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Year Published
2004
# of Players
2 − 4
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4 players
Recommended with 2, 3, 4 players
(105 voters) [poll]
Mfg Suggested Ages
10 and up
Playing Time
45 minutes
User Suggested Ages
8 and up
(23 voters) [poll]
Language Dependence
No necessary in-game text
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Primary Name
The Downfall of Pompeii
Alternate Names
Der Untergang von Pompeji
Zagłada Pompei
龐貝城的隕落
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The year is 79 A.D. Pompeii, sitting at the foot of Vesuvius, is at the high point in its development. People come to the city from far and wide to try to make their luck in the city. So far nobody has dreamed of the danger that will bury all of their dreams under mountains of ash just ten years later. Who will survive the eruption of Vesuvius unscathed?

The simple rules make it easy to get started with The Downfall of Pompeii, a game in which a lot of tactical know-how is required – along with a little luck – in order to bring your pieces out of the city at the right time.

The game falls into two halves: before and after the eruption of Vesuvius. Before the eruption, players play cards to place their pieces in buildings. After the first eruption, they can also place as many relatives as the number of pieces already in the building they placed their piece in. When Omen cards are drawn, the player can take any opponent's piece and throw it into the erupting volcano. In this manner, players try to get as many pieces onto the board as close to the exits from the city as possible.

After the second eruption, the game changes. Now each player places a lava tile, which kills any pieces on that square and may block exits from the city. Then they move two pieces toward the exits, moving them a number of squares equal to the pieces on the square from which they started. The player who gets the most pieces out of the city wins.

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The 2013 second edition of The Downfall of Pompeii includes three dual vent tiles and a new "Dual Vent" variant.

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Components

  • Game board
  • 120 wood pieces
  • 62 game cards
  • 45 lava tiles
  • 3 dual vent tiles
  • 1 volcano
  • 1 cloth bag
  • Rules

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Card Sleeve Size: 56x87mm

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The Downfall of Pompeii
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English second edition
Publisher: Mayfair Games
Artist: Oliver Freudenreich, Guido Hoffmann
Year: 2013
Product Code: MFG4125
Size: 10.88 x 7.56 x 2.62 inches
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Release Date: Aug 2013
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English first edition
Publisher: AMIGO Spiel + Freizeit GmbH, Mayfair Games
Artist: Oliver Freudenreich, Guido Hoffmann
Year: 2006
Product Code: ASI5771
Size: Long Rectangle (e.g. Power Grid)
2.30 pounds
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Publisher: AMIGO Spiel + Freizeit GmbH
Artist: Oliver Freudenreich, Guido Hoffmann
Year: 2004
Product Code: 4310
Size: Long Rectangle (e.g. Power Grid)
2.40 pounds
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4 Rules Summary for Downfall of Pompeii
Still could not find a great summary for this game. I found the setup and phases hard to understand from the rules, so tried to simplify the info. Used Concise Reference Sheets v7.0 by hecose as a base.
English
2013-10-21
5 Manual de Regras
The Downfall of Pompeii: Manual de Regras (Português/Brasil); Tradução/Diagramação: Marcelo "Groo" Medeia;
Portuguese
2013-03-22
2 Samenvattingskaart
Als het een lange tijd geleden is, kan deze samenvattingskaart je helpen bij het spelen van Der Untergang Von Pompeji. Zo moet je niet hele tijd grijpen naar de spelregels!
English
2012-09-17
24 English Rewrite of Instructions
I took Carl-Gustaf Samuelsson's English translation from the German instructions and rewrote them so that they now make sense, and added pictures made from scans of game components since a lot of the rules are really hard to visualize without the visual reference.
English
2012-06-02
2 The Downfall of Pompeii Tuck Box - Standard Sleeves
This is a clean and simple tuck box for 'The Downfall of Pompeii' cards in standard sleeves. Color: Black and White Only; Paper Size: US Letter; Font: Felix Titling.
English
2011-11-07
1 The Downfall of Pompeii - Ukrainian Rules
The Downfall of Pompeii - Ukrainian language rules
2011-07-25
10 Deck Preparation Instructions
The rules guidelines for preparing the deck of cards are, IMHO, poorly worded. This is a simple set of instructions that I hope makes it easier to set up the game.
English
2011-03-31
16 1 page Comprehensive Quick Ref guide.rtf (English-2006 version)
In Feb 2009, I read all the other quick ref guides in these files and culled the best of each and added some clarifications and additions to make it clearer to me, anyway. I believe you could almost play this game from this guide only.
English
2010-02-23
6 Deck Construction aid.rtf (English)
This download contains deck construction aid for 2 to 6 players. This is also to correct the 5 player variant (from first download which I deleted).
English
2010-02-23
7 Full color tuckbox for The Downfall of Pompeii
A full color tuckbox for non-sleeved cards for The Downfall of Pompeii.
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2009-12-29
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