Dynamite Entertainment

Army of Darkness: The Board Game is an upcoming major release from Lynnvander Studios and Dynamite Entertainment covering the cult-classic third film in the Evil Dead trilogy. While not a lot is known about the game yet, prepare for chainsaw and S-Mart jokes for 1-4 players wreaking havoc for an hour to 90 minutes, with an intended age of 10 or older.

Not to be confused with either the 1993 board game called Army of Darkness, nor the 2004 game Army of Darkness Card Game, Army of Darkness: The Board Game (2018) will bring in highly detailed miniatures and all-new boomstick battles against the Deadites! Plus, the Board Game Geek (BGG) page states that players…

“…play as Ash and his allies, and work together to fight off swarms of Deadites commanded by Evil Ash and Evil Shiela.” 

BGG also lists the game as dice rolling, co-op, and involving programmed movement, which leads to an exciting combination of game mechanisms that will need some clarification once everything is finalized to have an idea of exactly how it will all come together – but so far, sounds groovy.

Designed by the team of Josh Derksen, Thomas M. Gofton, and Aron Murch who have been published many times by Jasco Games in the past, collectively working on titles such as:  Albion’s Legacy, Cyber:Run, and another game handling a beloved intellectual property in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Board Game.

While no official release date has been announced, more about Army of Darkness: The Board Game can be learned from Nerdist’s article by clicking here.

Dynamite Entertainment and Lynnvander Studios have announced that Red Sonja: Hyrkania’s Legacy is available for pre-order and will release in April 2018. Red Sonja is a sword-and-sorcery, comic-book heroine created for Marvel Comics in 1973, and is partially based on Robert E. Howard’s “Red Sonya of Rogatino” character in his 1934 short story. Marvel had the license to create Conan comics at that time, so she joined Robert E. Howard’s Conan universe as part of the Hyborian Age in their comics. She is currently published by Dynamite Entertainment and appears in their monthly series.

Red Sonja: Hyrkania’s Legacy is a cooperative, adventure game for 1-4 player. This game crosses over with existing Legacy games in the Lynnvander Studios line and features a modular tile-based map. You and your allies choose from many quests before travelling through the realms in search of artifacts, treasures, monsters and adventure. Combat is done using dice and cards. It features characters from the current Red Sonja comics such as Red Sonja herself, Ayla & Nias, Rat, Gamble, Suumaro, and Osin.

Red Sonja: Hyrkania’s Legacy accommodates players aged 14+, and plays in 60-90 mins.

Christmas gets closer the and pickings are starting to get slim on Kickstarter, but there is still one or two projects left to use that Christmas bonus on.  First on the list is a super premium edition of a game, and that is Lycans vs Vampires, The Full Fantasy Backgammon Collection.  That’s right, in this campaign you will be able to pledge for some very high quality and impressive looking backgammon boards and tokens.  Backgammon is a classic abstract game and in this campaign there are three boards you can choose from, each with a different type of cover art, but similar art for the inside of the game.  Each option also comes with marbled plastic playing pieces, as well as a set of metal coin playing pieces, dice, a doubling cube, and pouches to carry everything.  There is even an add-on option if you want an additional set of metal coins with different designs and colors on them.  Overall if you like backgammon, and have a soft spot for fantasy horror art, this is something for you to take a look at.  Find out more on the Kickstarter campaign page.

Next up we have Red Sonja: Hyrkania’s Legacy, another game in Lynnvander Studio’s legacy line of games, not to be confused with legacy games like Pandemic Legacy.  Red Sonja is a cooperative adventure game for up to four players, with each player taking on the role of a different hero in the lore.  The overarching goal of the game will be determined at the start by the quest card, this card will tell you how it is you can win the game.  But you still have the find the places you need to go on the board, and then survive your trip out in to the world as there are dangers lurking around every bend.  On your turn you will gear up and start exploring, revealing tiles along the way and possibly monsters as well.  Once you are out of actions then the monsters will attack, hopefully not while you are unarmed and vulnerable.  If you fall in combat that’s okay, you will be able to come back, but this heightens the despair in the land, and if you get too much then you will lose the game.  But if you manage to complete your quest before then, you will win the game!  To find out more about the game and to pledge for a copy, check out the Kickstarter before it ends on December 20th.

Lastly we have a light-hearted and comical card game called Seat Wars, where you are trying to claim a seat on a packed out bus.  Play is simple in that on your turn you will play a card to take a seat on the bus, but there is more to it than that.  If the seat is empty then you play them there, if there are no empty seats then you have to bump someone out, and that is where the card’s attack value comes into play.  If your attack is higher, great, you take that seat and put your passenger there, but if not then you will have to play out some equipment cards in order to bolster your value.  But the key to scoring your passengers is this, they have to remain seated for one full round, so you need to make sure there is either lots of empty space on the bus, or making sure they are too tough to move.  Add into this mix event cards that effect everyone, and special item cards that give bonus points, and you have a fun and quick little card game.  You can check out the Kickstarter campaign for more info and to pledge for a copy of this fun looking game.