Things got super busy in my neck of the woods and so last week got lost in the shuffle, but luckily for us most KS campaigns last a month, so I can pick up right where I left off and show you all some quality Kickstarters to check out. First up is is a new game in a previously established universe, and that is Chronicles of Frost from NSKN Games, a deck building game set in the Mistfall universe. In this adventure each hero player will have an exploration quest and a search quest that they will have to accomplish in order to win the game. Playing the game is similar to other deck builders with some differences, mainly the exertion system that NSKN has come up with. What this does is that every card available has a normal ability and an exertion add on, meaning that if you perform the action and then spend the skills or health to exert yourself, you increase the effectiveness of that card quite a bit. But there is a limit to how much you can exert yourself, so you have to use it carefully as you go along. When you use cards they will give you better equipment, movement/exploration points to explore the board, attack power, and resolve, the currency in the game. Build up your hero and take on the monsters roaming the land to complete your quests and win. For more info you can check out the Kickstarter campaign to be able to back for your own copy.
Up next is a campaign aimed mostly at the ladies in the gaming world, and that is board game jewelry called Tabletop Talismans. This campaign is offering people the opportunity to get necklaces, bracelets, key chains, and even earrings featuring the quintessential board game piece, the meeple. This meeple is a shiny aluminum version so that it is durable, light weight, and shines nicely in the light, and is being offered in several different colors. So if you want to get some meeple themed jewelry, check out their Kickstarter page.
Next on the list is a sequel/expansion to the game Best Treehouse Ever, and that is Best Treehouse Ever: Forest of Fun. This expansion takes the original games and brings it into the forest, and with it some new mechanisms to help spice up the gameplay. At it’s heart this is a drafting game where you are drafting different rooms to place in your treehouse to score the most points each round. With the game being moved to the forest you now have additional bits like unique player powers based on where you are in the forest, animal cards that score based on room placement, and brand new room cards for a fresh game. Of course this can be mixed with the original game, and there are even included rules to play the game with 8 people, so if you enjoyed the first game, this will just give you more of what you love. To get this game you will have to hurry, the campaign ends on the 9th so check it out!
After that we have the digital game of the article, and that is One Deck Dungeon Digital from Handelabra Games. This campaign was originally a stretch goal from the One Deck Dungeon Forest of Shadows Kickstarter, but they didn’t make it during that campaign so the digital adaptation was put on hold. However, with Asmadi partnering with Handelabra Games, the possibility of a digital version of the game has been revived and launched on Kickstarter. So in this campaign you will be getting the game One Deck Dungeon in digital format through steam. This means that now where ever you have a computer with steam on it, you can pull out this highly rated solo game and delve through the dungeon. The game includes everything from the base game, an excellent layout with all needed information easily accessible, a campaign mode, and animations and graphics to elevate the game from it’s physical counterpart. So if you are looking for a nice digital version of the game, check out this Kickstarter today.
Next up is a game from Ankama Games, makers of the highly regarded Krosmaster Arena, where you are trying to scare students out of their wits. Monster Slaughter is a game where you take command of different groups of monsters like vampires, werewolves, zombies, or golem to scare some students. On your turn you will take actions by rolling dice, and based on the number of successes you get will determine if the action succeeds, how much damage you do, or how many cards you can draw. This is a competitive game where each player has a specific order in which they want to eliminate the students in, and so you will be playing cards to help yourself, but also help the students if they are getting picked on too soon for you. Everything about the game is quick and light and in the end, whoever matched the elimination order the best will be the winner. So if this monster movie type game is your speed, check out the Kickstarter page.
And finally we have the reprint of the list, and that’s the Folklore: The Affliction second printing. Folklore: The Affliction is the horror themed RPG board game which aimed to turn a typical pencil and paper RPG into a self contained game. In this game you are fighting the evil that has come upon the land, wolves, ghosts, vampires, and the undead. Like an RPG you will be traveling around the world using a map of the land, and as you reach places in the world you will be able to zoom down onto adventure maps which are a couple tiles in size to explore that area. You will play over a series of chapters to make up an entire campaign, and each of those chapters are playable within about an hour, allowing you to still play and progress the story even if you don’t have a lot of time. So if you missed out on the first campaign, or if you heard great things and want to get into it now, check out the Kickstarter page today.
NSKN Games has announced some of the lineup that they will show off at Essen Spiel 2017 (October 26-29), and the games look fantastic.
Dragonsgate College is a new dice drafting and action selection game from the wondrous team of Thomas Vande Ginste and Wolf Plancke, authors of the award winning Yedo. 2-4 players take on the roles of fantasy school students from different houses, trying to develop into the best wizards, rogues and warriors. Build unique buildings, hire professors and assistants, and test yourselves in the training dungeon, in this gorgeous game, available for sale at Essen.
