Great Northern Games

Lucky’s Misadventures – Episode 42: Lost in Oddtopia is a quirky sounding title but it matches the theme of the game to a tee. It’s a very “odd”, deck-building game set in an imaginative world unlike anything else. It has an Alice in Wonderland crossed over with Steampunk and a Tim Burton movie visual design. The game is published by Great Northern Games, designed by Jay Mayer (Council of Blackthorne), and features art by Abigail Larson (Sleepy Hollow) and Michael D. Clarke with graphic design by Peter Wocken.

You and your dog Lucky should not have taken the shortcut through the woods that night. How were you to know that Pumpkin Ted was going to open a portal to the strange world of Oddtopia? Lucky, your protector and faithful companion, broke his leash and chased Pumpkin Ted back through the portal and into an unfamiliar world.

Oddtopia is a surreal and sometimes dark world of Tinkerers, Wickeds, and Oddlings and is protected by the Great Mechanical Toad. [source]

Lucky’s Misadventures supports simultaneous play, so all players are constantly involved. Fate cards change the game conditions from round to round in weird ways. Players use the strongest cards together to win challenges and gain free cards in head-to-head challenges. You can also combine junk cards to build steampunk machines with strong effects. To win, gather the right cards at the right time to escape Oddtopia and instantly win the game.

The game supports 2-4 players, aged 10+, and plays in 45-60 mins. The Kickstarter project ends on February 24th, 2018 and you can snag a base copy of the game with a pledge of $29 (excluding shipping). The project has already reached over half its funding goal and still has 29 days to go.

council of blackthorn

Great Northern Games would like to officially announce the release of a new game by Jay Meyer, creator of Noble Treachery.  Council of Blackthorn is a game for those who enjoy “unique player powers, resource efficiency and like to balance risks and rewards.”

The official press release for this new game is as follows:

Council of Blackthorn is a board game for 2-6 players that plays in 45-90 minutes. Inspired by the inner workings of the Small Council in the Game of Thrones series, the board game captures the intrigue and betrayal of power hungry nobles trying to control the crown. Players assume the role of a member of the king’s council.

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Each player must build influence with the kingdom’s four political factions by utilizing ally and building cards. However, grabs for power may seem like treasonous acts to a suspicious king. Players will gain hidden treason points as they gain power. The most treasonous council member is beheaded! The remaining player that is the most influential member of the council wins the game.

A game of Council of Blackthorn features long term planning as well as opportunities for tactical decision making. It offers variable player powers for each of the council members and custom dice that represent the changing sympathy of the factions. All of this combines to make a strategic balancing act that is different every time you play.

Council of Blackthorn is currently running its Kickstarter project.  To learn more about the game and support this project, visit the Kickstarter page here.

For more information about Great Northern Games, Council of Blackthorn and other games in the company’s line, visit the company web site here.