John Clowdus

Earlier this year Kolossal Games successfully funded a new edition of the John Clowdus game, Omen: A Reign of War.  Now, Kolossal Games and designer John Clowdus are teaming up once again to bring Mezo to Kickstarter.

Mezo is a big box game which taps into Mayan mythology.  It’s an area control game featuring asymmetric player powers, which gives each player a variety of ways to manipulate and benefit from conflicts.  Oh, and it has miniatures!

“The first big box game from Small Box Games designer John Clowdus (OmenHemlochNeolithic), Mezo redefines area control and conflict-driven game play. The game features massive god miniatures, each with vastly asymmetrical  strategies, as well as numerous ways for players to achieve victory: most strength in the conflict, most shamans in the conflict, and most warriors in the conflict.”

The Kickstarter for Mezo has three pledge tiers.  The base game of Mezo (2-4 players), starting at $80, includes miniatures, a game board, tarot size cards, and a host of other tokens and components.  Other pledge tiers provide components for a fifth player, as well as, more game content, including additional god characters and their associated miniatures.

You can see a live play through of Mezo here, featuring Tom, Sam and Zee.  Also, Tom had an opportunity to interview John Clowdus and Travis Chance from Kolossal Games about Mezo, which you can see here.

The Omen series of games are stand-alone, two-player card games where players are demi-gods vying for control of the three cities between them.  Each game features two distinct game modes: standard, where players draw from a collective deck, and draft, where each player drafts from his or her own deck.

A Reign of War, the first in the series and originally published in 2011, is the largest of the games and includes additional rules to the original release such as feats.  Edge of the Aegean, published in 2016, featured streamlined play, new unit types, and new ways for players to earn victory points. Both games carried a Greek Mythology theme.

With the latest Kickstarter campaign, Kolossal Games introduces Fires in the East to the trilogy, adding new mechanics, new rewards, and new units with a Ancient Persian and Babylonian theme. The Kickstarter campaign also includes the first expansion for the Omen series, Tales of the Ancients is an expansion specifically designed for Fires in the East adding 12 feat cards and 24 reward cards.

A Reign of War, Edge of the Aegean, and Fires in the East are all standalone games, but they can also be combined in numerous ways. Kolossal Games has updated the art design of both A Reign of War and Edge of the Aegean to ensure a consistent art design across the series.

T0 learn more about each game in the Omen series, check out their Kickstarter campaign which runs through May 20th and is expected to deliver in October 2018.

Small Box Games, best known for their innovative head-to-head card combat game Omen: A Reign of War (check out the Dice Tower review here), launched their newest game on Kickstarter, Soulfall. Soulfall is a boardgame for 2 to 4 players that plays in about 10 minutes per player.

Each player is the leader of a Nomad tribe, leading his Nomads across the barren landscape of Soulfall. Along the way, each player will expand his tribe, build Outposts, try to gain the favor of the Lords, and collect Shards, all while preventing the other players from doing the same.

Designed by John Clowdus (Omen: A Reign of War, Tooth & Nail: Factions) and illustrated by Sandro Rybak (Omen: A Reign of War), Soulfall boasts innovative game mechanics and a minimalist graphic design that highlights the unique direction of the artist.

I don’t think you’ve ever played a game quite like Soulfall, and I’m fairly confident you’ve never seen a game with similar art direction…I designed Soulfall to be mechanically light and strategically rich, with multiple paths to victory and variable scoring to cater to different play styles and situations.

Get all the details, including stretchgoals and the full rules, by visiting the Soulfall campaign page.