Experience the world of Theah in the 7th Sea in a whole new way. In Sweet Jenny by John Wick Presents Gamble and bluff your way to riches as you play card games akin to poker, blackjack and threecard monte. Mystery cards let you trade for a higher hand and character cards give you an edge while breaking a rule! Each round, the highest hand wins the ante. When one person is out of coins then the game ends and the person with the most coins wins the game. Take a break from the intricacies of the RPG without leaving the 7th Sea Realm in this quick enjoyable card game!
The Game includes 52 Cards, 6 Character cards, 18 Coin tokens and a Rulebook. It will be released in September 2018.
Kickstarter just launched a new way to find projects they like with the ‘Kickstarter Gold’ label, so lets get to some projects that may not be gold, but are at least silver.
First up is a board game based in the popular 7th Sea RPG setting and that is War of the Cross. War of the Cross is a “dudes on a map” type game similar to Risk, but plays very differently in that negotiation and alliances are key parts of the game. Each round has five steps to it beginning with negotiation, then orders, alliances, movement and battle, and finally spoils. Negotiation is where everyone at the tables negotiates and discusses the moves they will make on the board, this includes forming alliances verbally for that turn. From that phase you then place your orders secretly under your units and pick who you will ally with that round. If you both pick each other then you ally, fighting together as well as making it impossible to attack each other for that round. The fighting is deterministic with the army committing the most supplies being the winner. Winning the fights get you territories, points, and more supplies to use in later fights or to bid on story cards that give you special powers. First player to 25 points is the winner. So if this style of game sounds interesting, head on over to the Kickstarter page.
Next we have a cooperative miniatures game called Human Interface – Be a Better Human. This is both a stand alone game and an expansion to a previously Kickstarted game called Human Interface – Nakamura Tower. This new game maintains the cyberpunk setting and has you trying to escape form a black site prison that you were all thrown into. You will have to work together and fight both on the physical and the virtual fronts as you try to overcome the defenses and modified cyber soldiers blocking your way. Through the use of adrenaline cards to perform spectacular feats, and ‘Can Do’ cards to resolve battles, Be a Better Human is shaping up to be an interesting game. If you like this kind of cooperative style dungeon crawl game, check out the Kickstarter campaign today. And you can even back for an additional expansion module called Blood on the Floor for more characters, monsters, and tiles.
Looking for a light-hearted 4x game that is all about rabbits, well then Rabbit Island might be what you are looking for. The game plays out in three phases which have you exploring and laying out new tiles, building to convert camps into towns and cities, and finally scoring for what you conquered. The exploring part of the game is typical tile laying, but the tiles are uniquely shaped which allow for easy recognition of where you can place them, as the sides of the tile have to fit together path to path. Building has you playing cards to move and spending carrot tokens to build towns and cities. Did you run out of carrot tokens? Then stop by event spaces or carrot patches to refill on those all important tokens. In the conquer phase you will earn points for the towns you built and at the end you earn bonus points for the most carrots and the biggest harvest field. So if you are in the mood for this kind of 4x experience, head on over to the Kickstarter page.
Up next is not a game, but a book about gaming called GameTek: The Book. Listeners of The Dice Tower will no doubt recognize that the book is named after the segment put out by friend of the Dice Tower, Geoff Engelstein. This book compiles ten years of the GameTek segments into one single place, updating and illustrating them, creating a bit of a board game reference book on the math and science of gaming. The book will be broken up into seven sections; Game Theory, Math, Psychology, Science, Game Mechanics, Psychology Games, and History, with essays and examples of each. So if you want to support an exceptional member of the board gaming community, or if you can’t get enough of the math and science of board games, check out the Kickstarter today!
Last for have a project that has been certified as Kickstarter Gold, and that is Rival Realms, a two player variation on the deck building game Fantastiqa. The art of the game carries over with very whimsical and magical depictions of things, but the game itself is now very different. Gone is the focus on deck building and now the focus is squarely on the exploration aspect the bigger game offered. On your turn you can use cards to either discover new areas, or to explore an area on the board already. But exploring comes with a drawback because you have to discard cards into your opponents discard in order to do so, giving them access to cards they may not have had before. There are also quests that you are working towards and the first person to achieve the quest gets to take the card, the second person to achieve it gets nothing. Play keeps going until all the quests have been claimed, and then whoever has the most points is the winner. Check out the Kickstarter page if this sounds like a good two-player game for you.
Alderac Entertainment has posted their March Newsletter.
The second edition of the 7th Sea Rulebook, a very long awaited reprint, will have finished its kickstarter on March 13th. A highly acclaimed, though long out of print, roleplaying game set on the high seas where players take the role of pirates and nobility. As of this writing the funding has raised over one million dollars.
Smash Up: It’s Your Fault will expand their popular title Smash Up and will release this month. It will feature Dragons, Mythic Greeks, Superheroes and… Sharks?
We let the fans vote and determine new factions for Smash Up, and you came through with some awesomeness. All four factions in this box were the top of thousands of nominations, and then survived a bracket vote, all to get to you today!
Smash Up: Its Your Fault includes Sharks, who plan to make chum of their opponents. Also inside you’ll find Superheroes, flying off the comics page to defeat enemies. You chose to bring the legends of Greek Myth to the table, and finally the imposing might and destructive power of Dragons!
Lastly, Greedy Greedy Goblins will hit stores later in the month. In this new game by Richard Garfield, players take on the role of goblins trying to mine the land for riches without getting blown up by their overzealous attempt to gain more loot.
All players start each round at the same time and play simultaneously – there are no turns! Players draw mining tiles from the pool and place them into caves face down. The round ends when all goblins pawns have been placed or all of the mining tiles have been drawn. Play then proceeds with scoring the locations. The player with the most coins at the end of the game wins!
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AEG made the following announcement regarding their 7th Sea product line. 7th Sea is a collectible card game dealing with pirates.
For Immediate Release: A Return to 7th Sea
AEG is excited to announce that we have entered into a deal with John Wick Presents to sell back the publication rights for the 7th Sea game line. AEG will still retain rights to publish a number of products within that line over the next few years and we are negotiating and planning what that will be but have no announcements at this time.
John Wick was part of the original AEG development crew and we created some awesome worlds together during our first 5 years of business but 7th Sea was his personal passion project and while it benefited from being published at AEG, it was his baby. This deal puts the game the world he loves back in his hands and gives AEG an opportunity to adventure once again on the high seas in one of the most beloved gaming worlds of the last 20 years.
John Zinser, CEO of AEG, is excited for JWP and AEG. “The world of 7th Sea is just too amazing to spend any more time sitting on a shelf and while a deal we announced a month or so ago for that other property we developed has gotten a lot of attention this deal has been in negotiation for much longer. It is just good Karma that 7Th Sea ends up back with it’s creator. We are excited that we get to keep the part of the playground we do best and let JWP start to grow the brand again from the ground up.”
“It’s the game I get asked about most,” John Wick (owner of JWP) said. “More than anything I’ve ever done. I’m very proud of the work that was done, but I’m also very excited to see the game rejuvenated with modern game design and technology.”
“I’m very glad AEG is doing card and board games,” John Wick said. “They’ve proven to be one of the best companies in the world when it comes to those kinds of games. I’m excited to see what they come up with.”
For more information about 7th Sea and upcoming plans go to www.johnwickpresents.com andwww.alderac.com.