Grey Fox Games
Coming in February from Grey Fox Games is Bushido, a two-player head-to-head game that uses both cards and dice. Players will pick a weapon and train before heading to the dojo for an all-stakes battle. The game uses attack, evade and life dice as well as technique and weapon cards to simulate the duel. It is for ages 10 and up and has a play time of 30 minutes.
An expansion is also slated that will add rage dice to the mix, and also includes 23 new technique cards and 8 weapons cards.
Kickstarter has heated up again with multiple, big projects competing for that hard-earned money in your wallet. Here are some of the projects to have a look at.
The Tokyo Series
The Tokyo Series is 12 unique games, from designer Jordan Draper, about life in Tokyo, that can be played stand-alone or mixed together. This Kickstarter project is funding the printing of 3 games out of the 12. Tokyo Coin Laundry is themed after a laundromat and uses miniature, hand sewn fabric clothes, operable washers and dryers, and more. It includes over a dozen, unique games ranging from 5 to 45 minutes in length from guest designers around the world. Tokyo Tsukiji Market is a heavy, economic fishing game. Players are Japanese fisherman who set custom prices for their catch to sell to other players. There’s a randomized mix of 8+ fish markets which drives a completely-open, player-driven economy, with 7+ support stalls which can improve ships and fishing abilities. Tokyo Game Show has players participate in 5 rounds of a Japanese game show. Players put on colorful wrist bands and compete in tricky, mini games. There are over 50 games included in the box with 10 diverse categories. There’s also the option to use any of the other Tokyo Series titles as featured games.
There are multiple pledge levels which includes the options of prior Tokyo Series releases. Praise, Colorful, and Cactus, from other Japanese designers, have also been added as pledge options. The Tokyo Series Kickstarter project has already hit double its funding goal, with pledges ending on February 12th, 2019. Estimated delivery is October 2019.
War of the Worlds: The New Wave
From designer Denis Plastinin and publisher Grey Fox Games, War of the Worlds: The New Wave is a two-player, asymmetric game set in the years after H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds where humans defend against invading aliens. The aliens have returned in a giant spaceship and landed in Scotland. One player controls the UK defence units and the other the aliens. The game utilizes 3D models and cards, and takes place on a large game board. There is also the “Irish Sea” expansion, which includes more maps and tactical options, though this is on a separate pledge level.
The War of the Worlds: The New Wave Kickstarter project is currently at 8x its funding goal, runs until January 31st, 2019, and is expected to deliver in August of 2019.
Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun – The Board Game
Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun – The Board Game, is a tactical, stealth game for 2-6 players. Its designed by Gergely Kruppa, published by Antler Games, is based on the video game of the same name, and includes over 40 miniatures. 1-4 players are ninja, trying to outsmart the guards, who is controlled by another player called the Daimyo, an evil mastermind. The ninja players can talk around the table, but the Daimyo can hear them, so they have to be careful when crafting plans. Players can choose from 5 unique ninja who have their own skill sets, while the Daimyo controls soldiers and samurai. The game includes story-driven missions in an ever-changing, non-linear campaign structure. The game includes Winter and Night modes which alter the game play. In Winter mode, snow shows the footprints of the ninja which can be tactically utilized to manipulate guards, while Night mode only shows the ninja and guards when they’re in a lit area.
The Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun – The Board Game Kickstarter project is close to its funding goal with over 400 backers. Pledges can be made up until February 14th, 2019, with delivery expected in December of 2019.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures: City Fall
IDW Games are crowd funding the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures: City Fall board game. Its designed by Daniel Lansdown, Pete Walsh, and Kevin Wilson, with art by Jose David Lanza Cebrian, Kevin Eastman, and Tony Vargas. The game is designed for 1-5 players, aged 14+, and plays in 45-150 mins. There are 2 stand-alone boxes to choose from, each with their own missions, enemies and character models. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Change is Constant stand-alone box serves as the first part of the story (based on the 1st two story arcs of the TMNT IDW comics), and is continued in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: City Fall stand-alone box (based on the TMNT IDW comics where 1 of the turtles joins the Foot Clan).
