Mysterium is my favorite cooperative game that I’ve played so far in this class. After messing around with Ultimate Werewolf the first week and Pandemic the next one, there’s something different about mysterium, and the uniqueness is capitalized in the cooperative experience. Players aren’t forced to communicate which is something I felt when playing Ultimate Werewolf because everyone is trying to help out each other so you yourself can win the game. The themes and creativeness in the cards engages you to think critically about what the ghost is trying to tell you. Everyone is playing against the actual board game itself which causes tight-knit discussions and communal problem-solving. This is something I personally didn’t feel myself in the past few weeks and I’m grateful that I found “my” game.
The most difficult or hardest part of this game for me really boiled down to something as simple as correctly predicting who got their guesses right or wrong. I enjoyed this one so much that the fundamental rules weren’t hard to follow or difficult to play with. The way to play this game kept me occupied and immersed in the Mysterium and that’s exactly what I look for in tabletop games as well as videogames. I enjoy the fact that it relies heavily on the player’s interpretation and imagination to keep things new and fresh. With the introduction of extensions and add-ons to this board game, I want to experiment with this board game again.
As I’ve clearly stated, this is my favorite game I’ve played in this class so far because of its cooperative or leadership function. The ghost is without question the leader of everyone else because they are giving out cards to everyone else and trying to stimulate thought-provoking questions and guesses. This game ties into that leadership because each player is not only trying to get themself to the end but also needs their teammates to reach the end as well. This causes leaders to emerge and guide everyone else toward their people, locations, and weapons. I personally liked the subject and theme of the cards because of the fantasy feel which definitely fits how the game is played in my opinion. I’m confident that my family and friends would love this game and that it would work well with a full amount of people. Overall, the class session went well and everyone did their part in assisting other players and doing their best to beat an inanimate object.