Osprey Games

Osprey Games is publishing Embers of Memory: A Throne of Glass Game, a two-player co-operative card game set during the events of Kingdom of Ash, the epic climax to Sarah J. Maas’ bestselling seven-book Throne of Glass series.

Two players must work together to delve into the memories of the young queen, Aelin Galathynius, as she faces one of the toughest challenges of her life. Imprisoned and tortured, Aelin must ignite the embers of her memory and face her inner demons before she is overwhelmed. With each victory the players achieve, the story unfolds and the difficulty increases.

Speaking about the project, author Sarah J. Maas said, “I am so excited to see the Throne of Glass series brought to life in an all-new medium! Coralie Jubénot’s art for the game is beyond incredible, and I can’t wait to sit down and play!”

The game design is by Kuro, a Japanese game designer, known for The Ravens of Thri Sahashri, The Terrifying Girl Disorder and Seventh Hero with stunning, newly-commissioned artwork from Coralie Jubénot.

Sarah J. Maas is a #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author.

Embers of Memory: A Throne of Glass Game is planned to release in October.

Venturing out into the wilds is a dangerous mission. With the new Wildlands: The Adventuring Party, announced by Osprey Games, you can bring four classic fantasy archetypes into the Wildlands. Play as a thief, wizard, cleric and barbarian, asserting your dominance over your opponents and immortalizing your status in the realm.

A word of warning – these characters will invade your game whether someone is playing them or not, stealing your crystal shards and (throat) punching anyone in their way.

When using the adventuring party as a faction, the player controlling them does not assign map cards to their individual characters. Instead, they choose five cards to pass to the player on their right and keep the other five face down. When revealing a character, the player can choose any location they have a map card for, discarding that card. This faction also brings the heal action into the game. Thom the Cleric uses this action to remove one damage token from a character in the same or an adjacent space.

When using the adventuring party as an encounter, the party is set up on the board at the start of the game. From then on, at the end of each player’s turn, the top card of the adventuring party deck is revealed, and an action is taken by the character displayed on the card. Which action is taken depends on the character and the relative board state. As the game progresses, the troublesome band makes their way around the board, attacking characters, stealing loot and generally causing chaos.

Wildlands: The Adventuring Party includes four unique miniatures and their activation deck, along with encounter rules for using this faction as non-player characters. It is expected in March 2019.

Osprey Games has announced Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: A Board Game of English Magick, based on the popular novel by Susanna Clarke and subsequent television series. The board game, designed by Marco Maggi and Francesco Nepitello (War of the Ring) with illustration by Ian O’Toole, pits 2-4 players in a battle to be the most celebrated magician of their age. Speaking about the project, Francesco said “working with Duncan Molloy and the team at Osprey has been a fantastic experience. In their hands, our design was not simply transformed from a rough prototype to a beautiful, polished product, but it has been tweaked and improved in so many subtle ways that we cannot wait to get our hands on it. Real magic!”

Not a lot of further details are out on this new game, but initial images look fantastic. Look for Jonathan Strange And Mr. Norrell in June of 2019.

UK Games Expo is the premier event in the UK where all aspects of the gaming hobby are represented under one roof. It will run on Friday, 1st June to Sunday 3rd June 2018. The UK Games Expo Awards were developed and introduced in 2007 to recognize the achievements of manufacturers and publishers of eligible games in a variety of game genres.

This is a shortlist of the games nominated in no particular order.

Best Abstract Game

Best Children’s Game

  • BrainBox People at Work (The Green Board Game Company)
  • Don’t be a Donkey (John Adams Leisure Ltd)
  • Rhino Hero: Super Battle (Habermaass GmbH aka HABA)

Best Family Game

Best Miniature Range

Best Miniature Rules

Best New Accessory

  • Big Book of Battle Mats (Loke Battle Mats)
  • DMB Games Resin Dungeon Tile Core Set (DMB Games)
  • Blood Red Skies – Aces Accessory sets (Warlord Games)

Best New Boardgame (American-Style)

Best New Boardgame (Euro-Style)

Best New Boardgame (Strategic Style)

Best New Card or Dice Game

Best New Expansion

Best Party Game

Best Role-playing Adventure

Best Role-playing Expansion

Best Role-playing Game

High Society is a classic auction game from Reiner Knizia designed for 3-5 players, aged 10+.

