Sirens wail, and smoke fills the air. Through the commotion you hear the chief’s commanding voice drown out the surrounding bustle, “Alright, team. The building we’re heading to is in critical condition. Unfortunately, there are still some people trapped inside. We’ll need to bring them to safety before the building collapses. The fire is raging, so we’ll be pressed for time. Is that clear?” You nod your head, affirming the instructions and prepare to brave the flames of…
In Flash Point: Fire Rescue, 2-6 firefighters will work together to extinguish a burning building and, more importantly, save everyone inside. Each turn, you’ll have at least four action points to spend on movement, extinguishing, and all sorts of fire fighter related feats. Manage your actions well, and you’ll be the most essential part of the firefighting squad!
After a player spends their action points, Flash Point’s central mechanic has a chance to shine during the “Advance Fire” stage of each turn. Using the two dice and the grid coordinate system on the board, each player determines where a new spot of smoke will crop up each turn. Sometimes these rolls produce smokey areas, and sometimes they turn smoke filled rooms into wild infernos, but the real terror occurs when a space that is already occupied by a fire token is the space rolled. This creates a devastating explosion that spreads more fire in every direction and damages the building. Preventing opportunities for explosions and controlling fire filled rooms lies at the heart of Flash Point.
All of this is just a basic overview of what Flash Point’s “Family Game” option is. Recommended for beginners, the Family Game is a good introduction to Flash Point’s core, but the real meat of the game comes in the Advanced Game. By adding character role cards, hot spots, explosive material, fire trucks, and ambulances, the game really opens itself up to a depth that is hard to find in an other easily accessible cooperative game.
So next time you’re in The Castle, pull down Flash Point from our Cooperative section. Gather around a friend or four, and brave the fire that will force you all to work together and save those who are helpless to save themselves.