Awesome Pack Subscription Box Review – January 2015
Awesome Pack is brand new subscription box that focuses on board games and other family fun activities. They offer a Family Pack if you need items that would work for young and older kids, or a Big Kid Pack for older kids and adults. (This review is of the Big Kid Pack).
They also offer customization and allow you to let them know what board games you already have so you don’t get repeats.
This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription Box: Awesome Pack
The Cost: $44.99 (US) ($52.49 CAD)
The Products: A board game in every box, plus other toys and activities (customized to your family).
Ships to: US and Canada
Check out all of my Awesome Pack reviews!
Each box comes with a letter detailing the items included for your family.
The box also came with some stickers and magnets.
Game description from Amazon:
In a foreboding castle somewhere in central Europe, a strange fear has descended upon the inhabitants. One morning the body of a young girl was found, as pale as a sheet of paper, dry and totally drained of blood. Vampires are on the prowl! Who is the monster who murders innocent during the night? Before the truth will be discovered, more than one person may face unjust accusations thrown out by the devious servants of darkness. Will the vampires be successfully caught before they endanger the entire society, or will the castle and city fall forever into darkness? Three characters in the castle are vampires. A human investigator is trying to determine which three of nine characters he encounters are, in fact, monsters hiding in human form so that he can eliminate them. The head vampire, on the other hand, must bluff cleverly, present confusing clues, and trick the humans into attacking innocent citizens. By doing this, the vampire can kill the most important characters in the city or conquer the castle. Vampire Empire is a two-player card game with a lot of bluffing and player interaction. In this very thematic setting, each player possess a unique deck of cards granting different powers, and each player had different goals to win the game!
The Game of Baloney – Value $20
Game description from Amazon:
You decide to lie or tell the truth. While keeping a straight face. Both the truth and the lies are provided for you. It’s only when you fool your fellow players that you will win the game. Contains 192 Baloney cards with 384 fun facts and 768 ways to lie about them.
This game seems simple enough – and it gets good reviews on Amazon. I don’t have much of a poker face for the fibbing portion of the game, but I think I’ll like it!
Game Description from Amazon:
In ancient times, immortal vampires played games with people’s lives and with real blood stakes. Now in card game form, no real blood will be spilled, but the strategy, tactics, and power-plays still abound. Based upon a game that exists in the True Blood universe, True Blood: Night Eternal is a competitive card game of intrigue, power-plays and betrayal where vampires jockey for power, position and ultimate control of the rival factions: The Authority and The Monarchy.Players must ante blood from their pools to both factions each turn of the game. Players build up their hands by acquiring cards from a powerful, but temperamental Immortals deck and a willing and able Agent deck. The cards that a player chooses to play will determine the faction to which he or she is loyal…for now. In turn order, each player plays out one card (face up) during each of three rounds each turn, so you never just how much power it will take to seize control of a faction each turn.Players must pay attention to the cards their opponents are playing. It’s more difficult to enable a powerful card’s special ability if your opponents are playing weaker cards. Weaker card special abilities are easy to resolve, but weakness doesn’t win the war. Special abilities might allow a player to steal blood from a faction or move it from one faction to another, so switching your loyalty to a new faction (by playing cards of that faction) might just throw off your opponents’ best laid plans.In the end, power still rules the day. At the end of each turn (after three rounds of card play), the cards are scored. The player with the highest value of Authority cards earns that faction’s blood pool. The player with the highest value of Monarchy cards earns that faction’s blood pool. The key to victory is to have more blood tokens than any other player when the first player dies…by running outof blood.
From what I can tell from the reviews, this game is fun whether you watch True Blood or not. It’s a little surprising to get two Vampire card games in one box though!
Star Trek Skele-Treks Figure – Value $3
Batman Scaler – Value $6
We’ll probably end up swapping the Skele-Trek, but my husband is keeping the very angry looking Batman!
Big Ben Super HD Crayola Puzzle – Value $22
I don’t think we’d use this, but it will make a great gift.
Verdict: This box has a value of about $85 – almost double the cost of the box. I think this is such a fun subscription – I love playing board games with friends and family, but I rarely actually think to buy them, so this is a perfect subscription for me. Plus I like that every game I’ve received from them so far has great reviews. Getting two vampire themed games in one box seems a little specific in that genre, but the Vampire Empire game is a 2-player game, and the Night Eternal game is 3 or more players, so that is a significant difference.
Have you tried Awesome Pack? What do you think of it? Any board games you recommend?