Derek Funkhouser

Last weekend, during PAX Unplugged, Skybound Entertainment demoed two new titles from its Skybound Games line. The Walking Dead: Something to Fear is a new competitive card game for 2-5 players where players must form uneasy alliances and work together to survive while at the same time, competing to secure their own position in the group. The game is designed by Derek and Lizzy Funkhouser with art by Justin Chan. The Walking Dead: Something to Fear is set for a retail release in Q1 of 2019.

The other game, Valor & Villainy: Minions of Mordak is a roleplaying board game for 2-6 players. One player plays as the evil wizard Mordak, while the rest form an alliance of heroes who must stop the scheming wizard from completing his dastardly deeds. Each game of Valor & Villainy is different due to a random board, minions, and spells. James Van Niekerk is the designer and illustrator of the game, which will be heading to Kickstarter in Q1 of 2019.

Aimed directly, and only, at experienced board gamers, Mechanisms: A Posh Party Game is a party game where the more knowledgeable you are about the board gaming hobby, the better you’ll be at the game. Designed by Daniel Zayas and Derek Funkhouser, Mechanisms “uses an assortment of component props to get you and your friends to guess game mechanisms.”

The designers are emphasizing that Mechanisms is for gamers in the know and not for newbies to the hobby. Quoting directly from the Kickstarter introduction video:

Mechanisms isn’t a party game for those who know games it’s for the rare breed who understands them. See, when a gamer becomes…”a gamer”…their game becomes Mechanisms.

For a more detailed look and explanation of the rules, be sure to check out the currently running Kickstarter.