Mantic Games have provided more details about their sci-fi, dungeon crawler, Star Saga across a series of articles on their website. Star Saga is set in a futuristic world with space travel, high adventure, various alien races, and advanced technology. The game centers around Mercenaries who take on missions but are stymied by the Nexus Player (a Dungeon Master if you will). The game supports 1 to 5 players which can be played solo, competitively or cooperatively. Single games can take 30 minutes while campaigns last much longer.
“The Galactic Co-Prosperity Sphere is the most technologically advanced civilisation in the history of mankind. When a powerful corporation starts stealing secrets, a team of the galaxy’s deadliest mercenaries is hired to retrieve them. Their target: a network of laboratories hidden deep beneath the surface of the planet Eiras. The reward is high, but so is the risk! If the elite guards weren’t enough, our heroes will also have to deal with the monstrous creations of Eiras’ twisted master…”
The following Mercenaries were revealed as playable characters:
- Captain Erika Dulinsky – Militaristic character who excels in tactics and leadership.
- Combat Utility Roboy B07153 ‘Curby’ – Flexible robot which can be adapted to fill a specific role in the team.
- Wrath – Roguelike, assassin with mental stability problems which are solved by the blade of his sword.
- Francesco ‘The Devil’ Selvaggio – Close combat and demolitions expert.
- Alyse – Thief who is able to drain the life force of her victims to heal herself and her comrades.
- Ogan Helkarre – Engineer who is able to craft weapons.
The Artificial Nexus was designed for solo play and consists of a deck of cards which are played during the “bad guy’s” turn. Actions targeting characters, which would usually be resolved by the Nexus Player, is resolved using symbols on the card matching the state of certain characters. eg. The Mercenary furthest from the start point. Minion actions are also determined using a Minion Activation Table for each one which needs to be activated.
The Nexus Player has many tactics available to them in order to defeat the Mercenaries. Understanding the timing of the deck is crucial. They need to plan ahead so that they can bait their opponents into traps and position their minions in tactical places. Picking the right targets based on the mission objectives is also key to victory.
Should the Mercenaries survive their missions they are rewarded with experience points (XP) which allow them to level up their skills and attributes. Missions get harder as the campaign progresses so it’s important to gain as much XP as possible. Mercenaries will end up very differently from each other at the end of the campaign due to the wide range of skills available to them.
The Core Set will contain everything you need to play the game including pre-assembled, detailed miniatures and 3D scenery. Star Saga is currently available in retail stores.
Tis the season for giving with Hanukkah upon us and Christmas close behind, but not everyone is in the know on what board games are good for different people so CMON is stepping in by offering a gift giving guide. While the list they offer is not exhaustive, it does touch on some key personality traits like people who are artsy, adventurous, a social butterfly, and even the know it all smarty pants.
For the artsy person in your life, CMON suggests either Reiner Knizia’s classic Modern Art, or their newly released game called Dream On. Modern Art is an auction style game where each player will be putting a piece of art up for auction, hoping that other players will buy it from him. If they buy it then he gets their money, but if no one buys it he can buy it from himself, but then he has to pay his money to the bank. This continues until all paintings are sold, and in the end each painting is valued by how many of it sold and the richest player is the winner. So while the game is a solid auction style game, the art of the cards is beautiful and feature a lot of classic and modern works, plus there is an included guide book in the instructions that talk about all the different works of art in the game. Then there is the fact that since this is an art game, you can find different versions of the game form all over the world, featuring art from that region, making it something truly unique for a world art lover. Dream On is a very different game but still taps into that creative side by being a group memory game with story telling and excellent art. In the game you will play down a card, each of which have beautiful abstract art, while telling a story about it, then the next person will do the same, continuing until everyone has played down their cards. Then it’s time to try and remember the dream by going around the table and saying what the next card that had been played is, so the more memorable a story you tell, the easier the memory part will be. Based on how far you get will determine your score, so the game definitely caters to those more creative people.
