Aurthursburg, a town of excitement, imagination, wildlife, and now, apparently, evil. Spring break has arrived, and normally the children spend their time thinking up heroic quests, but this time the quest has found them.
The Guardians: Explore!, a deckbuilding adventure, was funded on Kickstarter in October, 2015 and is being released for retail on September 2nd. The game is broken into two chapters that plays our over eight rounds. Some unknown evil is trying to destroy the town by transforming all of the residents and wildlife of Arthursburg into monsters. The only thing that can stop them is for you and your friends to become the heroes you’ve always dreamed of.
The first chapter, called the ‘Warm Up’ begins by drafting cards, shaping their battle strategy, selecting secret strengths and missions for unique, optional goals. Chapter Two, the ‘Battle’, has players draw and play cards from their deck to use their newly gained equipment, skills, and familiars. Players must work together to defeat enemies, acquire trophies, defend and fortify powerful location – with blanket forts no less – and face the boss monster in a final showdown. If they are successful, Arthursburg is saved! At the end of the eighth round of this semi-cooperative game, players compare trophies to determine the winner.
The Guardians: Explore is for 2-5 players and plays in 45 – 90 minutes. For more details including reviews, rules, and some fantastic artwork, check out their website.