card drafting

Wizkids has announced Ettin, a strategic card drafting game.  In Ettin, players create teams of two nations, draft units to recruit and deploy, waging wars of might and magic to defeat the other players. The game comes with eight nations that can be mixed and matched to create different allied combinations for dozens of combinations.  The game supports up to 8 players, but multiple copies of the game can be played together to support epic battles of 16 or more players.  This world-wide brawl is played in just three rounds and takes about an hour to play. Ettin contains a game board, 8 nation mats, a mercenary nation mat, 120 nation cards, 101 mercenary cards, 36 adventure cards, tokens, dice and more. Look for this game in early 2020.

Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization is getting a brand new expansion, New Leaders and Wonders designed by Vlaada Chvátil.

This expansion takes the civilization building of the base game to the next level by adding historical leaders, wonders, and military cards so that players can manipulate history and their civilizations in interesting ways!

The New Leaders and Wonders expansion will be available digitally (Google PLay, App Store, and Steam) on September 12, 2019 and will arrive in print at Essen on October 24, 2019 as well as the end of November, 2019 in the United States.

For more information, check out their site here.

Egizia: Shifting Sands, being published by Stronghold Games, is now live on Kickstarter. The game promises to give us not only a new, updated edition of the game, but also includes the classic game as one of its Kickstarter exclusives.

The classic Egizia was set in ancient Egypt, as is the new game. In both games, players are attempting to fulfill requests from the pharaoh in order to earn victory points. The new edition of the game, Egizia: Shifting Sands, introduces two new monuments to the game, the Colonnade and statues.

For more information on this classic game with new twists, check out the Kickstarter page here.

In an interesting turn of events, a popular card game is getting a subsequent board game version instead of vice versa as is typically the trend. Space Race, now on Kickstarter, is a more fleshed out version of it’s predecessor with more cards, a premium table presence thanks to it’s components, and more robust strategies. The gameplay is similar to what fans of the card game already know – this is a simultaneous action selection game where the actions to choose from dwindle over time as players compete for cards and points. What separates the two beyond the obvious physical differences is that scoring happens more often in the new one, changing how important breakthroughs are in comparison.

“Space Race is a unique engine-building strategy game for 1-4 players (5 with the Deluxe Bundle). You become a director of a newly formed Space Agency and your mission is simple: lead your country onto the pages of history as the nation that has conquered the Universe! Hire astronauts and scientists, develop technologies, initiate space programs, and celebrate astonishing breakthroughs.”

While this is a big step from it’s previous card game version, the same typical dynamic applies – one is a lighter game with a much smaller footprint while the other is the opposite. That said this new Kickstarter doesn’t so much reduce it’s predecessor as much as it embellishes it, and that’s a great thing for a game that really deserves attention drawn to it’s excellent core mechanic. There’s even two expansions on offer during this campaign that add more cards, projects, and rocket miniatures modeled after historical space-faring designs. If you’re interested in learning more about Space Race, check out the Kickstarter crowdfunding page to read the full rules, watch reviews, and see community feedback and updates.

Now available on Kickstarter is a Daily Magic Games card drafting, set collecting and pattern making game Chocolatiers.

This 2-5 player game for ages 8 and up. Players draft Chocolate cards, turn them in to match box tiles and add those to create the sampler. Box tiles are arranged to connect like-flavored chocolates. Each box in the sampler earns and points and bonus points are awarded for the most connected chocolates by type.

Each turn, players can do two of four actions: Take a Chocolate, Box Chocolates, Place a Wild Chocolate or Reserve a Box Tile.

The game ends when a player has placed the sixth box tile into their sampler.

You can find out more about the Kickstarter here.

For those of you anxiously awaiting the second printing of Jonathan Ying’s Bargain Quest, you can now also look forward to a brand new expansion, too! This fun little game of adventure and capitalism will offer even more must have items for heroes to choose from.

In Bargain Quest, players take on the role of shopkeeper trying to attract adventuring heroes to their shop over their opponents.  Each player will secretly draft from a deck of items to place in their shop windows and then help equip their heroes for an upcoming ad  kkiventure. Players earn money to upgrade their shop and hire employees based on how their hero fares in battle.

The Black Market expansion will offer players more heroes, employees, and play modes.  A new shipment of items will also be available to entice heroes to battle the new monsters.

Gather up to eight of your friends to see who can run the most successful shop with the most gold and prestige.  Renegade Games will be releasing the Black Market expansion in May 2019. Don’t worry if you missed out on the Kickstarter for the base game. It will be available through Renegade Games once the Kickstarter fulfillment is completed.