For the adventuring type, CMON recommends two of their newer dungeon crawl style games with Massive Darkness and Gateway: Uprising. Both games feature characters that you will be able to play through a campaign with, leveling up and gaining new abilities and gear as you go along. You will be fighting all sorts of evil and monsters as you journey through the game to it’s conclusion. The question is, what kind of adventure do you want to go on? If you want to be lightbringers fighting against the oncoming darkness, pushing back against the great evil trying to overthrow the world, then pick up a copy of Massive Darkness. Does fighting against an oppressive rule in your city that has outlawed magic in a bid to concentrate power into their own evil hands sound more like you? Then Gateway: Uprising is the game you are looking for.
For the social butterfly we have some brand new party games you can get int he form of Sherlook and Raise Your Goblets. Sherlook is an interesting party game in that you are famous detectives trying to solve a case, but while you were away from the crime scene a rookie cop messed it all up. Now it’s up to you and your fellow detectives to put things back where they were. In the game there will be two pictures, the original and what the room looks like now, and it’s a race to pick out all the differences between the two before everyone else. Raise your Goblets is more of a social deduction, party game that resembles a popular scene from the movie Princess Bride. In the game everyone is vying to become the next ruler, and is willing to eliminate all the competition to achieve their goal. Each round someone will secretly give out drinks with some being poisoned, and others being just wine, and on your turn you either drink what is in front of you, or swap it with someone else. Once everyone has either drunk or swapped, everyone drinks what is front of them and those who were poisoned are out. Last one standing is the winner.
And finally, we come to the recommendations for the intellectual of your group, with a heavier game like Lorenzo Il Magnifico, or a tough cooperative game like The Grizzled. Lorenzo Il Magnifico is what come call a crunchy game, something will lots of choices but not enough actions to be able to do everything you want. Plus there is a lot of things to juggle as you “gather resources, construct buildings, conquer territories, make powerful allies, and pay homage to the church” in a bid to become the most prestigious family. The game is undoubtedly fun, but it’s going to give you a mental workout as you play this game. The other game, The Grizzled, is difficult in a different way as playing the game is very simple, either play a card or withdraw from the round. The thinking part of it comes with how far can you push your luck? Who do I need to support to eliminate a troublesome negative effect? How many cards do we need to play in order to reduce the deck while not failing the mission? It’s all these questions and working with your friends to beat this game that makes it both tough and satisfying as you work towards victory.
You can read more about all of these games in CMON’s game guide article, and pick up any you might need at your friendly local game store.
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.
Dice Hate Me Games have launched their latest Kickstarter, which continues the story of Ichabod Crane’s disappearance and the aftermath of that event. The Legends of Sleepy Hollow has you playing four different character from Tarry Town, the undertaker Jeremiah Pincke, the Revolutionary War veteran Matthias Geroux, the minister Elijah Kappel, and the tanner Emily Van Winkle. At the start of the game Ichabod Crane has already disappeared, and from that event dark things are starting to happen, signaling the possibility of something even more sinister. Its up to you and your companions to get to the bottom of what is happening, and prevent it from coming to fruition.
Legends of Sleepy Hollow is a cooperative campaign game for up to four players. The whole story of the game will be revealed over the course of 8 adventures, each one revealing more and more of what is happening in a style similar to legacy games. On a given turn you will perform one action, both moving and doing that action like attacking enemies, interacting with the environment, resting, or using a special ability. After each character gets a turn the game gets a turn to move it’s minions and try to attack you. If a monster gets any hits on you it starts generating fear, and fear is not the best thing to be gathering. The fear discs will go into your action pool, and they can be used to activate standard actions, but only a certain few special abilities, meaning more restricted options. If you get too much fear you and your companions lose, as your mind has broken and have gone running from the area. You can also lose in other ways, like running out of enemies to spawn, or being incapacitated by losing your last health. Winning is much more difficult, and unfortunately changes from map to map, so you need to be smart, flexible, and keep your fear under control in order to secure victory.
One thing I do want to mention about the game is that the art is excellent, and evokes the kind of old school horror feel that you would expect from a game like this. Components for the game are great as well, with good looking minis with dials to allow for easy reference on player’s remaining health. But the coolest component to me is the box, it is extra sturdy and features a flip up lid, something you rarely see in games these days. So if any of this sounds interesting to you, go check out the Kickstarter page today.