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures: City Fall Kickstarter project is already funded with over 1500 backers, with pledges ending on February 8th, 2019. Expected delivery is October of 2019.
Grey Fox Games brings more goodness from Midgard. Set in the same universe as Champions of Midgard, currently sitting at #103 on Board Game Geek, Reavers of Midgard places players once again as leaders of a Viking clan in search for glory. While, at first, this new game features some similar mechanics as its sister game – dice rolling combat, worker placement, and set collection – these mechanics are used differently along side a card drafting mechanism to build engines toward victory. One of the differences in Reavers of Midgard is the single worker each player may place that activates an action all the other players get to take, but the closer the other players are to the acting player, the more beneficial the action. Reavers are a new addition to the Midgard universe, and they are represented by beautifully illustrated cards that players can recruit. Each Reaver immediately provides the recruiting player dice to add to their player board (which is depicted as a Viking Longship). Additionally, each Reaver can be used in one of three ways – Rally, which adds more dice to your player board; Lead, which activates abilities printed on the player board that aligns with the card’s faction symbols; and Specialize, which triggers special actions on the player board anytime a corresponding action is played by any player. Every decision has an effect on other players. The rest of the game features all the things that Vikings do: conduct raids, pillage farms, conquer territories, battle sea serpents, and fulfill prophecies – all to bring glory to the clan. The player with the most glory at the end of six rounds is the winner.
Reavers of Midgard plays 2-4 players in about 90 minutes. For Kickstarter backers, most of the components will be upgraded to wooden tokens. The final design of the tokens for the retail version does not appear to have been completed as of this report. The Kickstarter campaign runs through 20 November with an estimated delivery in June 2019. Check out the Kickstarter campaign to learn more.
Grey Fox Games has announced on twitter a new imprint, Social Sloth Games, focusing on casual games for people of all experience levels with the motto “Slow Down, Have Fun”. The first game on the Social Sloth label will be Creatures and Cupcakes, a 2-4 player push your luck game designed by Daryl Andrews (Sagrada, City of Gears). In Creatures and Cupcakes, players are monster trainers, using sweets to try to tame two monsters. However, the monsters are greedy, and too much sugar will give them an upset stomach. Look for Creatures and Cupcakes to hit Kickstarter in May 2018. Future titles from Social sloth will include Zoned Out, a tile laying city building game, and Gem Hens.
In 1920’s Arkham, you know what lies ahead of you: The sanity-wrenching horror of Lovecraftian terror. Mythos tales is a deduction game set in the world of H.P. Lovecraft’s quaintly chilling Arkham. Originally published in 2016, Grey Fox Games has produced a 2nd edition and included errata and corrections within to enhance game play.
Players use all the tools they can, sparse as they are, to piece together the macabre truth behind the many mysteries in Arkham. Newspaper articles, allies with knowledge they don’t realize is connected, residents of Arkham, and a map of the city help you follow the clues and find the hidden secrets. Each game you match wits with mad Armitage, trying to uncover the darkness before in time. Can you best him?
Mythos Tales plays in 1-2 hours and is for 1 to 8 keen investigators. There are 8 cases to solve, giving you plenty of hidden mysteries to enjoy. This new version features the same artwork as the original and should be in stores shortly. The first printing received the Dice Tower Seal of Approval.
Grey Fox Games have announced the forthcoming release of Multiuniversum. Players take on the role of scientists working on the super, secret lab: CERN. While experimenting with teletransportation to create a time machine the team instead comes across portals to new dimensions. The only trouble is that monsters from those alternate dimensions are invading your own dimension, so you’ll need to shut down the transformers and close the portals while gathering the research that will make you famous.
