Kevin Craig

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A perfect day to me is a day spent gaming with my wife and three children. When not making potions or trading spices, I'm a book cover designer for a large academic publisher and a freelance graphic designer. I live in Winter Haven, Florida, right in the heart of theme parks, oranges, and I-4 traffic.

Keyforge: Call of the Archons, the deckbuilding game where every deck available for purchase is completely unique, just had a massively successful launch with tons of buzz and decks seemingly flying off the shelves.

Hoping to capitalize on the excitement, Fantasy Flight Games has for sale a total of 8 playmats to enhance your deckbuilding battles.

Available now is the larger, two-player gamemat:

The Architect’s Vault Two-Player Gamemat features a 26” x 26” play surface to keep your cards organized and protected during your clashes for control of the Architects’ Vaults. With marked sections for your keys, deck, Archon card, archive, and discard pile, this mat keeps the focus on your games as you match wits with your opponent without worrying about the safety of your unique deck.

Also available are seven unique, beautiful playmats featuring characters from the seven different houses in the game. To give just one example,

The Mighty Tiger Playmat features a battle between two of the powerful creatures of House Untamed. This House is tended by the mechanical faeries the Architects built ages ago and while they have kept balance in the wilds, they have made no effort to keep the wildlife separate. As such, new deadly species of flora and fauna have evolved, and some have even learned to use Æmber to bend the natural world to their will. The Crucible may be inhabitable to all creatures, but it certainly is not safe.

Also available are the Brute Force, Into the Underworld, Positron Bolt, Martian Madness, Raiding Knight, and the Finishing Blow Playmats.

Pickup your Keyforge: Call of the Archons playmats at your local retailer today or online through the Fantasy Flight website.

Featuring characters straight out of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Fantasy Flight Games has announced two new Rebel soldier expansions for their ever expanding miniatures game, Star Wars: Legion.

First up, is a single character expansion featuring the fearless Rebel commander, Jyn Erso.

The Jyn Erso Commander Expansion includes one finely sculpted, easily assembled Jyn Erso miniature to lead your Rebel army into battle, complete with three new command cards to field in battle. Along with Jyn Erso, you’ll find the associated unit card and four upgrade cards for you to enhance Jyn Erso and your other units.

Jyn will need a commando squad to lead so Star Wars: Legion is also launching the Rebel Pathfinders expansion featuring some of the brave soldiers who volunteered to fight at the Battle of Scarif.

The Rebel Pathfinders Unit Expansion features six finely sculpted Rebel Pathfinder miniatures, enough for one special forces unit. This expansion also includes the unit card and an assortment of upgrade cards, inviting you to outfit your Rebel Pathfinders for any operation.

You can learn more about these two upcoming expansions over on the Fantasy Flight website.

 

Mossbark Games is bringing Morels to your phone or tablet in just a few weeks.

Morels is a card game that takes mushroom foraging as its theme. Players forage, sell, and cook varieties of mushrooms to outscore their opponent. The digital adaptation includes asynchronous cross-platform multiplayer, pass and play, 3 AI difficulties and more!

Partnering with designer Brent Povis and Two Lantern Games, Mossbark Games founder, Brian Laager, says,

It’s such an easy game to learn and play but has a depth of tactical and strategic decisions. I also love the unique theme. Living in the Pacific Northwest for 10 years has given me such an appreciation for wild edible mushrooms that I go out a few times a year myself to find them!

Look for Morels in the App Store or Google play on November 29th but in the meantime, check out a video of the app in action over on Youtube.

Limited to only 500 copies, Portal Games has launched their very own Loot Box, now up on their website for pre-order.

The Loot Box includes promos, mini-expansions, and gadgets for the following titles: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island, Alien Artifacts, Imperial Settlers, 51st State, Neuroshima HEX! 3.0 and Cry Havoc.

Some of the highlights include:

• A brand new, 14th scenario for Robinson Crusoe

• A new set of crystals for Cry Havoc

• A play mat for 51st State

Coming in at over $70 in value, all items will be available to purchase separately through varying times in 2019 but you can get them all first when you pre-order the Portal Games Loot Box.

Aimed directly, and only, at experienced board gamers, Mechanisms: A Posh Party Game is a party game where the more knowledgeable you are about the board gaming hobby, the better you’ll be at the game. Designed by Daniel Zayas and Derek Funkhouser, Mechanisms “uses an assortment of component props to get you and your friends to guess game mechanisms.”

