Gen Con News – If I had the cash to be at Gen Con 2014, I’d look at…

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Gen Con News – If I had the cash to be at Gen Con 2014, I’d look at…

I’ve been following the goings on at Gen Con 2014 and I watched a number of BGG broadcasts showcasing new games. I also looked at the BGG new release list.

I’ve come to the conclusion that there are only a handful of new games that I really think are interesting.

XFiles

X-Files from IDW Games and Pandasaurus Games

From BGG – As a long time fan of the TV show, I’m pretty interested in this game. It sounds like they’ve got loads of references to the show. Hopefully it has the feel of the episodes.

In The X-Files, players take on the role of Mulder, Scully, and the X-Files team as they work to uncover global conspiracies and threats while going up against various members of the Syndicate. In game terms, 1-4 agent players team up against one opponent who controls the Smoking Man and his nefarious network.

The X-Files board game will focus on material from the first three seasons of the television series, giving fans a chance to start from the beginning of the phenomenon.
http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/156737/x-files

DOW

 Dead of Winter from Plaid Hat Games

Yes, there are far too many zombies games around. But this one stands out as something different and much more about the characters. Sounds fun.

From BGG - Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game, the first game in this series, puts 2-5 players in a small, weakened colony of survivors in a world where most of humanity is either dead or diseased, flesh-craving monsters. Each player leads a faction of survivors with dozens of different characters in the game.

Dead of Winter is a meta-cooperative psychological survival game. This means players are working together toward one common victory condition — but for each individual player to achieve victory, he must also complete his personal secret objective. This secret objective could relate to a psychological tick that’s fairly harmless to most others in the colony, a dangerous obsession that could put the main objective at risk, a desire for sabotage of the main mission, or (worst of all) vengeance against the colony! Certain games could end with all players winning, some winning and some losing, or all players losing. Work toward the group’s goal, but don’t get walked all over by a loudmouth who’s looking out only for his own interests!

Dead of Winter is an experience that can be accomplished only through the medium of tabletop games. It’s a story-centric game about surviving through a harsh winter in an apocalyptic world. The survivors are all dealing with their own psychological imperatives, but must still find a way to work together to fight off outside threats, resolve crises, find food and supplies, and keep the colony’s morale up.

Dead of Winter has players making frequent, difficult, heavily- thematic, wildly-varying decisions that often have them deciding between what is best for the colony and what is best for themselves.
http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/150376/dead-winter-crossroads-game

sentinel

Sentinel Tactics from Greater Than Games

I enjoy Sentinels of the Multiverse and a game with minis based on it sounds great.

From BGG -Sentinel Tactics: The Flame of Freedom is a tactical combat game that uses a hex grid map to represent terrain. Each player controls one or more heroes or villains, each of which has unique powers. Combat is based on the rolling of six-sided dice. Whereas Sentinels of the Multiverse is a fully cooperative game,Sentinel Tactics is a team-based game. Groups of players will cooperate against either a villain player or against another team of players, so while the game is competitive, cooperation and teamwork are still vital to the gameplay.

http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/146408/sentinel-tactics-flame-freedom

samurai

Samurai Spirit from FunForge

Seems fun and very silly but could be fun.

From BGG -

Samurai Spirit is a co-operative game in which each player is a fierce samurai defending a village surrounded by a horde of bandits. The game plays out over three turns during which each player takes turns drawing bandit cards, then choosing whether they want to fight the bandit, defend the village, or let the bandit pass in order to help the other samurai.

The challenge of the game consists of balancing your choices: Should you fight each enemy to quickly reach your beast capacities, while also coming closer to the death and risking further loss by not defending the village sufficiently? Should you mainly defend or help the other samurai, taking the risk of remaining human too long and therefore weaker, when you know that weakness will be a major problem when facing the lieutenant and the villain bosses? Each enemy presents a tough choice to you, your team, and ultimately the whole village! Each turn ends with farms and fences being destroyed, and since those aren’t unlimited, you must do what’s necessary to end the game with at least one undamaged farm and enough farmers to tend it. Do you have what it takes to stand against evil and become a true hero?

Fight with courage, smartly assist your teammates, defend the poor villagers, turn into a savage beast, and wreak havoc on the enemy lines — all of this is up to you! Ultimately it would be your honor to chose to die in a ultimate sacrifice in order to save the village. All of this is what makes the true samurai spirit!
http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/158900/samurai-spirit

rhine

1944: Race to the Rhine from Phalanx Games

Not totally convinced about this one as its not really a war game but maybe…

1944 Race to the Rhine is a new game experience. You can’t win this game without proper planning. Your tanks need gas to move and ammo to fight. But don’t forget to feed your GIs. So what would be your transport priority?

