Matt Loomis

IDW Games is publishing a family update to their 2017 release Seikatsu. Seikatsu: A Pet’s Life features adorable artwork by Neytirix and reunites the design duo of Matt Loomis and Isaac Shalev for the same core tile-laying as the original.

In Seikatsu, players place tiles containing a bird of a certain color and a flower of a certain color in a shared garden. Players score groups of birds when tiles are placed, and score rows of matching flowers at the end of the game. Similarly, in Seikatsu: A Pet’s Life, players place tiles containing a type of animal and a color of pillow upon which the animal is sitting in a shared living room. Upon placing tiles, players will score for groups of the same type of animal. Then, at the end of the game, players score rows with pillows of the same color.

Seikatsu: A Pet’s Life has a player count of 1-4, and releases on August 30, 2019.

retreat to dark

The foul forces of Darkmoor have amassed their legions to strike at the Capital City. Despite their well-laid machinations, something awaits them within the city walls: the realm’s legendary heroes have gathered to council the king. Failing to siege the city, each dark lord’s minions must now retreat to Darkmoor, lest they be captured—or worse.

Retreat to Darkmoor! is the fourth Small Box/Big Fun game and seventh project from Action Phase Games, and is designed by Isaac Shalev and Matt Loomis.  The designers’ goal is for the game to be accessible to gamers of all ages and levels of experience, while offering an incredible amount of depth and replay value.

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The official summarized description of the game is given on the Kickstarter page:

In Retreat to Darkmoor!, 2-4 players assume the roles of dark overlords of the realm, each commanding an identical deck of minions. Your goal: to successfully evade the legendary heroes and take refuge in the various locations of Darkmoor. Each minion that manages to escape will count toward control of a location, but beware of your so-called collaborators, as each overlord also scores points for eliminating rival minions!

A copy of the game includes:

  • 8 Legendary Hero Cards
  • 72 Monster Cards (18 for each player color)
  • 20 Victory Point Tokens
  • 10 Peril Tokens
  • 6 Double-Sided Location Cards
  • Rulebook

The $24 pledge level also includes the Legendary Expansion, including 3 additional Hero Cards, 12 additional Monster Cards, and 1 additional Location Card.

Retreat to Darkmoor! is a game for 2-4 players and plays in 30-45 minutes.  For more information on the game and to support this project, visit the Kickstarter page here.