cooperative game

Obscurio, designed by L’Atelier, is a 2-8 player game that places players in a Sorcerer’s Library with the need to escape!

Players will need to work cooperatively to find the exit from the Library as one player takes on the roll of the clue giver utilizing cards with various images on them to guide the players out of the Library. However, there is a traitor among them trying to prevent them from finding that exit! Their are a wide variety of traps throughout the Library that players will need to overcome if they are ever going to escape.

For more information, check out their site here.

A brand new installment into the Arkham Horror universe is upon us. Arkham Horror: Final Hour is a cooperative game for 1-4 players designed by Carlo A. Rossi that can be played in an hour!

It is an hour until midnight and the fate of the world is in your hands as an endless swarm of monsters plague the Miskatonic University Campus. Players will have 8 rounds to gather clues and piece together how to reverse the ritual the cult is using to summon the Ancient One. There are 6 investigators to choose from with each of their own set of skills and a unique deck of action cards.

This game will focus more on combat than other Arkham Horror Files titles and there will be a limit placed on players’ communication with each other. All you will have are priority cards that allow you to express to your team how important which actions are to be resolved. As time is running out, players will need to fight back the monsters while discovering the necessary components to reverse the ritual and ultimately banish the Ancient One!

Pre-orders are available now. For more information, check out Fantasy Flight Games’ site here.

Fantasy Flight announces a new living card game: Marvel Champions. Marvel Champions is a cooperative game for 1-4 players. Each player takes the roles of an iconic hero from the Marvel universe.  Each hero has their own customizable deck of 40-50 cards representing their powers, tools, and allies. The players team their heroes up to defeat the villain, who is not controlled by any of the other players.  Each villain has their own deck of cards also, complete with evil schemes and encounter cards that represents their powers, tools, minions and more. The villain activates once for each hero in play.

Marvel Champions: The Card Game Core Set will give players everything they need to jump into the living card game.  The core set includes five hero decks: Iron Man, She-Hulk, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and Spider Man.  It also includes three villain decks: Ultron, Klaw, and Rhino. New Marvel Champions expansions are expected every month. Unlike a collectible game, there’s no chase for rare cards—you’ll find a full playset of each card in every expansion, and every expansion is labeled so you will know exactly what you are getting inside.  This will allow you to customize how you expand your collection with new heroes, scenarios, and more. Every core box of Marvel Champions includes every card available in the core set.  You will have everything you need to customize the hero decks provided.

One of the interesting aspects of each hero deck is the double-sided identity cards: one side for the hero, and one side for the alter-ego. Some abilities are only available while the hero identity is face up. Heroes with their alter-ego face up will not be able to attack villains directly, but heroes can heal and access unique abilities in their alter-ego form.  To bolster a hero’s abilities, players can play ally, upgrade, event, and support cards from their hands. Allies can thwart and attack the villain on their own terms, events are powerful one-time effects, while supports and upgrades stay on the field to assist heroes in battle! Each hero also has an obligation card.  These cards are shuffled into the villains encounter deck, and risk occurring at the most inopportune time, forcing the hero to turn their attention away from the villain and take actions to address their obligation.

Marvel Champions: The Card Game Core Set includes over 350 cards, 100 tokens, five hit point trackers, and more, and is available for pre-order now.  Visit the Fantasy Flight website to learn more about Marvel Champions.

CMON and Guillotine Games recently announced that a second edition of the hit game Zombicide is on its way, coming some time in 2020.

For those who do not know, Zombicide is a game in which the players must cooperate to overcome the hordes of zombies invading their city and attempting to eat their brains.

The second edition of Zombicide will feature some tweaks to the original game play. While much of the game remains the same, according to
Thiago Aranha, senior producer at CMON, there have been changes including “making doors easier to work, to updating how the car drives on the board, to reworking target priority for ranged attacks and adding in dark zones that will hide zombies from survivor’s bullets.”

More information about the new edition of Zombicide can be found here.

Adventure Tactics: Domianne’s Tower is now available on Kickstarter. This game, which is billing itself as a “co-op tactical game with deck building” is being published by Letiman Games, previously known for such games as Groves and The Neverland Rescue.

In Adventure Tactics: Domianne’s Tower, which can play from 1-5, the players start the game as one of five different basic character classes. The characters are customizable as the campaign progresses. During this cooperative campaign, the characters will battle their way all in an attempt to ultimately defeat Queen Domianne.

