Skulk Hollow Review

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Skulk Hollow - Pencil First Games - $49.99

Game title: Skulk Hollow

Game description: ​Over generations and generations the ancient woodland of Børe prospered and grew. The world was bestowed with great spirit, which lifted the animals of the land to new heights. Unfortunately, over the years these clans lost touch with the spirit of the land and faction warring developed. The Foxen Kingdom of Skulk Hollow in the South, The spiritual Red Pandas of Cupboard in the North, the Mischievous Mice of Multon in the West, and the colony of Blackheart Bunnies in the East. As skirmishes started breaking out across the continent, lives lost, there was a monstrous shake and then The Great Return. No one quite knows why, but the Guardians have risen - but not the kind, life-giving Guardians of spiritual legend. Dark, ferocious, versions that are now attacking all the kingdoms of the land.

Overall
4.2
  • Play (Mechanics)
  • Presentation (Art/Quality)
  • Plan (Rules)

Summary

Once, long ago, the Guardians helped to create and shape the world. Then, they fell into a deep slumber and the age of the animal clans began. Now, the animal clans are warring, wreaking havoc upon the land. The Guardians, feeling the disturbance, have awoken. Their dark and twisted forms monstrous in their rage. Will they wipe out the infestation that is animal-kind, or will the heroes from the Foxen Clan in Skulk Hollow rise up to put down these titans for good?

Pros

Excellent, asymmetric gameplay

Gorgeous meeples

Epic feel

Cons

Is it me, or do all the foxes look…evil?

Some may not like the asymmetry

Full Skulk Hollow Review

Once, long ago, the Guardians helped to create and shape the world. Then, they fell into a deep slumber and the age of the animal clans began. Now, the animal clans are warring, wreaking havoc upon the land. The Guardians, feeling the disturbance, have awoken. Their dark and twisted forms monstrous in their rage. Will they wipe out the infestation that is animal-kind, or will the heroes from the Foxen Clan in Skulk Hollow rise up to put down these titans for good?

Skulk Hollow is a 2 player game where on player takes on the role of the Foxen Heroes while the other plays as one of several gigantic Guardians. The Foxen have to defeat the Guardian. The Guardians have to either defeat the leader of the Foxen, or complete a special victory condition listed on their player board. It’s not a fair fight, and the game is specifically designed that way.

Check out those meeples!

Each player will start the game with their own deck of cards, player boards, meeples, etc… and will take turns moving around the board either summoning more heroes and trying to mount the Guardian to attack it, or stomping around the countryside unleashing devastating attacks.

The entire game is amazingly thematic, with special emphasis placed on the Foxen leaping up the Guardians and attacking each of their weak spots, and the Guardians unleashing hell with gigantic weapons and special powers. Combine that with the incredible artwork and outstanding character meeples and Skulk Hollow is a fantastic escape into a fantasy world at war.

With easy to understand rules it takes no time at all to jump right into the action. Each Guardian, as well as the Foxen, have their own character boxes where just about everything need to play with them is located. The giant Guardian boards really hit the immensity of the titans, especially when the tiny Heroes are placed on them.

Skulk Hollow also has a bit of ambiguity over who are the “good guys” and “bad guys.” Each side has their reasons for fighting, and neither is presented as the right side. I will admit that the Foxen look a bit more evil, which makes me dislike them right off the bat.

A sketchy bunch

Whichever side you play as, you’ll have a blast. Some may not like the asymmetrical nature of the game, but with a quick play time it’s easy for both players to give each side a whirl in a matter of no time.

A copy of Skulk Hollow was provided free for review by Pencil First Games.

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