“Tannhäuser”:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/25261 is basically the Hellboy game, without Hellboy himself.

Gameplay is simple “move and roll dice to shoot” stuff. Each player, one Nazi Undead and the other GIs, has four characters – all with special abilities. They enter a map simultaneously and try to complete missions like: activate map objectives, capture the flag or domination of areas. The simple gameplay and generic missions make it feel like a first person shooter video game.

The main gameplay innovation is an elegant colouring system to handle line of sight. Your characters can shoot to spaces coloured the same as the one they are standing on.

The components are top notch. The prepainted miniatures are particularly good.

Next time, we might play with a Hellboy character that you can download from this lavish “blog about Doc Savage”:http://docsavagetales.blogspot.com/2008/08/tannhuser-tuesday-hellboy-summer-pack.html.

It is not the sort of game I would obsess over, but it was relaxing fun. 7/10