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Shadows Over Camelot

by Days of Wonder
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Strategy
  • Mystery
  • Cooperative
  • Historical
  • Arthur
  • Round Table
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Technical Details
Product Dimensions29.8 x 29.8 x 7.6 cm
Manufacturer recommended age:10 years and up
Item model numberDOW 7401
Main Language(s)English
Number of Puzzle Pieces1
Assembly RequiredNo
Batteries Included?No
  
Additional Information
ASIN0975277383
Best Sellers Rank 18,728 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2.3 Kg
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Date First Available11 Dec 2006
  
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In most games, players compete against each other to achieve victory. Shadows over Camelot proposes a journey of a very different kind, where you and your fellow players, as Knights of the Round Table, will collaborate to jointly defeat... the game!

At first glance, this task seems simple enough. After all, shouldn't a band of young and noble Knights - fleet of foot and sound of mind - easily defeat a game that plays itself? Alas your quest is further complicated by the ever-present possibility of a Traitor in your midst, biding his time, waiting to strike at the worst possible moment...

But enough words... Don your cloak, climb astride your warhorse and gallop into the Shadows to join us in Camelot!

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In most games, players compete against each other to achieve victory. Shadows over Camelot proposes a journey of a very different kind, where you and your fellow players, as Knights of the Round Table, will collaborate to jointly defeat... the game!   At first glance, this task seems simple enough. After all, shouldn't a band of young and noble Knights - fleet of foot and sound of mind - easily defeat a game that plays itself? Alas your quest is further complicated by the ever-present possibility of a Traitor in your midst, biding his time, waiting to strike at the worst possible moment...   But enough words... Don your cloak, climb astride your warhorse and gallop into the Shadows to join us in Camelot!  
  • Strategy
  • Mystery
  • Cooperative
  • Historical
  • Arthur
  • Round Table


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4.7 out of 5 stars
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's you against the game 8 May 2006
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 2.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This really is a different kind of board game. The only game I can think of which has come close is Lord of the Rings, for in this game you form one of a group who have to collaborate together to beat the game itself, and rescue Camelot. To do so, you need to undertake quests, either singly or as a group and so earn white swords to place on the famed round table at Camelot - before the forces of evil place their own black swords. Add to this the fact that one of your party may be a traitor and you have a most challenging and entertaining evening's play, highly recommended for all those lovers of board games who enjoy the social aspects of playing the game as much as the competitive aspects!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better with the Merlin Expansion 10 Oct 2013
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Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
My extended family love Days of Wonder games. Including grandchildren there are 10 of us in total and when we get together at Easter or Christams we always play Ticket to Ride, Small World, Pirates Cove, etc. as well as Shadows over Camelot. Unlike the others this game is for co-operative play, where you play together to beat the game.

It is tough, especially if you include the Traitor option. We normally play with at least one of the grandsons (aged 9 to 11) so it is a little simpler not to have a Traitor - but the game is still difficult and tense.

We recently added the Merlin Expansion set and found that this added a nice twist to the gameplay and actually solved one or two rule conflicts in the original game.

Overall an excellent game from the Days of Wonder stable needing some skilful co-operative discussions before almost every turn. "Do we lose Excalibur so we can gain the Holy Grail?", "Can you fight the Black Knight while the rest of us defeat the Picts?", "Can you beat up that siege engine?", etc.

We can recommend all the Days of Wonder games that we have - including this one ! Enjoy!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A game that provides so much variety and fun! 27 Mar 2007
Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Ok, so you may have played Lord of the Rings board game as a co-op board game...forget it. This one wipes the floor with LOTR and provides everything you need.

Tactics are something that as you augment the difficulty of the game (by adding a traitor, or starting with few health points etc) your tactics evolve too. There are surprises, action, adventure...the stuff that actually gets your adrenaline going.

I've also played the co-op board game based in the realm of Cthulu, but this one beats it hands down too. It bonds the players as a party pretty quickly and really makes you think. Plus it so much fun and addictive.

A favourite game of mine for a while now, we even took to playing it at home on our own, and, although the game says for 3 player or more, we played with just 2 and had a great time on several occasions. No dynamics of the adventure or game were lost, just concentrated between the 2 of us. We have also played with a group of 6 of us, and still loved every minute!

