Review: Claustrophobia De Profundis – a new danger awaits

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If you fear closed spaces, you should definitely not climb into any cave. Especially, when you know, that inside of its stone walls dwell many dangerous creatures. There may be not only spiders, rats and bats, but deep and damp hallways hide much more frightening things. But it may happen, that you will survive your trip. However, imagine that at the end of the corridor does not lead into light, but only to another place of horror.

Hugely successful game contained enough scenarios and variability to become a classic. But players still keep calling for other scenarios and possibilities to play. Well, after some time of listening and waiting, their prayers have been answered by none other, than designer . He prepared an expansion called with illustrations by Bertrand Benoit. Game production is based in the Marabunta company and its distribution is done by .

Claustrophobia is dueling game, in which one side plays as a monster, while second player attempts to pass through the cave and meet his goal. Both adversaries use different means to accomplish theirs. Above all, player in the role of evil must combine dice to activate different abilities, but also his opponent in the role of good requires luck of the dice. Their distribution among heroes chooses, which line of skills is activated. Environment is also different each time, depending on the chosen scenario, which players compile from prepared big tiles. Part of the game is also about exploring. Map is gradually growing, making space for monsters and heroes to fight through roll of the dice.

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This new box is definitely not something  small. The reason is of course new map tiles, which attract all attention first. They bring not only new graphics and layout of corridors, but also special rules. Thanks to this, hallway with fog makes players not see, where they are cutting with their tools and that is why their defense is calculated permanently with number of six inside the mist. There is also a healing fountain, room for bigger battles or chance to look for items. Demonic well is good news for evil player, because it allows him to bring new pieces into play.

Other components mostly increase variability. There are new cards for almost every conceivable deck, that adds new charge to your match. There are new card of benefits (for player on side of good), events, gifts and items.

Player in the role of evil gets a new miniature – hellhound. These new monsters can get also a set of dice from their master. These temporarily set their variable statistics and are controlled similarly to heroes of the other rival. This is new way for evil master to torment hero and he will use it happily and often. This news is just great and if we should highlight a center of interest for evil players, then it is surely this pair of miniatures.

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However, neither player comes short in personnel reinforcements. There’s a couple of Sicario miniatures for the other player. They are cursed twins. And their skills are connected to a new deck of cards, that adds a special abilities during the game. Very nice and detailed miniatures are accompanied also by plastic holders, where players will once again place their rolled dice and plunge plastic sticks inside a cardboard plate with hero portrait. And these heroines are also a great expansion, which is made available.

Most important thing in the box of De Profundis is not miniatures, cards or cave tiles. Its the scenarios, that are described in detail in the booklet of rules. These stories are the heart of Claustrophobia and every new one is a great way to enjoy the game a bit differently than before. Author is not always Croc, because other creators, even among fans, were invited to take part in creation. Their playing time is highly variable and ranges between thirty and ninety minutes, while maintaining a maximum of two participants. Out of these numbers, it is clear, that scenarios are really different and it is not just cosmetic changes.

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A complete set of twelve new adventures is once again outstanding set, in which individual tasks for both players differ greatly. They will thus have to destroy eggs, kill troglodytes and collect their corpses or search for the artifact. These are of course assignments for players with heroes. Then the opponent always has goal of messing it up for the enemy and try to eliminate heroes, before they succeed. Each of the scenarios additionally offers some other interesting features, such as the aforementioned artifacts or deafening sounds in story entitled Smithy.

Whole experience is again excellent and balanced outcome depends entirely on the capabilities of both opponents. Nothing is ever certain. And that brings excellent experiences and great gameplay, that has accompanied the original base set.

The only thing, we can criticize in this extension, is limited use of new components with the original game. It probably a bit counts with the fact, that players will no longer feel the need to play original screenplay and will long for new adventures.

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Claustrophobia: De Profundis is an expansion, that almost doubles the amount of entertainment you can have. Terrific offer of scenarios, new miniatures and their special rules, all this is a great mix. So if you are in love with Claustrophobia as we are, then you do not need to make any decision. De Profundis is the obvious choice.

DesignerCroc
ArtistBertrand Benoit, Aleksi Briclot, Stéphane Gantiez
PublisherAsmodee, Marabunta
Year Published
# of Players2 - 2
User Suggested # of Players Best with 2 players
Recommended with players
(14 voters)
Playing Time45
Mfg Suggested Ages14 and up
User Suggested Ages12 and up
(5 voters)
Language DependenceModerate in-game text - needs crib sheet or paste ups
(4 voters)
CategoryAdventure, Expansion for Base-game, Fantasy, Miniatures
MechanicDice Rolling, Modular Board, Variable Player Powers
ExpansionClaustrophobia
FamilyPlayers: Two Player Only Games
Primary NameClaustrophobia: De Profundis

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Review: Claustrophobia De Profundis – a new danger awaits
Final word
Claustrophobia: De Profundis is an excellent expansion, that brings more of what we love and become accustomed to in Claustrophobia. There's a pile of new scenarios, all of which are exciting, balanced, but in fact each perfectly different. Game remains mainly tremendously entertaining duel, that is quite tense. To variability also contribute all those new decks and map tiles with specialized skills. Claustrophobia: De Profundis is a great expansion for exceptional game.
Reader Rating0 Votes
Pros
increase in variability
new characters, new skills
very interesting scenarios
great fun
balanced
excellent asymmetric fun
Cons
some new parts can not be used with the basic game
4
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