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Warsaw: City of Ruins, or Capital if you are buying the Granna edition of the game, is a game all about building and rebuilding the war ravaged city of Warsaw.  If you go to modern day Warsaw you will see that the city is an amalgamation of older buildings, modern buildings, socialist blocks, and more all jammed together in one area.  This makes things look like a mess but also speaks to the people’s resilience as parts of the city got destroyed in each world war.  In the game  Warsaw: City of Ruins you will be playing a tile laying game to build up, and then rebuild your city over the span of six rounds called epochs.  In each round everyone will get a hand of tiles that they will draft from, and once they pick a tile they can either pay it’s cost and build it, or turn it in for some money to be able to build tiles later.  At the end of the round each player’s city will activate and give out points and money based on which buildings you built.  At the end of third and fourth rounds though is when war comes and ravages parts of your city, so make sure to prepare for it.  At the end of the game it will be the person with the most points that will be the winner.

The art of the game is pretty minimal with the city blocks having  having clear colors and icons, and the monument tiles are photos of the actual monuments.  Also if the gameplay sounds family, that is because it plays similar to other drafting, city building games like Fields of Green or Among the Stars, but some new mechanics added in make this game stand out as a unique entry.  If you are going to Origins you will be able to check this game out there, if not then you will just have to wait for it to hit store shelves in August.  Either way you can check out North Star Games’ facebook page for more information.

Herbaceous was a Kickstarted game from last year that featured lots of beautiful art, and a theme all about storing and growing the most valuable variety of herbs.  Dr. Finn Games and Pencil First Games are back again with a new version of the game, Herbaceous Sprouts, which takes the original card game and morphs it into a dice game.  In the game each round will have a set number of tool cards, and on those tool cards will be dice that you will get to draft along with the cards.  On your turn you will pick a tool card, get all the dice on that tool card, as well as the tool card with gives extra abilities that is associated with that tool.  Some of the tools include trowels that allow you to plant flowers, market packages that all you to change dice, seed bags which give extra dice, and more.  What you are trying to do is get sets of dice in order to plant your seedlings in the garden, sets like all the same, all different, pairs, or a flower and trowel together to plant in the flower garden.  Space is limited in each area so the first person there will get higher points, and if all the spots are taken then you are just out of luck.  If you are playing with less than 4 players then there is also a rival who will be planting their seeds according to the leftover card from the initial draft, making card choice at the start even more critical.  In the end, whoever has the most points will be the winner.

Like the card game this is based on, Herbaceous Sprouts is beautiful to look at, and with rules that are streamlined and easy to learn, a quick game to play in 30 minutes.  A pledge for the base game comes in at $35 plus shipping, and there are additional pledge levels to get other games like Herbaceous or Sunset Over Water along with mini expansions.  So head on over to the Kickstarter page to give this one a look, the game also comes packaged with a solo mode for those looking to garden alone.

Sabordage is the french term for scuttling, that is purposefully sinking a ship to either avoid capture or because it was engaged in illegal activities.  Sabordage, the game, runs similar to it’s meaning in that you are trying to hastily build your ship, while making sure everyone else’s ship is sunk.  In the game Black Beard is on his death bed, and so as a final act shares the location of his treasure with you, as well as with all the other pirates.  So now it’s a race to build you ship, but no one wants to share the treasure so the fighting is already fierce by the time you get to the port.  Over the turns you will be drafting tiles to add to your ship and figuring out when the best time to fight and when is the best time to build.  Outsmart your opponents and get onto the sea with your ship in tact and you will be the winner of this quick and fun family game.

The game is designed by Romeo Hennion and boasts a play time of only 30 minutes for two to five players.  You can find out more about the game on Renegade Games’ website, and look for it on store shelves in March of this year.

