A Touch of Evil: Dark Gothic™ is a Deck Building Card Game based on the colonial American gothic horror setting of the popular A Touch of Evil® board game!
The game allows 2-6 players to each take on the role of a unique monster-hunting Hero, collecting Allies and Gear to aid them in their journeys while they root out evil and hunt supernatural creatures back to their lairs. Each hero has a unique special ability and stats that determine the player's starting deck.
With a wider scope than the board game, players must hunt down a series of increasingly difficult Villains that are terrorizing the countryside before the land is consumed in shadows. Though the Heroes must generally work cooperatively as a group to stop the Villains from overwhelming the land, there can be only one top monster hunter amongst them when the dust clears and the final victory total is gathered. Dark Secrets lurk around every corner and only the most cunning and spirited hunter can prevail in the age of Dark Gothic™!
Competitive and Cooperative
The heroes work together to defeat three powerful Villains and save the countryside (it is a larger scope than A Touch of Evil®). Villains come in three levels of difficulty, and at the start of the game, you create a villain stack with one card of each difficulty level being chosen at random. Players collectively lose the game if ten cards land in the shadows before all three Villains are defeated. But, once the dust settles, only one Hero is the top monster hunter! There is one single winner – the player who has the most investigation points at the end of the game.
The game uses three currencies – combat (red), cunning (green) and spirit (blue) – with some cards having a silver cost that can be paid with any currency. Players can acquire cards from a row of six that are available from the main deck or from piles of cards that are always available. If you fight the "Hungry Dead" – an always available card that costs one of each color – you can remove a card from your deck or from the central row.
"Dark Secrets" are a special type of card that get added to your deck through various means. The card is worth negative points at the end of the game, but should you draw it during play, you remove it from the game, then draw a "Shocking Discovery" – which will affect you or all players with some kind of pernicious effect.
Dark Gothic™ includes 8 different Heroes to play, each with their own unique special ability and starting deck, 9 challenging Villains to face off with, and over 320 game cards, as well as the deadly Omen Die. Simple to learn and addictive to play, with a 60 minute game time, Dark Gothic™ is perfect for new gamers and deck-building veterans alike!