Fame is achieved through Discovery Points which are gained when players seal portals. A Bonus is also granted when sets of symbols on those portals are collected. The players have cards which grant the scientists different actions based on the character’s location in CERN. Scientist characters are represented by 18mm scientist meeples.
The game is designed by Manuel Correia (of hotly anticipated SUPERHOT Card Game fame) with illustration by Paweł Niziołek and Piotr Uzdowski. It will support 1-5 players, aged 12+, with play time between 20 and 40 mins and is expected to release March 2018.
Grey Fox Games has announced SUPERHOT Card Game, based on the popular FPS video game SUPERHOT. SUPERHOT Card Game is a deck building game based on Agent Decker (2015), which can be played solo, cooperatively with 2, competitively 1 on 1, or 2 vs 1. As in the videogame, time moves forward when you take actions, meaning the more cards you play, the faster a line of obstacles moves towards you. Look for SUPERHOT Card Game in December 2017. You can read more about SUPERHOT Card Game on Grey Fox’s website here.
Grand Gamers Guild is bringing Pocket Ops, a 2 player competitive deduction/abstract game, to stores in December. Based on the Tic-Tac-Toe framework, players anticipate each others’ moves and stay one step ahead. Victory can be snatched or thwarted by clever use of elite agents – the sniper, assassin, pusher, grappler, or hacker. First to capture both parts of the doomsday device wins Pocket Ops. For more information and pictures of the excellent components, visit the Grand Gamers Guild website here.
First on the list of upcoming games is the latest is the ever growing genre of Roll and Write games, and that is Harvest Dice from Grey Fox Games. Play is simple for this one, roll all of the veggie dice and pick which vegetables you want in your garden or fed to your pet pig. At the end you will score veggies based on what the market wants as well as points for a well fed pig, most points is the winner. These quick and easy games thrive on fast play times and easy replayability, and you should be able to find this one on store shelves in November of this year.
Second is a new one from Stronghold games called Noria, a first design from Sophia Wagner, winner of the Spiel des Jahres fellowship in 2015. We don’t know much about the game yet except for that it looks to be a euro-style game with an innovative “wheel building” mechanic. Similar to how the rondel is built and changed in Crusaders, this multi-layered wheel will have different actions and abilities in three rings so that you actions can be highly customized to your strategy. You will be using these actions to discover islands, build out your empire, and bribe politicians with hidden knowledge you find. Another aspect worth mentioning is the excellent art by Michael Menzel and Klemens Franz, elevating the possibility that this game could be something special. Look for it to hit stores in January of next year to find out.
Grey Fox Games has started a Kickstarter for the first expansion to their hit social deduction game from last year, Deception: Murder in Hong Kong. Deception: Undercover Allies adds 50 new Means Cards, 80 Clue Cards and 5 Scene Tiles, as expected, but also adds in new roles and the ability to play with more people, up to 14 in all. Additional North American, Western European and Southern European Theme Packs are available, allowing your friendly local Canadians access to the Zamboni, Hockey Stick and Curling Stone, as a small example. Multiple Add-On buys and stretch goals are available, as well as purchase of the original game.
The Kickstarter for Deception: Undercover Allies continues through July 3, and is expected to deliver in December 2017.
Grey Fox Games has started a Kickstarter for two expansions to Champions of Midgard, the popular dice management viking board game. The Dark Mountains adds a much requested 5th player to the game, as well as a new archer dice type, new adventures and new monsters. Dark Mountains also comes with a new character, a dark mountains board, and an expanded market board.
The second expansion, Valhalla, adds new leader dice, leader abilities and a new resource to manage. Valhalla also comes with its own board, a new character, epic monsters and more. There is even an option for a new box to hold the base game and both expansions comfortably. As is par with Kickstarters these days, stretch goals and Add-Ons abound.
Champions of Midgard: The Expansions is on Kickstarter until March 14, and is expected to deliver in June 2017. You can check out the campaign here.
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