If punching a super villain in the face, or drop kicking a tank, sounds appealing to you, then Hour of Need may scratch that itch … if you immerse yourself in the theme. It’s a cooperative game of comic book action using the Modular Deck System (MDS), also featured in Street Masters, Brook City, and Altar Quest. Hour of Need is designed by brothers Adam and Brady Sadler and published by Blacklist Games. It allows for 1-4 players, aged 14+, and plays in roughly 30-120 minutes depending on the number of players.
Players are powerful heroes who combat villainous threats over the course of 10 rounds. Villains, and issues the heroes may face, are represented by decks of cards. Through smart hand management, clever dice mitigation, and efficient problem-solving, players must defeat the schemes and villains. The combination of a hero, villain, and issue deck allows for varied and unique adventures. Special minion, bystander, crisis, ally, and nemesis cards are all modular elements which can add further variety and difficulty to the gameplay. Hour of Need is based in an original comic book setting designed by Adam and Brady.
The Hour of Need Kickstarter project has reached 80% of its funding goal so far, and will run until Tuesday, November 26th, 2019. The project features the core game, along with expansions and other accessories which can be added. The estimated delivery date for Hour of Need is in November of 2020.
Konami has reached licensing agreements for boardgames to be developed based on two of their iconic video game titles: Contra and Bomberman.
Blacklist Games and Kess Co. will publish a cooperative 1-4 player game inspired by the Contra video games in 2020. The designers at Blacklist Games are Brady and Adam Sadler. They designed Street Masters, Brook City, and Altar Quest. All three of those games feature the Sadler brothers’ signature modular deck system. Implementing that system for Contra will allow players to select a unique commando deck, stage, and enemy.
IDW Games will publish a boardgame based on the Bomberman series of games, specifically 2017’s Super Bomberman R. This will IDW Games’ second implementation of a Konami video game to a board game, as they also are publishing the upcoming Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game. The Bomberman video games traditionally have both cooperative and competitive modes of play, so it will be interesting to see if the board game version follows suit.
Blacklist Games has launched the Kickstarter campaign for the newest design by Adam and Brady Sadler, Altar Quest. Altar Quest promises to be a cooperative fantasy adventure playable solo or with up to 4 players.
Altar Quest features the same modular deck system that the Sadler brothers introduced into their previous games Street Fighter and Brook City. According to the game’s description, the players each choose a unique hero who comes with their own cards and equipment decks. Then the players choose a quest, villain, and threat deck with which to play. There are no decks that the players need assemble – each of these decks is fixed – but the players may choose to mix and match.
For more information on the game’s Kickstarter campaign and all the goodies that come along with it, check here.