First is RWBY: Combat Ready, a cooperative game for 2-5 players set in the world of the popular animated series RWBY. Each player plays as one of the show’s main characters – Ruby, Weiss, Black, Yang, and Penny – in a scenario against one or more villains seeking to destroy the world of Remnant. With each victory, players earn experience they can use to upgrade their abilities and powers for the next battle. Victory is achieved when all the villains in a campaign are defeated. Each character has her own starter deck of special abilities and powers and unique upgrade cards and ultimate attacks cards. Likewise, each villain is unique and may hove their own objectives and minions to challenge the players. Game components from the cards to player boards contain original artwork true to the RWBY animation series.
RWBY: Combat Ready plays 2-5 players, ages 14+, in about an hour. Contents include scenario book, 5 player miniatures, 5 player tracker scrolls, 5 player starter decks (30 cards each), 5 semblance tokens, 1 play board/villain board, 3 villain decks (26 cards each), 3 minion decks (18 cards each), 18 objective cards, 1 die, 24 plastic upgrade cubes and various chipboard status/damage tokens.
RWBY: Combat Ready was kickstarted last September and with an expected delivery of late July 2018.
Next is Goodcritters, the latest addition to the Dice Tower Essentials line. In Goodcritters, players are animal characters and members of a criminal organization dividing out the loot from their latest heist. The player acting as the boss of the organization determines how to split the loot, but if the split does not satisfy most of the other players, a new boss may be selected to head the organization. Players not only vote to accept the distribution of loot, these criminals may skim loot from the loot pile, rob other players, or guard against such actions to take loot from attacking players. Getting rid of the boss adds more loot to the pile. The crime boss needs to keep enough of his or her gang happy to remain in power, but in the end, the player with the most loot is the winner.
Goodcritters plays 4-8 players, ages 12+, in about 30 minutes. Contents include 140 Loot Cards, 40 Action Cards, 40 Payoff Cards, 1 The Fuzz! Card, 8 Threat Markers, 1 Boss Marker, 16 Payoff Tokens, 9 Plastic Stands, and rulebook.
Learn more about Goodcritters at Arcane Wonders. Look for the game in stores near you in September 2018.
My wallet keeps taking a beating, but luckily I have a budget and a wife so I won’t spend too much, but lets take a look at some projects that might be worth your money. First on that list are some giant dice in the form of 55mm spin down dice being brought to you by Todd Brammer, the maker of d20 earrings. Both dice look great with the color options being molten gold or silver, and that is pretty much it. You can get one for $8 or both for $15, just a no frills Kickstarter to get you some giant spin down dice. So check out the Kickstarter page if you are interested.
Next we have another webcomic turned game and that is Heart and Brain the Party Game. This is a card, party game which is a melting pot of different challenges that you will have to face in order to get the tokens you need to win. On your turn you will draw from one of two piles, the heart deck or the brain deck. The heart deck has mainly goofy challenges grouped into dares, double dares where you perform it with someone else, voting about different situations, or challenges which involve things like beating you in a mini game or making you laugh. The brain deck is more about the mind with things like challenges on naming things, contests like who can name more famous comics, and true/false votes where you reveal something about yourself that is either true or false and everyone has to guess. There are also cards to play a game similar to Cards Against Humanity where you are trying to play your best phrases to match a prompt that was drawn. Overall if you like the humor and antics of the Heart and Brain comic, this kind of game will be right up your alley. Check out the Kicktstarter today.
After that is a new worker placement game with dice called Dice Hospital. In this game you are running a hospital, trying to cure patients to earn points. At the start of the round there will be a pool of dice rolled and those will be distributed into ambulances, thus making up the patients you will draft for that round. They are ordered in these ambulances by worst to best so while if you take the worst batch, you will get first pick on upgrades, while if you pick the best you will be picking upgrades last. Once these dice are in your hospital you will pick out an upgrade which could be better rooms to add to your hospital, or new employees which give you special abilities. Once you have picked an upgrade it’s time to treat your patients, with the pip value on the dice indicated how healthy your patient is (6 means ready to discharge, 1 means almost dead). You will place out your nurses on different rooms to be able to treat your patients, and as you discharge them you will get points for how many you can discharge in a round. At the end whoever has the most points is the winner. The base game looks great, and the deluxe game upgrades with both a dice tower and 3D ambulance to hold dice, looks even better. Check out the Kickstarter for more information and to pledge.
Next is a campaign to get some excellent minis for the Starfinder RPG being put out by Paizo. The campaign is pretty simple in that there are two levels to pledge for, each getting you the same basic miniature package along with slots for you to customize your pledge. Each pledge gets you figures for the legacy heroes like Seelah the paladin, Candy and Cola, and more generic sculpts like an elf operative, gnome mystic, or halfling pilot. The slots in each pledge will allow you to pick from a lineup of seven enemy encounter packs, 25 different heroes, two fleets, and six different big enemies, allowing for lots of pledge customization. Overall if you are wanting a good set of minis for Starfinder at about $3 a mini, you can’t go wrong with the ones in this Kickstarter campaign.
Up next we have an “anime” turned board game from Rooster Teeth called RWBY: Combat Ready. RWBY: Combat Ready is a battling game where you will be taking on the roles of Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang as you fight against the villain Roman and his minions. This is a fully cooperative game and will be taking place in two areas, the sideline and center stage. The player on center stage is battling the main villain of the scenario by playing cards and inflicting as much damage as possible. The players on teh sidelines can use their cards to aid the player on center stage, or take care of the minions or other bad events happened all around them. All of these will be played out using the cards you have, by playing the cards against the enemies you are facing. You will then flip over both your card and the villain card and whoever is faster gets to deal damage. If you are able to string consecutive hits together you can build up battle fury, making you faster and giving you access to an ultimate attack. In the end if you eliminate the villain you win, but like most coop games, there are lots of ways to lose. So if this RWBY inspired game likes interesting to you, check out the Kickstarter page.
And last, but certainly not least, we have Steamforged Games latest creation, Resident Evil 2 the Board Game. This brings the iconic survival-horror genre video game to the tabletop, putting you and your follow players up against all the horrors and monstrosities that have been created by the Umbrella Corporation. This game is a dungeon crawl game where you are venturing out into the streets of Raccoon City in a bid to escape the horror all around you. This game brings a resource management aspect to the dungeon crawl genre as the Resident Evil games were known for giving you just barely enough to survive, so you can’t be frivolous with your bullets or medicinal herbs. Plus there is a tension deck, telling you about strange sounds and figures that you see as you go down the streets and alleys. Can you afford to explore that room? Will you have enough bullets if the giant monster shows up? You will have to keep answering that question as you play the game. If this sounds like something you might be interested in, check out the Kickstarter page.