Will you follow General Patton’s strategy to discard ammo in order to bring additional fuel barrels along to move boldly forward? Would you risk your prestige and gamble on Market-Garden as Field Marshal Montgomery did? Would you cross the Rhine more quickly than General Bradley did, with the help of your hard work and a little luck?
http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/148601/1944-race-rhine

libertyroad

War Stories: Liberty Road from Conquistador Games

Tactical war game with what sounds like a good simplified system with a good level of detail. However, I’m not thrilled about the art so maybe…

From BGG – War Stories combines the best of miniature gaming with the best of board gaming to create a fast-playing, rewardingly deep tactical battle system with wooden blocks — and optional museum-quality vehicle miniatures. Easy to learn for the casual gamer and difficult to master for the die hard wargamer, pushing infantry and gorgeous tanks around the board has never been this much fun! Liberty Road, the second entry in the War Stories series, features twenty scenarios chronicling the liberation of Europe by the Western Allies during World War II — from the beaches of Normandy to the Battle of the Bulge — Liberty Road puts glorious Shermans, Panthers, King Tigers and many more high-quality pre-painted miniatures at your disposal to achieve your objectives and outfight your opponent.

http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/136229/war-stories-liberty-road

Kickstarter News 10/8/14 – If I had the cash I’d look at… Plus a rant at non-EU friendly Kickstarter project owners

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Kickstarter News 10/8/14 – If I had the cash I’d look at… Plus a rant at non-EU friendly Kickstarter project Owners

 

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Redacted from LudiCreations

Spycraft, intrigue, bluffing and betrayal in the cold war, for 002-006 agents. Turtleneck, one-liners & british accent not included.

This one looks pretty interesting.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ludicreations/redacted-0?ref=discovery

Florenza

Florenza from Mage Company
Become the most powerful family in the city of Florence during the Renaissance period by recruiting artists, architects and painters.

I am generally not a fan of Euro-style games but this should be of interest to those of you who are. And the art looks gorgeous.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/magecompany/florenza?ref=discovery 

 

Sorry, folks but there is nothing else I’d bother with as the same old themes keep cropping up and there were a couple of others that looked interesting but were priced out by the European shipping.

Note to Table Top Game Kickstarter project owners…

Stop being short sighted and get your act together and work with distributors like Game Salute that will work with you to bulk ship to the UK and Europe, thereby keeping the cost of shipping down and avoiding import duties. If I don’t see an EU friendly guarantee on your project I most likely will not consider giving your project a look at all!

End of Rant…

 

News – Trifecta from Victory Point Games now available

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News – Trifecta from Victory Point Games now available

Trifecta, from Zoran Dobrijevic, is a fast, competitive game made specifically for two players. Work your way to victory or spend your turns foiling your opponent just as they think they have a winning row.

Players take turns back and forth adding one card at a time to each of six rows. If a row has five cards in it and the total value of the cards is between or equal to 21 and 26, the owner of that row gains a point and the row is emptied. If the total value is a different number, the row is emptied and the owner gains no points.

Be the first to complete three successful rows of cards and victory is yours!

Click here for all the details on Trifecta.
- Victory Point Games
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Kickstarter News – Pack O Game – TINY card games that are FUN to play ANYWHERE

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Kickstarter News – Pack O Game – TINY Card Games That Are Fun To Play ANYWHERE

Ok so here we we have a newish project that seems to take the Micro-Game in a bit of different direction from the rest.

A whole new concept in portable gaming! Each game has been carefully designed and play-tested in order to take full advantage of the unique Pack O Game™ aesthetic, while providing maximum replayable FUN! 

Chris Handy has taken a fresh approach to the genre and offers a series of mini-games which suit most tastes. Looks fun!

Check it out here – www.kickstarter.com/projects/713947418/pack-o-gametm-tiny-card-games-that-are-fun-to-play

Review – Fidelitas from Green Couch Games

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Review – Fidelitas from Green Couch Games

Note – the following review is of a preview copy as Fidelitas funds are being raised currently on Kickstarter to produce the final version.

This review has been provided by Guest Reviewer, Benny Sperling who I hope will become a regular contributor to Boardgames in Blighty.

 

Fidelitas is a card game from designers Jason Kotarski (Great Heartland Hauling Co) and Philip DuBarry (Revolution!, Kingdom of Solomon). It plays quickly, in about 20 minutes, and offers a great deal of finagling, backstabbing, and frustration – for your opponents!