While the 7th Continent Kickstarter is the big thing right now, hauling in multiple millions of dollars, there are still others that are worth consideration. First up is the second printing of a excellent cooperative minis game, and that is Fireteam Zero. Fireteam Zero is a cooperative game where you are a squad of military fighters, heading out to combat the occult as they try to overrun the world. On your turn you can perform two actions from the choices of move and attack. Moving is simply in that everyone has a speed of two, attacking is where you have to start playing cards. And it’s these cards that are one of the neat aspects of this game because each card has two uses, a reaction or tactic effect, and an attack. Tactic effects are game altering, but also leave you at a disadvantage so you have to use them wisely, reaction effects allow you to bolster allies or yourself when certain things happen. However, the main use for the cards are attacks, and you can play cards in sets to be able to roll move dice when in melee, shooting, or lobbing grenades. You will roll custom dice with different numbers of each symbol in order to see how much damage you inflict. Fight off the monsters and accomplish your objective to be able to move on, and hopefully take out the boss. So if you are looking for an excellent cooperative “dungeon” crawl type game, check out the Kickstarter today.
I have to be honest, what caught my eye on this Kickstarter was the cheese minis that they are offering, they just look awesome! Ratland is an interesting game where you are trying to grow your pack or rats to be the largest, but be careful, that is a lot of mouths to feed. On your turn you will be allocating all your rates to different spots to either game more cheese, attack other players to take their cheese, or to spawn more rats. Each area you can gather from will have different amounts of cheese based on the card drawn at the start of the round. Also it will be the person who sent the fewest rats that will draw first, but you only draw as much cheese as rats you sent, so there a bit of a balancing game there. At the end of every round though you will have to feed your rats, and any rats that can’t eat will starve and count as negative points against you at the end. Most rats at the end is the winner. So if cheese minis, or this game sound interesting, check out the Kickstarter.
Next is an interesting card game called End of the Trail, where it’s all about trying to stake your claim on the biggest pile of gold. In this game the cards are used in three different ways, first as money for the bidding round. In this round sets of cards will be available to be bid on, and the money you have to use for that is on the cards in your hand, discarding the amount that you pay for the auction. Next they are used for the prospecting phase where depending on which card you play will determine what tiles you can look at to see what value they are. You can claim that tile, or, waiting and see if you can find something better, but be careful, if you find something worse you bust and have to claim that lower valued tile. And finally, the cards are also used to form a poker hand at the end of the game. In each round of the game you will be setting aside cards to form this final hand, and if you have the best hand then you get to make one more claim before final scoring begins. Have the highest value of gold in your clutches and you win. So if you like games with multi-use cards and don’t mind a little memory to go with it, check out this Kickstarter.
After that we have the latest in a growing line of movie to board game conversions, and that is T2029: Terminator 2 the Board Game. This is an officially licensed game so it has the same look as the classic action movie with the tanks, attack ships, and of course, the T-800s and T-1000. In this game you are protecting John Connor as he makes his way to Skynet to hack in and shut it down for good. Along the way you will have to fight back against oncoming robots attacks, protect John Connor, and keep the T-1000 from infiltrating your ranks. On your turn you will be rolling dice and assigning those dice onto your board to perform actions like getting more soldiers, attacking bots on the board, and manipulating the cards controlling the game. These card decks are going to be your main headache as they will dictate where Skynet focuses it’s attention as well as show you what John Connor is up against. If you are able to keep him alive, get him to Skynet, roll and the right hacking combination, AND reprogram the T-800, then you will finally claim victory. But it is also just as easy to lose to the robotic onslaught, so work together and roll well. For more information and to back the gamine, check out the Kickstarter.
Last and certainly not least, we have the campaign for the 2nd Edition of Tiny Epic Defenders along with an expansion, The Dark War. The second edition of the Tiny Epic Defenders does little to change the rules, but what it does do is upgrade the components. After the success and great popularity for the IteMeeples that were created for Tiny Epic Quest, they are bringing them into this game. So now when you get your artifact card, you will be able to take the corresponding artifact piece and attach it to your meeple, on the front or the back. So now you will see the epic items on the board instead of just sitting in front of you on the card. But this upgrade is not all that is new, there is an expansion being offered called The Dark War. This expansion adds more of what you want in the form of new heroes, artifacts, epic foes, and dire enemies. In addition to that extra content, the expansion will add new features in the form of a campaign mode with enemy generals, skills that the heroes can learn, and even advanced regions and caravans. So if you want to expand and upgrade you Tiny Epic Defenders game, check out the Kickstarter today!