Teotihuacan: City of Gods is Daniele Tascini‘s spiritual successor to his 2012 hit Tzolk’in: The Mayan Calendar. This time 2-4 players will manage dice in a time-sensitive rondel, while worshipping the Aztec gods. Dice gain power over time, and players are given two choices with each placement – an action and worker upgrade, or a powerful bonus without upgrade. Players can develop new technologies, climb the famous temples, build houses for the citizenry, or construct the famous temple of the sun. Teotihuacan is due for release later in 2018, but will be shown at Essen.
Mistfall, Chronicles of Frost is a fast deck builder set in the fantasy card game universe of Mistfall. 2-4 players explore the familiar lands of Valskyrr, and can even play as one of the beloved characters from the previous games. Players are randomly assigned adventure chapter quests, which they then race to complete. Fight enemies, hire adventurer, explore lands to gain the most points. Players use deck building mechanics to gain new abilities, items and allies, while trimming the deck by retiring cards into your personal journal for fame. Chronicles of Frost will be featured in a Kickstarter Campaign early this November but will be shown at Essen.
Simurgh: Call of the Dragonlord is the first expansion for NSKN’s 2015 worker placement game Simurgh. Call of the Dragonlord is a premium modular expansion which includes a second board, two new types of vassals – wizards and rogues, and 8 new modules for the base game. The new Wizard can be added to a players workforce, moving on 3 different tracks, which generate more power points and resources. The expansion also includes Leadership Tiles, which add action spaces allowing for the movement of multiple vassals. Simurgh: Call of the Dragonlord has a street date of May 15, 2017.
Mistfall: Sand & Snow is an expansion to the popular dungeon crawls Mistfall (2015) and/or Mistfall: Heart of the Mists (2016). Sand & Snow adds more gear, weapons, companions and enemies to the world of Mistfall with 110 new cards. Sand & Snow also adds Events to the game, a double sided card type similar to encounters, which add challenge but can help the players win the day. New Lieutenant enemies earn players immediate rewards, and the expansion includes Lieutenant versions of most of the original enemies. Mistfall: Sand & Snow is due to be released May 31, 2017.
Shadowscape is a 1-4 player competitive/cooperative game in the Mistfall Universe where players explore a randomly generated dungeon, and manage a tableau of skills and Hand of Fate cards. Players need to complete a set number of Nightfather’s Whispers to win, either alone or as a team. Players use double sided action cards to move, explore and fight, using Hand of Fate cards to boost nearly any action. The monsters run on an automated A.I. system, adding variety to the game. Shadowscape is due out in July 2017.
The Heroes of Mistfall Miniatures Pack, previously available through the Kickstarter, includes 13 unpainted miniatures for the Mistfall Universe line of games, and has a general release date of June 14, 2017.
PSI have just announced two brand new exclusive sales and fulfilment deals in all North America and international markets (excluding Europe – although I don’t know what we did to deserve that!) for NSKN Games and Strawberry Studio.
NSKN Games have been in the hobby gaming market since 2011, and have made quite the name for themselves through games such as In the Name of Odin, Mistfall, Heart of the Mists, Sand & Snow and Mistfall: Valskyrr.
Strawberry Studio have only recently come into their own (2016), as a daughter company of NSKN Games, but have already made a micro-splash in the world of microgames with titles like 3 Wishes, What’s Up and of course Strawberry Ninja.
The newest game to continue the story of Mistfall is now available on Kickstarter. Shadowscape, from Romania-based NSKN Games, follows in the footsteps of it’s older brother by providing a lore-rich cooperative or solo gaming experience, with this latest entry also allowing for competitive play as well. In a setting full of magic and misfortune, players will delve into a dungeon to face a powerful villain and a horde of monsters for fortune and fame, all driven by an elegant and nearly-deterministic card system. As described on the campaign page:
“Enter the world of Mistfall and Heart of the Mists once again, and forge its dark legends in a game of strategic movement, smart tableau building and hand management, played on a randomized board in no more than 60 minutes![…] Work together with or against your friends – or enter the Shadowscape alone.”
The biggest draw of Shadowscape is the incredibly diminished randomness within it’s design. There are no dice to speak of, and all the cards and events are laid out before the players to form a heavily strategic experience that challenges heroes to use and abuse every piece of equipment and every opportunity to survive and press onward. A gameplay video and a print-and-play are available for those interested in learning more about the thoughtfully designed card-driven AI. The game features 13 heroes and 9 villains (stretch goals not withstanding) to choose from, stunning artwork, and miniatures that are compatible with previous installments in the series. For more information and the chance to back this funded project simply head to this link or visit NSKN Games’ website for future news and updates.