The story of Fidelitas is one of treachery and cunning. The players represent usurpers planning to overthrow the king and claim power. However, they are seeking to muster the most support among the populace as possible. By playing cards and scoring Missio’s, the players develop renown in the kingdom and begin to lead the charge to take back what is their’s from the desolate monarch!

The game has 3 types of cards:

Locations (there are 5 and they will be present in the middle of the table with 2 spots on each to play cards),

Virtus (characters who have abilities), and

Missio (which are objective cards the players are trying to fulfill).

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Turns are relatively easy, but will occasionally present a dilemma. Most of the time you will have 2 Virtus cards in your hand to play to the Locations and 2 Missio cards you are trying to complete. Some of the Virtus cards have matching Location Guild crests and must be played to either of these 2 spots, while other cards, like the Miscreants guild, do not match any of Guild crests and may be played anywhere. After playing the card, the player will take the action on the card.

The Tavern is an alternate action as it does not have a Guild crest and any card may be played here to help the player cycle their more difficult Missio cards out of their hand. In doing so, they add another Virtus card from the top of the deck to the opposite side of the Tavern to help speed along the games’ end.

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Players will then try to accomplish their Missio cards if possible and score them to the side. The player will then draw until they have 2 Missio cards. They will also draw a replacement Virtus card.

The game can end when the Virtus deck is exhausted twice or when a player has earned a set number of points depending on number of players playing. The player who has earned the most points will have mustered enough support to usurp the monarch and lead the country into a new age of enlightenment, or not.

I played Fidelitas with 2, 3, and 4 players. The second time with 4 players, I used the “Recommended team variant.” This is highly recommended as it can take some of the luck out of trying to play with 4 players, as it felt a bit chaotic. With 2 and 3 players, strategy is definitely possible, but you can watch as the Locations fill with Virtus cards that lead you away from your goal. There are a lot of snarky moves as far as blocking or disrupting what it appears opponents may be trying to do. Players who have played before will have an advantage in this regard as they will know the Missio cards, but that is not to say they are going to win. Sort of like knowing the Titanic will sink, but then having little control over how hard it hits the iceberg.

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In all, I quite enjoyed Fidelitas. I would not play 4 player without teams though. I highly recommend it for players who enjoy a quick game with friends, it could well be played at the pub with a pint in hand or at a family gathering.

 

Disclosure: I know both Jason and Phil through twitter, @jasonkotarski & @pdubarry they were nice enough to send me a preview copy of Fidelitas, which will heading to kickstarter on August 1st. I plan to back it as well, because I think it’s a great filler. My opinion is based on playing the game.

 

 

 

Kickstarter news 2/8/14 – If I had the cash I’d look at…

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Kickstarter News 2/8/14 – If I had the cash I’d look at…

Wizard

Wizard Dodgeball from Mindgap Studios

Wizard Dodgeball is a 2 player, turn-based sports game. Each player drafts a team of wizards and then chooses spells based on their team’s stats. There are no tables to look up or spell lists to consult as all the information is in front of you on the cards. This leaves you all the time to focus on your strategy of when to rush for the balls, cast spells, and throw at your opponent’s team.

Looks fun and unusual. This project has a high goal however and hasn’t started very well. You might want to show it some love.

 

https://kickstarter.com/projects/peternewland/wizard-dodgeball?ref=discovery

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Fidelitas from Green Couch Games

In Fidelitas, players take on the role of faithful citizens in a medieval city exerting influence in order to gain the credibility needed to lead the charge against the corrupt crown. Players play character cards to various locations that make up the city in order to meet conditions of hidden objectives. Each type of character card is associated with a unique action that manipulates cards in the game; use the Butcher to bully other characters to new locations, use the Student to gain more cards, use the Soldier to keep the peasants from loitering too long.

 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2005228768/fidelitas-a-card-game-of-medieval-meddling-for-2-4?ref=discovery

 

 

 

Cahoots

Ios News – Cahoots! – Available on iOS devices Monday August 4th

Cahoots

One of my gaming pals, Josh Edwards, of Board Game Reviews by Josh sent me the lowdown on a new game that he has worked on coming to iOS devices.

Cahoots!, a new and exciting trick taking game by designer Jay Treat is releasing for iOS devices on Monday, August 4.

The game features a unique mechanism in which you are partnering with all of your opponents at the same time, while still competing for the highest overall score.  The app features an interactive tutorial, three different AI modes, and multiple achievements for ongoing challenges.

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It took me 5 minutes to learn and its a fun little trick taking card game that is challenging and good fun.

Check it out!

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