Castellion Shadow of the Menace

By: Dennis B. B. Taylor

Appendix: Shadow of the Menace

In my quest to understand this perplexing phenomenon known as the “shadow,” I find myself in a state of constant awe. It’s enigmatic, fascinating, and a double-edged sword of human existence.

The shadow, as described by psychologist Carl Jung, is the hidden part of ourselves. It’s the collection of all the traits, desires, and impulses that we repress or deny. This shadow exists within all of us, whether we acknowledge it or not.

But why is it important to acknowledge and explore our shadow? One of the key reasons is that it holds the key to personal growth and self-discovery. By confronting and integrating our shadow, we can uncover hidden strengths, untapped potential, and reclaim parts of ourselves that we have abandoned or disowned.

Understanding and embracing our shadow is not an easy task. It requires courage, honesty, and self-reflection. It’s a journey of confronting our fears and insecurities, acknowledging our flaws and vulnerabilities, and accepting the darkness within us.

By shining a light on our shadow, we become whole. We embrace our light and our darkness, and we find a sense of balance within ourselves. This balance allows us to live authentically and to be more compassionate towards ourselves and others.

The shadow has a profound impact on our relationships as well. Unacknowledged and unintegrated shadows can manifest as destructive patterns and behaviors in our interactions with others. By bringing our shadow into consciousness, we can break free from these patterns and create healthier and more fulfilling relationships.

If you’re ready to embark on this journey of self-discovery and exploration, here are a few practical steps you can take:

  • Start by acknowledging that you have a shadow. Recognize that it’s a natural and integral part of being human.
  • Explore your shadow through self-reflection, journaling, or therapy. Ask yourself: What parts of myself do I reject or deny? What fears or insecurities am I hiding from?
  • Be compassionate and patient with yourself. This journey takes time, and it’s not always easy. Treat yourself with kindness and understanding.
  • Seek support from trusted friends, mentors, or professionals. Sometimes, it can be helpful to have someone guide you through the process.
  • Embrace your shadow with love and acceptance. Remember that it’s a part of who you are, and by integrating it, you can unlock your true potential.

So, in conclusion, don’t be afraid of your shadow. Embrace it, explore it, and let it guide you towards a deeper understanding of yourself and a more fulfilling life.

When the game begins, I place the Menace pawn right in front of me. Then, I draw a tile from the “safe” pile and put it next to the pawn. This tile becomes my “Vigil”.

Every time I draw a Defender tile, I have an additional action I can take apart from placing it or discarding it:

A-2) I can replace the Vigil. This means I swap the Defender tile I just drew with the Vigil tile. Now, I have to decide whether to place or discard this new tile as if I had just drawn it. There will be a different tile next to the Menace, which becomes the new “Vigil” that I can choose to swap for on a future turn.

  • During the game, there is no limit to the number of times I can “Replace the Vigil”.
  • I cannot “Replace the Vigil” with a Traitor tile.

The Prophet (a more Difficult Game)

When you start the game, simply choose one of the three Ordeal cards and put the Menace pawn next to it. This particular Ordeal card will now require one less Traitor tile than usual before you have to face it. Once you’ve completed this Ordeal, you can return the Menace pawn to the box.

Now, here’s a general note regarding all the appendices: you’re free to use variations from one level’s appendix in a different level of the game. However, remember that this may impact the game’s difficulty, either to a greater or lesser extent than usual.

The Admiral’s Academy: Base Level

The Premonition (an Easier Version)

When you begin the game, place the Menace pawn in front of you.

During the game, there’s one opportunity where you can choose to ignore a Traitor tile you’ve just drawn. By doing so, you can remove both the Traitor tile and the Menace pawn from the game without suffering any penalties.

Hey, listen up! Before we dive in, it’s super important to understand that you can’t use the Menace pawn to get rid of a black-bordered Traitor tile. Got it? Great!

Welcome to The Prison (a More Difficult Version)!

Alrighty, at the beginning of the game, you’re gonna want to place that sneaky Menace pawn right in front of you. Keep an eye on it!

Now, on top of facing the 3 Ordeals, you’ve got an extra challenge: building a special prison to contain the Shadow of the Menace. This prison is separate from your castle and consists of 8 tiles that surround the Menace pawn.

Here’s the deal: whenever you draw a Dream tile, you’ve got a choice. You can either use it to build your prison or go about your usual castle business. If you pick the prison route, here’s what you gotta do:

The first tile you place for the prison can be anywhere. But after that, each new tile must be placed next to a tile you’ve already put down. And remember, you can’t have two matching shapes side by side, thanks to Rule 3 of tile placement. Variety is the spice of life, after all!

Note: Once you put a tile in the prison, it stays there until the game is over.

You can’t use an effect that affects the castle on the prison instead. For example, you can’t destroy a tile or discard a Pyro or Traitor tile.

After you face the first challenge, check if the prison is complete. If it is, keep playing. If not, you have to destroy 6 tiles in your castle before you can continue. Do the same after the second challenge.

If the prison is still incomplete after the third challenge, you lose the game.

The Threat: Expert Level

A Scary Situation (an Easier Version)

Hey there! Let’s talk about the Menace pawn and how it can affect the game. When you start playing, you put the Menace pawn in front of you.

Now, during the game, if you happen to draw a Traitor tile, you have a choice. You can either keep it or get rid of it by placing the Menace pawn on the highest tile in one of the four middle columns. It’s totally up to you which column you choose.

Once you make this choice, that tile becomes haunted by the Shadow of the Menace. It’s like there’s a special presence lurking there.

  1. The haunted tile can’t be part of a defensive formation. It stands alone, separate from the others.
  2. No tile can be placed right next to the haunted tile. It needs its own space.
  3. If the haunted tile ever gets destroyed, uh-oh, that’s bad news. You lose the game immediately. So, watch out!

Now, the haunted tile can still move around. If you have a special power like Juggler or Pyro, or if there’s a destruction event, the tile can be moved along with the Menace pawn. Pretty neat, right? Just remember, other tiles still can’t be placed or moved right next to the haunted tile. It needs to be by itself.

Just a little note: If you happen to draw a Traitor tile with a black border, sorry, you can’t get rid of it. No discarding those ones.

The Nameless Terror (a Simpler Version)

Put the scary pawn in front of you. When you pick a black-bordered Bad Guy card for the first time, before placing it next to a Big Problem card and dealing with its effect, you have to first put the scary pawn on the highest card of one of the four middle rows (you choose which row).

This card is now spooked by the shadow of the scary pawn.

  1. This card can’t be part of a defense formation.
  2. No card can be placed right next to this card.
  3. If this card ever gets destroyed, you lose immediately.

This card can be moved (with the pawn) by a special power (Circus Performer or Fire Starter) or a destruction. Even though cards can’t be placed or moved right next to the spooked card, other cards can slide next to the spooked card because of a special power or a destruction.

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