My wallet keeps taking a beating, but luckily I have a budget and a wife so I won’t spend too much, but lets take a look at some projects that might be worth your money. First on that list are some giant dice in the form of 55mm spin down dice being brought to you by Todd Brammer, the maker of d20 earrings. Both dice look great with the color options being molten gold or silver, and that is pretty much it. You can get one for $8 or both for $15, just a no frills Kickstarter to get you some giant spin down dice. So check out the Kickstarter page if you are interested.
Next we have another webcomic turned game and that is Heart and Brain the Party Game. This is a card, party game which is a melting pot of different challenges that you will have to face in order to get the tokens you need to win. On your turn you will draw from one of two piles, the heart deck or the brain deck. The heart deck has mainly goofy challenges grouped into dares, double dares where you perform it with someone else, voting about different situations, or challenges which involve things like beating you in a mini game or making you laugh. The brain deck is more about the mind with things like challenges on naming things, contests like who can name more famous comics, and true/false votes where you reveal something about yourself that is either true or false and everyone has to guess. There are also cards to play a game similar to Cards Against Humanity where you are trying to play your best phrases to match a prompt that was drawn. Overall if you like the humor and antics of the Heart and Brain comic, this kind of game will be right up your alley. Check out the Kicktstarter today.
After that is a new worker placement game with dice called Dice Hospital. In this game you are running a hospital, trying to cure patients to earn points. At the start of the round there will be a pool of dice rolled and those will be distributed into ambulances, thus making up the patients you will draft for that round. They are ordered in these ambulances by worst to best so while if you take the worst batch, you will get first pick on upgrades, while if you pick the best you will be picking upgrades last. Once these dice are in your hospital you will pick out an upgrade which could be better rooms to add to your hospital, or new employees which give you special abilities. Once you have picked an upgrade it’s time to treat your patients, with the pip value on the dice indicated how healthy your patient is (6 means ready to discharge, 1 means almost dead). You will place out your nurses on different rooms to be able to treat your patients, and as you discharge them you will get points for how many you can discharge in a round. At the end whoever has the most points is the winner. The base game looks great, and the deluxe game upgrades with both a dice tower and 3D ambulance to hold dice, looks even better. Check out the Kickstarter for more information and to pledge.
Next is a campaign to get some excellent minis for the Starfinder RPG being put out by Paizo. The campaign is pretty simple in that there are two levels to pledge for, each getting you the same basic miniature package along with slots for you to customize your pledge. Each pledge gets you figures for the legacy heroes like Seelah the paladin, Candy and Cola, and more generic sculpts like an elf operative, gnome mystic, or halfling pilot. The slots in each pledge will allow you to pick from a lineup of seven enemy encounter packs, 25 different heroes, two fleets, and six different big enemies, allowing for lots of pledge customization. Overall if you are wanting a good set of minis for Starfinder at about $3 a mini, you can’t go wrong with the ones in this Kickstarter campaign.
Up next we have an “anime” turned board game from Rooster Teeth called RWBY: Combat Ready. RWBY: Combat Ready is a battling game where you will be taking on the roles of Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang as you fight against the villain Roman and his minions. This is a fully cooperative game and will be taking place in two areas, the sideline and center stage. The player on center stage is battling the main villain of the scenario by playing cards and inflicting as much damage as possible. The players on teh sidelines can use their cards to aid the player on center stage, or take care of the minions or other bad events happened all around them. All of these will be played out using the cards you have, by playing the cards against the enemies you are facing. You will then flip over both your card and the villain card and whoever is faster gets to deal damage. If you are able to string consecutive hits together you can build up battle fury, making you faster and giving you access to an ultimate attack. In the end if you eliminate the villain you win, but like most coop games, there are lots of ways to lose. So if this RWBY inspired game likes interesting to you, check out the Kickstarter page.
