Nightmare board – a review of a unique atmospheric experience that you will not forget


4-5 players 2-4 hours from 16 years Czech with dubbing

It’s been 15 years since a terrible thing happened at the stately home of the acclaimed Crafton family. Five of its adult members were brutally murdered by an unknown person. They were left with only descendants – six relatives of children, whose lives went on after this horrific tragedy. And right now, after 15 years, one of the children, now an adult, is summoning you to the scene to solve an ancient mystery once and for all. Welcome back to Crafton headquarters.

Nightmare is a board like no other. At first glance, it will seem like another escape game, but don’t be fooled by the visual similarity. You will not solve puzzles here. Instead, you take on the pre-prepared roles of individual orphans and get into a detective work.

You have the chytrolin Vilém among you, who believes only in what can be proved. Then there is the eccentric free-thinker Josefína, a pious freak with an aversion to consumer society. In contrast, Brigita is an arrogant, conceited blonde looking like the queen of the world. Next, meet Roy, a would-be detective and a roaring grumbler. And finally, there’s Felix, a lover of all things old, who just won’t decide.

Each of you will take on one of these roles, which will also tell you some secret information. These will help you understand the situation in which the character finds himself and his mutual relations with others. In other words, this secret information will help you play your role. Nightmare is primarily a roleplaying game, where you create the vast majority of fun yourself with your acting performances.

It will probably be different from group to group, but our emotions and sharp words did not go far (within the role, of course). Reunion after 15 years was nothing out of the ordinary. As everyone went their own way, he changed and the family reunion enjoyed few. The rivalry actually manifested itself in our country even before the very beginning of the game, whether between cousins ​​or siblings, and I couldn’t help but notice a certain resemblance to the family in the film On Knives.

But when we realized that after five minutes of searching, we were still standing at the entrance gate of our old estate, we calmed down and began to (at least a little) act like a family. We opened the door and entered the hall…

Nightmare is an atmospheric game, where the atmosphere is not only created by your acting, but also by the environment and the game itself. Yes, believe the instructions and really start playing until late at night, go out, light only the candles so that you can see the game components and they can not burn out and set aside the laptop with website accompanying the game.

The application will take care of the soundtrack and a dubbed introduction, while also dictating which event card to take when you decide to explore a specific part of the room in which you stand as a group. As a team, you have to agree on what other room you will move to and what corner you will search, while your secret information will drive everyone elsewhere and sometimes it will not be easy to defend your own opinion without revealing anything to the other players.

The application provides another very important thing that makes Nightmare such an exceptional experience – it counts down the time. Not the real one, but each of your explorations of a quarter of a room will move the clock hand by 10 minutes and every power will go out every hour. As soon as the light bulb bursts in the application, it is a signal for all players to put on the enclosed masks. Yes, the darkness of the candles is not enough, at this moment the electricity goes out in the whole house and none of you can see a step, so the ribbons look nice and don’t peek!

The web application will soon hear the sound of an animal serving as a signal. One of the players has the animal listed as secret information about his character, and this player is the only one who takes off the mask and starts performing the actions commanded by the application. You really don’t know with your eyes closed who is scaring around you, and goosebumps jump out of your fear and anticipation very quickly. And it’s a famous feeling and a great special element, when the loud arguing of a disparate group of orphans is completely calmed down and everyone is waiting breathlessly for what is to come.


In the meantime, you begin to learn more about your family and estate and begin to form a picture of who might be responsible for your parents’ deaths. You are looking for character traits that you compare with individual suspects who surface during the investigation. But there is little time, you only have a few hours to solve the mystery and you will definitely not be able to go through every corner of the stately home.

I wish I could tell you more, but the real magic of the Nightmare record is to experience its events first hand. Forget about shame and really take on your role. Go for yours, but don’t draw too much attention to your task. Watch the details carefully and try to find logical connections. Don’t cheat, don’t show up when you have a blindfold and LISTEN when the app at the very end prompts you to do very strange things. Don’t be shy, just play the game.

Don’t be surprised that the application repeats itself in its final dramatic part. Hold on, be patient, because the end of this game is a truly unique, unforgettable experience and can last for many long minutes, when you are silently and with your eyes covered, anxiously waiting for what will come next.

Nightmare is a game unparalleled in the market. You will not forget what you experience with her. Her story may be hair-raising, but in the end it’s not so much about it. It’s about what you experienced together as a bunch of friends, even in the skins of someone completely different. And we experienced something sensational and for me personally it was one of the biggest surprises in recent years.

If you want to experience something really very atmospheric, you don’t want to play roles and you can handle a bit of that innocent but chilling fear, then you just have to play Nightmare. Get four more players (by no means play in numbers other than five), secure a quiet place with a table around which you have room to maneuver and good access to one computer (we put a mouse in the middle of the table for everyone to reach) and just enjoy it. This night will stay with you forever.

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