. If they do, you carry them out and go back in for more. Get 7, you win. But beware, after each player uses up their AP (or saves them for future turns) they have to roll to place more fire. Hit an empty space, add smoke...unless its near a fire then fire it is. If you hit a fire, an explosion rocks the joint. Fire shoots in all four directions. Any time a wall is hit (or Chopped), a black block goes on it. Get 2 down, the wall is gone. Put all the black blocks on the board...the house collapses and the game is over.

So here we go:

Firefighter Blue - 8 Year Old Daughter
Firefighter Red - Me
Firefighter White - 10.5 Year Old Son (and avid gamer like his old man)

Firefighter Blue and Red, both brand new to the house, were called to a fire in progress. At least seven people are in there, they are told, now go get them out. Having never faced a blaze before, they were unsure how to proceed. Immediately, the both began chopping at walls to create the quickest route to the nearest possible victim. After each move, explosions rocked the house around them but they reached their goal...to find nothing. Must have been something else making the noise, no victims here. They moved on, checking more spots as the fire continued to claim more of the house. Intent as they were on simply getting to the victims, they didn't stop to try to stem back the fiery flow. Two more false alarms and they were getting desperate. Finally, Red found a woman trapped in a bedroom. He immediately escorted her out, hearing over the radio that Blue had done the same. Two people safe, they dove back in. At the same time, a new recruit showed up to assist, Firefighter White. He made his way inside and began putting out fires as he pushed to reach a victim. But as many fires as they put out, more appeared. One more victims was rescued, then, miraculously, a fourth. The three new firefighters looked like they were going to make it. As Blue pulled a puppy from the inferno, an explosion shook the walls around them and they heard the sad mewling as a cat was engulfed and lost. Dropping off the puppy, their fifth rescue, the team dove back in. By now, seeing the weakening walls, Red was putting all his time and effort into pushing back the flames. As he did, White found another victim and carried him free. On the other side of the house, Blue began to search for the final victim. The walls groaned around her as she pushed through the burning house, listening for any possible noise. Just one more, they told each other and themselves, just one more. Then she heard it. A noise from the nearby room. Knowing their time was short, she rushed forward and found a man curled in the corner. She immediately grabbed the poor man and made for the door. In the opposite room, Red desperately put out flames and smoke. Outside, White turned back to the house to help his fellow firefighters. Have you got him, he asked Blue. The door is just ahead of me, she shouted back over the radio. I'm heading out, Red replied. Then they all heard it. An explosion in the far corner and the terrifying creak of the final supporting wall giving way. White could only watch as the house before him, completely lost to the flames, collapsed inward on top of his compatriots. The six victims stood huddled on the sidewalk with the paramedics, tears in their eyes, and all said a silent thank you to their fallen heroes.

It was literally that close. She was at the door with our seventh rescue, for the win, when the last fire roll landed an explosion that placed the last black block and brought everything down on us. The whole thing was just as I hoped it would be. Exciting, fast paced and tense. If you have this game, go play it. If you are considering the purchase, do it now. If you aren't, you're missing out. This is a great co-op, great with kids, and I can see some great challenges with the other adults in the expert version.

Thanks for reading...I off to school my son in Wiz-War...hopefully.
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Greg
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Good stuff Mhid Da

My 9 year-old twin daughters love this game, I've only played the family version with them so far. I've played the advanced version with the guys in my game group a couple times and it's pretty tough. Last game we left the cat outside the front door and planned on calling the ambulance later to complete the rescue, but before we could there was a series of explosions and the next thing we knew a shockwave sent a ball of flames outside the front door and took out the cat. cry
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I agree with the OP's final thoughts. There is no reason whatsoever to be on the fence getting this game. Just get it.
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Kevin Riddle

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good report, and that's why we do what we do
brothers and sisters to the end
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DOUGLAS BRUNDIN
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Loved the narrative form session report!

We've had 3 close calls ourselves where the house collapsed with the final victim literally one step away from exiting the house! What an awesome game.

It officially claimed the coveted BEST GAME THAT I OWN AWARD!! It unseated Memoir 44, which has held the coveted position for several years.
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Dbrundin wrote:
Loved the narrative form session report!

We've had 3 close calls ourselves where the house collapsed with the final victim literally one step away from exiting the house! What an awesome game.

It officially claimed the coveted BEST GAME THAT I OWN AWARD!! It unseated Memoir 44, which has held the coveted position for several years.


I like this award, must think and rethink which game i would give it to ..
 
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