Just received my copy this week and I am trying to learn the rules.
I understand in the first chapter that only two players can occupy a cabin, the key holder and the the player who's color matches the cabin color.
1) If a camper picks up a key that matches their own color does this mean they are the only camper who can open and enter that cabin?
Yes. And after unlocking a cabin, the key returns to the box. So if you wanted to drop the key for another camper to pick up, it would have to be before unlocking the cabin. This seemed pretty harsh to us on our first game, but the maniac moves pretty slow. I think it balances out ok.
2) Do these rules extend through the subsequent chapters? Meaning, in chapters II, III and IV are only the key holder and the cabin's matching camper allowed into a particular cabin?
Because cabins are no longer safe zones, and no longer end the chapter for the campers in them, I assume that any one can enter them in subsequent chapters. Also this restriction is listed in the chapter 1 rules, so thats another reason to assume its specific to this chapter.
This is a nitpick, but the spaces to record the maniac movement seem small. Yet, it seems possible that several numbers could be recorded during a murderous rage in the same turn if the campers get careless in their positioning. Has anyone had this happen in one of their games? And how did you record the spaces moved through? Did you mark only the first and last space since it is obvious where the killer went from all the bodies dropping?
I only had a single rage so far. Without writing intentionally small, I have for 2-3 numbers in each spot. I ran out of room once because I wrote too big and right in the middle - in this case I wrote smaller, in the gap between circles. I agree a little more room might be nice.