Amy Phelps-Lucas

Newspaper worker by day, gamer by night. Mom of a blended family and wife of a fellow board game addict. Love Euros and worker placements.

Now on Kickstarter from Sanuk Games is “Mythic Battles: Pantheon” a turn-based strategy game for PC and consoles, based on the popular board game.

Designed to be played online with other players or alone versus AI, players will become an Olympic God and face off against monsters and fighters.

Players can choose from four different battlefields, select their God and recruit their army, with 4 Gods, 5 Heroes, 4 Monsters and 6 Troops to choose from.

There are various levels of the Kickstarter and some stretch goals planned.

You can find out more here.

The Akron Art Museum is looking for video games and table top games from developers, students and game-creators for Open World Arcade, a day-long event held at the museum on Saturday, Dec. 7, as part of their “Open World: Video Games and Contemporary Art” exhibition.

Submissions will be accepted from March 15 through June 15. Games can be entered here and will be judged by a panel based on novelty, professional polish, aesthetics, quality of game experience and “wow factor.” Games don’t need to have art-related subject matter or an art theme. 

Selected games will be featured at the Open World Arcade from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The exhibit will open on Oct. 19 and run through Feb. 2, 2020, and will feature paintings, sculptures, animations, video games, video game modifications and artworks in other media.

Green Couch Games is teaming with Chris Bryan and illustrator Vincent Dutrait for Darwinauts.

In this 45-minute play time Euro game of tile-laying, worker placement, set collection and action selection, 2-4 players ages 13 and up will explore another dimension – taking 2 actions per turn of either placing an explorer, placing a tile, replenishing tiles and removing explorers, discover a species or record a species – which also allows them to take one of 5 possible bonus actions.
When the Rift tile is revealed, players add an additional phase to their turns – dismantling the landscape, as they must race to finish their tasks and get home.Players receive points for their recorded species for specializing in specific species. Whoever has the most points wins the game.

The game is set for a Kickstarter campaign in the spring, with a fall release.

You can find out more on Green Couch Games’ website here.

A new Kickstarter has players assume the role of sorcerers playing with paradox crystals in a battle of time and space with Antinomy.

Already funded, this 1-2 player card game for ages 8 and up with a 30 minute play time, has players taking turns playing relic cards, moving their sorcerer in time and exchange the card they land on with one from their hand in an attempt to collect sets of three cards and clash with their opponent for cards. If 5 crystals are created, the player wins.

The Kickstarter has the game available in several packages, including with other games from a large list.

To find out more about the Kickstarter, visit here.

Fantasy Flight Games announces a new set for Keyforge – Age of Ascension.

This second set for the popular game will add 204 new cards that can mix with the old set, making it a companion set, not a replacement. New keywords have been added to game play.

The new two-player starter set has everything a player needs to begin to play the game or expand their game play. There are two unique Age of Ascension Archon Decks, a Quickstart rulebook, two paper playmats and all the tokens, keys and chain trackers you need to play.

Each of the seven Houses first introduced in Call of the Archons will have new allies and tools in the set. 

Find out more about the set planned for the second quarter of 2019 here.

From Indie Board Games and Cards and now on Kickstarter is a post-apocalyptic fantasy cooperative deck-building game, Aeon’s End: The New Age.

For 1-4 players with a 60 minute play time, this is a standalone expansion to last year’s Aeon’s End: Legacy. It introduces the Expedition Mode, and also includes new mages and nemeses, as well as gems, relics and spells that are compatible with Aeon’s End: The New Age and Aeon’s End.

This new deckbuilder comes with 200 cards and card dividers, 4 mage mats, nemesis mat, 2 life dials, 100 nemesis cards, and 7 envelopes of other mages/nemesis that the player will get to open later.

Stretch goals include another expansion,a new mage, gem, treasures and more.

The game has already funded and unlocked a variety of stretch goals. You can find out more here.

Arcane Wonders is set to release a card game and two expansions in March.

First is Air, Land and Sea, a strategic card game that has players acting as a military commander and placing soldiers in all theaters of combat to achieve victory.

Mage Wars Academy gets a Monk Expansion to the strategy card game, adding 72 new spell cards.

RWBY: Combat Ready also gets a Villains expansion, with miniatures of the villains and introducing new attacks, events and challenges.

Merlin’s Beast Hunt tournament comes alive through WizKids with players acting as competing mages, rolling their share of 80 dice to hold semi-transparent cards that represent fences of bamboo, lightning, thorns and water that they will use to capture magical creatures like unicorns and centaurs. The winner scores the most points through fences and creatures.

The game is for 2-4 players ages 14 and up with a play time of 45 minutes. It comes with 80 Custom dice, 18 Beasts with bases, 35 Tokens, 64 Clear fence cards and the game board.

Ascension, the deck-building game from Ultra Pro, gets a swashbuckling theme with Ascension: Skulls & Sails.

For 2-4 players age 13 and up with a play time of 30 minutes, in this standalone game, players will compete to find treasure, defeat sea monsters and raid enemy vessels.

The game comes with 200 cards, 4 ship tokens, a game board and 50 honor tokens.

Find out more here.

A new expansion for Descent: Journeys in the Dark comes with Lost Legends from Fantasy Flight Games.

The expansion adds new class options for players, including two standard classes and eight hybrid classes, such as Avenger, Truth Seer, Trickster, Lore Keeper, Raider and Soul Reaper.

Hybrid classes allow a hero of one archetype to choose a second class of a different archetype.

Find out more about the new expansion pack here.