Night Terrors on the surface is very much like the mutant offspring of Dogs in the Vineyard and The Rustbelt. Which, of course, makes sense since both games had something that I wanted to emulate. What I liked best is that the dice mechanic in Dogs encourages almost poker-like play around the table during the conflict resolution phase. I wanted a similar feeling largely because I felt that the card based mechanic would facilitate and enhance it. I just found out that there is an “official” Dogs mod that uses playing cards instead of dice (check it out here). Unlike Night Terrors, it’s almost a direct port. As always, your mileage may vary.

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