Plaid Hat Games are sharing previews of Stuffed Fables every Wednesday until the game’s release. This week Jerry Hawthorne, the game’s designer, shared his experiences bringing the game from concept to completion.
The idea originates from a few years ago. After seeing the Pixar movie, Inside Out, he became obsessed with gamifying it’s premise. He later realized that he didn’t really want to make a game inspired by the movie but rather to create an original story experience. His idea to create a game to evoke an emotional response lead him to think about kids and their stuffed animals which acted as surrogate parents. He then thought of weaving his tale around a little girl and stuffed animals which represented different parts of her personality as she grew up. The players learn who the girl is through the stuffed animals. In order to create this story he needed to break boardgame convention by relaying the experience in the form of a book instead of on a board.
Mr Hawthorne realized this would not be easy:
“Writing a story is tough in its own right, especially one that branches in different directions, but what Colby was proposing was to make each scene in the story fit on a ten by ten inch page. This meant that each story needed to be split into evenly sized chunks, and each chunk needed to fit on the given page. And each page had to not only offer a game experience, but also advance the narrative! Writing like this is incredibly hard, but it’s also a good way to focus your approach.”
The story’s antagonists needed to evoke an emotional response so he based them on anxiety and the things which cause us to lose sleep. This prevented the tale from being too dark and scary. For a detailed account of his experiences you can read the full article on the Plaid Hat Games website.
Expected retail release date for Stuffed Fables is December 2017.
Marvel Dice Masters is a competitive game for 2 players where each player assumes the role of a mastermind directing their teams in battle against an opponent. The next release cycle of Marvel Dice Masters is expected January 2018 and includes both Draft Sets and Gravity Feeds and will mostly feature characters from The Mighty Thor comic book universe.
“New Asgardians, new villains, new weapons and new ways to play will have fans crossing the Bifrost to pick theirs up. In addition to Asgardian heroes and villains, you can count on versions of Spider-Man, The Hulk, and Iron Man that have never been seen before in Dice Masters!”
There will be more than 30 heroes and villains in the set which you can obtain from Foil Packs found in Gravity Feeds. Each Foil Pack has two cards, 2 matching dice, and a rules insert. Gravity Feeds have 90 Foil Packs.
The Draft Packs contain the following:
- 2 Basic Action Cards
- 12 Character or Action Cards
- 24 dice (2 to match each character or action card)
- 1 rules insert
A starter set is required in order to play the game in addition to this expansion. Characters are then immediately playable when obtained from a Foil Pack.
The Tokaido board game has sold more than 250,000 copies and has already been released in mobile and tablet form. Now it’s the turn of the PC version to draw in new and existing fans of the immensely popular game.
You play as a traveler, in ancient Japan, walking the Tokaido (East Sea) road from Kyoto to Edo. Along the way you sample various cuisines, acquire souvenirs, bathe in hot springs, visit temples, and meet other travelers. The traveler with the most satisfying journey is the winner.
The premise is simple but there are strategic decisions you have to make in order to discover all the hidden marvels along the road without having other travelers get in your way. The game is presented in immersive 3D graphics and showcases a soundtrack composed specifically for the game.
The game supports solo play against the AI, Pass and play, and Online Multiplayer and is available in the following languages: French, English, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Ukrainian, Japanese.
The original publisher of the board game, Funforge, has made the game available on Steam for the PC.
Studio Chahut have spent 6 years sweating buckets to bring you Post Human W.A.R. on PC. It’s a turn-based, tactical and psychological strategy game where you form your armies and set off on an adventure through solo campaigns, or face other players online!
“At the dawn of our third millennium, mankind went extinct, leaving behind a deeply affected planet Earth. Ferocious mutated animals, household robots converted for warfare, and inventive monkeys in tracksuits battle it out to decide the fate of the human heritage.”