And last, but certainly not least, we have Steamforged Games latest creation, Resident Evil 2 the Board Game. This brings the iconic survival-horror genre video game to the tabletop, putting you and your follow players up against all the horrors and monstrosities that have been created by the Umbrella Corporation. This game is a dungeon crawl game where you are venturing out into the streets of Raccoon City in a bid to escape the horror all around you. This game brings a resource management aspect to the dungeon crawl genre as the Resident Evil games were known for giving you just barely enough to survive, so you can’t be frivolous with your bullets or medicinal herbs. Plus there is a tension deck, telling you about strange sounds and figures that you see as you go down the streets and alleys. Can you afford to explore that room? Will you have enough bullets if the giant monster shows up? You will have to keep answering that question as you play the game. If this sounds like something you might be interested in, check out the Kickstarter page.
This is the second time around Kickstarter for the Black Souls game, and this time they aim to hit their goal and then some. Black Souls is a board game all about creating the next great online dungeon crawl game. You will do this by designing a dungeon, and then taking playtesters through those dungeons to score points. You will want to make your dungeon as difficult as possible to score the most points, but you have to be careful, if none of the playtesters make it through your dungeon then you get nothing.
Play for this game happens in two phases, the design phase and the playtesting phase. In the design phase tiles will be revealed that you can add to your dungeon, and each turn you will use bid cards to bid on draft order for those tiles. In addition to bidding for draft order, the bid card you use has a special ability like shuffling cards or rearranging your already built dungeon. But be careful, if you match with someone else’s bid, you both go last and the special ability of the card doesn’t trigger. You can ignore this conflict with a hack card, but you only get two of those per game, so spend them wisely. This will keep going until everyone has their dungeon full, then it’s time for the playtesters.
In the playtesting phase the playtesters will run through the dungeon, rolling and using a die from the hero’s reserve. If the heroes are able to kill enough monsters they pass that tile, if they can pass through all the tiles of the dungeon then you can score your dungeon. Player with the highest score is the winner.
If any of this sounds interesting to you then head on over to the Kickstarter page to find out more information and to pledge for your own copy.
Wizkids has announced Dungeon Hustle, a unique dungeon crawl from designers Ben and Tim Eisner (March of the Ants). In Dungeon Hustle, 2-4 players take up the familiar tropes of fighter, rogue, cleric and mage, moving through a dungeon picking up cards and colored items. The twist is that as long as players keep moving along a path of similarly colored dungeon tiles, they can keep going, forming a “hustle”. When you step on a different color, the hustle ends, and you pick up all the tiles you stepped on. Items are used to fight monsters, complete quests and collect gold, which then can be used to level your character.
Dungeon Hustle will be available at GenCon50, and to the general public later in August 2017. You can read more about Dungeon Hustle on Wizkid’s website here.
Coming into this week I thought I wouldn’t have much to talk about, thankfully Kickstarter proved me wrong, lets look at this week’s highlights.
First up is a board game accessory, and that is the Hex Chest Remasters from Elder Wood. These are essentially hand crafted dice carrying cases that allow you to carry 7 dice in a beautifully made wooden chest. As per their previous projects, the craftsmanship of these are excellent, and they come in a variety of wood colors and an even larger variety of lid carvings to choose from. Also available in an oblong octogon to hold 9 dice, and you can even opt for inlays over engraving to give it make it really stand out. They are even offering a flat pack option where you build your hex chest yourself, saving some money and allowing you to customize it how you want. So if you are looking for that next great dice accessory, check out this Kickstarter page.
Next is another board game accessory and that is MOJO, the digital score keeper device. This device boats an inexpensive price tag of $10 and while it’s main focus is keeping track of life and other counts in Magic game, it can be used as a score keeper for various other games for up to 4 players. It also has a nifty option to flip the screen on one side so you can be playing across from someone and both have your personally score easily readable. Is this device necessary considering the board game scoring apps out there? The designers think so as this device is the size of a standard card, and is stand alone so you don’t have to mess with your phone or drain it’s battery. Check out the Kickstarter page if you think you might want one, but be quick, the campaign ends on July 30th.
After that is the first offering from Spiel Press in their new premium roll and write series of games. In this campaign you will be able to pledge for the Star Maps book and the Blood Royals book. Star Maps plays like the typical roll and write games you have played, where dice are rolled and you pick a die to fill in on your chart. As you fill things in you will unlock bonus points and try to score the highest. The big change however is that after that game, on the next page you will have more options to do things, and eventually even a tech tree of special abilities. This gives the game a legacy feel as you advance through the game taking differing paths as you go. The same goes for the Blood Royals game where you are battling your opponent for influence on the map, but as time goes on the geography changes, and alliances shift making for a different feel each time you play. Needless to say I backed this immediatly as the concept intrigues me, if it intrigues you are well than head over to the Kickstarter page.