 

Renegade Games takes your Honshu journey to the next level with Hokkaido. The Lords and Ladies having acquired all the land in Honshu are moving on to the mountainous regions of Hokkaido. Expanding to the territory here is going to be a little more challenging! From the same team that brought you Honshu: Designer Kalle Malmioja and illustrators Ossi Hiekkala and Jere Kasanen, enjoy the same splendid artistry and delightful gameplay with added strategy and mechanics! Still 12 rounds the game introduces a card drafting mechanic that is all new to the Nippon Series and brings more intriguing ways to map your region.

 

Hokkaido includes 60 Map Cards, 6 Starting Province Cards, 5 Scoring Summary Cards, 9 Goal Cards (optional variant), 15 Terraforming Tiles, 56 Wooden Pieces, 1 Scoring Pad and a Rulebook.  The game is great for 2-5 players ages 8 and up and plays in about 30 minutes.  Look for its release in February of 2019 or pre-order now!

Mike Fitzgerald follows up his successful Baseball Highlights: 2045 game with Football Highlights 2052.  Like Baseball Highlights: 2045, each player will play cards from their hand to make plays.  In Football Highlights 2052, the game of football did not see the infusion of robots to the extent that happened in baseball.  However, the game did become fast pace with a continuously running clock which required football players to play both offense and defense.  Football Highlights 2052 easily captures the theme and strategy of managing football players who perform both offense and defense duties.  Each player will have a deck of cards representing his or her team.  Players will draw only 10 cards from the deck of available plays each half.  From their selection of cards in their hands, players will play cards to defend against their opponent’s offensive play, then turn the card around to execute that cards offensive capability to the opponent to defense against.  Players repeat this process, attempting to drive the ball to the goal line in four plays or be forced to reset back at the 45 yard line to begin the drive anew.  Halftime offers each player a chance to make adjustments to their team by drafting 5 new players and discarding down to the team size of 15 cards. After playing the second half, the team with the highest score wins.  Of course, if there is a tie, the game goes into sudden death overtime.

Each card features a team athlete who leads the offensive and defensive play.  Each team deck of play features not only a mix of run and pass plays, but also a new play style called a “Maul” consisting of aggressive person-on-person defensive coverage countered with offensive stunt, gadget, and trick plays.  Four teams are included in the game as well as a special 25 card solitaire play deck.  While the game is designed for head to head play, four player boards and two scoreboards are included so that two games can be played at the same time.

Football Highlights 2052 is on Kickstarter now and has already reached its funding goal.  If you missed Baseball Highlights: 2045 or any of its numerous expansions, you can pick those up in the Kickstarter also.

Football Highlights 2052 plays 1,2 or 4 players, ages 9+, in 45-60 minutes.  Contents include 4 15-card team decks (which includes a 5-card star player deck for each team), a 35-card play deck, 30-card action deck, 25-card solitaire deck, 4 play mats, 2 scoreboards (plus 32 team pennants), and 4 wooden markers.

The Kickstarter campaign runs through 21 September with an expected delivery in July 2019.  Go to Kickstarter campaign learn more about Football Highlights 2052.

Agricola, one of the great classics of the Eurogame genre, was originally released in 2007. It was reprinted as a revised edition with new rules, art, and cute little ‘animeeples’ in 2016.  But  Agricola: Farmers of the Moor, one of the more popular expansions, was not given the same treatment at that time. Lookout Games has now released the expansion with the matching updated art and pieces.

Agricola: Farmers of the Moor steps up the misery on your farm a notch from the base game by requiring that you keep your family warm in addition to feeding them.  But it’s not all starvation and pain, you have the opportunity to expand your farm by converting forests and peat bogs to arable land, and even better, you get some cute little horse meeples to add to your paddock. If you have the 5-6 player expansion for the base set, the expansion has everything you need to add the expansion in for all six players.

If you didn’t get quite enough medieval farming with the base set you bought in 2016, Agricola: Farmers of the Moor is available now. See the Lookout Games page (German) for more details.

In 2017 designer Jonathan Ying, of Imperial Assault fame, successfully crowdfunded Bargain Quest.  Since its release Bargain Quest has garnered positive reviews.  Now, the game has returned to Kickstarter for a second printing, along with a new expansion, entitled The Black Market.

Bargain Quest is a card drafting, hand management and auction game for 2-6 players.  If you are a hero in need of equipment before you go out to face the monster menacing the town, where do go?  In Bargain Quest the players are shopkeepers of a fantasy item shop trying to sell their wares to heroes that will be attempting to save the town from pesky monsters.  Will the heroes defeat the monster?  It doesn’t really matter as long as you are running a profitable business.

In addition to the reprint of the base game, the Kickstarter includes new expansion content.  The Black Market expansion includes additional heroes, employees for your shop and a new deck of black market items.  The black market items can be accessed by players by spending their reputation.

The Kickstarter campaign for this reprint of Bargain Quest and The Black Market expansion includes several reward options, including just the new content for those that already have the base game.  The campaign also includes three bonus packs which contain additional content for backers.