MOBAs (or Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas) have dominated online competitive gaming for years now, with a few deeply entrenched in the growing E-Sports scene. It’s no wonder that a few board games have popped up now and then taking inspiration from their core gameplay principals. However, most of those games have tried to utilize a 3-dimensional space, a map with a grid overlay, in order to best evoke the source material. Ark Worlds, the first design by Orion McClelland now on Kickstarter, has done away with the map and has instead distilled the experience into a card game. As described on the campaign page:
“Ark Worlds is a strategy card game for 2 or 4 players. Inspired by games the like of Overwatch, League of Legend, and Paragon, Ark Worlds has you selecting 6 heroes from a selection of fighters, tanks, casters, supports and healers to do battle. Efficient use of abilities and team composition will be strong factors in play. With hundreds of thousands of possible team compositions, You’ll be able to get many hours of play out of one small box.”
The MOBA genre in video gaming has become an incredibly crowded space,but Ark Worlds proves there’s still room to explore and innovate in the tabletop gaming sphere. While Rum and Bones and Guards of Atlantis, the two most notable board-game-adaptations that come to mind, both capture the feeling of pushing lanes of minions, there are advantages to abandoning the visual component. Ark Worlds uses the lack of a board in order to focus more on “Team Fighting”, or the idea of a whole team working as one to fight the opposing team while maintaining position, which it does so with surprising effectiveness. If you’re interested in learning more about Ark Worlds, check out the Kickstarter for a look at the components, rules explanations, gameplay demonstrations, and updates.
The folks over at MMOBro apparently play a lot of board games as well as video games, because they decided to put together a list of board games that give a similar feel to popular MMO games. Some notable examples being if you like Farmville, you might like Cottage Garden for the simplified farming and aiming to maximize your points. Another popular pairing they make is EVE Online to Twilight Imperium 3, because both are space games that take place on a galactic scale with massive battles, researching of alien tech, and so much more. They even make the obvious pairing of League of Legends to Mechs vs. Minions, mainly due to the same game company doing both games, but also because they do have a similar feel when playing. So if you are looking to bring in your MMO playing friends or are an MMO player looking to try some new games, head on over to MMOBro to check out their pairings.
League of Legends, the extremely popular MOBA (Massive Online Battle Arena), has taken it’s first swing at going analog with their newest release, League of Legends: Mechs Vs Minions (LoL:MvM).
LoL:MvM is a co-operative game for 2-4 players with programming movement as it’s primary mechanic. Players takes on one of the 4 champions from the League of Legends game and work together to achieve a variety of different objectives, such as point capture or protect the objective. Players draft program cards together and then slot them into their command zone, then execute the maneuvers. As the game progresses, players will have opportunity to add blueprints to modify their mechs, combine similar command cards together to create even more powerful actions, and earn the right to unleash their Overclock skill.
The game comes in an enormous box with a large array of components usually seen in deluxe Kickstarter games. There are 100 minion miniatures, 4 pre-painted champion minitures, and a large selection of tiles, cards, coins, crystals, and an hourglass.
The game is set to release on 10/13/2016 and is available only in the Riot Games Store. The game will cost $75 plus shipping.