There’s a new Vampire: The Masquerade board game that will seek crowdfunding in June and it’s literally too big not to share. That’s because it’s a MegaGame – an appropriate name for such a large-scale thing, typically involving more than ten people split into teams around multiple tables or rooms. Publisher Everything Epic and designer Ben Kanelos want to bring that kind of experience to board gaming for ease of approach and faster play. Vampire: The Masquerade – Blood Feud, coming to Kickstarter, will allow 4 to 32 people to play as vampires or humans within teams, each with different abilities and group-dependent goals involving politics, diplomacy, trade, and combat across a big city map.
“Blood Feud uses a large room or two separate rooms with 2-4 tables. One game table features the Cityscape and Orders, the map where players move their forces around the city and order them to fight and take control of important territories. The other game table features the Council and Market where players use their best diplomatic and resource management skills to make sly trades, buy upgrades and player level-ups, as well as make large political decisions that will shape the destinies of teams to determine whether they win or lose!”
Some might read the above two paragraphs and think, “What makes this so different from Werewolf, really?” After all, they’re both occult/horror themed games of intrigue for large groups of people, right? That would be neglecting a huge part of what makes a MegaGame so fun and unique. It’s not just that it’s built for a huge group of people, but that it’s got so many points of interactivity that it feels more akin to live action role-playing with layers of decision-making and sudden consequences for every action and inaction.
This publisher and designer both realize the prohibitive nature of MegaGames (their difficulty in organizing) and what makes them great, so it’s fantastic that they’re bringing this in a more manageable format for our hobby to truly appreciate. Moreover, the history and nature of the Vampire: The Masquerade setting lends itself to negotiation, strong-arming, and role-playing. It’s a perfect theme to use as an entry point for a game this ambitious. If you’re interested in learning more about Vampire: The Masquerade – Blood Feud, check out the Everything Epic website for more information and be on the lookout for it on Kickstarter this June.
Everything Epic Games has just announced the first expansion for their 2018 dice driven adventure board game, Big Trouble in Little China, by designers Christopher Batarlis, Boris Polonsky, and Jim Samartino. BTiLC: The Game brought the world of old Jack Burton and friends to life, as players rolled dice to work on their Chi and abilities, trying to build up enough Audacity to find and defeat the evil Lo Pan. The Legacy of Lo Pan continues the adventure, telling the story of what happened after the classic 1986 movie. This expansion increases the player count to 6, previously only available with the Deluxe Edition of the game, as well as adding a new story campaign. The 40 page mission book tells the story of Jack Burton’s travels through time, using the Tardisian Hourglass, an ancient artifact kindly supplied by Egg. Not only that, but the new expansion comes with the famed Six Demon (Dice) Bag. Look for The Legacy of Lo Pan in stores in March 2019, and for more information, check out Everything Epic Games‘ webpage here.
The one man army is coming to the tabletop! Everything Epic has announced that they have secured the license for the Rambo series to create Rambo: The Board Game. The game is currently in development as a passion project by Chris Batarlis and Jim Samartino of Everything Epic, and is coming to Kickstarter in January of 2018. The game is a thematic, cooperative, tactical, miniatures, scenario-based campaign game that allows 1-4 players to experience the events they remember from the film as well as embark on new, never before seen, missions.
The game provides sealed “legacy-like” mission envelopes which gradually expand the game as each mission completes. Each mission tells a story and takes the players on a unique adventure to various locations to save POW’s, escape a military prison, raid a jungle encampment, defend a secret air base, or survive a treacherous jungle and much more! Missions will unlock new equipment and tactics to help players customize their experience and allow for high replayability and great tactical strategy. Taking actions and engaging in combat is done without random dice, but with a card-based system where the player is in control, and where every choice can be life or death!
Players will choose from an iconic variety of special forces characters each with highly detailed miniatures, including, of course, John Rambo, Col. Trautman, other members of Baker Team, and other companions that Rambo teamed up with over the years. Each hero will have unique abilities and customization options that make them valuable during missions. You control how to approach the mission: Do you go in guns blazing? Or do you take a more stealthy approach? Perhaps you set a trap for the enemy? It’s up to you to decide and lead Rambo and his team to victory!
Everything Epic is also known for other upcoming titles include Big Trouble in Little China: The Game (Pre-Order Mid-May 2017), Metal Dawn (Kickstarter May 2017), and the “Secrets of the Lost Tomb” series long awaited sequel Secrets of the Lost Station (Kickstarter July 2017).
