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Those Pesky Humans

Those Pesky Humans published on 2 Comments on Those Pesky Humans
(2 customer reviews)

Minion Games, 2009

IIllustration of box cover art, cards, playing counters and board-tiles.Logo design. Also assisted in playtesting and streamlining of the game’s rules.

Those Pesky Humans game turns the tables and lets you play the role of the Monsters who are fighting off the annoying Humans who keep invading your dungeon. This game is playable against one or a team of your “friends”. It is highly re-playable due to the variable dungeon tile design and the variety of Avatars and abilities you may choose to play with each game. Mechanics are kept very simple to keep the pace of the game moving quickly.

SKU: 83765486350 Category:


Goal of the Game

One Player, as Those Pesky Humans, wants to delve into the depths of the Monster Lair and achieve fame, acclaim, and lots of cold, hard gold pieces by retrieving the Three Legendary Gem Stones…but at least one of them must make it out alive.

The other Player, as the Monster Lord and his minions, wants very much to keep this from happening.  The Monsters win the game if all of the Human Avatars are killed, protecting the hard-attained hoard.

PLAYERS: 2-4 (1 vs Many)AGES: 9+TIME: 60-90 minutes COMPONENTS:
10 Room Tiles
40 Human Draw Cards
40 Monster Draw Cards
12 Doors
30 Resource/Equipment Tokens
2 Starting Hex Tokens
23 Monster Minion Figures
30 Ability Cards
5 Avatar Figures
1 Rulebook


Additional information

Dimensions 11.4 × 8.5 × 2.5 in


Those Pesky Humans!: 2-4 Players, Ages 13+, Average Play Time = 90 Minutes

First, I’d like to comment that the artwork is great. The game manages to maintain a dungeon crawler theme while still being light and somewhat silly…and I say silly in the best way possible. My eleven year old son Vinnie Jr. commented on how funny some of the cards were, which only served to draw him in more than he already was.

I personally love how flexible the game allows you to be. I prefered playing the role of the monsters for a couple of reasons…the main one being that I could change the rules as I needed to in order to keep things fun and fair. If I thought that the kids were having a tough time with the monsters, I’d back off and not spawn as many, giving them a little breathing room. If I thought that they were having an easy time, I’d continuously spawn monsters until I felt that their egos were put back into check. This game allows me to adapt to the current situation and control everyone’s play experience…as both a parent and “dungeon master”, that turns out to be a lot of fun.

You can also play solo, if you’re willing to be creative. One person could hypothetically play both sides and make up their own rules as far as how aggressive the monsters are and etc. As you’ve probably gathered by now, I’ve always been of the belief that one can bend the rules (in regards to games) to make their play experience best suited for them. Who knows, maybe you’ll come up with a great variant that others might enjoy adapting…use your imagination!

The game only takes between an hour or two to play, which significantly ups its appeal in my book. As a full-time accountant and full-time dad, time is a precious commodity. I simply don’t have the time to devote entire weekends to one long dungeon crawler. This game progresses at just the right pace…that is…producing the end result fairly quickly while maintaining the feeling that you just embarked on an epic journey. The quick play variant included in the manual is also a welcome addition.

My son particularly liked managing a party and slaying a bunch of monsters…who wouldn’t? Out of all of the humans, he favored the magician class, mainly because he could teleport and “fry” a monster instantly with his special powers. Anthony Jr, the sixteen year old, enjoyed playing the rogue because she was able to get out of a lot of bad situations. He ended up using her to grab the gems and make a quick dash for the exit while using his paladin and a distraction card to pull my monsters away…quite ingenious.

I highly recommend this game for people who enjoy light dungeon crawlers. There are certainly others out there that are much deeper and take a lot longer to play, but if you aren’t the kind of person that gets enjoyment out of spending two hours to resolve one combat action, then “Those Pesky Humans!” is right for you.

I recently bought this game out of curiosity and enjoyed it. I have only played it once but it seems fun. I think the normal players may have the advantage but with more play throughs of the game it can get better. Overall it’s a good game.

1)Game seemed unbalanced.
2)Takes some time to set up
3)Kind of expensive for what it is.

1)Fans of D&D who want to get there kids into it.
2)Fun to play with a group.
3)It is re playable because the game is never the same.

Final thoughts:
I would recommend to D&D fans or any players wanting to get into role playing games. It is worth a shot but if you can find it for a little less it is well worth it.

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