Things got super busy in my neck of the woods and so last week got lost in the shuffle, but luckily for us most KS campaigns last a month, so I can pick up right where I left off and show you all some quality Kickstarters to check out.  First up is is a new game in a previously established universe, and that is Chronicles of Frost from NSKN Games, a deck building game set in the Mistfall universe.  In this adventure each hero player will have an exploration quest and a search quest that they will have to accomplish in order to win the game.  Playing the game is similar to other deck builders with some differences, mainly the exertion system that NSKN has come up with.  What this does is that every card available has a normal ability and an exertion add on, meaning that if you perform the action and then spend the skills or health to exert yourself, you increase the effectiveness of that card quite a bit.  But there is a limit to how much you can exert yourself, so you have to use it carefully as you go along.  When you use cards they will give you better equipment, movement/exploration points to explore the board, attack power, and resolve, the currency in the game.  Build up your hero and take on the monsters roaming the land to complete your quests and win.  For more info you can check out the Kickstarter campaign to be able to back for your own copy.

Up next is a campaign aimed mostly at the ladies in the gaming world, and that is board game jewelry called Tabletop Talismans.  This campaign is offering people the opportunity to get necklaces, bracelets, key chains, and even earrings featuring the quintessential board game piece, the meeple.  This meeple is a shiny aluminum version so that it is durable, light weight, and shines nicely in the light, and is being offered in several different colors.  So if you want to get some meeple themed jewelry, check out their Kickstarter page.

Next on the list is a sequel/expansion to the game Best Treehouse Ever, and that is Best Treehouse Ever: Forest of Fun.  This expansion takes the original games and brings it into the forest, and with it some new mechanisms to help spice up the gameplay.  At it’s heart this is a drafting game where you are drafting different rooms to place in your treehouse to score the most points each round.  With the game being moved to the forest you now have additional bits like unique player powers based on where you are in the forest, animal cards that score based on room placement, and brand new room cards for a fresh game.  Of course this can be mixed with the original game, and there are even included rules to play the game with 8 people, so if you enjoyed the first game, this will just give you more of what you love.  To get this game you will have to hurry, the campaign ends on the 9th so check it out!

 

After that we have the digital game of the article, and that is One Deck Dungeon Digital from Handelabra Games.  This campaign was originally a stretch goal from the One Deck Dungeon Forest of Shadows Kickstarter, but they didn’t make it during that campaign so the digital adaptation was put on hold.  However, with Asmadi partnering with Handelabra Games, the possibility of a digital version of the game has been revived and launched on Kickstarter.  So in this campaign you will be getting the game One Deck Dungeon in digital format through steam.  This means that now where ever you have a computer with steam on it, you can pull out this highly rated solo game and delve through the dungeon.  The game includes everything from the base game, an excellent layout with all needed information easily accessible, a campaign mode, and animations and graphics to elevate the game from it’s physical counterpart.  So if you are looking for a nice digital version of the game, check out this Kickstarter today.

Next up is a game from Ankama Games, makers of the highly regarded Krosmaster Arena, where you are trying to scare students out of their wits.  Monster Slaughter is a game where you take command of different groups of monsters like vampires, werewolves, zombies,  or golem to scare some students.  On your turn you will take actions by rolling dice, and based on the number of successes you get will determine if the action succeeds, how much damage you do, or how many cards you can draw.  This is a competitive game where each player has a specific order in which they want to eliminate the students in, and so you will be playing cards to help yourself, but also help the students if they are getting picked on too soon for you.  Everything about the game is quick and light and in the end, whoever matched the elimination order the best will be the winner.  So if this monster movie type game is your speed, check out the Kickstarter page.

And finally we have the reprint of the list, and that’s the Folklore: The Affliction second printing.  Folklore: The Affliction is the horror themed RPG board game which aimed to turn a typical pencil and paper RPG into a self contained game.  In this game you are fighting the evil that has come upon the land, wolves, ghosts, vampires, and the undead.  Like an RPG you will be traveling around the world using a map of the land, and as you reach places in the world you will be able to zoom down onto adventure maps which are a couple tiles in size to explore that area.  You will play over a series of chapters to make up an entire campaign, and each of those chapters are playable within about an hour, allowing you to still play and progress the story even if you don’t have a lot of time.  So if you missed out on the first campaign, or if you heard great things and want to get into it now, check out the Kickstarter page today.

