We’re kicking off the Killer Moose Complete Game Nights with a classic: a cutthroat game of murdering meeples with sea monsters.
Survive: Escape from Atlantis was originally published in 1982, reissued in a glossy new 30th anniversary edition in 2012 and today it holds up as a snappy competitive play. You can check out our playthrough here. It’s a good choice for a lighter game night — when you want to play a few rounds of the same game and maybe not need to be super sober.
About that… What better way to drive the chill away than by playing a hostile, island-themed game and trying out a new cocktail?
The “Doomed Berry” Cocktail
What you will need:
3 oz. white rum
2 oz. pineapple juice (if you would like more pineapple juice than rum, add an extra oz!)
½ oz. lime juice
about tbsp. sugar (or ½ oz. simple syrup)
What to do:
Muddle 4-5 of the blackberries in the bottom of a shaker w/ the lime juice and either the sugar or syrup. (“Do not be afraid to withhold all mercy from those berries!” – Clarice)
Add ice to shaker.
Pour your rum and pineapple juice over the ice.
Shake everything vigorously — it should get very foamy!
Step aside for a couple minutes and let the foam subside.
Strain into glasses, and garnish with pineapple and/or blackberries!
Now that we have that taken care of, let’s talk dinner!
You wrangled your friends into game night, and now you want to make your life more complicated by bypassing carry-out and instead cooking from scratch? Yay you! That makes you our kind of masochist!
For this, we picked something relatively simple: Salmon with a mango-pineapple salsa and wild rice. Okay, so it’s not super islandy, but it is scrumptious. We picked up salmon tail for this — it’s a cheaper cut and lets you get nice fresh fillets without breaking the budget.
Pan-Seared Salmon “a la Atlantis”
What you will need:
Salt and pepper to taste
And for the salsa:
1 red onion
red pepper flakes (or 1 jalapeno) (we forgot the jalapeno…)
What to do:
Finely dice 1 cup each of red onion, pineapple and mango, and mix it together with the lime juice. Depending on how spicy you like things add some chopped jalapeno or red pepper flakes to taste. (We recommend about a teaspoon of the red pepper)
Cook the rice according to package instructions. (We cooked the white rice and the wild rice separate and then mixed the two together)
Sear the salmon with olive oil and salt/pepper to taste.
Serve a fillet with rice and a half cup of salsa.
And now that we’ve gotten that set, it’s time to play!
Just a few more details to enrich your gaming experience: We enjoy finding soundtracks that work for background music during the game. As a joke we put on the soundtrack to Pompeii (this is a great bad movie…. Rest assured, Brad will be covering it for Killer Moose) and it’s perfect. It’s lovely, dramatic and orchestral, and a good length for the the game.
If you’re looking for complementary games, we suggest going for Forbidden Desert. Forbidden Island might be more thematic, but Forbidden Desert is a better game. After ruthlessly going after meeples in Survive, it might be a good idea to go for something cooperative to make everyone friends again. It’s a co-op game of searching for the parts of a magical flying ship before the desert buries you and your friends. Such cheerful ways to perish, no? It’s a game that scales well — literally you can set the difficulty, so it can be “fun-team-building” or “grueling-battle-against-the-elements” depending on what you’re feeling.
Survive: Escape from Atlantis has a few expansions as well (simple, cheap ones) that will let you add a little more variety to a few rounds of that game — there can be dolphins! Or more players! Or giant squid that fight the whales! (Honestly the giant squid are dreadful, but completely on theme.)
That’s it! All you need for a complete game night.
Here’s a condensed version:
The Game: Survive – Escape from Atlantis
The Food: pan-seared salmon “a la Atlantis”
The Drink: the “Doomed Berry” cocktail
The Background Music: the Pompeii soundtrack
Suggested Other games: Forbidden Desert