Yes. That one. I played that today. Well... I played the home board game version of it. It was my birthday gift and Sundays are usually when friends come over and we hang out. So today I'm talking about Legends of the Hidden Temple.
Now, not too long ago I ran a one-shot for my Extraordinary League group that was based on Carmen Sandiego. To prepare for it, I looked up all the games and stumbled upon the latest home game, which is coincidentally made by the same people as Legends of the Hidden Temple. It's complicated enough that they have YouTube videos explaining how to play, but still simple enough to figure out. Well, when opened this game, I saw something rather similar.
The game's intended for up to 16 players like the original, but can par down to 4. It includes places for Olmec and even the freakin' host, Kirk Fogg. You do the jumping across the moat, answering trivia questions about the treasure, playing the temple games, and, of course, running the Temple.
So my group played. It was madness. Dice rolling, obscenities being screamed, and people reaching for pieces. And it actually took a while just to get across the moat. Fortunately, once players are eliminated, they get to take on the roles of Kirk Fogg and Olmec, as well as eventually piecing together the Temple.
Well, guess who made it to the temple, with TWO Pendants of Life, no less. Give up? It ... it was me. I figured context would be... anyway. Point is, I got to run the temple.
It's a bit convoluted and the rules are hard to keep in your head while scrambling to roll dice and beat the clock, but I ran the temple. I even put together the Silver Monkey without putting the head on backward. Alas... I was caught by two temple guards and didn't have time to find Amelia Earhart's Lucky Pig.
I can't really be upset. After all, the decisions were mine and mine alone. Still, it was fun. Okay, back to writing, I guess.
Tell 'em what they won, Olmec!
Keep your eyes open for my debut novel, The Paladin.