flicking

Eurydice Games has launched FlickFleet, a new finger-flicking game set in space, on Kickstarter.  In this two-player game, players command a fleet of spaceships made of laser cut acrylic.  Each ship has its own set of weaponry and abilities.  Players take turns making two actions with each of their ships, moving them by flicking them for the best angle to engage or evade the enemy, firing lasers and missiles at the enemy by flicking a dice at the target, deploying fighters and bombers, or repairing the ship’s defenses.  The dice used to attack other ships depend on the type of weapon fired, and the results of the dice after a hit determines the effect on the target.  Each type of ship comes with a dashboard card that displays the status of all the systems on the ship.  With this dashboard, players keep track of damage to the ship, available assets, and lost capabilities.  The rules support two styles of play: free play and scenario.  A handful of scenarios are included in the rulebook and more are promised online at Eurydice Games.

FlickFleet plays two players, ages 8+, in about 20 minutes.  Contents include 11 capital ships, 11 three-part fighter/bomber wings, 11 capital ship dashboards, 56 wooden discs, 49 wooden cubes, and a D10 and a D6 dice.  To learn more, check out their Kickstarter campaign, which runs through December 8 with an expected delivery of December 2019.

Epic, 4X space games like Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition are loved for their grandness and scale. However, even players who love 4X games (explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate) struggle to get them to the table because of their time commitment and complexity.

The Final Flicktier by Gabe Barrett is hoping to scratch that 4X itch in just an hour of gameplay while upping the fun factor by bringing in dexterity as you flick your spaceships (dice) throughout the galaxy.

The Final Flicktier is a 4X style space game with dice flicking at its core. Players will take on the role of unique factions all vying for control of the galaxy. They’ll flick their spaceships (dice) around the board in order to explore new planets, build structures, harvest resources, and attack other factions. The player with the most victory points at the end wins.

The game is easy to learn and emphasizes finesse flicking over brute strength. Two beautifully illustrated neoprene mats are your playing and flicking surfaces. The base game comes with four space faring factions. Each faction gets its own set of ships which are represented by different sided dice ranging from traditional D6 up to a D12.

Check out the live Kickstarter campaign and see if The Final Flicktier is a journey you are ready to embark upon.

Brain Games announces two new releases this fall.

First is Pyramid of Pengqueen. Pyramid of Pengqueen, originally published in 2008, is a family game about four penguin explorers collecting treasures within a pyramid while avoiding the mummy who guards the treasure.  The game features a double-sided magnetic board which hides the movement of the players.  The penguin explorers move along one side of the board while the mummy on the other side tries to find them.  The penguins can see where the mummy is, but the mummy has to track player movement base on the dice they roll.

The game plays 2-5 players, Ages 8+, in about 49 minutes.  Contents include a magnetic board, magnetic mummy figure (in two parts), 4 magnetic treasure hunter pieces, 12 life tokens with torch symbols, 2 small game boards, 5 treasure hunter dice, mummy die, and 23 treasure cards.

If you missed this game in 2008, now is your chance.  Look for Pyramid of Pengqueen in stores on August 2, 2018.

Next is ICECOOL 2, the follow up to the wildly popular ICECOOL.  At first glance, ICECOOL 2 and ICECOOL are identical.  ICECOOL 2 is a stand-alone game and does feature some new rules.  The 1-point cards contain tasks which are challenges that can earn extra points if accomplished. The 2-point cards provide a fish-moving power.  There are also an optional tournament scoring rules.  Combined with ICECOOL, the game is playable up to eight players and a new game mode called “The Race”. With both games, there are plenty of new layouts with varying difficulty, including a couple with “sliding rooms” that change locations throughout the game!

The game plays 2-4 players, Ages 6+, in about 30 minutes.    Contents include 5 game boxes, 4 penguin figures, 16 fish figures. and 53 cards.

The combined games play up to 8 players and game length depends on game mode and layout. Look for ICECOOL 2 in stores this September.

cosmic kaboom

For centuries, the Factions have been at war. However, it wasn’t until recently that they developed the ability to create a bomb so powerful as to destroy entire planets. Now the secret is out, and it’s a race to see which faction will be triumphant and become RULERS OF THE UNIVERSE!

Minion Games is currently running a Kickstarter project for Cosmic Kaboom, a sic-fi dexterity flicking game where players “fly around space collecting energy to power up space bombs which are used to eradicate the planets of their enemies.”  Due to the dynamic and flexible nature of the gameplay, players are able to play the game on a game surface of any size.  In the game, players will fly–or actually flick–their space ships around space (the game surface), collecting energy to power up space bombs and eradicate their enemies.

cosmic kaboom box

To summarize gameplay, each player will control three planets, one of which housing an energy crystal that supplies energy cubes of that player’s type.  These cubes are obtained when a player flicks his or her ship onto the planet.  Players can “build” (obtain) a space bomb using a set of cubes from each player’s color.  This bomb can then be tossed onto the board in an attempt to destroy other players’ planets, earning points for each planet destroyed.  Players gain powers and bonuses as the game progresses via Advancement cards.  When one entire color of planets has been destroyed, or the majority of the planets have been destroyed, the game ends and the player with the most points wins.

Cosmic Kaboom if for 2-4 players ages 13 and up and plays in 30 minutes.  The project has reached its minimum funding level and will fund on June 9, 2016.  For more information, visit the Kickstarter page here.

For centuries, the Factions have been at war. However, it wasn’t until recently that they developed the ability to create a bomb so powerful as to destroy entire planets. Now the secret is out, and it’s a race to see which faction will be triumphant and become RULERS OF THE UNIVERSE!

Cosmic Kaboom is a new dexterity flicking game from Minion Games. Unlike other board games, this game doesn’t actually have a board – the players set up their own boundaries of space by placing their base tiles on the table. Then, they can place their planets anywhere in the space, as long as they aren’t touching other planets (fans of String Railway may find similarities with this open-space ‘board’ setup). In the game, players each have 3 planets scattered throughout the ‘board’. They can flick spaceships around to collect energy – when they collect enough energy they’ll be able to toss the space bomb onto the board, destroying planets and getting points. The game ends when all planets of one color have been eliminated – so there’s no player elimination during the game. There are also cards that give variable player powers and special bonuses.

Cosmic Kaboom sounds like a very unique game – not only is it a dexterity game, but it also has a free-form board! If you’re interested, you can find more information, including gameplay videos and reviews, at the Kickstarter for Cosmic Kaboom.