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Subject: Capturing "elefants" in "Aferca" rss

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Overview: Elefant Hunt is a game that appeared in Dragon Magazine. Players lead a party into “darkest Aferca” (spelling per the game!) to capture animals and try and score 100 points first.

Components: As this game appeared in a magazine, the components are very lightweight. The owner must paste the counters onto cardstock and cut them out. However, for what-it-is (a magazine insert) the artwork is very appealing and the map and counters are in color. The map shows the game spaces in “Aferca” and counters are used for the players, hunters, animals and supplies.

Basic Game Mechanics: While in port, a player may collect supplies and hire/fire hunters. Hunters are rated by their ability, from one to five (although there is only one five-talent, the “legendary” Aubrey!). Hunters are selected randomly. While out on the trail, your hirelings consume supplies, so you must also stock up before venturing forth.
When ready to leave port, the player rolls a die and sets out along the trail. Landing on a blank space results in setting up camp and consuming supplies. There are many treacherous spaces on the trail, such as swamp, quicksand and river crossings; these result in the possibility of something bad happening, such as losing a hunter or animal. The player can also land on various hunting spaces. Random animals are drawn and the player may attempt to capture them. Animals are rated on their ability to evade capture, from a three for a Bush Baby to a sixteen for a Mad Mom Elephant. The player determines which hunters are matched to which animals and a die is rolled to see if the hunt is successful. When the player makes it back to port, he/she scores points based on the value of the animal(s) captured and brought back. First to 100 points wins the game.

Overall Impressions: Elefant hunt, needless to say, is a very light game. However, this is also its appeal. It doesn’t take itself too seriously and play is usually very lighthearted and fun. There is some strategy as to how many hunters you need, what path to take and how to arrange your forces against the animals. There is very little inter-player action, but the game moves quickly and is very enjoyable. When not your turn, you can watch other players struggle against the elements or miss that big animal capture and have a laugh at their misfortunate (which soon could be yours!) The artwork is whimsical and adds to the flavor of the game. Overall, Elefant Hunt is a very fun option for a “light” game session.


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I loved this game when I was a young guy -- played many times with my buddies. Lots of humour in the game. Ed Oop was one of my favourite characters.
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