Deranged is a gothic semi-cooperative survival game for 3-6 players. The game takes place over three day/night cycles, ending at dawn of the fourth day. Players can be turned into deranged horrors, and the only way to turn back into a human is to kill another player. This does not remove them from the game, but curses them and adds doom to the group, which can trigger bad events. The game features hidden objectives, deck building, and a modular board.
Deranged is designed by German Tikhomirov with art by Anton Kvasovarov and Sergey Dulin. It was originally published by Hobby World, with a limited pre-release at Gen Con 2019. Ultra PRO will distribute the game in the U.S. in Q1 of 2020.
You can get a look at the components in the Hobby World press release, and get a quick overview of the game in Stella’s Short and Sweet video from Meeple University.
Cult: Choose Your God Wisely is a worker placement game by Cryptozoic Entertainment and Igrology. The game is designed by Konstanin Seleznev with art by Anton Kvasovarov (both known for Master of the Galaxy). In Cult: Choose your God Wisely, players choose from 8 gods around whom to form a cult following to curry favor with their Dark Entity and bring them total domination over the world’s populace. Each god has their own strengths and weaknesses and includes Cthulhu, Janus, Fafnir, and Arachne.
To win, players will need to either summon their god, build 5 altars to their god’s greatness, or rouse 4 fanatical mobs to dominate the Eternal City. The game has two phases. The Intention Phase, where players place their free Priests onto locations on the board, and the Resolution Phase, where a winner is determined in each location based on the player’s Priests influence there. Miracle and Intrigue cards are used to alter the outcomes of each conflict. Players who win a location are able to use its benefits, while other players with lesser influence receive alms in the form of coins. As the cult grows they gain access to more locations to choose from.
Cult: Choose your God Wisely supports 2-5 players, aged 12+, and plays in 45-90 mins. It’s expected to release before the end of the year. For more information, visit the Cryptozoic website.