Ring Side Report-Board Game Review of Pathfinder Adventure Card Game—Skull & Shackles Adventure Deck 6: From Hell’s Heart

Product-Pathfinder Adventure Card Game—Skull & Shackles Adventure Deck 6: From Hell’s Heart

Producer-Paizo

Price– $ 20 here http://www.amazon.com/Pathfinder-Adventure-Card-Game-Shackles/dp/1601256949/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1444228580&sr=8-1&keywords=From+hell%27s+heart

Set-up/Play/Clean-up– 60 minutes per scenario (1-6 players, 5 scenarios)

Type-American

Depth-medium

PZO6016_500

TL; DR-The ships paid off! 98%

Basics-Do you have what it takes to take the crown?  From Hell’s Heart is the conclusion of the Skull and Shackles Adventure Card Game, and it’s a doozy.  Players have to contend with an invasion from the devil worshipers from the north, then fight it out to become rulers of the Shackles.  To play, you will need the base Pathfinder Adventure Card Game as well as the first five adventure decks.

Mechanics-SHIPS!  If you’ve played the first five adventure decks, you keep getting ships.  From the outside, they just look like another way your character can level up as you become increasingly awesome.  However, when you get to second scenario in this pack, you get to fight all the ships you DIDN’T take as they are invading the Shackles!  That right there makes everything completely forgiven.  This adventure pack has many of the same mechanics you’ve come to expect, but the crazy sea battle is just phenomenal.  It’s quickly done, easy to pull off, and an absolute blast.  This pack isn’t a slouch by the way.  No monsters will pull their punches here.  You have to earn the crown, and it feel glorious when you do!  5/5

Theme–  I keep complaining that this isn’t the most theme orientated American style game out there.  However, the mechanics really drive home some of the more awesome points.  Sure you don’t get a full introduction of all the people, but the varied encounters and the setup of each scenario really provide the atmosphere that will keep you in the game as a pirate.  It’s not perfect, but it’s as good as you’re going to get without a guide.  4.5/5

Instructions– The game has set itself up well, and at this point is just taking a victory lap.  All the previous adventure packs and base game set up the pieces and instructions, and this one just knocks it out of the park.  All the rules are easy to follow, and the scenarios fall into piece from there. 5/5

Execution-I like the art to this game, the cards are in good shape, and I don’t have to destroy the packaging to get at the components.  That’s all I can ask for in a card game! 5/5

Summary-Paizo had me hooked a long time ago when I bought this adventure path’s starter set.  Once you’re in for $60, unless something is completely horrible, you’re going to pay the additional $100 across five other packs to get the whole game.  Since I was $80 in before the last pack, this one could have been absolute crap and I’d most likely still have bought it to complete my set.  However, this one is the best part of the whole path.  You have ship battles, you have mass naval combat ( something I didn’t think i’d see!), secret missions into the heart of the fortress, a stalking dragon (that makes the blessing deck a terrible, mind numbing, scary ordeal!), and an epic final battle with the pirate king.  This is everything I wanted this AP to be, and I got more.  If you were not sure about playing the Pathfinder adventure card game before, this is the reason you play this game.  I promise you will enjoy it!  98%

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