Games announces Roam, a new game
sharing the same world as Near and Far,
Islebound, and Above and Below.
is set in the land of Arzium and features characters seen in the other games in
the shared world. In Roam, players seek out lost adventurers
scattered across the land, rescue them and add them to their party, increasing
their ability to find more lost adventurers faster. The area being searched is
made up of six land cards in the center of the table, and each character has a unique
search pattern players can use to search the lands. Each land card is divided into six squares to
be searched, some of which have coins that players can use to purchase upgrades
and tools to aid in their search. When a
land card has been completely searched, the player who did the most searching adds
the adventurer to their party. Each new adventurer
also adds a new search pattern the player can use. Both tools and found adventurers are worth
points. When one player has ten adventurers in their party, the game ends, and
the player with the most points wins.
Roam plays 2-4
players, ages 8+, in about 30 minutes. A release date has not been announced
yet. More details will be available when
the Kickstart launches soon.
Origins is one of the biggest conventions in the US for gaming, and they have been giving out their awards for the best each year. The different categories include family games, role-playing games, card games, game accessories, board games, collectible games (CCG, TCG, etc.), miniatures, and finally a Game of the Year. Some of the past winners include great games like Codenames, Imperial Assault, and 7 Wonders Duel, so you know bad games aren’t getting these awards. But that’s enough background information, here are the nominees for the 2017 Origins Awards:
Speechless by Arcane Wonders (designed by Mike Elliott)
Role-Playing Game (10 Nominees)
7th Sea: Second Edition by John Wick Presents (designed by John Wick, Mike Curry, Rob Justice, Mark Diaz Truman, Jesse Heinig)
Curse of Strahd by Wizards of the Coast-D&D (designed by Jeremy Crawford, Tracy Hickman, Laura Hickman, Adam Lee, Christopher Perkins, and Richard Whitters)
No Thank You, Evil! by Monte Cook Games (designed by Shanna Germain and Monte Cook)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Fantasy Flight (designed by Tim Flanders, Corey Konieczka, and Sam Stewart)
Shadowrun-Seattle Sprawl by Catalyst Game Labs (designed by Raymond Croteau, Jason Hardy, James Meiers, O.C. Presley, Scott Schletz, R.J. Thomas, Malik Toms, Thomas Willoughby, CZ Wright, and Russell Zimmerman)
Symbaroum by Järnringen and co-published by Modiphius Entertainment (designed by Martin Grip, Mattias Johnsson, Mattias Lilja and Johan Nohr.
Storm King’s Thunder by Wizards of the Coast-D&D (designed by Jenna Helland, Adam Lee, Mike Mearls, Christopher Perkins, and Richard Whitters)
Star Wars: Edge of the Empire-Special Modifications by Fantasy Flight (designed by Blake Bennett, Tim Cox, Jordan Goldfarb, Sterling Hershey and Monte Lin)
The One Ring: Horse: Lords of Rohan by Cubicle 7 (designed by Shane Ivey, Andrew Kenrick, T.S. Luikart, Francesco Nepitello, and James Spahn)
Volo’s Guide to Monsters by Wizards of the Coast-D&D (designed by Jeremy Crawford, Ed Greenwood, Adam Lee, Mike Mearls, Kim Mohan, Christopher Perkins, Sean K. Reynolds, Matthew Sernett, Chris Sims, and Steve Winter)
It’s that time of year again, the Dice Tower has announced their nominees for the best games of 2016. These are the best of the best according to the panel of judges on games released in English in 2016. You can see previous winners along with this year’s nominees and their pictures on the Dice Tower Awards website, and look forward to the winners being announced at Dice Tower Con later this year. And now, your nominees:
Best Game from a New Designer (The game has to be the designer’s first or second published game to qualify for this award)
If you don’t know the name Ryan Laukat, you should. Not only does Ryan design some incredible games (Eight Minute Empire: Legends, The Ancient World, and Above and Below to name but a few), but he’s also the illustrator and does all the artwork for his games. On top of that, he also runs Red Raven Games and publishes all of his own titles. He’s basically the Leonardo da Vinci of the board game world.
Late last year Red Raven ran a Kickstarter for a new title called Islebound. It’s already been delivered to backers (I’m staring at my, sadly, unplayed copy right now), but we have word that it’s hitting the streets this August.
“In Islebound, you take command of a ship and crew. You sail to island towns, collecting resources, hiring crew, and commissioning buildings for your capital city. Each building has a unique ability, and your combination of buildings can greatly enhance your strength as a trader, builder, or invader. You also recruit pirates and sea monsters to conquer towns, which, once conquered, allow you to complete the town action for free, and charge a fee to opponents if they want to use it. Alternatively, you can complete events that give influence, which can be used to befriend towns.
There are many routes to success. Will you be a ruthless conqueror, careful diplomat, or shrewd merchant in your race to the top?”
In other Red Raven news, the sequel to last year’s fantastic storytelling game, Above and Below has just landed on Kickstarter. The sequel is titled Near and Far and puts players in the roles of Indiana Jones-types, traipsing around the world on 11 different maps while searching for treasure. Like its forebear, it will come with a book of stories from which you’ll read, making each game a new adventure.
“Explore a massive world through a book of maps!
Search for a lost city in a strange and wonderful world of ruins
Manage and recruit adventurers, each with a unique identity
Read from a book of stories, building an amazing and memorable tale each time you play!
Choose your path in connected quest lines
Includes a gorgeous atlas of 11 maps to play on!
Buy skills for your character over a ten-map campaign
2-4 players, 90 minutes
In Near and Far you and up to 3 friends each choose a character and set out on a journey, recruiting adventurers, managing resources, and completing quests in an effort to become the most storied traveler. “
The Kickstarter campaign has already reached its funding goal, but if you’re thinking of waiting for Near and Far to come to retail instead of backing the Kickstarter, you should know that the Limited Deluxe Edition is only available through the Kickstarter campaign.
The Kickstarter has 24 days remaining, with an estimated delivery date of May 2017.
Fresh off the heels of completing shipping for his previous Kickstarter game, Above and Below, Red Raven Games has launched their next game on Kickstarter, Islebound. This game is set in the same universe as the Above and Below game so you will see overlap in the form of similar races of people as you explore, but instead of going underground you are going out into the open seas to explore. From the campaign page, in Islebound you will:
Take command of a ship and crew. You sail to island towns, collecting resources, hiring crew, and commissioning buildings for your capital city. Each building has a unique ability, and your combination of buildings can greatly enhance your strength as a trader, builder, or invader. You also recruit pirates and sea monsters to conquer towns, which, once conquered, allow you to complete the town action for free, and charge a fee to opponents if they want to use it. Alternatively, you can complete events that give influence, which can be used to befriend towns.
Will you be a ruthless conqueror, careful diplomat, or shrewd merchant? The player with the most the most wealth and most-impressive capital city will win the game!
Art is the usual Ryan Lauket style and so looks amazing and he has yet to flop on his designs so expectations will be high for this one. As of this writing the campaign is well on it’s way to be fully funded before the first day is done and he has several stretch goals planned already to upgrade game components. Pledging is easy for this campaign as there is only one pledge level and no add-ons. The campaign ends November 23rd so head on over to the Kickstarter page to check it out and pledge for your own copy.