So, last night we bust out the Shadows over Camelot for our 6-player group. The characters were, in order:
Sir Tristan (myself, 5 plays)
Sir Palamedes (5 plays)
Sir Kay (new player)
Sir Percival (1 play)
Sir Galahad (new player)
King Arthur (1 play)
None of us had ever played with a traitor before, but with 6 players we were prepared to have a go. So the loyalty cards get dealt out... I peek at mine and get a rush of excitement because I am the traitor! Awesome!
We start off at a brisk pace - Arthur goes off to war with the Saxons but almost everyone else rushes off to the grail. I hop over to Lancelot's Armour and start laying down high Fight cards (since I actually want it!). Better still, King Arthur starts giving me his high cards to lay down, which lets me drain his high cards too!
There is a brief moment of alarm when Guinevere turns up in the black deck - my dismay is real as I actually want the armour! Fortunately, we muster the 3 Merlins and life continues. In no time at all, the Grail is won, as is the Armour (with massive overkill - heh heh), and then the Black Knight is also defeated. The Round Table has 5 white swords and no black swords and things are looking up for the (loyal) knights.
Then things start to change...
While some of the knights are off looking for Excalibur, the siege engines start to creep up around Camelot. I'm picking up black cards every turn under the guise of "filtering", which also gives me a convenient excuse not to lose life! Both the Picts and the Saxons are up to 3 and looking menacing. Knights are travelling hither and thither, and no-one is quite sure where they want to be.
Eventually we agree that it would do us more harm than good to win Excalibur (due to increased siege engine production), so I gleefully go over to Excalibur for the express purpose of doing nothing! The siege engines are mounting up, and every one is coming back to fight them. I dig through the black cards every turn, on the pretence of burying fatal Picts or Saxons when in fact I am looking for them! However, I am unable to find them for a while and Arthur defeats the Saxons. I frown inwardly...
But then the Picts come up and two more siege engines are added to Camelot! Despite the best effort of the loyal knights, we are now at 10 engines. I 'forget' that I no longer have to stop the Picts and draw into another Despair card. Unfortunately, King Arthur notices that I still have lots of life and start accusing me of being the traitor. Fortunately, it makes no difference as the very next turn, Palamedes draws the Dark Forest card and the last siege engine comes rumbling up to Camelot.
THE TRAITOR WINS!!!
I have to say there is nothing quite like winning against a team of 5 other people, all working to defeat you.
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I love playing as the traitor in a four player game (nobody else I know wants to join on on this wonderful game). Having been the traitor more times than I can remember and because of the way I always play - which is forever unpredictable - people can never tell if I am of a perfidious nature or not. I am in total agreement with you, winning the game as the traitor brings a blackened glow to ones heart and a worthwhile sense of accomplishment when the noble knights have failed to unmask you, or when they fail to complete enough quests.
*Cue the maniacal laughter*
Ahhhh, that feels like a hard edged piece of steel poking me in the back.
Ah, those siege engines!
Nothing like playing the traitor! Its the intrigue, suspicion and down-right paranoia around a table of people that are usually best of friends that makes Camelot so fulfilling!
I would recommend being the Bio-terrorist in Pandemic (+ expansion) as it has a similar rush to it, defeating a team of players all trying to work against you! The difference being that the others know you're the terrorist from the start.