The designers have placed heavy emphasis on the strategy element of the game with nothing left to chance. At the beginning of a battle each player creates an army then selects a secret unit to be the Champion from those in their army. The first player to kill the opposing Champion wins the game. These simple rules allow for strong tactical choices in the selection of your army as well as the bluffing and subterfuge in order to protect your Champion. Terrain also plays an important part during combat as you’re able to create barricades and destroy obstacles. The game is played from an isometric point of view and on hex-grid based maps.
There are various modes of play including:
- Solo campaign
- Local multiplayer
- Online multiplayer
- Friendly matches
- Competitive matches
Humans may be extinct but the remaining robots, monkeys, and mutated creatures make for interesting armies. Absurd humor, rich content, 18 solo missions, 3 different universes, 3 factions and 36 playable units set against a post-apocalyptic background provides an interesting play experience.
Indie publisher, Playdius, have made the game available on Steam.
Fantasy Flight Games have announced The Wilds of Rhovanion, the next Deluxe Expansion for The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game.
The Lord of the Rings Living Card Game continues to provide adventurers of Middle-Earth with new lands to explore and greater threats to face. 1 to 4 players use heroes from J.R.R Tolkien’s fantasy universe to embark on journeys similar to those found in the novels.
As the shadow of Mordor extends its reach, ever more people are torn from their homes and left without safety or refuge. When you are met with one such band of wanderers, you find yourself honor-bound to deliver them to a new setting where they may finally find peace. But the road is treacherous and fraught with dangers. Will you be able to keep them safe? Who knows what you may encounter over the Edge of the Wild?
In this expansion you accompany a group of refugees, the Haradrim from the previous Adventure Cycle, seeking asylum in the Wilderlands. Three original scenarios take you from the Vales of the Anduin, through Mirkwood Forest, then into the Iron Hills as you explore the vast, untamed country of Rhovanion. Those familiar with Tolkien Lore will remember these settings from the story of The Hobbit. Bard Son of Brand, descendant of the bowman who slew Smaug, is ready to join as a hero to guide you through his homelands. The merchants of Dale also help you master the art of the trade which is focused on your ability to utilize Item attachments.
The expansion comes with 156 cards which includes 2 hero cards, 13 quest cards, 39 player cards, and 102 encounter cards. As is customary for FFG’s Living Card Game format this Deluxe Expansion will be followed by 6 monthly Adventure Packs which build upon the story set forth in this box.
The core set is required in order to play this Deluxe Expansion. Expect to find the Wilds of Rhovanion in stores in the first Quarter of 2018.
Divinity Derby is currently shipping to distributors and will be in retail stores from December 14th. Other countries will see the release in the coming weeks.
Zeus invited you, along with a bunch of other divine friends from all around the Multiverse, for a little get-together on Mount Olympus. After a legendary lunch and more than a few rounds of Ambrosia, the drink of the gods, you start arguing. Which mythic creature is the fastest? Is a Pegasus a better flyer than a Lamassu? Can the fire-breath of a Dragon stop a Phoenix? [Source]
Divinity Derby is a card-driven, racing and betting game which plays with 3 to 6 players. The game is designed by Carlo A. Rossi, plays quickly and caters for ages 10+. Players assume the roles of gods who are betting on a race among mythical flying creatures. Zeus acts as the ultimate judge as the gods seek to influence the race. Players have two hands of cards which is shared with their neighbors and they can either conspire with, or against, the other players.
The box includes a game board featuring stunning artwork and six miniatures modeled by master sculptor, Bob Naismith, representing the mythical creatures. It also includes over 100 cards illustrated by Ukrainian artist, Denis Martynets, along with card holders and tokens. For more information and a video presentation you can check the Ares Games website.
Games Workshop have released a number of Dark Angel related products for pre-order.
The Dark Angels are part of the Warhammer 40k universe in which the tabletop game is based. In the game you collect miniatures representing armies from the distant future. Missions are played across battlefields of your own creation in the 41st Millenium.
A new Codex detailing the Dark Angels history as well as the rules to play the faction in the game is being released. Players will need this latest version of the Codex in order to play the current incarnation of The Unforgiven.