First on our list of new releases is a card drafting game from Osprey Games called Samurai Gardener.  This card game was previously released in Japan back in 2013, but now after four years it has made it’s way to these shores.  In Samurai Gardener you are trying to develop the most desirable garden in order to bring honor to your lord.  You will be speed drafting cards and placing them into your arrangement to have long rows and columns of the same type of squares.  Now what is speed drafting you ask?  Well, it’s real time drafting where at the start of the active player’s turn, they will flip up cards equal to the number of players, then after a count down everyone will simultaneously slap the card the want.  If you are the first to get there you get the card, else you will need to pick a different card.  After everyone has been the active player once the round ends, and a scoring round happens.  When the deck runs out the game will end and the highest score wins, so slow or fast, make sure you have the cards you need to win.  Look for it on shelves in October this year.

Next we have the latest game coming from Greenbrier Games, and that is Vengeance, a fast paced game about avenging yourself against the bad guys who wronged you.  This is a competitive game where you start out battered and bruised, and over the course of the game you heal up and gain new skills in order to seek revenge.  Battles are dynamic with dice based puzzles where you are trying to take out the gang boss by triggering a series of special moves from your character.  There is also a bit of cooperation in the game in that the final goal is to eliminate all the gangs from you city, but always remember there will be only one winner at the end of the game.  Look for this game and the Rosari expansion, which adds a 5th player, on store shelves in November.

Finally, we have the latest adventure update to Road to Legend, the companion app for playing with Descent 2nd Edition.  This one adds the adventure model Trials of Frostgate, which departs from the other updates in that instead of a traditional campaign, this one offers four different trails for you to attempt and get that high score.  They include:

  • the Trial of the Bear, pitting your might against endless hordes of enemies
  • the Trial of the Hawk, forcing you to show speed and cunning as you banish baleful spirits before they call down more perils
  • the Trial of the Lion sends you into pitched combat with the most powerful and dangerous of your enemies
  • the Trial of the Wolf bids you escort the spirits of your ancestors to the afterlife, protecting them from any danger along the way

This update is available now so you can go download it from your Road to Legend app, or check out more information from FFG’s website.

Pretty sure my own wallet takes a kick whenever I do these posts, but then again, that just shows that there are lots of interesting projects out there to back.  So here are some more for you to look at.

Fist up is a new game from Ludicreations that tries to tell the forgotten story of what happened during the destruction of the libraries at Alexandria.  Alexandria is a euro game where you most precious resource is time, as the library is burning down around you and you need to get the most valuable treasures before they are lost forever.  Each setup of the game is different with a randomly generated layout, and as you move from one room to the other you will be interacting and reacting to things that are there.  You will have to plan your moves wisely, budget your time well, and make use of various items and books you obtain to secure what you seek.  In the end you will score based on the sets of items you were able to rescue and the person with the most points is the winner.  You can find out more about this game on it’s Kickstarter page, and also look at the wonderful illustrations done for it by the talented Vincent Dutrait.

Next is the latest game from Tim Fowers called Now Boarding.  For those of us who have played game apps like Airport Mania, this game will feel very similar as it’s a race against time for you and your fellow pilots to fly people to their destinations.  On a turn there will be new passengers who have places they need to be, and in order to get them there you will have to work together since each player owns certain air travel lanes on the board.  Once the round starts you have 30 seconds to pick up passengers and drop their off as quickly as you can, any that don’t make it gain anger tokens.  Once a passenger gets three anger tokens they are removed from the game and file a complaint, three complaints and everyone loses.  Manage to avoid getting that third complaint and you all win!  With a fast play time and great art, this filler game could hit the table multiple times.  To find out more about the game and to pledge, you can visit their Kickstarter page.

After that we have the latest in the long line of werewolf themed social deduction games from Bezier Games called Werebeasts.  So what makes this game different than the 50 other Werewolf style games?  Well for one this one is a social deduction collection game, this means you are trying to figure out what people are collecting over identifying any specific individual.  Each round you will be bidding for cards with one player being the auctioneer, and the rest bidding with whatever cards they have.  The auctioneer gets to determine what they consider a higher bid and the highest bidder gets the card.  You can accuse someone at any time on what they are collecting, but if you are wrong then you are eliminated instead.  But why are you collecting cards?  Each person has two goals on werebeasts they want to collect, and each one they collect is worth a point.  At the end, the last one standing or most points at the end is the winner.  So if you are in the mood for another social deduction game, check out the Kickstarter.

