survival horror

Fans of the original Last Friday rejoice! Ares Games have announced the release of Last Friday – Return to Camp Apache. You can now take on a new evil who may, or may not, team up with the original Maniac to bring murder and mayhem to Spring Forest.

“Spring Forest, an ancient Evil is waking up again. Something that the people of the village tried to forget for years: a Demon who can enter people’s dreams and twist them into horrible nightmares…”

This expansion follows ten years after the Camp Apache tragedy. A group of young men and women return to Spring Forest in search of the Marshall, their only hope in defeating this new evil.  The game supports 3 to 7 players, aged 13+, with two players controlling the evil Demon and Maniac. Play time is around 60 minutes. The box includes two new chapters, a new opponent – the Demon, new clue tokens, new board overlays, new equipment, and five new characters. There are also two new, special characters – the Marshall, and the witch. The “Survival Horror” game mode adds real-time constraints with a 2-minute sand-timer which can also be used to play previous chapters in the original game.

The expansion is designed by Antonio Ferrara, and illustrated by Davide Corsi and Sebastiano FiorilloLast Friday – Return to Camp Apache is currently available in retail stores.

Kingdom Death Monster came on the scene four years ago with a Kickstarter campaign that went crazy, raising over $2 million on a game from a brand new company.  Now that original backers have had theirs games for a year now, interest in this highly rated story based fantasy game in through the roof for a slightly updated 1.5 edition of the game.  The game itself is an all encompassing type game where you are survivors of this nightmarish world trying to set up a settlement, but there aren’t any natural occurring resources.  So to have the material necessary to build your town as well as your gear, you will have to venture into the world and kill monsters to harvest them for raw materials.  That is the first phase of the game where through story decisions, card play, and some dice rolling you will take your own band of adventurers out into the hellish lands to kill as much as possible without being killed yourself.  After you return then you take what you gained and start building up your new civilization and upgrading your gear so that the next time you are better prepared to fight.  A typical game will last 30-60 minutes and will span one lantern year, and with an entire campaign lasting for 30 lantern years, you will have plenty of game to sink your teeth into.

Interest in this game is crazy high, with a base game pledge of $250 it has already raised over $5 million and is barely even a week into the campaign.  Just the massive amount of content in the box is meant for hours and hours of play so it may be worth it, as long as you can look past some questionable miniature model choices.  There are also over a dozen expansion already created for the game so if you ever tire of the base game, there is plenty more to do.  If this sounds interesting to you can visit the Kickstarter page, then figure out what kind of loan you want to take out to pledge for it.


A third expansion has been announced for Mansions of Madness Second Edition, although the first two expansions that have been released didn’t technically add anything new to the game.  All Recurring Nightmares and Suppressed Memories brought was any content from the first edition that wasn’t already included in the second edition, but now we have something brand new.  Beyond the Threshold will bring all new content to the game in the form of new characters, another monster called a Thrall, and more spells, weapons, objects, and affliction cards.  Associated with this expansion will also be two new scenarios that will be unlocked in the app that utilize the new content found in this expansion.

More content for this game is never a bad thing, and you can look for this to come out at the beginning of 2017.  To find out more information you can check out the preview on the FFG website.


Godforsaken Scavengers is the latest Kickstarter game from Drawblack, and it’s a push your luck survival horror type card game.  In the game you can choose to play competitively or cooperatively, from there you then pick a scenario which will give you conditions you have to meet each round as well as the overall win/loss conditions.  On your turn you will pick a pile with randomly chosen cards of three different levels of danger, safe-ish yellow, risky orange, and dangerous red.  You will start drawings cards, going as far as you like and then when you feel like you have pushed your luck enough you can stop, any cards you drew are then added to your hand.  There will be helpful cards that give you more actions, food so you are able to eat at the end of the round, or peril cards which give you afflictions.  Afflictions will give you negative effects like having to discard cards, not being able to draw from the same pile, and so on, lowering you chance for survival.  If you can survive to the end without gaining too many afflictions, you survive!

Art for this game is very clean and stark, which works great for a survival horror type game like this.  There is a good amount of variety in the box and the ability to play cooperative or competitive means you can satisfy the desired play style of multiple groups.  If this game sounds interesting to you then head on over to the campaign page to pledge for your copy.

long night

The highly anticipated expansion to the hit zombie game Dead of Winter is set to be released this summer, most likely in time for Origins.

Dead of Winter – The Long Night is both an expansion and a stand alone game.  The game has players at a new colony location trying to survive with all new new survivors against brand new challenges.  Can you handle being raided by members of other colonies?  Will you explore more and unravel the mysteries of the Raxxon pharmaceutical location to find powerful items but release stronger enemies?  Or will you upgrade your colony to help it better withstand the undead horde?  These are all choices you will get to make in this new set, and if you want you can mix in the survivors and cards from the original set to increase the variety even more.

fireteam zero

Fireteam Zero is a fast and furious cooperative boardgame of brutal squad tactics versus a relentless onslaught of horrifying foes. Fireteam Zero is a cooperative game for up to four players who must cut a path through an endless swarm of deadly monsters in order to discover and defeat the ultimate evil behind them. Each player possesses a set of brutal combat skills that are represented by a deck of cards unique to that character. Play cards to devastate the creatures in your way, help your teammates survive the onslaught, or even reshape the tactical landscape with the proper application of explosive ordnance.

fireteam zero comp

Emergent Gamesgoal was to deliver heroes that were potent and whose actions were decisive and effective. If you’re going to fight unspeakable evil to save the world, competence is the bare minimum requirement for the job.

The closing date on Kickstarter is Apr 1 2014, the funding goal for the project is $82,530 and the current pledged amount is $50,000. To receive a copy of the core game and save the world a pledge is $75.00 will make you a recruit. At this time the estimated date of delivery is October 2014.