Victory Point Games

Nemo’s War is a fantastic solo board game from publisher Victory Point Games and designer Chris Taylor, originally released in 2009, but which Kickstarted a breathtaking second edition in 2015 featuring new art from Ian O’Toole. After a successful first expansion last year, which added upgrades to the Nautilus, the publisher has now started a new Kickstarter Campaign for expansion pack #2 Bold & Caring, and #3 Dramatis Personae. In Nemo’s War, players take control of Captain Nemo and his crew from Jules Verne‘s novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, exploring the oceans in the Nautilus, fighting war ships, discovering treasures, inciting revolution and overcoming story obstacles. One of the main mechanisms in the game is taking on a motive for Nemo, giving each of these actions more or less weighting in the final scoring. Bold & Caring adds two new motive cards to the game, essentially creating completely new ways to play and score high points. Nemo can now be motivated by Adventure, prioritizing exploration, collecting gemstones and taking further advantage of lull turns.

Alternatively the new Humanist motive gives Nemo a Hospital Machine, and allows “diplomatic attacks” on vessels rather than traditional destruction. Dramatis Personae gives more flavor and abilities to the crew with new adventure cards and a new finale. The Kickstarter Campaign for Nemo’s War Expansions #2 & 3 continues through December 18, and is expected to deliver in April 2019.

Tabletop Tycoon has added game publisher Victory Point Games as a publishing imprint retaining their VPG brand and logo.

Victory Point Games is a small format, indie board game publisher currently based in Irvine, California. Originally the company focused on developing quick playing historical war games like the Napoleonic 20 series, States of Siege series, and BATTLESSON series.  They have since expanded their product range to include strategy, card, family, and casual board games like Nemo’s War, Darkest Night, Renegade, and Dawn of the Zeds. Alan Emrich, States of Siege series designer, sums up what the alignment means:

 We are very happy to be working with the entire team at Tabletop Tycoon. By allowing us to focus on what we do best, developing and creating amazing gameplay experiences, it means more great games and expanding game universes for our popular series are closer on the horizon.

Tabletop Tycoon will leverage its game industry expertise and its various game publishing capabilities, from logistics to wholesale and retail sales, to support Victory Point Games.  Through Game Salute, Tabletop Tycoon publishes popular games such as  Everdell, Black Orchestra, Alien Frontiers, and Nothing Personal. Having worked with Victory Point Games team for ten years, President and CEO Dan Yarrington is pleased with the addition:

We have worked very well with the team from Victory Point Games for a long time. We are pleased to have their team joining our staff to continue to expand opportunities for the fans of their games.

“Things are far from good in Farmingdale. Some kind of virus or poison is turning ordinary people into vicious, zombie-like killers. You must lead citizens and emerging heroes to halt the Zeds’ advances by (re)killing them, attempt to coordinate the discovery of a cure, and preserve as much of the area and as many of its inhabitants as possible. There’s no time to lose…. “

Dawn of the Zeds: Third Edition is a cooperative States of Siege™ board game on Kickstarter now. Players take the role of heroes who must defend the town of Farmingdale and its five outlying villages from the invading zombies. The heroes get some much-needed help from the locals (some armed, some even heroic) they are protecting and together you must work together to prevent the Zeds (zombies) from reaching the town center or causing so much chaos in and around Farmingdale that the government abandons you completely.

Originally, this game from Victory Point Games was solitaire only but in this third edition, gameplay focus is just as much on co-op play. Now, 1-5 courageous humans can spend 90-120 minutes kicking some zombie butt and learning to come together as a group to save the awesome small town of Farmingdale.

During the Kickstarter campaign, backers can choose between three pledge levels: One for the expansion pack set, one for only the base game, and finally one with all of the content included. The reprint of Dawn of the Zeds: Third Edition includes all original gameplay stretch goals (except for No Brains Mode, which can be downloaded for free). There are no stretch goals for the expansions.

Three expansions available

In addition to the base game, three expansions are launching, each with unique, fun content that expands the game even further.

The first expansion pack – Stepping Forward – features four new characters (three heroes and one heroic civilian), who are stepping forward, ready to confront the Zeds.

