Nightlancer Board Game

How To Play Nightlancer

Nightlancer Game Rules (PDF Instructions)

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Play Time
120 MIN
Join the dark Nightlancer team in the futuristic criminal underworld and see if you have what it takes to survive. Nightlancer is a RPG style game that brings a lot to the table including solo play and cooperative playing strategies. Your goal is to become the Nightlancer with the most prospects all while holding on to your ideals.

Nightlancer encourages players to work with their contacts, trade on the black market and take on shady missions for the big money. In the end, you can't forget the end goal to give up the underworld and leave it as far behind as you can. Learn more about Nightlancer below and let us know what you think of this intense board game.

Board Game Capital's Review:
Nightlancer ContentsIf you are into a whole game experience where a story unfolds and engulfs you and the other players as together you work through the game either helping or betraying each other trying to accomplish missions and grab any point you possibly can, then Nightlancer is the perfect game for you! This is not a laid back casual game - it is intended for those that like to immerse themselves for a couple hours to play out a game with so many possibilities and twists themed around a futuristic cyberpunk mafia style atmosphere. It will definitely appeal to those that enjoy playing RPG or other similar style games. The ins and outs on how to play Nightlancer will quickly make sense as you play through the game. We played with three people but can see how things can drastically change with varying amounts of people in the game - that's a good thing.

Nightlancer CardThe biggest things we like about this game are how little extra details are added into this game, background, story lines and other information that help create such a deep and interesting story that you get to cooperatively play through with the other players. The imagination and creativity behind Nightlancer is amazing. Going head to head with others on a mission steps things up a notch and really adds some excitement. Also, allowing you to play by yourself, with up to four other players and play cooperatively really opens up the possibilities of playing this game. Players don't just go turn to turn but rather converse, persuade, outsmart and try to outwit their opponents.

Nightlancer PlayersWith games of this caliber, you'd expect to have a game that is well built with strong materials (laser cut) and very professionally design pieces and graphics - Nightlancer doesn't disappoint in this regard. The price seems a little steep but you will get your moneys worth in both the physical components as well as the game experience. From the game box design, to the cards, to the character summary cards all the way to the game board - this is a quality game. Our version was a prototype so exact internal packaging of game pieces looks like it is still being determined.

There is a lot going on in Nightlancer and the 32 page rule book covers things pretty well with plenty of pictures and examples. Nightlancer BoardThe four phases are explained well and those familiar with this type of game will catch on quickly. Players will need to manage and use to their advantage their character's status, setup, abilities, special abilities, opportunity cards, missions, black market and contact cards. The game board seems a little plain and simple at first glance but once cards are laid in their correct spots the board comes to life. With the whole game spread out on the table, it is an impressive game that looks great.

Not much we didn't like - this is a very well created game. The only disclaimer we would put out there is to know what type of game this is. To most average/casual game players, this game is going to be way over their heads. To others, this is a perfect and challenging game with a fun (and somewhat dark) narrative with great game mechanics.
The game Nightlancer should come with the following components. These are based off of the original game and don't include components from any expansion packs or different editions.

  • Inside The Box Is A Game Board
  • 2 Challenge Dice
  • 23 Health Tokens
  • 23 Resolve Tokens
  • Money Tokens
  • 4 Deal Tokens
  • 8 Loan Tokens
  • 8 Nightlancer Cards
  • 8 Nightlancer Opportunity Cards
  • 8 Nightlancer Black Market Cards
  • 8 Nightlancer Tokens
  • 24 Status Tokens
  • 32 Action Tokens
  • 8 Ideal Sliders
  • 60 Contact Cards
  • 60 Black Market Cards
  • 60 Opportunity Cards
  • 8 Early Round Cards
  • 8 Late Round Cards
  • 4 Mini-summary Cards
  • 24 Low Profile Mission Cards
  • 12 High Profile Mission Cards
  • Official Nightlancer Game Rules And Instructions
How to Win
The Nightlancer with the most prospects wins the game - as long as they've held on to their ideals.
How to Win
Please keep in mind that the official Nightlancer rules and instructions could be different depending on the game version you have. The rules below are some of the exact directions that came in the original packaging and will teach you how to play Nightlancer. Download these original PDF game rules or print them for later use.

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Greg says:

Looks like a game my brother would really like. Thanks for the review. Graphics look pretty cool.
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