Following is a new version of Catacombs simply called Catacombs Conquest. Catacombs is a highly rated dexterity, dungeon crawl type game where you are heroes flicking yourselves to victory, while the dungeon master tries to take you out. What Catacombs Conquest aims to do is shrink down and simplify the game so that newer players can jump right into the game without having to learn more complex rules. In this two to four player game and on your turn you simply do three things, draw a card, play a card, and then flick an obstacle. This simple system means you will be up and running quickly, trying to flick your opponent into oblivion on an ever changing landscape. Plus, with a price of $24 Canadian, this game has a low cost of entry as opposed to the larger game. So if you want in on this flicking game, check out their Kickstarter page.
Next we have a trio of games for young children called Numeracy Legends, all aimed at helping them learn different math and game concepts. In the first game, Numeracy Legends and The Rainbow Unicorn, players are route building in order to collect ingredients to help the rainbow unicorn make their famous cupcakes. This is to teach children graph theory by determining the best route to collect all their ingredients. The next game, Numeracy Legends and the Zerda Fox, has kids learning about probabilities as they decide what paths they want to take, when to get more cupcakes or ice cream, and more. And finally there is Numeracy Legends and the Gluttony Dragon, this is the final game and turns into a once versus many game with the adult as the dragon, and the kids as the heroes. The players will be drafting equipment cards and secretly choosing battle types in order to face off against the dragon. This teaches game theory as the kids will be working together to try and defeat a common enemy. So if you want to get your hands on this trio of games, head on over to the Kickstarter page.
Lastly we have the 2nd edition of the game Argent: the Consortium. This is a highly confrontational worker placement game where you are all vying to be the next dean of the pretigous magic school. To do that you need to get the most votes, but the tough part is, out of the 12 that will vote, you know how three are going to vote. This means you will either have to use the shotgun approach and try to be good at everything, or spend time and energy learning their voting styles to tailor your strategy. Either way you are going to be sending out your students to various tasks to get new spells, up various stats like wisdom and IQ, purchase new items, or make some money. The confrontational part comes in with two aspects, first is that you only collect resources and such at the end of the round, not when you place your people. Second, you can knock people out of their spots, meaning getting to a spot last may be better than getting to a spot first, and risking getting knocked out. Either way, if you liked the first edition or are interested in this game now, check out the Kickstarter page.
Simurgh: Call of the Dragonlord is the first expansion for NSKN’s 2015 worker placement game Simurgh. Call of the Dragonlord is a premium modular expansion which includes a second board, two new types of vassals – wizards and rogues, and 8 new modules for the base game. The new Wizard can be added to a players workforce, moving on 3 different tracks, which generate more power points and resources. The expansion also includes Leadership Tiles, which add action spaces allowing for the movement of multiple vassals. Simurgh: Call of the Dragonlord has a street date of May 15, 2017.
Mistfall: Sand & Snow is an expansion to the popular dungeon crawls Mistfall (2015) and/or Mistfall: Heart of the Mists (2016). Sand & Snow adds more gear, weapons, companions and enemies to the world of Mistfall with 110 new cards. Sand & Snow also adds Events to the game, a double sided card type similar to encounters, which add challenge but can help the players win the day. New Lieutenant enemies earn players immediate rewards, and the expansion includes Lieutenant versions of most of the original enemies. Mistfall: Sand & Snow is due to be released May 31, 2017.
Shadowscape is a 1-4 player competitive/cooperative game in the Mistfall Universe where players explore a randomly generated dungeon, and manage a tableau of skills and Hand of Fate cards. Players need to complete a set number of Nightfather’s Whispers to win, either alone or as a team. Players use double sided action cards to move, explore and fight, using Hand of Fate cards to boost nearly any action. The monsters run on an automated A.I. system, adding variety to the game. Shadowscape is due out in July 2017.
The Heroes of Mistfall Miniatures Pack, previously available through the Kickstarter, includes 13 unpainted miniatures for the Mistfall Universe line of games, and has a general release date of June 14, 2017.
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