You can also plan your secret agenda using the Dark Angels Datacards which are used to easily reference Stratagems, Psychic Powers, and Tactical Objectives.
Themed dice to match the Deathwing will add to the game’s immersion when playing this faction.
A new leader, Primaris Lieutenant Zakariah, along with new Primaris Aggressor, Hellblaster, and Intercessor units can be used to form your army. Heads, shoulder pads, power swords, and other themed accessories will also be available.
The Games Workshop website is accepting pre-orders where you’re also able to check if your order will arrive in time for Christmas.
The Star Wars: Destiny Rivals Draft Set adds a new play format to the wildly popular Star Wars: Destiny game.
For over a year, Star Wars™: Destiny has put players in the middle of epic duels from the Star Wars galaxy. From Rey and Jyn Erso teaming up to fight Count Dooku to Han Solo facing down Jango Fett, Star Wars: Destiny has allowed players to live out any battle they could imagine from a galaxy far, far away.
Now, Star Wars: Destiny invites you to relive the epic showdowns of Star Wars in a brand-new way with the Rivals Draft Set. Team up with five other players and participate in a card draft before creating decks and proving yourself as the ultimate Star Wars: Destiny player!
A draft requires each player to have their own Rivals Draft Set as well as six booster packs taken from any Star Wars: Destiny set. The Fantasy Flight website has a full example of the draft process.
Limited quantities will be released on Friday, December 15th 2017 to celebrate the holiday season. It’s important to note that the cards released for the holiday season will not be tournament legal until the official release. The full, official release will be in the first quarter of 2018. There will be a special release promotion with more information soon.
Governor Pryce plans to make big and medium sized ships in Star Wars: Armada formidable again.
2015 World Champion Jonathan Reinig was overjoyed when he won the 2015 Star Wars: Armada World Championship but it was not the way he wanted to win.
Prior to Worlds, I had dreamed of marching a giant Imperial Star Destroyer across the table and watching waves of enemy ships break against its shields as its turbolaser batteries ended their feeble attempts to stop me. Sadly, however, the more I put the Imperial Star Destroyer on the table, the more I found my attempts to fly it to victory more frustrating than impressive.
When I won Worlds, I knew I wanted my card effect to prevent the Imperials from suffering these kinds of insults in the future. The Star Destroyer was a massively imposing force in the movies, and I wanted it to invoke the same awe and fear on the table.
With the aid of the design team, Jonathan helped create a card which supports the ships he always wanted to fly. Her ability allows the ship to which she is assigned to activate at the end of the Ship Phase. The activation round is based on the token placed on her card after fleet deployment. Should players properly position a Star Destroyer to activate last in the round it would be devastating to any ships caught in their firing arc.
Governor Pryce will be released as part of the Chimaera Expansion Pack along with Grand Admiral Thrawn, and a new Imperial Star Destroyer with an alternate paint scheme.
Steamforged Games have announced that Dark Souls The Card Game will be coming to stores in 2018.
It will be a cooperative deck evolution card game for 1 to 4 players which follows a similar theme and progression system as the video game on which it is based.
Players explore Encounters around them to defeat a variety of enemies, and gain Souls and Treasure. A player’s deck represents their health and their tactical options in combat. Health, and the deck, is only restored when a player rests at a bonfire. Adapting to enemy behaviour and memorizing their attacks is key towards defeating them and progressing towards the Final Boss battle.
In the core game there are four bosses who each have their own deck of 8 devastating attacks:
- Vordt of the Boreal Valley
- Abyss Watcher
- Pontiff Sulyvahn
- High Lord Wolnir
Players can also choose between four classes including the Herald, Knight, Assassin, and Sorcerer. Each of these have a powerful in-game ability.
The core game includes:
- Over 400+ cards (Starting Deck Cards, Equipment Cards, Stamina Cards, Enemy Cards, Boss Cards)
- Playing Boards (Player Board, Encounter Board, Enemy Board)
- 60+ Tokens
Steamforged Games also developed the board game version of Dark Souls which is currently available.
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