The first edition of STAW AWAY! It was released by (developer) Escape Studios in 2014 following a successful Kickstarter campaign. ARES GAMES is now publishing and distributing an all-new edition of this exciting horror card-based game, influenced and inspired by John Carpenter’s “THE THING” and the mythos of Cthulhu.
Players form part of a recovery team sent to investigate and locate what happened to an archaeological team that went missing on Risen Island of R’lyeh (and you know with a name like that, it’s not going to be a walk in the park). Upon arrival, a large storm forces you to take shelter in an old rundown outpost. There’s something lurking on this island, and it’s main intent is to destroy your team from within.
All players start off as human, but as game play progresses some will change roles, creating two opposing factions, namely, humans working towards finding “the thing” and weeding out those infected, and secondly the thing itself along with those who have succumbed to Infection. The game kicks off with one player becoming “the thing” and that player’s goal is to destroy all the humans by infecting them and using them as allies, or eliminating them from the game altogether. Pretty simple right?
This game is centers on 110 numbered cards and is best played as a party game for 4-12 players. The fact that experienced players and new players can start on a level playing field is appealing, and it’s fun and easy enough to catch onto right away. Featuring fun and eye caching illustrations, and an engaging, suspenseful storyline, you won’t want to stay away from STAY AWAY! Gameplay time: 15-60 minutes.