The second expansion pack – New Player Blues – is more of a bummer for the plucky survivors, featuring 13 new Outbreak!, Level Event and Fate cards that expanded the story and increase the danger and excitement. Luckily, a new hero – “Bouncing” Betty Bolivar also arrives in the pack.

The third and final expansion pack – Rumors and Rails – features two new game systems. The first makes the refugees even more helpful with special rumor chits that provide heroes with useful items. The second features two trains, which allow the heroes to move in new ways and act as strategic pieces on the game board.

If you want to see an older Dice Tower review of Dawn of the Zeds (2nd edition), check this out.

‘Nemo’s War by designer Chris Taylor is getting a mini-expansion and a new printing of the Second Edition via Kickstarter. The original printing was extremely successful and is almost sold out almost everywhere, driving up demand (and prices!) on the secondary market. Victory Point Games has added an expansion for both new Little Nemo’s and those who already have the game.

A sign of the popularity of the game, the kickstarter was fully funded in just four hours with over 3,000 backers now having pledged over $100,000 of the $30,000 campaign goal. The campaign ends December 21st 2017 at 7pm MST with an estimated shipping date of December 2018. Simplifying pledge levels, the Nemo’s War expansion pack is available for $5, and the base game with the expansion pack is available for a pledge of $59.

Expansion

The Nautilus Upgrades Expansion Pack is a small expansion of  simply 12 new Nautilus Upgrade cards. The cards include the Clockwork Cipher, the Adventurer’s League, Nemo’s Manifesto, Prize Crew Quarters, and 8 more.

Nemo’s War

The base Nemo’s War game is a solo board game filled with both undersea exploration and combat. Set in 1870 players will enter the world of Jules Verne’s novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas. Playing as Captain Nemo himself, players will dive through the oceans in the electric powered Nautilus submarine, traveling the world seeking both knowledge and vengeance.

The newest printing of the Second Edition of the game is described as featuring enhanced production quality, and features of the art and graphics of Ian O’Toole throughout the game.

Prospective backers can read the rulebook here (link) and watch a video introduction to the game here (link).

What’s in the Box?

The Nautilus Upgrades Expansion Pack features:

  • 12 New Nautilus Upgrade cards (linen-finish)
  • 1 Rules booklet

The Nemo’s War Base Game box includes:

  • 1 Game box
  • 1 Rulebook (available for download here)
  • 1 Epilogues booklet
  • 1 17” x 33” game board
  • 62 Adventure cards
  • 10 Nautilus Upgrade cards
  • 6 Character Resource tiles, 2 Motive tiles, and 1 Captain tile
  • 220 tokens and markers (ships, gemstones, etc.)
  • 12 Uprising cubes (10 black wood, 2 silver)
  • 5 dice (3 white and 2 black)
  • 1 Nautilus miniature
  • 9 co-op game Officer cards

Victory Point Games

Based in a Southern California, Victory Point Games is a small format publisher printing batches of strategy, card, family and casual board games. Primarily a historical war game publisher, Victory Point Games has expanded and released popular titles including Darkest Night, Infection: Humanities Last Gasp, The Lost Cause and more.

Another week, and another round of Kickstarters to deliver a pounding to your wallet.

First up is an expansion to an award winning game, and that is Beasts of Balance Battles.  Beasts of Balance is a hybrid game where you stack geometrically shaped animals on a platform, and those animals then appear in an app you run to play the game.  Throughout the game you will moving, combining, and stacking animals in an effort to have the highest score in the app by the end of the game.  This is because while you may just stack animals in real life, in the app each action has differing effects, making this dexterity game much more interesting.  What Battles adds to the game is cards that have effects that attack and remove your opponents animals.  There are also a volcano to contend with now and divine guardians that give you special abilities during the game.  So if you want to expand your Beast of Balance game, or jump into the game now, check out the Kickstarter.

