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BD Games, also known as Beautiful Disaster Games, has launched an exclusive Kickstarter campaign for their new game, Crisis at Steamfall.  This is the second collaboration between designer Tom Stasiak and artist Bartosz Pławecki.

Beautifully illustrated, Crisis at Steamfall is a mixture of steampunk and alien sci-fi. The hallmark of this game is its variability, ensuring that each game is a new experience for players.

In Crisis at Steamfall, each player assumes the role of a character with a unique set of abilities that are enabled by character moods, a mechanic that changes over the course of the game and changes the special abilities.  Character actions are managed by an action selection mechanism that also allows players to customize the types of actions available with a selection. Each player will start with a few pieced of equipment, which can be later improved or modified with upgrades found or built with resources in workshops.

Steamfall is randomly generated city of up to nine large city map tiles and a selection of 25 random secret locations to explore.  The variable city design will help keep the exploration of the city fresh each game.

Crisis at Steamfall has two playing modes: competitive and cooperative.

In the competitive game, players explore the city in search of technology, and artifacts to crack an alien cypher.  Along the way, players earn renown for their interactions, discoveries, and achievements.  The player who cracks the alien cypher will earn three renown, and the player with the most renown at the end of the game is the winner.

In the cooperative game, the players band together to defeat invading army of mechanized civilians. The invasion can be stopped by the destructions of four pylons located in the ancient districts of the city, but the players need to protect the serenity cube in the city center at the same time all while reacting to events that may unfold in the city complicating its defense.

Crisis at Steamfall plays 1 to 4 players in about 30 minutes per player. Contents include 9 large map tiles, 90 large CCG size cards, 120 mini euro size cards, 50 wooden cubes, 4 big wooden alien pylon cylinders, 4 wooden character mood trackers, 36 small resource tokens, 14 civilian tokens, 8 stamina tokens, 7 renown tokens, 4 cipher tablet tokens, and 6 ruin tokens.

For more details, check out the Kickstarter campaign which runs until June 6, 2018 with an expected delivery of October 2018.

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Great Northern Games would like to officially announce the release of a new game by Jay Meyer, creator of Noble Treachery.  Council of Blackthorn is a game for those who enjoy “unique player powers, resource efficiency and like to balance risks and rewards.”

The official press release for this new game is as follows:

Council of Blackthorn is a board game for 2-6 players that plays in 45-90 minutes. Inspired by the inner workings of the Small Council in the Game of Thrones series, the board game captures the intrigue and betrayal of power hungry nobles trying to control the crown. Players assume the role of a member of the king’s council.

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Each player must build influence with the kingdom’s four political factions by utilizing ally and building cards. However, grabs for power may seem like treasonous acts to a suspicious king. Players will gain hidden treason points as they gain power. The most treasonous council member is beheaded! The remaining player that is the most influential member of the council wins the game.

A game of Council of Blackthorn features long term planning as well as opportunities for tactical decision making. It offers variable player powers for each of the council members and custom dice that represent the changing sympathy of the factions. All of this combines to make a strategic balancing act that is different every time you play.

Council of Blackthorn is currently running its Kickstarter project.  To learn more about the game and support this project, visit the Kickstarter page here.

For more information about Great Northern Games, Council of Blackthorn and other games in the company’s line, visit the company web site here.