Not So Good!
Not much has happened. The world is just fine. Well, not exactly fine fine; but, you know, the usual level of crappy. That was until these holes started popping up everywhere. They began showing up around fracking sites and then just mushroomed out from there. We weren’t sure what the hell they were. All we could tell was that they were vile pustules of pure evil. Hard to imagine, I know; but it’s true!
The first thing we noticed was the smell, and those holes stank of a most foul odor. Then they began spewing this weird viscous ooze. That, of course, was when things started to get really freaky. Corpses walking around. Bodies just… just… walking around! We were able to fight them off, and no sooner had the skeletons come. Holy crap, the skeletons! Just skinnier zombies if you ask me. But you better watch out for those suckers, they’ll crack your skull with a good solid whack. Then…, I don’t even know what the hell to call those other things. Spirits? Demons? Psychedelic hallucinations brought on by the fumes? But whatever they are, those things will kill you quicker than anything! And don’t even get me started on the rest of the freaky crap that comes crawling out of those filthy, stinking holes.
As an elite member of GATE, it’s your job to contain these things. Some call you a hero. Others call you a mercenary. You? You just call it a job. And someone has to do it, before these things overrun us all. Someone has to clean out those filthy stinking holes!
Your objective is simple: survive. But beyond survival, a successful GATEer needs to thrive, by collecting the most soulbits. You gain soulbits by killing the monsters heading toward you and other players. The monsters in your lane are your first priority; they’re actively moving your way looking for an easy meal.
Do you have what it takes to take out these monsters, or will you become monster take-out?
Soulbits are your lifeblood and your currency. Each player starts out with a little seed money. Gather more soulbits from the monsters you kill. Use them to keep your gate energized against attack and to buy additional weapons and bonuses. Watch those soulbits, without them you’re exposed and will be meat in one shot.
Each player starts out with 3 weapon draws. But before leaving base, take advantage of the opportunity to buy bonus cards and additional weapons; or just bank those soulbits. It’s up to you.
Turn up an action card to see the approaching monsters.
For each approaching monster, grab a corresponding monster card to track their distance and damage -using the monster and damage tokens.
You get to take the first shot. Chain different weapon and bonus cards together, creating killer attack combinations; and use them to take out those abominations!
Or, if you aren’t feeling too threatened yet, use this time to grab a free weapon draw.
Remember: your survival depends on acquiring weapons and bonus cards and using them well.
After you’ve taken your shot, the monsters get their chance. Those within striking range will do their best to kill any human in their path. Monsters that are further away will move closer, in hopes of taking you out during their next turn.
After the monsters move, you get to take a second action.
Use it to:
Buy another weapon, a bonus card, or an antidote.
Use an antidote to cure the effects of fear or poison.
Trade with any other player in the game.
With barely any time to take a breather and decide on your strategy, the next player turns over a new Action Card to start another round.
After all the Action Cards have been turned over, play continues in the same order. Your objective now is to survive the onslaught and score more soulbits.
Don’t get too comfortable though! If a player next to you dies, monsters in front of their gate will now start moving/attacking you!
The game ends when either all the monsters or all the players are dead.
The player with the most soulbits wins.