This week we had a go at Friedemann Friese's latest dungeon battle game, Formidable Foes. The idea of the game is very simple: roam round the dungeon, fighting monsters to gain gold. As you beat monsters, you gain intelligence which enables you to defeat stronger monsters and the stronger monsters have more gold to be won. You also have to collect power chips during the game, as defeating a monster uses up your power and the very strongest monsters take a lot of power chips to defeat. Once the two strongest monsters have been defeated, whoever then has collected the most gold wins.
There are some good ideas in FF and it was pretty entertaining but it did turn out to be a bit longer than it should have been - about 150 minutes. I was the dumbest player for much of the game and tried to cause some chaos to the perceived leaders, although they always seemed to have spell cards to avoid the weakest monster. Steve seemed to be doing pretty well throughout the game and although Mark G came close, nobody was surprised to learn Steve had the most gold at the end.
Despite it taking too long, Formidable Foes is quite enjoyable and I'd like to see how much quicker it played with fewer players. One to try again in the nearish future.