Aeon’s End

From Indie Board Games and Cards and now on Kickstarter is a post-apocalyptic fantasy cooperative deck-building game, Aeon’s End: The New Age.

For 1-4 players with a 60 minute play time, this is a standalone expansion to last year’s Aeon’s End: Legacy. It introduces the Expedition Mode, and also includes new mages and nemeses, as well as gems, relics and spells that are compatible with Aeon’s End: The New Age and Aeon’s End.

This new deckbuilder comes with 200 cards and card dividers, 4 mage mats, nemesis mat, 2 life dials, 100 nemesis cards, and 7 envelopes of other mages/nemesis that the player will get to open later.

Stretch goals include another expansion,a new mage, gem, treasures and more.

The game has already funded and unlocked a variety of stretch goals. You can find out more here.

Aeon’s End, the cooperative deck-building game, is getting the digital format treatment.  Handelabra Games is working with Action Phase Games and Indie Boards and Cards to adapt Aeon’s End to Window, macOS and Linux.  Handelabra has launched a Kickstarter campaign seeking funding to create the digital adaptation.

The digital version of Aeon’s End will be distributed via Steam.  The Kickstarter features several reward tiers, ranging from a copy of the game to additional content like soundtracks and alpha or beta access to the game.  The campaign page includes a link to a brief playable demo of an early alpha version of the game.

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Even though the holidays will soon be upon us, companies are already preparing for the next year with some new games.  First on that list is the next expansion for the Aeon’s End card game from Indie Boards and Cards. Aeon’s End is a card game in which each player has their own deck, specific to the breach mage they choose, and will have to work together with the other players to defeat the nemesis they have chosen.  You will have to work well together as the nemesis has their own deck and will be fighting back, quite viciously, to defeat you before you can cast them out.  The new expansion, called Aeon’s End: The Void, adds in two new nemeses and two new breach mages, as well as new gems, relics, spells, and minions.  So if you enjoy the game, be sure to check out this expansion when it hits store shelves in January of 2018.

Next we have two expansion decks coming from Plaid Hat games for the Ashes, Rise of the Phoenixborn card game.  The two new decks are The Goddess Ishra, and The Boy Among Wolves, each of which will require an Ashes base game in order to supply the needed dice.  These two decks just expand even more the options of cards you have for the game and bring two new phoenixborn into the game.  The Boy Among Wolves has the highest battlefield number in the game at 10, meaning he can have lots of units in play at once.  This is especially important because his abilities and cards lead to summoning a large number of units in a very short amount of time.  The Goddess Ishra is more about control, offering average stats but having a highly useful ability of being able to exhaust a unit when an attack is declared, either by your opponent or you.  She also continues this sense of control with her cards that specialize in controlling the actions of your opponent, and even so far as to controlling some of your opponent’s units.  Both of these decks will be hitting stores soon and you can find out more on the Goddess Ishra preview and the Boy Among Wolves preview on the Plaid Hat site.

Finally we have a new food truck themed game from Adam’s Apple Games, and that is Truck Off: The Food Truck Frenzy.  This is a simultaneous action selection type game where you will be picking where you will park your truck, and then trying to sell food there.  The game is played over five rounds and each round consists of picking where you park, and then picking your special action for the round.  For each location you will then roll their specified die, from a d4 up to a d20, and the result will be equally split among the trucks that are present there, earning each truck owner money.  At the end of five rounds the winner will be the one who managed to bring in the most money.  So if this light food truck themed game sounds good to you, look for it on store shelves in January.

Aeon’s End, from Action Phase Games, found fast popularity in 2016 as an excellent co-op deck-building game. Now it has a standalone expansion on the way which has surpassed it’s funding on Kickstarter. War Eternal adds a variety of similar, but different, content including new mages, new nemeses, and a bunch of cards. There’s also a healthy amount of extra content available, including a small expansion, The Void, an accessory pack, and an upgrade pack for the original game. As described via the campaign page:

 “Featuring a number of innovative mechanisms, including a variable turn order system that simulates the chaos of an attack and deck management rules that require careful planning, War Eternal can be played alone or combined with other Aeon’s End content for a game experience like no other. “

Like all deck-building games, Aeon’s End will not shy away from more cards to keep the game fresh, but the dynamic use of nemeses and their respective cards means that any additional content will have inherently more mileage than typical expansions within the genre. Fans of the game have a lot of incentive to back the project now, given the very welcome accessory pack and the upgrade kit. Even if you don’t own the original game, the standalone nature of War Eternal gives an easy and attractive entry point for anyone interested in a new and well-received cooperative experience. For more information, visit the campaign page and keep tabs on the ever growing list of unlocked stretch goals and updates.

Several promotional cards and games have been announced for International Tabletop Day 2017 on April 29. Make sure to contact your FLGS for availability.

Two promo cards for Aeon’s End were announced. The “Drown in Flames” spell card deals 4 to a minion or nemesis, and can be repeated by losing 2 charges. The “Glyph Enigma” minion card has a persistent effect where gravehold suffers 1 damage, with 2 more damage if the nemesis tier is 2 or higher.

There will be a mini-expansion for Biotix, containing new adaptive and hyper-reactive microbes. Additionally a new mechanic allows players to pass a Biotix at a time of their choosing. Finally, Eureka cards replace the pen and paper endgame rules with a more elegant solution.

A new promo for Castle Panic adds a new Tabletop Day 2017 Tower, which allows players to draw up and trade when it is destroyed.

The Snack Table promo card for Clank! is a device which allows other players to pay you gold in exchange for healing.

Fuse will have a new promo bomb, holding 4 dice – two of equal color which much then be greater than two of equal value.

Grey Fox Games and Geek & Sundry bring Lucha Jefe, a promotional micro game in which players become luchador managers. Limited edition Tabletop Day versions will come with a cloth bag and a promotional character.

Finally, Master of Orion will have a promotional Fuska advisor card, which will set your loyalty to 6 until the final scoring.

Indie Boards and Cards just let loose some new information about current games and upcoming games.  The first two announcements are simply the official release of Aeon’s End, and the reprint of Kodama being back of store shelves.  But that isn’t what is interesting, what is interesting is that they just wrapped up a Kickstarter for their next social deduction type game called Abandon Planet.  In Abandon Planet you are trying to escape the planet as meteors rain down from the sky, destroying anything and everything in their path, including eventually the Earth itself.  So you have to hop into your rocket and try to collect all the supplies you need to make the interplanetary jump to safety.  The problem is, you won’t be able to collect everything on your own, so you will have to form alliances with others to get the materials you need, but be careful, betrayal is not uncommon when your very lives are on the line!  Each turn you will play a card to indicate which direction you will go, then you will pick up parts at the new location, or steal parts from other players.  After that a meteor will come down and destroy things, where that happens is random but one person will know each round, and they can tell the other players, if they want to.  So keeps your friends close and keep an eye on your enemies and you just might survive.  Kickstarter delivery isn’t expected until March 2017, so you most likely won’t see this on store shelves until the 2nd quarter of 2017.

The last bit of news is that Indie Boards and Cards just submitted their Resistance App to both the Apple and Android app markets for approval.  What this app will do is narrate the the game for you, and out of the gate it will support Resistance, Hidden Agenda, and even Avalon.  But what makes this app truly special is that they also included functionality for AI players so if you have less than 5 people, you can still play the game with the app picking up the empty seats!  Australia and New Zealand will see the app first in order to finish debugging and testing the app, then the rest of the globe will get it soon after.