The designers are emphasizing that Mechanisms is for gamers in the know and not for newbies to the hobby. Quoting directly from the Kickstarter introduction video:

Mechanisms isn’t a party game for those who know games it’s for the rare breed who understands them. See, when a gamer becomes…”a gamer”…their game becomes Mechanisms.

For a more detailed look and explanation of the rules, be sure to check out the currently running Kickstarter.

 

 

Ugears Games is kickstarting a collection of beautifully crafted and intrically detailed mechanical devices for a variety of your board gaming wants and desires.

The Ugears Games collection, designed especially for those who like the challenge and excitement of a game and appreciate the beauty of clever mechanisms: includes the Card Holder, the modular Dice Tower, the Deck Box, and the Game Master’s Screen.

Each device is an engineering delight of unfolding walls and hinges and the laser cut, wood designs are a true sight to behold.

The Ugears Games Devices project is designed to help people to improve their gaming experience by eliminating all those additional operations, saving time and space to focus on your favorite game in the nice company of friends.

Check out the Kickstarter page to see videos of the devices in action and to learn more about the Ugears collection.

Based on the popular Newgrounds video games series, The Visitor: The Board Game, brings the same hilarious and disgusting humor and antics found in the online video game straight to your gaming table.

The plot of the game revolves around hungry, invading aliens that feed by entering through their prey’s…well…perhaps you should go check that out for yourself in the Kickstarter video. For the squeamish amongst you, consider yourself warned. As far as gameplay:

The Visitor: The Board Game is a competitive dice-allocation game for 2 to 4 players that puts you in control of an alien slug who eats other creatures in order to evolve.

Each round you will draft different coloured dice from a shared “DNA pool” based on your strategy. The red dice are aggressive; they help you get to your food and eat it faster. The blue dice are speedy; they allow you to rush around the board with ease. The green dice are smart; they solve puzzles with superior efficiency. There’s also the black dice, which are gross.

If you were a fan of the Newgrounds series or like a little disgusting humor in your board games, head over to the Kickstarter page to learn more about The Visitor.

Here’s your chance to own and play what Tom Vasel has been calling one of his favorite games of all time. Project: ELITE is getting the deluxe CMON treatment with a completely revamped production.

Now live on Kickstarter,

Project: ELITE is a fast-paced cooperative board game for 1 to 6 players who take on the role of members of an ELITE squad recruited to stop an invading alien force. Featuring the frantic real-time action of the critically-acclaimed original this edition re-imagines Project: ELITE with vivid new art and amazing miniatures. In each Mission, you will have rounds of 2 minutes before the window of operations closes and time runs out!

Want to see it in action before committing? Tom, Zee, and Sam have already posted a few live play-throughs of the new CMON version of the game. After you check those videos out, head over to the Kickstarter page to learn more about CMON’s latest big box Kickstarter and see if you and your ELITE squad has what it takes to stop the alien invasion.

Epic, 4X space games like Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition are loved for their grandness and scale. However, even players who love 4X games (explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate) struggle to get them to the table because of their time commitment and complexity.

The Final Flicktier by Gabe Barrett is hoping to scratch that 4X itch in just an hour of gameplay while upping the fun factor by bringing in dexterity as you flick your spaceships (dice) throughout the galaxy.

The Final Flicktier is a 4X style space game with dice flicking at its core. Players will take on the role of unique factions all vying for control of the galaxy. They’ll flick their spaceships (dice) around the board in order to explore new planets, build structures, harvest resources, and attack other factions. The player with the most victory points at the end wins.

The game is easy to learn and emphasizes finesse flicking over brute strength. Two beautifully illustrated neoprene mats are your playing and flicking surfaces. The base game comes with four space faring factions. Each faction gets its own set of ships which are represented by different sided dice ranging from traditional D6 up to a D12.

Check out the live Kickstarter campaign and see if The Final Flicktier is a journey you are ready to embark upon.

Become the best merchant of the century and conquer the route to America in this amazing auction euro style card game.

Sevilla 1503 by Delirium Games is currently live on Kickstarter. With eye-catching art set in the Middle Ages, this euro-style game features auctions and hidden bids as you

enter the port of Seville, the most important European city of the XVI century, and recruit the best crew with the support of the nobility. Dominate the famous trade route to the Indies between America and the Old World.

Head to the Kickstarter page to learn more about Sevilla 1503.