the battle at kemble’s cascade

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Space Invaders, the officially licensed board game is on Kickstarter. This is the real deal, unlike a few other games in past years that have tried to replicate the same feel of the arcade cabinet. 2 to 4 players will move their cannon and shoot aliens competing for points in this deck-building-driven adaptation. Shooting aliens gives you upgrades, bunkers protect you from retaliation, and the player with the highest score at the end of it all will be deemed the best moon defender.

“As long time fans of tabletop games and electronic games alike, we were astounded that, during all this time, nobody had yet developed a genuine SPACE INVADERS board game. […] Our primary goal is to create a fantastic board game experience while remaining true to the original game’s visual presentation and atmosphere.”

While this isn’t an average video-game adaptation, it’s not an average deck-building game either. Really this is as thoughtfully produced and designed as modern board games get, and I justify that statement based on the excellent 8-bit graphic design, the appropriately-jagged components (especially the translucent deluxe edition pieces), and the palpable sense of fun from seeing waves of enemies get wrecked in demonstration. At the time of writing this the project has already funded and is already working towards stretch goals for both it’s standard and deluxe editions, and there’s a commemorative diorama available for purchase for super fans of the arcade classic. If you’re interested in learning more about Space Invaders – The Board Game, check out the Kickstarter page for more images, rules, and updates.

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If you have played Z-Man Games’ The Battle at Kemble’s Cascade, perhaps you have had questions concerning gameplay such as rules clarifications, achievements, missions, etc.  If so, you are not alone.

In an effort to provide informative support for players of the game, game designers Anders & Olle Tyrland have created a helpful FAQ document to handle many of the questions being asked.

If the FAQ doesn’t quite answer your questions, the designers invite you to contact them on or through their contact page on the Z-Man Games website.  To access the FAQ, click here.

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Z-Man games has some games to share with us all this October.
Let’s get started with a little bit of of news before the spiel on…. Spiel in Essen.

The Pandemic: Survival! schedule is filling up fast. Z-Man has 10 confirmed events for 2014-2015 and counting. If you interested in running an event contact Z-Man.
If you had been looking for the recent 2014 Spiel Des Jahres Winner, Camel Up, or is it Camel Cup? I ted to agree with Donald, and Chris is indeed a lier.
Ok, now onto the games premiering at Essen.

For a few of this games the release dates go like this:

  • Chimera is the 1st week of November
  • Pandemic: contagion is the 1st week of November
  • The Battle at Kemble’s Cascade is the first week of November
  • Clash of Cultures: Civilizations sometime in November
  • Robinson Crusoe: Voyage of The Beagle sometime in November