If this sounds like it appeals to you, be sure and check out the Kickstarter campaign for the game here.

Etherfields is a new miniatures board game designed by Michał Oracz and published by Awaken Realms. This is a 1-4 player cooperative/solo campaign driven game that produce an experience the publisher calls a Dream Crawler.

This games seems to play on your intuition, deduction skills, and emotional intelligence as players develop their characters through a story-driven campaign using deck-building mechanics and exploration. From the same designer as This War of Mine: TGB, you can bet this game will go deeper than just playing a board game, but provide an emotional experience in this living, breathing world. Players interactions and choices will leave lasting marks and lead to a variety of consequences as they progress throughout the campaign.

For more information, check out their Kickstarter campaign here.

Dice Throne Adventures, designed by Gavan BrownNate ChatellierManny Trembley and published by Roxley, is a new expansion to Dice Throne that adds a cooperative and solo campaign!

Players will choose 1 of 16 heroes to play and explore a randomly generated world. You will battle against minions, earn rewards and loot through a Diablo inspired system, permanently upgrade your heroes whether you win or lose, and conclude each session with a boss battle against a Fallen champion who grows stronger as the game progresses.

Dice Throne Season One: Rerolled is a remastered edition of Dice Throne Season One. Roxley reimagines the original 6 heroes as well as adding two new heroes: Treant and Ninja!

For more information, check out their Kickstarter campaign here.

Fantasy Flight Games has announced another standalone expansion for Arkham Horror: The Card Game, Murder at the Excelsior Hotel. Mysterious things are happening at the prestigious Excelsior Hotel. Can you find out what is going on and determine who the murderer is before you yourself are charged? Murder at the Excelsior Hotel was designed by Matt Newman and one of the Mythos Busters podcasters, Nicholas Kory.

Rumors have been swirling around Arkham regarding the strange happenings at The Excelsior Hotel, but when you receive a note asking you to come to Room 225 and promising answers to the questions regarding what is going on at the hotel, you cannot help but go – and find yourself with a dead body on your hands. What do you do now?

Murder at the Excelsior Hotel will be in the hands of your friendly local game store in the near future and can be pre-ordered now from the Fantasy Flight Games website. You can read more about this scenario and find more information about the new scenario here.

Backers of the previous The 7th Continent Kickstarter, and it’s expansion, have been receiving their rewards over the past month, and the creators at Serious Poulp have wasted no time in planning ahead for the system and world they’ve brought to life. For those who missed out on this last campaign and would still like to buy an exclusive copy, they confirmed that stock will be available while supplies last after they’ve completed their inventory in mid-July. Also, excitingly still, there will be a Classic Edition available from their online store in Q4 of this year, which will be a smaller box containing most of the original’s content sans Kickstarter extras (some of which will be sold separately). If all that wasn’t enough, they also announced an all new game on the horizon set in the same universe – The 7th Citdael.

“The 7th Continent adventure is coming to an end… but our desire to keep exploring and pushing all the possibilities offered by this system is not. Therefore, in parallel to following-up the end of production, we’ve started working on a new game based on the same system. […] The 7th Citadel will take place in a new unique “Dark Fantasy” world whose gameplay will be significantly enhanced compared to that of The 7th Continent.”

A Kickstarter campaign for this new title will be coming in 2020, with previews to be shared this fall. The teaser image alone is awesome enough to make waves as I’m sure there’s many details that didn’t escape notice nor hype. Most notably is how the tag line compares to the original – It’s identical except for having replaced the word “Survive” with “Build”, implying a much different shift in the backbone of the game than it’s predecessor. For more information about The 7th Continent, the upcoming Classic Edition, and the announcement of The 7th Citadel, look no further than the announcement titled “The Future” and that page’s comments and feedback.

Fantasy Flight has announced a new expansion for Mansions of Madness, Path of the Serpent. In this expansion, the players are in the jungles of the Amazon, fighting for their lives as they face serpent creatures, explore the jungle and its many ruins and battle a serpent’s curse.

This expansion features 3 new scenarios as well as 4 new investigators. You can pre-order the expansion now or wait for it to appear on your FLGS shelves some time in the 4th quarter of 2019.

More information regarding the new expansion can be found here.