Previously announced here, NSKN has now launched the Kickstarter for Mistfall: Heart of the Mists which is not only an expansion for the original Mistfall but also a standalone game.
Join mighty heroes, face ruthless enemies and dire threats, and brave the path that will lead you into the Heart of the Mists! Heart of the Mists is a fully cooperative card-based adventure game set in a dark fantasy world of wonder and peril. It can be played standalone or fully combined and integrated with Mistfall.
You can visit the Kickstarter page here and view content below.
Mistfall was a successful Kickstarter last year which aimed to bring an RPG adventure into a card game, much how Paizo brought the Pathfinder RPG into a card game. In Mistfall you pick a hero, who comes with starting equipment and skills, and then take him on a quest of your choosing, battling monsters, upgrading your gear, and leveling up as you go along.
Mistfall: Heart of the Mists aims to essentially give you a base set again, but with all completely new heroes, monsters, quests, and gear, allowing you to either start with this set or mix it with your base set for nearly double the amount of variety. The expansion will be Kickstarted like the base but no solid date has been given, however, they say soon so keep an eye out for the announcement. You can read about the expansion and look at some of the new art and components on the NSKN site.
RPGs and board games are lumped into the same category called tabletop gaming and so often times people see RPGs and board games competing for the attention of the same people. However, Andrei Novac over at NSKN games wrote a blog post about how that isn’t really the case. He writes about his progression in the hobby and how he never gave much thought to RPGs like Dungeons and Dragons because he is all about the mechanics. But as he got farther into the hobby he started looking for theme in games to explain the mechanics of the game, and then when he published Mistfall, he wondered if it was a direct competitor to RPGs. So after trying out D&D for himself he comes to the conclusion that they are not because they are different experiences that scratch a different itch. Which, as someone who plays both board games and D&D, I wholly agree with his assessment. Head on over to the NSKN blog to read the full story.
So the Dice Tower kicked Day 1 off with a bang. For those not familiar with the early mornings of the convention, the doors open to exhibitors at 8am followed, on day 1, to the VIPs at 9am. 10 o’clock welcomes the masses. Mysterium, from Asmodee, seemed to be the big hit- having sold out before 9:20.
One of the big hits was the display of upcoming Mice & Mystics product line games – Tail Feathers. Jerry Hawthorne, designer, was demoing the unique tilt mechanism used for the flying birds. In this sky and land battle game the birds will actually have removable “flyer” minis. Tail Feathers will hopefully be released sometime around, if not at, Essen.
One of my favorite parts of the day was getting to meet the folks over at NSKN. I got to meet with Agnieszka Kopera and Andrei Novac (Designer and Artist along with founders of NSKN) to get a look at the HUGE BOX expansion to Exodus entitled Edge of Extinction. It’s a GORGEOUS expansion to an already wonderful game. You can watch Tom’s review of the revised edition of the base game here. And if that wasn’t already exciting enough, I got a sneak peak at only 1 of 2 copies of Mistfall – a cooperative adventure game hopefully due out at Essen. It’s got some top-notch components and features some beautiful artwork – tons of cards!!
Portal Games Ignacy Trzewiczek & DTN Editor-in-Chief Rob Searing
Portal Games had quite a few releases this year including Rattle, Battle, & Loot – a fun, light-hearted pirate-themed game. Also available was the drafting game Tides of Time and the Imperial Settlers expansion Atlanteans.
Sure to be a hit, from Pretzel Games, is Flick ’em Up. In this scenario-driven game, you use dexterity to flick (shoot) opponents and move around the board. An expansion has already been announced that will add ramps and horses. You can watch Tom Vasel’s review here.
Another fun stop was to the Chip Theory Games booth where they had, on display, their Hoplomachus line of products. I got to tell you, the chips are of a VERY high quality and the game play is quite fun. They had their, recently successful Kickstarter project, Origins on display.
If you’re at the convention, don’t forget to visit the Dice Tower booth. Although located at the very back of the hall, it’s definitely been flooded with traffic. You can meet and greet the entire gang first thing in the morning(s). Stop by and pick up any of the various promos on display along with dice towers, t-shirts, play-mats, and tons of other memorabilia.
NSKN Games has announced their newest title Mistfall. They have provided the backstory for this upcoming cooperative game. Being based upon the origin of earth and how everything went totally wrong this promises to be an interesting cooperative game. NSKN is known for making pretty interesting fantasy games and this one looks like it won’t disappoint.
For their full backstory head over to NSKN’s website here.