Donor Spotlight: Nessos (Iello)

Thanks to Iello for donating the game Nessos for International Games Week 2019!

In this game of deduction and bluff, you embody Greek heroes who imprison mythological creatures in sacred Amphorae as an offering to the gods.

This card game is for 3-6 players, ages 8 plus, and takes about 20 minutes to play. As you play this game your goal is to gain the favor of the gods by gathering enough victory points while avoiding three Charon cards.

This game includes 55 cards and a starting player token. There are cards numbered 1-10 representing mythological creatures and 15 Charon cards. Charon is the ferryman of Hades who will carry the loser across the rivers Styx and Acheron to the world of the dead.

Deduction and bluffing come into the game as players play their cards.  Players accept or reject cards during each round to build the best hand. The starting player lays down a card for another player of their choice. If the card is a numbered card representing a mythological creature they say that number. If its a Charon card they can say any number.

This player has three options. One, they can accept the card and reveal it in a hand on the table. Two, they can send it back to the starting player who must revel it and place it face-up on the table, or three, they can add a second card to the “unknown” card and pass it off to another player. This new player has the same three choices.

A face-down stack of cards can only reach three cards so the fourth person to receive cards must either send it back to the third player or reveal the cards and keep them.

Three Charon cards mean elimination. The rounds continue until there are 9 Charon cards on the table or all but one player is eliminated.

This a quick bluffing game that is easy to learn and play! Thanks, Iello for donating Nessos to libraries for International Games Week!


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