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Indie Boards and Cards IBCFPF2 Flash Point Fire Rescue Second Edition Board Game

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Flashpoint: South China Sea lets you determine how this conflict will play out in a fast-to-play, easy-to-learn game. This is a perfect example of how anticipating the worst case scenario can pay big dividends later on. Everyone is familiar with the job of firefighters: save lives and property by rescuing trapped individuals and extinguish fires.

The firefighters move towards the victims, putting out fires along the way, only to have new fires pop up again.

The fire engine also has a powerful deck gun that can be used in an attempt to extinguish flames in an adjacent quadrant of the building. The Flash Point: Fire Rescue rules are quite simple, but beating the game can be pretty tough on the right difficulty level. I like how the randomness in the mechanic fits with the theme and you have really the feeling of a dangerous place where everything could happen.

There’s a lot of random luck (both good and bad) in this game, but performing actions efficiently requires thought and care on the part of the players. The fire can and usually does spread quickly, often causing tragic explosions that move the situation from manageable to disaster. Many games claim to be “family” games while really only appealing to a certain age range/gender/mindset. Sure, you can run to that point of interest and find out if it’s a person, but if the fire spreads to them before your next turn you’ll just end up burning with them.

Each player can take on the roll of a specific type of firefighter: The CAFS Firefighter who can extinguish fires without using action points, the Fire Captain who can use their action points to move other players around, the Rescue Specialist who can move farther and can chop through walls easier.

Moving from space-to-space generally costs one action point, but this cost is increased to two if entering a space engulfed in flames or carrying a victim.Sure, it won’t satisfy your hardcore itch, but it’s definitely a lunch game or a family game you won’t get bored with. Sure a firefighting game sounds like a serious topic, but we laughed a ton as we hailed Trevor for being the master fireman saving everyone as they’d keep appearing out from under the bed (or so we joked since it happened to be a bedroom).

In another, we found a dozen people strewn about the living room with “Hazardous Materials” on the floor. All sounds ok, but that’s actually not a lot of actions before the fire spreads / new people drop in. Smoke is the precursor to fire and can be removed by an adjacent firefighter by expending an action point.The theme of Flash Point: Fire Rescue makes it quite obvious and intuitive for new players to decide what moves to make. The role card for the Fire Captain says that when using his ability, you have to match the AP of the person moving.

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