Next up is a new tile placement and area control type game called Overworld.  This game aims to capitalize on the nostalgia of Super Nintendo era RPG games, evident in their choice of box design and the similarity of game pieces to quintessential RPG characters.  In this game you are slowing building out the map, and whenever you completely surround an empty square, that becomes a dungeon.  Who controls the dungeon is determined by who holds a majority in all orthogonal directions.  At the end of the game you will trace a route through all your dungeons and however many spaces it takes will be your final score, and most points is the winner.  One other things to mention about this project is the puzzle lock system they came up with for the tiles, essentially making it so that if the pieces fit together, it’s a legal placement of the tile, a nice innovation to help simplify the game.  So if you are interested, head on over to the Kickstarter page to check out this 16-bit themed game.

After that we have a family weight game called Pepper and Carrot, the Potion Contest.  Pepper and Carrot is a tile manipulation game in that each turn you will be using action cards on the table or in your hand to manipulate tiles on your board.  What you are trying to do with those tiles is get the right ingredients connected together to form one of the three recipes on the main board.  Be the first to complete all three recipes and you are the winner.  There are also additional game modes including solo mode and Chaosah mode, where one player plays as an old witch needing only to complete one recipe, but they are at a disadvantage to the other players.  Art is excellent and very light, making this a great looking game.  Check out the Kickstarter today.

Next we have the latest game from Victory Point Games, a deck builder with a board type game called Renegade.  This is a cooperative game where you are playing hackers, fighting against the tyranny of the SMCs (super massive computers) that have brought the world to the brink.  You will use cards to generate resources on the board, and with those resources you can perform various actions to combat the SMCs.  As you generate resources, if you have three of the same kind in a spot you can convert it into an installation, allowing you access to more and stronger abilities.  As with other deck builders there will be a hackers deck that allows you to buy upgraded cards with better resources and abilities.  Can you stop the machines?  Check out the Kickstarter page for more information and to pledge.

Now we get to the smallest of the Kickstarter offerings I will be talking about, and that is Twin Stars by Button Shy Games, part of their Wallet Series of game.  These are a pack of solo game scenarios featuring the same game system, which utilizes four dice, some tokens, and three cards.  The path to victory in each game is very different, but the core of the game is dice rolling to get combinations of symbols to activate abilities.  The choices in the game come from deciding which dice to re-roll, can you accept a bad symbol combination resulting in a penalty, and how will you assign the dice to get the best effect possible.  Some of the scenarios have been released in other Kickstarters like the Rule the World and Escape the Brig, but here you will be able to get everything in one spot, including some unreleased scenarios.  Add in potential stretch goals and you could have lots of solo gaming for not much money.  Check out the Kickstarter page, and you can pledge for just the cards, supplying your own tokens and dice, or go deluxe and get everything you need to play in one package.

Finally we come to the last project I will mention, and that is an expansion to Explorers of the North Sea called Rocks of Ruin.  Explorers of the North Sea is a viking exploration game where you are sailing around in your longships, raiding towns, picking up livestock, deliver the livestock, and building outposts.  There are lots of ways to score points in the game and it came with 48 tiles giving it a play time of about an hour.  Rocks of Ruin adds new things to the game in the form of a 5th player, 24 more tiles that increase the map size by 50%, more buildings, fortresses, and shipwrecks that you can salvage.  So if you like Explorers of the North Sea, this expansion will just give you more of what you love, with the option of adding another friend to the game.  Also being included in this Kickstarter is a mini expansion for Runesaga, adding a fifth player to that along with three runestones and three inscription tiles.  So if you are interested in these expansions, head on over to he Kickstarter page.

Several board games began their Kickstarter campaigns this week, and all with vastly different themes:

Tesla vs. Edison: Duel is a 2-player card game from Artana LLC, distilled from the original Tesla vs. Edison: War of Currents and advertised to play in only 30 minutes.  Players can choose one of 8 famous inventors (including Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison, of course) and take their respective sides in the War of the Currents.  The inventors all play differently, but players can also differentiate their electric empires by hiring famous assistants, completing projects, investing in minor companies, and spreading propaganda against the other side.  The game is set to ship in October 2017.  For more information, check out the Kickstarter page here.

