robots

Now on Kickstarter is Mechanica, a unique engine building strategy board game.  In Mechanica, players operate a factory to produce robots, basic robots at first but eventually upgrading to the deluxe robots as they improve their factories.  Players can purchase factory improvements to produce better robots faster and ship more robots at a time to earn greater income to continue upgrading their factories. Players may also build specialize robot on a blueprint to add to the total value of their factory.

The factory floor player board starts out as a simple conveyor belt system.  Each factory improvement is a puzzle piece that fits neatly onto the factory floor and interlocks with the factory and other pieces, creating a unique engine of robot production.  Another unique feature of the game is the rotating shop board where the various improvements are available for purchase. New improvements are more expensive, but as shop rotates, the improvements become cheaper until the improvement hits the end of the shop line and become recycled (removed from play).  The game comes in a ready-to-play tray that enables players to begin playing the game almost immediately upon opening the box, reducing set-up time and facilitating easy and organized storage of game components.

While the artwork is not finalized, a trio of new artists have created a delightful 1950’s retro future look to the game.

Mechanica plays 1-4 players, ages 12+, in about 60 minutes. Contents include 34 factory boards, 54 improvement pieces, 72 tidybot figures (24 of three different colors), 15 blueprint cards, 1 ARMAND-O card, 90 money tokens, 4 vault cards, 4 reminder cards, instruction book, single player chip, a rotating shop board, and a play-in-the-box tray. To learn more, check out the Kickstarter campaign which runs thru 3 March.  Mechanica is expected to be delivered in November this year.

Renegade Game Studios have announced an upcoming summer release – Sentient. Designed by J. Alex Kevern (World’s Fair 1893), the game pits players against each other in a futuristic world of competing corporations, all trying to program the best sentient robot.

From Renegade:

“In Sentient, players will be tasked with choosing from available robots to program in their factory. Each robot that is added will modify your board and attract the interest of investors for your company. Program your bots efficiently and collect the support of your patrons to build the most formidable operation.”

Estimated playtime is 45-60 minutes, target audience is 12+.

Robo Rally Game

The race is on for the robots of the Robo Rally automobile factory who work long, hard days at the assembly line building high-speed supercars, but never get to see them in action. On Saturday nights, the factory comes to life as the ultimate race course with treacherous obstacles and rival sabotage. In the thrilling Robo Rally Game, players move their robots through the course by speeding through corridors and dodging traps to reach each checkpoint first. Only the strongest robots survive!

Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast has announced that they will be re-releasing the classic Richard Garfield hit board game from the 1990’s, Robo Rally. This iconic “programmed movement” game will become available at retail as early as August 1, 2016.

Additionally, Robo Rally will have a presence at the Hasbro booth at SXSW, and Wizards of the Coast will be offering attendees a live demo of the game.  The game will be available in the SXSW Gaming Hall on Thursday, 3/17 through Saturday, 3/19 from 12pm – 8pm.

Here is the press release of the game description:

Enter the world of mad machines and dangerous schemes in the Robo Rally board game. Players control their robot with game cards which reveal directions on how the robots can move through the hectic Robo Rally automobile factory. Use strategy to outsmart rival robots while racing towards each checkpoint in your chosen course in numerical order. Beware of factory obstacles such as industrial lasers, gaping pits, and moving conveyer belts that can make or break the race. The first player to reach all of the checkpoints wins and becomes an ultimate race legend. The Robo Rally Game includes 6 double-sided game boards, double-sided start board, 6 robot figures, 6 reboot tokens, 36 checkpoint tokens, plastic priority antenna, 6 checkpoints, 48 plastic energy cubes, 30-second sand timer, 6 robot player mats, 40 upgrade cards, six 20-card programming decks, 6 special programming cards, 74 damage cards, vac tray, label sheet, and game guide. Available at local game stores and most major retailers nationwide.

For more information, see the Wizards of the Coast website or visit the game’s pages on BoardGameGeek.com.