Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News – Past-Go Games launches Leviathan, a micro-game inspired by Moby Dick!

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Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News – Past-Go Games launches Leviathan, a micro-game inspired by Moby Dick!

Leviathan is a 2-player nautical combat “micro” card game inspired by Moby Dick.

Overview from the Past-Go Games website

Leviathan is an asymmetrical 2-player “micro” game, which offers a dynamic tactical battle at sea with a mere 18-card deck. The cards themselves are the “playing pieces,” and movement is measured out in real space on any flat surface.

Inspired by Herman Melville’s famous literary nemeses, one player controls the fearsome Moby Dick and a pod of whales, using hidden movement to elude the opponent, who controls the whaling fleet of Ahab and his crew. Moby Dick prevails by destroying the whaleship Pequod, while Ahab won’t rest until the white whale of his nightmares is slain.

Leviathan offers players a simple set of rules but a rich wargame flavor in about 15 minutes and is highly portable. This is a great piece of introductory level naval combat for both new and experienced gamers across the age spectrum, and a wonderful homage to two of literature’s most notorious monsters.

Now this is something completely different that attempts to capture the essence of the battle between Captain Ahab and Moby Dick played out as a naval battle that lasts 15 minutes. I’ve got to say that it is very refreshing to see such a unique game.

It’s priced nicely at more or less what you might expect for a micro-game and comes with a higher pledge level if you would like a playmat. The art is striking and captures the theme very well.

Have a look me hearties at this fascinating project HERE which I would suggest is worth your consideration.

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Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News – Columbia Games launches Combat Infantry: World War 2 Tactical Block Game

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Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News – Columbia Games launches Combat Infantry: World War 2 Tactical Block Game

Well here is a change of pace from Columbia Games. A tactical block game. I would think that the fog of war provided by the block system should work well.

From the project page –

Columbia Games has published great games for more than 40 years, including four Kickstarter projects: Napoleon, Bobby Lee, Victory in Europe, and The Last Spike. Please support our new game, Combat Infantry. This fast-paced tactical game handles WWII squad level with a 12 page rulebook and, of course, our famous wood blocks… a battalion of blocks.

There have been many squad level games published over the past 40 years, but Combat Infantry is really different. The rules are just 12 pages long, but you will find their depth of play remarkable. This is partly due to two simple game mechanics.

First, our signature hardwood blocks give you fog-of-war with no muss or fuss. Because of smoke, cover, and a compelling need to “keep your head down”, fog-of-war is essential to simulate WWII tactical combat. No squad level game can claim to be realistic without it.

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Second, leadership rules that reward players who maintain unit integrity – squads belong to specific platoons, and platoons belong to specific companies, each with their own commanders.

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Go have a look at this awesome looking project HERE

Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News – The Big Beautiful Book of Board Games: Volume 1 is live

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Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News – The Big Beautiful Book of Board Games: Volume 1 is live 

So a buddy, Neil Meyer is into photography and a gamer. So why not combine both interests? Why not indeed! He has launched a Kickstarter project for a gorgeous, high quality coffee table book with awesome photos of awesome games.

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From the project…

What do you do in the time between playing your favourite tabletop games?  How do you get your ‘fix’?  I know – I feel it too… that hollowness where you just want to open a box and look at the precious things inside.  That’s why I’m printing this beautiful coffee table style book, filled with pictures of over 48 different games and game store locations!

Each game will be spread across 4 pages, with an introduction image listing the name of the tabletop game, the year of release, the designer and artist(s).  Next is a double page spread showing the game at play, illustrating the components and artwork in stunning detail.  Additionally, we provide a short summary about the game, a picture of the box (so you can go grab one!) and information about game time, player numbers and target age.

And here is a list of the games that are featured. Yes I am twisting his arm to include Luchador!

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Worth a look? Yeah I would say so. The photos look glorious and including postage it seems like a nice deal. Check out the Big Beautiful Book of Board Games: Volume 1 here.

Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News -Pirate Shipwreck is live!

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Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News -Pirate Shipwreck is live!

Arrrggghhh ye swabs! Thar’s a new pirate-themed game off the port bow in the Kickstarter Sea.

This one looks like a fun game for the family and gamers alike and its all about securing treasure from a shipwreck and preventing other players from doing the same. In the midst of all of that, you will be dealing with hazards so it sounds like you will have lots to challenges to deal with to win.

From the project –

Brave changing currents, perilous hazards, and the threat of attack from other pirates to salvage treasure from the shipwreck!

