While at Gen Con, I had the pleasure of meeting the folks over at Playdek & GMT. I met with Gary Weis , the lead developer for Labyrinth: The War on Terror – designed by Volko Ruhnke, the creator of the COIN series of board games and ex-CIA analyst. Many of you may already be familiar with their development of the app for Twilight Struggle. Well, I got to witness a development copy that was near it’s completion with an upcoming release on the PC and iOS/Android later in the year.
Labyrinth plays very similar to Twilight Struggle however is set in the 2000’s at the peek of the terrorist threat. Additionally, Labyrinth supports
hand management, crisis mitigation and card effects based on actual events!
“Labyrinth features distinct operational options for each side that capture the asymmetrical nature of the conflict, while the event cards that drive its action pose a maze of political, religious, military, and economic issues. In the parallel wars of bombs and ideas, coordinated international effort is key — but terrorist opportunities to disrupt Western unity are many. The Towers have fallen, but the global struggle has only just begun.”
I was able to head over to the Mondo Games booth (3061) who, along with Restoration Games (booth 355) have published Unmatched (a re-theming of Star Wars: Epic Duels). Unmatched is a streamlined asymmetrical battle game in which you pit two different characters (anyone from Bruce Lee to dinosaurs) against one another.
“Unmatched is a highly asymmetrical miniature fighting game for two or four players. Each hero is represented by a unique deck designed to evoke their style and legend. Tactical movement and no-luck combat resolution create a unique play experience that rewards expertise, but just when you’ve mastered one set, new heroes arrive to provide all new match-ups.”
Available at the con was the base game which comes with King Arthur, Medusa, Alice (in Wonderland), and Sinbad. Additionally there were two expansions – the Bruce Lee and Jurassic Park add-ons. There are additional IP expansions slated, such as a Buffy the Vampire expansion pack. Unmatched is a very simple and fast-playing game that will appeal to a variety of players.