Not A Porno: Nuns On The Run

16 01 2011

Courtesy Of BoardGameGeek

Argh – delayed once again by real life – couldn’t even post short posts for the past few days because of a combination bone-deep exhaustion and Internet outage. But I’m back and here’s a look at a recent game I played with a rather suggestive title: Nuns On The Run.

Courtesy of BoardgameGeek

The game is essentially a stealth game, with one player acting as the guards, while the other players will be infiltrators; though the entire game is played inside a convent. The game’s theme is that it’s after curfew and a bunch of naughty novices hope to get a particular item from somewhere in the convent. However, the abbess and the prioress aren’t exactly going to take things lying down. They’ll be patrolling the halls and catching anyone wandering around.

The game is a very fun and tension-filled affair – I managed to play it last Friday and it was pretty fun.  In addition to dodging the Abbess and the Prioress, the novices are also in a race to get back to their rooms; whoever gets their item first, whether it be the Necronomicon (yes, really) or a slice of cake, and returns to the cell first wins the game. Of course, evading the two patrolling nuns is a challenge. Movement, especially running, causes noise and if you’re unlucky enough be within earshot, they can go off their patrol routes and hunt you down.

It’s fast, furious and pretty easy to teach. My main complaint is the use of paper to record the novice’s hidden movement. It would have been more cost-efficient to use dry-erase markers on a laminated card to record movement; but you can do it yourself if you want to.

Unfortunately, the game is not available here in the Philippines. You’ll have  to order abroad – but at around 30 dollars, it won’t cost more than 1,500 pesos – 2,000 pesos after shipping if you know how to avoid customs. That’s a good buy for some good family fun.

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