If you want to buy a game that will last, one that can throw somethings different your way and that you can manipulate for the group of people you choose to play with, this is it. Worth every penny. The only reason I marked it down on durability, is that at some point the cards will start to wear and tear...that's life! Educationally, the kids can play, but the understanding of whats going on may not be quite up to it until the later years, depends on the kid I should imagine. But having said that, its great for developing teamwork.

Since leaving New Zealand and my copy behind, we are wanting to buy a second copy...we just love it that much....So what are you waiting for?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST BOARDGAME EVER! 6 Feb 2011
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Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 3.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I love this game. It is fun and intense. The mechanics are fun and it is challenging but not 'hard' It is self balancing. It's only slight negative is that 3 players are the recommended minimum. However 2 people with 2 knights can play also. If you want something where you work as a team against the game, as opposed to monopoly where if someone looses they're out, then this is the game.

You play against the game itself by doing 1 'evil' action (draw a black card -which makes quests harder to finish or adds an invader), add a siege engine (12 and you loose!) or loose a life point (you start with 4, 0 = you die!) You can then do a good thing - sally forth to a quest, fight a siege engine, draw white cards (which allow you to do things like fight siege engines or finish quests) or do a quest action.

There are several quests - lancelots armor, the grail and excalibur. Each gives a bonus but they take time. And time is your enemy! Early on things are non-offensive but eventually everything reaches a critical mass and then the pressure begins to build more rapidly until you are at 10 or 11 siege engines!

And of course there could be a traitor amongst the knights which adds more complexity and strategy to the game (did timmy just make a stupid move *ON PURPOSE???*

It's brilliant. Buy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New game concept 4 April 2010
Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I first played this game to humour the 10 year old who had received it for Christmas. The adults in the party played the game 5 times in the following days. It is a very challenging game, even when you have your head around how best to play it. As other reviews say, all players (with the exception of those who draw a traitor card) play against the game. Simply put, game is randomised evil. To win, the outnumbered forces of good must concentrate their efforts to win enough battles before being overwhelmed. Choose carefully which battles to fight and which to accept you will lose. Pricey, but well worth the money - especially if a group of 4 or more adults go away together at New Year. Those are long nights.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great family game!
We were looking for a family game (my boys are 7, 11) and this game was just the ticket. We played without the traitor option to learn the game first then introduced the traitor... Read more
Published 1 month ago by ppward
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for all types
Have played this game a few times now and have always had a great time.

Most recently at a office Christmas party and everyone commented how much fun they had and some... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A great game! If you like Carcassonne you'll love this.
We discovered Carcassonne a few years ago and enjoy playing it as a family. This game was introduced to us while on holiday in France and we love it! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Adam
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
It's a Great game, very fun and easy to learn. Best with 5 players although plys wee with 3 or 4
Published 12 months ago by iigo Gonzalez de Lanzagorta
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb game
It is rare to find Co-Op games that work and are not that easy to "win". We have played this twice with three player, no traitor either time and its actually tough to win. Read more
Published 12 months ago by S. Brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant game
i love this game, it's even fun to play it as only 3 people (though the game beat the 3 man party the 1st 3 or so times till we got used to how to play) it's still tough as 3... Read more
Published 17 months ago by John
2.0 out of 5 stars rubish game
i don't like this game boaring no skill and just roll dice.needs more to it. i like board games a lot and i know when i see bad one.
Published on 9 July 2012 by warren tame
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent quality, amazing adventure, fun for a meeting with friends
There are so few games of this type where all the players have to come together against the game (you can add some challenge if one of the players becomes a traitor). Read more
Published on 6 Jun 2011 by Polinaa
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic co-op gaming
Shadows Over Camelot is a fantastically designed boardgame in which all players play against the evil forces surrounding Camelot. Read more
Published on 1 Mar 2011 by C. Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant co-operative game
I bought this for the family for Christmas 2007. It is quite different to our normal games as it is played co-operatively - all players play AGAINST the game, using their... Read more
Published on 16 Jan 2009 by Mark Shackelford
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