I had the pleasure of discussing Tail Feathers, at Gen Con, with designer Jerry Hawthorne. Now it’s no hidden secret that my family and I are very thrilled about the Mice & Mystics line as it’s definitely my #1 rated game. Mice & Mystics is a wonderful dungeon crawl that is story-driven and appeals to children and adults alike. You can learn more about Mice & Mystics here. Tail Feathers is best described by the publisher, Plaid Hat Games, as:
Tail Feathers is a head-to-head skirmish/battle game that takes place in the Mice and Mystics universe. Players battle against other players, and since the mechanisms of the two games cross over to some degree, you can play the characters/figures from Mice and Mystics in Tail Feathers. That said, the games plays completely differently.
I shot some video that demonstrates a very unique mechanism used in the game. Each miniature stand utilizes a tract ball of sorts to pivot the bird in various directions. The direction that the bird will be set at will indicate such things as direction of flight as well as altitude (ie climbing, descending). Each bird allows for a character mini to be placed upon it to add skills and benefits. I spoke to Jerry and the game is currently being produced with a hopeful release date at Essen 2015.