Quick Takes: 1-4 players* 45-60 minutes Ages 10+ Level 2 (slightly more complex or takes longer than the classics we all think of)
Paleo is a cooperative adventure game set in the Stone Age where players must band together to keep each other alive and obtain the things they need - fur, a tent, basic tools, or even new recruits to their tribe.
Each player starts the game with two humans, who each have a skill and a number of life points. On a turn, each player chooses to go to one location — possibly of the same type as other players, although not the same location — and while you have some idea of what you might find there, you won't know for sure until you arrive. Maybe your location will have food or resources, or perhaps you find what you need to craft a useful object, or discover that you can aid someone else in their project, or suffer a snakebite that brings you close to death. Life is full of both wonders and terrors...
At the day's end, you need food for all the people in your party as well as various crafts or skills that allow you to complete quests. Failure to do so adds another skull to the board. Once you collect enough of those, you decide that living is for fools and give up the ghost, declaring that future humans can just admire someone else, for all you care.
- Strategy - this game gets you thinking
- Theme - this game was designed by Peter Rustemeyer, who has an actual background in archaeology.
- Replay - Paleo includes multiple modules that allow for a variety of people, locations, quests, and much more during your time in 10,000 BCE. Make it as hard or as easy as you would like!