Next is a beautiful drafting card game from Dr. Finn Games called Little Flower Shop.  In this game you are the owner of a flower shop trying to arrange that most beautiful flowers in your store window.  To do this you will be drafting cards, with cards having vases, flowers, hanging baskets, or orders that you can fill.  Each vase has a specific flower that needs to be placed in it, and if you manage to but them together then you can score that set at the end of the game.  You can also earn points by buying the hanging baskets you draft with money you earn by fulfilling orders with different flowers.  At the end whoever has the most points will be the winner of the game.  Art for the game has a nice watercolor style to it and the gameplay is simple but fun.  If this game sounds interesting then check out it’s Kickstarter page.

Up next is or token dice project of the week, and that is Deluxe Constellation Dice.  These dice are a little pricey, but they are high quality and feature sides with different astrological symbols like Cassiopeia or Corona Borealis.  The dice also feature some impressive coloring and even some glow in the dark features.  Over all if you like dice with a star theme then you want to check out this Kickstarter.  You can pledge for D10s, D6s, fudge dice, and even full poly sets at the higher tiers.

Next is an expansion for a game that hasn’t gotten a lot of buzz, but has excellent reviews, and that is The Networks: Executives.  The Networks is a previous game that was Kickstarted by Formal Ferret Games and has you playing the programming manager for a fictional TV station.  You populate your prime time lineup with shows, stars, and commercials in order to bring in the most viewers.  Executives expands on that game by adding three new features to the game.  First are Executives, those are essentially characters you choose to play as that have different special abilities and weaknesses.  Next are more season 0 shows, giving you an asymmetrical start with different benefits as opposed to the generic same start that the base game had.  And last it adds in Mogul cards which give you big bonuses when you achieve a programming milestone, giving something to work towards in that respect.  These additions help to expand the game more and smooth out some rough spots in the game.  If you want to get a copy of the expansion or the base game, check out the Kickstarter today.

Last is kind of a wild card game which came out of no where, and that is The Island of El Dorado.  This game looks like a mix of Catan and an exploration game.  On your turn you will roll two dice, you will pick one die to determine how many spaces you can move, and the other die will determine how many resources you gather.  Moving is how you explore and reveal the tiles of the board, and when you gather resources you will gather them from areas you have built up or are present.  With those resources you can then purchase more villagers, build forts to strengthen your villagers, build farms to gather more resources, or make offerings at temples to gain control of them.  The strength of your villagers comes into play when you are moving across the board and another player is in your way.  You can battle them, rolling dice and adding your strength to it to see who wins.  This is also the way you can steal the final temple piece that is needed to win the game.  In the end, whoever has made offerings at the three temples, and has control of temple piece wins the game.  So if you like these kinds of mashup type games with lots of different mechanics, while still working well as a whole, check out the Kickstarter today.

IDW Games and March Hare Games have announced Subrosa, the first game in their upcoming Daemon Trilogy of games. In Subrosa, 2-5 players use drafting to create a hand of assassins, merchants, characters and deceptive tactics to wrest control of daemons, grow the riches of their house and contribute to the fall of their adversaries. Daemon Trilogy: Subrosa uses an app to protect players’ secrecy, making card play truly anonymous.  When the trilogy is released, all 3 games will be playable together in a single 60-90 minute session.

Daemon Trilogy: Subrosa will release this November, and will be playable at GenCon50.

Renegade Games has announced that they will be reprinting and updating the card game Dragon’s Hoard.  In this game you are a dragon trying to hoard the most treasure, go figure, and to get that treasure you will need sheep of all different colors.  The game is a card drafting game at the start where you are drafting difference colored sheep from a common supply.  After everyone has finished drafting, the action phase begins and you will buy cards with your sheep, attack your opponents, and defend against attacks from them.  In the end, whoever manages to hold onto the most valuable hoard of treasure wins.

The box cover art by Jonas Akerlund looks incredible, and hopefully that carries over into the game art as well.  The game will be available on store shelves in the fall, and until then you can read the full press release below for more information.

