Do you like party games, ninjas, and bluffing? A unique new competitive game from Pure Fun Games has all this and more and is now on Kickstarter. Shadow Strike Melee brings the same unique mechanic from Hanabi and turns it into an interesting game of brawling and intrigue. Up to 9 players will hold their hands away from them while trying to pick the highest cards each round in order to wound their opponents while avoiding being wounded themselves. Being wounded isn’t the end of the world, however, as each wound taken allows you to flip a card towards you giving you both insight and a tool to fight back, but take three wounds and you’re out. As described on the campaign page:
“Take the role of a ninja student during his final trial: An all-out battle with his classmates! Facing other young students, you are cocky and less aware of your own abilities. Players simulate this by facing their cards outward, so only their opponents can see them. This forces players to strategize and bluff in unique and entertaining ways.”
As a big fan of Hanabi, this mechanic of holding your hand away from you has always been a pleasure and something that instantly hooks players the moment they learn it. If that kind of fun can be had from a game about preparing fireworks, an all-out Ninja brawl is sure to work just as well if not in a more easily palatable way. What further distinguishes Shadow Strike Melee from the award winning cooperative game is it’s item cards, which allow you to steal advantages at opportune times. If you’re interested in Shadow Strike Melee, please visit their Kickstarter campaign page where you can find more information, including fully available rulebook and more.
Cool Mini Or Not came to show off the prototype for their succesful kickstarter game Blood Rage. Designed by Eric Lang, this is a game of vikings where 2-4 players compete for the favor of the gods and march to meet the other clans in glorious battle.
Find more information about this game on Boardgamegeek here.
Rather Dashing Games was on hand to promote their new release: Pirates, Ninjas, Robots & Zombies. This is a family friendly tactical tile laying game for 2-4 players in which players attempt to create the most valuable section of connected tiles.
Find out more at Boardgamegeek here. Or check out the publisher’s website here.
Dapper Devil.com, purveyor of accessories for the well dressed game, gave us a first look at the custom box for the upcoming 50th Anniversary edition of Nuclear War. In this classic satirical card game, first published in 1965, 2-6 players attempt to achieve world domination through the strategic use of propaganda and nuclear weapons. The Anniversary edition will be realized in the form of a Kickstarter project – the game’s publisher, Flying Buffalo, Inc., is expected to release more detail in the near future.
Stoneblade Entertainment revealed the newest set for their highly popular deck-building game Ascension. Called ‘Dawn of Champions’, this set will allow players to take on the role of a faction leader, building up their reputation in order to unlock powerful cards and effects. Ascension: Dawn of Champions can be played as a stand alone game or in combination with other Ascension games.
Eagle Gryphon Games brought out their upcoming release Clockwork Wars. A game of conquest, discovery and espionage for 2-4 players, Clockwork Wars is set in a world of magic and steam era technology where the human ‘Purebreeds’ and the three hybrid races, ‘Troglodytes, Rhinochs and Mongrels’ are locked in a war for survival and control.
Find more information about this game at Boardgamegeek here. Or at the publisher’s own website here.
And finally, Eagle Gryphon also brought along ‘Cheesonomics’, a family card game for 2-5 players about manipulating the supply and demand of various types of cheese. This game is based on set collection, memory and hand management mechanics and can be played at three different skill levels to allow players to adjust the game to their own taste.
GreenBrier Games is showing off a number of upcoming releases and current Kickstarter Projects at GAMA Trade Show.
Heavy Steam is slated for an April release coming off of a Kickstarter last year where they raised $64,000. This great little Steam punk inspired title had a preview done by the Dice Tower’s Ryan Metzler (below) and you can see the pictures taken by the Dice Tower team at GTS as well. You can see information from the publisher on the game here.
Ninja Dice: Kage Master
This expansion to the title Ninja Dice is currently on Kickstarter and you can read our full write up on the campaign here.
We were able to get a look at what appears to be pretty darn close to final productions quality on this card driven miniatures game. This was on Kickstarter last year and should be available this summer.
Sacred 40 Mini’s
Finally they are putting a line of mini’s this summer in collaboration with Art Justice Games called Sacred 40. these are beautiful.