“It’s the turn of the century, and it’s time to live large. As the quintessential bon vivant you must spare no expense following the latest trend and surrounding yourself with the fineries of life that you justly deserve. Assert your status, impress your peers, and avoid at every turn.” [source]

Players must bid against each other for life’s luxuries while avoiding bankruptcy and other pitfalls in the process. This new edition will be published by Osprey Games and features artwork by Medusa Dollmaker and features 16 Art Nouveau-inspired illustrations. Expect High Society’s release at the end of May 2018.

The jungles of the Amazon are too large to be contained in one game.  The Lost Expedition: The Fountain of Youth & Other Adventures offer four more expansions that can be added separately or combined to added new challenges for your explorers in The Lost ExpeditionPeer Sylvester, designer of The Lost Expedition, did not simply provide more of the same in this expansion. Instead, he designed the expansions to surprise the players with something new…. building upon the original game both thematically and mechanically.” Duncan Molloy, Games Developer at Osprey Games, says the new expansions offer “New friends, mechanics and encounters, but the same dangerous charm.”

Explorers have been returning from the Amazon with extraordinary tales – conquistadors withered with age marching through the rainforest, unidentified beasts stalking expeditions, and an ominous mountain that is said to be more perilous than the jungle itself! Only the most reckless adventurers would ignore these warnings, but even they might find that they need some help

Look for The Lost Expedition: The Fountain of Youth & Other Adventures from Osprey Games in September 2018.

 

Osprey Games announces its first miniature board game, Martin Wallace’s Wildlands. 

In Wildlands, each player controls a faction to competing for power in the ruins of a once-great kingdom now known as the Wildlands.  In each skirmish, players score points by defeating enemy characters and collecting treasure. With variable faction powers, adaptability is key as a semi-randomized set-up and double-sided board changes each game.

Martin Wallace has over 70 game designs to his credit such as Steam, Brass, Discworld Ankh Morpork, and A Few Acres of Snow.  He describes Wildlands as, “an opportunity for me to do something off the beaten track: a fast-moving, tactical combat game with asymmetric special powers.”

Duncan Molloy, Games Developer at Osprey Games, describes the design goal in Wildlands:

“Our aim with Wildlands is to bring the excitement of skirmish games to the masses, offering approachable mechanics without sacrificing the drama or strategic decision-making so integral to the genre.”

The game comes with 20 unique miniatures sculpted by Bobby Jackson and Tim Prow.  Bobby Jackson  is a 20-year miniature sculpting veteran now working with Cool Mini or Not.  Tim Prow has sculpted many miniatures for expansions to Cthulhu Wars. The miniatures will represent powerful wizards and cunning gnomes to hulking beasts and mighty warriors in the unique art style of Wildlands.

Osprey Game plans continued support of Wildlands, following its release with additional factions, maps, and mechanics in the future.  The game plays two to four players and is set to released in late 2018.

Osprey Games is publishing Reiner Knizia’s latest game, Sakura.  In Sakura, players are artists who are following close behind the Emperor as he wonders through his garden.  The goal is to be closest to the Emperor when he stops to regard the blossoms of the sakura tree so that you may improve your painting and gain prestige.  But as the artists jostle for position behind the Emperor, they must be carful not to disgrace themselves by accidentally bumping into the Emperor, causing them to lose prestige and fall back.

In Sakura, players simultaneously select their actions by playing cards that move their character, one of their opponent’s character, and the Emperor.  Each card has a turn order that determines the order which the moves are resolved, changing the positions of the characters before the next card is resolved. Sakura is a light tactical game of pushing your luck to gain the most prestige.