Sentinels of Earth-Prime is a new standalone cooperative card game that uses the rules of the hit superhero game, Sentinels of the Multiverse, in a new setting.  This time, the heroes have to protect Earth-Prime, the setting of the Mutants & Masterminds RPG from Green Ronin Publishing.  They are partnering with the publisher of the original Sentinels, Greater Than Games.  The game includes 10 hero decks, 4 villain decks, and 4 environment decks.  It is set to be delivered in April 2018.  More information can be found on the Kickstarter page here.

Chariots of Rome comes from Victory Point Games, probably best known for their historical war games.  In this game, however, 2-8 players take instead to the Circus Maximus in Rome in what appears to be a brutal chariot race in honor of the Emperor.  Players can control one of 12 single charioteers (with special abilities, obviously) or one of 4 different factions consisting of two chariots, all of which will not only compete for every millimeter on the hallowed track, but try to hinder their opponents’ progress along the way.  And on top of all that, racers will be subjected to the whims of the gods through global Fate events that may enhance or hinder even the best laid plans.  Visit the Kickstarter here.

It is the middle of the 5th century AD, and the gods are dying. In parallel to the unrest rotting the foundations of the Roman Empire, pantheons of deities across the globe see their temples profaned and their followers lament. Belief ebbs from the world….The once-mighty gods, now desperately scheming to collect remaining scraps of faith, seek a way to endure the coming Dark Age – an inevitable future pressing through time with the weight of a singularity – and every god must meet these final tests or perish forever to legend.

Victory Point Games has announced their upcoming game Twilight of the Gods: Age of Revelation, a two-player expandable card game.  Each player will wield a modifiable 50-card deck, taking on the role of one of the ancient deities from the universal pantheon of mythology.  On each turn, players will “draw two cards, acquire resources from other players, and use them to summon Creatures, Schemes, Fortifications, and Intrigues.”  A player wins if he or she manages to deplete the other player’s “life”, or deck of cards.

A copy of the game will include 4 pre-constructed, balanced decks, featuring the deities Mars, Hera, Enlil, and the Reader of Portents.

The project is set to fund on Thursday, January 6, 2017.  For more information and to support this project, visit the Kickstarter page.

high-treason

Victory Point Games’ latest creation is a two player court room game where you play out the trial of Louis Riel, a famous figure in Canadian history.  In the game one player will be the prosecutor and the other will be the defense, and unfortunately, like in the real trial, the deck is stacked in favor of the prosecutor.  Players will first have to seat a jury, with 12 jurors to choose from you will have to come down to a selection of 6 of them.  From there both players will then start playing cards to influence individual jurors or to sway people of a particular profession, faith, or nationality.  Cards will have multiple actions that can be taken on the card so you will have to pick which one you want to use at that time.  You play two rounds of the game and then play out your summation cards to wrap up your case, in the end whichever side has the most points is the winner of the case.

High Treason: The Trial of Lousi Riel is the first in Victory Point Games’ line of games called The World on Trial.  They intend to use the framework developed in this game and apply it to different trials in history for players to be able to play it out on their tables.  To learn more about the game you can check out the unboxing video on Victory Point Games’ site and also pre-order it through their site.

victory point games banner

Many things can be said about California, but no longer will it include “Home of Victory Point Games“. VPG posted a melancholy announcement on their site Monday explaining their reasons for relocating, as well as what a relocation will mean for their company and customers. It’s an informative and entertaining read, so be sure follow the link here to get the full scoop.

dawn of the zeds 3rd

In Dawn of the Zeds you are the people of Farmingdale, and recently there has been an outbreak of a new virus that is turning people into zombie like killers, nick-named zeds, and so it is up to you to rally the people and defend your home.  Dawn of the Zeds has been a highly rated solo game since the first edition was released back in 2011, and last year the Kickstarter for the third edition was successfully completed, and most recently fulfilled.  While the usual visual upgrades and rule improvements have been made for the third edition, the biggest change is that this edition adds cooperative play, so you and up to three friends will be able to work together to defend the town.  So now since all the Kickstarter backers have their game, Victory Point Games has put the third edition game into wide release and is available now on the Victory Point Games site for you to purchase.