Mysterium Board Game £24.21 with code, delivered @ Zatu
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Mysterium Board Game £24.21 with code, delivered @ Zatu

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Posted 10th Oct
Spotted this cheap at Zatu then remembered the code that @qprneil had posted in another thread making it even cheaper. Thanks!

I love this game, difficult to explain though. It is sort of like Cluedo but someone plays the ghost of the person who has been murdered and the others have to work together to solve it! 7.4 on BGG. NBP is Chaos Cards. It says 3-7 players but doesn't really work with less than 4 in my opinion and 5+ is better.

In Mysterium, players take on the roles of gifted mediums with the ability to communicate with the undead. One player becomes the ghost whose spirit is doomed to forever haunt the mansion after becoming the victim of a hideous crime. They attempt to reveal to the players the truth of what actually happened; who murdered them, how they did it and where it took place. Each medium is secretly gifted a selection of three potential combinations, noted behind the ghost players cardboard screen. The mediums are working towards their own goal independent of each other, however they are still considered as working as one team. All players win or lose as a group.

The twist is that the ghost is unable to communicate in way other than give the other players a selection of highly stylistic dreamlike images on tarot cards. These are dealt to each individual player, once a round, to help them correctly identify their targets. Each card is a beautiful piece of surreal artwork, which can be read in many ways. It is up to the mediums to try to interpret the ghosts’ subtle nudges. The ghost can only present selected images from their hand of cards, which can limit what they want to say immeasurably, often to comic effect.

Cards that show the potential suspects, weapon and location are placed on the table across three levels. Each round a medium will place one of their markers on a card confirming their choice. Once a player correctly guesses part of their combination they can progress to the next. Other players can also gain bonus points for agreeing or disagreeing with their fellow mediums over choices made.

Mysterium continues over 7 rounds and if the mediums each manage to gather their personal combination and progress through the 3 separate levels then the final round takes place. All players’ options are revealed on the table and at this point there is one more round of visions dealt to the mediums, as they have to work out whose combination was actually the true story of what happened. If they correctly guess then the ghost can rest peacefully and everyone wins.

Player count: 3-7
Time: 42+ minutes
Age rating: 10+
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Good game, much better than Dixit!
OK game, not as good as Dixit!
pr2thej11/10/2019 07:52

OK game, not as good as Dixit!


I agree with the first comment, sorry. Both are good but I prefer the theme of mysterium
jayhutton1011/10/2019 07:54

I agree with the first comment, sorry. Both are good but I prefer the …I agree with the first comment, sorry. Both are good but I prefer the theme of mysterium


Yeah I actually think that Mysterium is a MUCH better version of Dixie. Love the theming of it!
ben.franklin11/10/2019 10:44

Yeah I actually think that Mysterium is a MUCH better version of Dixie. …Yeah I actually think that Mysterium is a MUCH better version of Dixie. Love the theming of it!


Dixit is more relaxing though and some of the matches are inspired.
I love playing as the ghost in mysterium
Played it a few times but found theres not really alot to do unless your the ghost, but to chilled out for me. A good price tho!
If you (and your group) already play & enjoy a few board-games: Mysterium ...but if you're new to board-gaming or have little experience beyond Monopoly or Cleudo - DIxit.

Mysterium is great, but it's a bit of a bear to set up, and needs a bit of teaching... not a lot, but a good 5-10 mins. By then your non-gamer buddies will already be getting itchy feet. Dixit you can set up and be playing in a matter of seconds, and it works across all ages & backgrounds.
bazpoint11/10/2019 13:29

If you (and your group) already play & enjoy a few board-games: Mysterium …If you (and your group) already play & enjoy a few board-games: Mysterium ...but if you're new to board-gaming or have little experience beyond Monopoly or Cleudo - DIxit. Mysterium is great, but it's a bit of a bear to set up, and needs a bit of teaching... not a lot, but a good 5-10 mins. By then your non-gamer buddies will already be getting itchy feet. Dixit you can set up and be playing in a matter of seconds, and it works across all ages & backgrounds.


That's my main problem with mysterium as you needed to sort all the cards then match the chosen ones etc... I still love it, but it's always me setting it up
Hot.

One of the best games i own.
If you're looking for something heavy, this isn't it but for engaging a group of people and showing non board gamers the hobby, this is one of the very best (even my parents like it). Doesn't put anyone on the spot or make anyone feel stupid (it's interpretation after all).
Every time i show a new group this game, they instantly want to play again or be the ghost.
Personal opinion, everyone should own this game.
jayhutton1011/10/2019 13:33

That's my main problem with mysterium as you needed to sort all the cards …That's my main problem with mysterium as you needed to sort all the cards then match the chosen ones etc... I still love it, but it's always me setting it up


Yeah, long setup can be such a momentum killer.... my favourite tactic if I want to get something like that played is to have it setup on the table before anyone even shows up, then get straight into how to play as soon as everyone is ready. Pulling something like Mysterium mid-games-night is just a no-go. Plus big setups intimidate casual gamers - even when the game is really quite simple (as with Mysterium), if it looks complex then some people will instantly go into it with the "well I'm not going to be able to play this" mindset.
bazpoint11/10/2019 13:38

Yeah, long setup can be such a momentum killer.... my favourite tactic if …Yeah, long setup can be such a momentum killer.... my favourite tactic if I want to get something like that played is to have it setup on the table before anyone even shows up, then get straight into how to play as soon as everyone is ready. Pulling something like Mysterium mid-games-night is just a no-go. Plus big setups intimidate casual gamers - even when the game is really quite simple (as with Mysterium), if it looks complex then some people will instantly go into it with the "well I'm not going to be able to play this" mindset.


I agree, it's usually a night start game plus only an hour but feels really involved. Trying to explain it is tricky too. I do find if you play it with the same people regularly, certain cards start to mean the same thing each time which spoils it a bit.
jayhutton1011/10/2019 13:42

I agree, it's usually a night start game plus only an hour but feels …I agree, it's usually a night start game plus only an hour but feels really involved. Trying to explain it is tricky too. I do find if you play it with the same people regularly, certain cards start to mean the same thing each time which spoils it a bit.


There are two expansions available if you want to mix it up a bit...
bazpoint11/10/2019 13:56

There are two expansions available if you want to mix it up a bit...


Only knew about one the hidden signs one. I'll look up the other thanks
Also worth looking up Obscurio which seems to be an evolution on the gameplay (clues, traps, hidden roles).

I'm not fully convinced myself, but that's probably because I have an unopened Mysterium sitting on my shelf.
Played it once - didn't like it too much but I'm not a fan of dixit-like games, so fair play. Hot for the price, though
Ratlee9411/10/2019 14:35

Played it once - didn't like it too much but I'm not a fan of dixit-like …Played it once - didn't like it too much but I'm not a fan of dixit-like games, so fair play. Hot for the price, though


Same here, played once and it was ok just not really my cup of tea. Very popular game and good price.
Granted it really isn't for everyone as its quite abstract. I think once you get over the concept it can be a pretty decent gateway game as there are no tough mechanics to grasp particularly.
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