The game supports 2-6 players, ages 10 and up, and plays in 20-40 minutes. Contents include playing board, 60 cards, 52 prestige tokens, 6 player figures, and an Emperor figure.

The game will be available on 22 February

Osprey Games has just announced Judge Dredd: The Cursed Earth, a new graphic adventure card game set in the universe of the 2000AD Dredd comic character universe. Game developer Duncan Molloy has designed the game based on The Lost Expedition, from designer Peer Sylvester.

All new commission artwork will have players immersed in a sci-fi western leading a team of judges against dinosaurs, mutants, and the Cursed Earth itself all while searching for an object of immense power before it falls into the wrong hands. As players scour the wastelands their teams will encounter a host of iconic 2000AD characters. Like The Lost Expedition, Judge Dredd: The Cursed Earth will feature competitive, co-operative and solo game modes.

Duncan Molloy wrote about his love of both The lost Expedition mechanics as well as the Judge Dredd universe:

I’m a huge fan of The Lost Expedition, and from early in development it felt like the best example I’ve seen of a board game capturing the tone of a comic book. To be able to pair the system with one of the most interesting and detailed comic book worlds ever devised has been a joy. Judge Dredd: The Cursed Earth will feature entirely new mechanics, such as radiation tracking and psychic abilities, to really capture the feel of Dredd’s world.

Damien Treece, brand licensing manager at Rebellion which manages the Dredd license, expressed his excitement about the partnership:

We’re thrilled to be working with the team at Osprey Games on this new partnership. Osprey and Duncan have a terrific understanding of the world of Judge Dredd and a reputation for publishing high quality games, leaving us in no doubt that Judge Dredd: The Cursed Earth will be a perfect fit.

Judge Dredd: The Cursed Earth is currently scheduled for a 2018 release.

First on our list of new releases is a card drafting game from Osprey Games called Samurai Gardener.  This card game was previously released in Japan back in 2013, but now after four years it has made it’s way to these shores.  In Samurai Gardener you are trying to develop the most desirable garden in order to bring honor to your lord.  You will be speed drafting cards and placing them into your arrangement to have long rows and columns of the same type of squares.  Now what is speed drafting you ask?  Well, it’s real time drafting where at the start of the active player’s turn, they will flip up cards equal to the number of players, then after a count down everyone will simultaneously slap the card the want.  If you are the first to get there you get the card, else you will need to pick a different card.  After everyone has been the active player once the round ends, and a scoring round happens.  When the deck runs out the game will end and the highest score wins, so slow or fast, make sure you have the cards you need to win.  Look for it on shelves in October this year.

Next we have the latest game coming from Greenbrier Games, and that is Vengeance, a fast paced game about avenging yourself against the bad guys who wronged you.  This is a competitive game where you start out battered and bruised, and over the course of the game you heal up and gain new skills in order to seek revenge.  Battles are dynamic with dice based puzzles where you are trying to take out the gang boss by triggering a series of special moves from your character.  There is also a bit of cooperation in the game in that the final goal is to eliminate all the gangs from you city, but always remember there will be only one winner at the end of the game.  Look for this game and the Rosari expansion, which adds a 5th player, on store shelves in November.

Finally, we have the latest adventure update to Road to Legend, the companion app for playing with Descent 2nd Edition.  This one adds the adventure model Trials of Frostgate, which departs from the other updates in that instead of a traditional campaign, this one offers four different trails for you to attempt and get that high score.  They include:

  • the Trial of the Bear, pitting your might against endless hordes of enemies
  • the Trial of the Hawk, forcing you to show speed and cunning as you banish baleful spirits before they call down more perils
  • the Trial of the Lion sends you into pitched combat with the most powerful and dangerous of your enemies
  • the Trial of the Wolf bids you escort the spirits of your ancestors to the afterlife, protecting them from any danger along the way

This update is available now so you can go download it from your Road to Legend app, or check out more information from FFG’s website.