“Pandemic: Rapid Response is a race against time. Set in the
beloved Pandemic universe, this real-time board game challenges players to
create supplies and deliver aid to cities in need around the world.”
In Rapid Response, players work cooperatively to fly their rescue
plane to troubled cities, and drop the supplies they require. The board
represents rooms within the plane, each of which specializes in a task –
generating supplies, dealing with generated waste, or controlling the cargo bay
in order to make the drop. Around the outside of the board is a track of
cities, with a token marking the plane’s current location. City cards sit on
this track and show what cargo is needed where.
Everything takes place in real time, and players take turns rolling custom dice, Yahtzee-style, with 3 rerolls allowed. One die of any face can be discarded to move the player’s marker one room within the plane. Airplane symbols on dice can move the rescue plane itself one city in either direction around the board. The rest of the die faces can be placed on matching boxes in a player’s room to generate that type of supply – either vaccines, food, power, first aid, or water. Once a resource track is filled with enough dice, players need to activate that room to generate resource cubes into the cargo bay. But making cargo creates waste, and dice need to be placed in the recycling center to reduce the buildup. Finally, activating the cargo bay delivers cubes therein, and as long as the plane is in the right city and the correct cubes are in the cargo bay, that city card is cleared. Remember, all of these actions are done during a 2-minute sand timer: When the timer runs out, a new city card is placed on the route, one time token is discarded, then the timer is flipped and the insanity continues. Players all win if all the city cards are cleared using their required resources, but lose if time tokens run out, or the plane becomes overwhelmed with waste.
Cool Mini or Not has announced that Universal Distribution will be exclusively distributing their games in English speaking Canada. This agreement is to take place immediately, and includes demo copies, Game Night Kits, and Kickstarter Retail Pledges. You can read CMoN’s press release here.
Two promo cards for Aeon’s End were announced. The “Drown in Flames” spell card deals 4 to a minion or nemesis, and can be repeated by losing 2 charges. The “Glyph Enigma” minion card has a persistent effect where gravehold suffers 1 damage, with 2 more damage if the nemesis tier is 2 or higher.
There will be a mini-expansion for Biotix, containing new adaptive and hyper-reactive microbes. Additionally a new mechanic allows players to pass a Biotix at a time of their choosing. Finally, Eureka cards replace the pen and paper endgame rules with a more elegant solution.
A new promo for Castle Panic adds a new Tabletop Day 2017 Tower, which allows players to draw up and trade when it is destroyed.
The Snack Table promo card for Clank! is a device which allows other players to pay you gold in exchange for healing.
Fuse will have a new promo bomb, holding 4 dice – two of equal color which much then be greater than two of equal value.
Grey Fox Games and Geek & Sundry bring Lucha Jefe, a promotional micro game in which players become luchador managers. Limited edition Tabletop Day versions will come with a cloth bag and a promotional character.
Finally, Master of Orion will have a promotional Fuska advisor card, which will set your loyalty to 6 until the final scoring.
Clank! fans who download the free Renegade Game Studios Companion App will enjoy “Mini-Quests” that add even more excitement and replayability to the game. An official solo play mode also allows individual players to enjoy the game on their own.
The app launched last year with support for FUSE by adding a free thematic 10-minute timer with a taunting voice-over to enhance the player’s experience. The Clank! addition to the app is also a free, optional add-on.
From the makers of the widely popular co-operative real time dice rolling, bomb diffusing game FUSE, comes FUSE: Flatline. Flatline is a co-operative dice game set in the FUSE universe. After saving your ship and diffusing all the bombs in FUSE, players now take on a medial role in FUSE: Flatline. Players must roll their dice and work to combine them with other players in order to properly treat arriving patients. Every round, players are racing against a one minute timer, and must deal with the needs of each wounded crew members, as well as other emergencies within the ER. Do you have what it takes to beat the clock? Look for this gem to hit your friendly local game store March 2017.
• 4 Corner Board Pieces
• 1 Center Board Piece
• 1 Life Support Dial
• 1 plastic connector
• 40 Medic Dice (8 in each of the 5 player colors)
• 2 Emergency Dice
• 20 large Patient Cards
• 29 Emergency Cards (18 standard Emergency Cards and 11 Stat Cards)
• 4 Double-sided Power Meter tiles
• 20 Cleared Tiles
• 10 Power Cubes
• 4 Lock-down tiles
• 1 Player Aid
• 1 Rulebook
This year Renegade Games Studio is trying to join Santa’s nice list with their newly announced exclusive promotional program for brick-and-mortar stores titled Santa’s Renegades.
Santa’s Renegades is a holiday gift box chock-full of nine different promotional items for Renegade Games Studio’s product line. Fans of these games are encouraged to make a purchase of at least $30 at the hobby store of Renegade titles to receive the free gift box. Promos will be included for games like: Lotus, Lanterns: the Harvest Festival, Covert, FUSE, Apotheca: The Secret Potion Society, Snow Tails, World’s Fair, Dicey Goblins, and Clank!.
Hobby stores seeking to participate need to make an order of at least $350 of games from their studio, to be eligible to receive 10 of these gift boxes, with additional ones that can be purchased.
For additional information, visit Renegade Games Studio’s announcement page!
Renegade Games is joining other game publishers in creating a retailer program, called Play Renegade, that is meant to bring more value and benefits to shopping at brick and mortar stores. Their preferred method for doing this is through the offering of promos, and their game FUSE will be the first game in the program. For every retailer that orders more than three copies of FUSE, they will get a set of translucent dice for the game that they can use for promotions or giveaways to draw people into the store.
More games will be added as time goes on so keep an eye out for those, until then you can read the full press release on the Roleplayer’s Chronicle site.