Everything Epic Games is returning to Kickstarter to bring you the 2nd printing of their recently released thematic cooperative game Secrets of the Lost Tomb, as well as Fate’s Fortune, the newest expansion for the game.
Secrets of the Lost Tomb is a Cooperative, story-driven tile placement game, that plays in about 60 minutes, for 1-6 adventurers who have embarked upon a perilous expedition to uncover the ancient secrets of the Tomb. Each game is built around a different scenario with its own unique boss monster, such as the Pharaoh with the Blue Eyes, the Immortal Rhaz Azul or the Elder Forces of Hera’Thulhu. Over the course of the game, you and your fellow expedition members will explore ancient sites around the world, from the crypts of the Mayans to the ruins of Greece and the beautiful temples of the Orient; fight monstrous beasts; gather powerful relics and above all prepare yourselves to ward off the inevitable awakening of the Primordial Evil.
The Fate’s Fortune expansion introduces the eponymous Fate cards which will send each character on their own secret quest that will allow them to level up during the game (and will also unleash new furies from within the tomb). Using these secret Fate cards, players can also now choose to include the possibility of a Traitor in the game, rather than playing purely cooperatively. The expansion will also add new characters, new scenarios and new monsters to this already jam-packed game.
So dust off your fedora and discover the full campaign here!
Well, we forgot to mention this when the Kickstarter campaign began but better late than never. Additionally, we can report that the campaign has not only funded, but blown away the goal and with over a week still remaining!
So, what is Secrets of the Lost Tomb? Well, “Secrets of the Lost Tomb is a cooperative game of thrilling action-adventure and exploration. 1-6 Players assume the roles of heroic Adventurers, members of a secret order, working together to investigate forgotten mysteries, survive dangerous creatures and traps, all the while, shielding humanity from the supernatural powers of The Tomb: a primeval vault brimming with incomprehensible powers perpetually struggling to be set free!”
The expansion will contain the following:
Vesper’s Quest– A grave robber is trying to steal the key to the Lost City of Atlantis!
Evermourning the Cursed – An Unintentional Vampire and a lost love with immortal revenge.
The Excavation – Searching for Artifacts has never been more dangerous!
Military Incursion – US Soldiers have invaded the Tomb and are getting in your way!
Biohazard – The Tomb is filling with a deadly gas!
The Ticking Tomb-Bomb – A Maniac has planted Bombs throughout the Tomb and is trying to destroy it while you’re inside!
Soul Lock – You kill creatures but they just keep coming back!
Soul Extortion – The Soul Monger wants souls… and he wants them NOW!
The Hunted – The Tomb’s most Dangerous Game!
The Cartographer – Making a map seemed easy… until the Tomb…
The Gauntlet – The Test of a Knight from Arthurian Legend!
The Gorgon’s Head Comet – The Three-Tailed Comet has a mind of its own!
10 Soldier Cards (Use in Military Incursion) – Soldiers used to move through the Tomb!
6 Bio-Suit Cards (Use in Biohazard) – Special Unique cards used to prevent the gas from killing you!
To get in on the fun and pledge, you can visit the Kickstarter campaign here.
Everything Epic Games made their publishing debut on Kickstarter this January with Secrets of the Lost Tomb, a 1930s set cooperative dungeon crawl. The team is now back on Kickstarter to replace the game’s original cardboard character tokens with plastic miniatures.
Secrets of the Lost Tomb has mechanics inspired by games like Arkham Horror and Mice and Mystics. You fight your way through randomized tombs and try to complete specific objectives. Combat utilizes a “One Roll” system, which means that you calculate the damage done to you and the damage you deal without requiring one of your partners to roll against you. The Kickstarter also states that Secrets of the Lost Tomb features an impressive use of artificial intelligence for the enemies. For more information about how the game plays, check out the Dice Tower preview.
The Kickstarter for the base game received double its funding goal back in January. Although the game was expected to ship in May, it was delayed and still has not shipped. Christopher Batarlis of Everything Epic Games has confirmed that the base game is currently in production phase, and that the game has not been delayed because of the second Kickstarter campaign.
The funding period for the miniatures campaign ends Wednesday, August 20 and if funded, is expected to ship this November. You can order just the miniatures if you already backed the base game, and there are also options for you to order the base game along with the miniatures if you missed the first campaign.