Dragon’s Hoard Releasing Fall 2017 
San Diego, CA (July 27th, 2017) Renegade Game Studios is pleased to announce the upcoming release of Dragon’s Hoard, a drafting card game designed by Nathanael Mortensen’s with stunning art by Jonas Akerlund. The release is planned for fall 2017.

In Dragon’s Hoard, each player plays a dragon hunting for treasure. Collect chromatic sheep from the farmer’s fields and use them to acquire marvelous treasures, but watch out! Other players will send angry mobs and wizards your way to stop you. Defend yourself and battle your way to riches.

Draft cards from a common draw pile before taking actions each turn. Purchase as many treasures as possible using the cards in your hand. Dragons buy treasures with sheep that they’ve collected, while opponents will play terrible actions against you to keep you from tending those sheep.Battle to keep your treasure, while preventing your opponents from doing the same.

At the end of the game, the player with the most victory points from treasures and bonuses wins!

“When we were first introduced to this game, we instantly fell in love with the unique mechanics and the whimsical fantasy theme”, recalls Scott Gaeta, President of Renegade Game Studios. “As we dove further into the game, we really appreciated the great strategy choices, and of course the chromatic sheep! We look forward to sharing Nathanael’s lovely game with our fans.”

This fall, 2-4 clever dragons of ages 8 and up will flock to their local game store to collect valuable treasure for 25-45 min in this card drafting, hand management, set collection game.

Contents include: 

  • 101 Tarot-Sized Cards
    • 1 Start card
    • 5 Reference cards
    • 5 Wild Sheep Cards
    • 40 Action cards
    • 50 Treasure cards 1 Rule Sheet
  • 1 Rule Sheet

Sign up for the Renegade Game Newsletter or visit www.renegadegames.comto find out more about all our upcoming games!

AMIGO Spiel along with Freizeit GmbH have announced their next game, Carnival of Monsters, a card drafting game designed by Richard Garfield.  In this game you are drafting cards to acquire land, and then from that land capture exotic monsters and put them on display.  Of course you will also have to hire staff, but while they help you out, they are also working towards their own goal.  AMIGO has also announced that since Richard is a big name in the game world, they will be going through Kickstarter to fund the best art they can find, so look for that campaign to launch this fall.  For more information you can read the press release below.

AMIGO Spiel + Freizeit GmbH is delighted to announce the coming of a new spectacular from the creative genius that brought the world Magic: The Gathering, Android: Netrunner, and RoboRally! Yes, it’s Richard Garfield’s new card game creation, Carnival of Monsters!

Carnival of Monsters is a card-drafting game in which players collect sets of land cards which allow them to capture and display strange and exotic creatures, hire talented staff to help run their enterprise, and pursue their own secret goals.

Because we believe that a game like this from a designer like Richard Garfield deserves the most magnificent artwork possible, AMIGO is pleased to offer every game enthusiast an opportunity to help make this project a reality by supporting our up-coming Kickstarter campaign this fall! Keep a listen—more details coming soon!

Get ready to place your bets on legendary mythic creatures in the fast-playing game, Divinity Derby!  Published by Ares Games and designed by Carlo A. Rossi, Divinity Derby is a fun and challenging game of racing and betting for 3 to 6 players, ages 10 and up.

While attending a party on Mount Olympus, an argument breaks out about which legendary flying creature is the fastest, the slowest, and even which would get disqualified in a race? Using dirty tricks, godly powers, twists of fate, and the capricious judgement of Zeus, players will manipulate a series of three races to determine the final winner of the Divinity Derby.

The game uses an innovative card-sharing draft mechanic where each player plays cards from two hands that are shared with each neighbor. Intelligent betting occurs as you deduce what your neighbors may be doing and make informed guesses about what will happen in the race. You will be conspiring with or against your neighbor as you play cards from the same holder as they do. You win the game by placing good bets, but you can try to bend the will of fate to fit your plan. Choosing whether to play a card for its high or low value is a simple, but critical choice that will make all the difference in the outcome of the race.

Divinity Derby has great production values, and includes six gorgeous miniatures (beautifully modeled by master sculptor Bob Naismith) that are each carefully hand-painted in the Deluxe edition of the game.

For more information, please visit the Divinity Derby Kickstarter page.