Disaster struck a pirate ship laden with treasure. Wrecked on rocks in the middle of an archipelago of islands, the pirates scattered to nearby islands on makeshift rafts. With the pirates on each island rising against the other islands to claim the treasure, you can train further pirates from your island’s indigenous population and build rafts to navigate to and from the shipwreck. When navigating, you will follow currents, anchor, or bribe your pirates to paddle harder and deviate from the direction of the current. You will contend with various hazards including whirlpools, sharks and storms, attack other players, stealing their treasure and try protecting your own treasure. The winner is the player to get the most treasure back to their island. 

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Pirate Shipwreck is a relatively light-hearted or family game for two, three, or four players. Regular gamers told us they enjoy playing the game as an opener to gaming evenings. Families also enjoy the game – adult players can scale the intensity of play to suit the age of children, whilst helping develop their spatial, communication and imagination skills.

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The good news is free shipping to all EU countries, the USA, and Canada. Shipping elsewhere is subsidised to the same extent with additional costs indicated by Kickstarter.

Check out this nice looking project here!

 

Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News – Anarchy War is live!

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Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News – Anarchy War is live!

Minis fans! This one may have slipped under your radar so check it out! I have to say that I love the look of the minis in this 2-player game from .

From the project –

Anarchy War lets you and your friends fight in infinite squirmis battles in a futuristic battleground using your soldiers and tactics for defeat your rival and achieve the objective to get a stronger army. Anarchy is a tabletop game where you will use miniatures, ten face dice, ruler, cards and scorecard. With a set of 22 unique Figures and a endlessly customisable scenario you can play as the captain of the Xydroid or the Mosgul army.

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Choose your faction: destroy the World Union Empire who is trying to delete from the planet your race, genetically created by the Union for fight the II Intergalactic War but get out of control, using the Mosgul army or suppress the rebel creatures and re establish the control and the order for the Union using the Xydroid army.

This one looks pretty groovy folks. Check it out here.

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Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News – Pompeii: Wrath of Vesuvius erupts on Kickstarter

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Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News – Pompeii: Wrath of Vesuvius erupts on Kickstarter

See what I did there? Well I tried, eh?

Punch-It Entertainment has launched their project for their game Pompeii: Wrath of Vesuvius.

Pompeii: Wrath of Vesuvius is a lightweight area-control game of building, bluffing, and destruction. For 2-5 players, ages 8 and up.

This is a light, area control game which seems like it would be fun for non-gamers. It’s co-designed in part by Jay Little, whose game design credits include: X-Wing Miniatures, Edge of Empire, Blood Bowl Team Manager.

 

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From the project –

Pompeii: Wrath of Vesuvius has only two phases in the game – the Pompeii Phase and Vesuvius Phase. Which means it’s easy to get into, but offers a variety of game play strategies with its cleverly designed building and bluffing mechanics. 

Powerful families vie for control over key districts throughout the city. Once the districts are complete, however, the mighty volcano known as Vesuvius erupts, sending its destructive lava to burn away what these families worked so hard to build.

Only a few remnants of the once proud city still stand. The family clever and fortunate enough to secure its influence during both the development and destruction of Pompeii shall claim victory!

Nothing like a good volcanic eruption to game over. The art looks very nice as do the components. This one looks like good fun folks so check it out HERE.

Btw my UK and European friends, this one is Euro friendly and for that reason alone, should be checked out.The price seems fair including shipping.

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Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News – The Ragnar Brothers have updated Backpacks & Blisters

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Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News – The Ragnar Brothers have updated Backpacks & Blisters

One of the great things about living in the UK is being able to go for walks or go “rambling” in the countryside which is pretty spectacular, especially the further north you go, like for instance in the Lake District.

I had no idea that my buds, the Ragnar Brothers had a game about rambling and as soon as I saw that they had updated it and launched a Kickstarter, I had to back it.

The staggering beauty of the English Lake District has been inspiration to poets, artists, novelists and philosophers. Backpacks and blisters is a strategic movement game with players spending a day rambling amongst mountains, woods, lakes streams and waterfalls, all captured in the delightful artwork of Marco Primo.

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Starting in the morning, each rambler sets off from the market town of Keswick with a pound in their pocket and four walking cards in their hand. Money can be used to buy chocolate or refreshments, bus rides or ferry trips. However the real work of the day is on foot, uphill and down dale. Blisters and the heavy rucksack can hinder and at lunch and then tea-time, the number of cards in hand is reduced.

All ramblers need to be back in Keswick before six pm … if not, call Mountain Rescue!

As the Lake District bids to become a world heritage site, Ragnar Brothers invite your support on Kickstarter in producing this great game and help celebrate this corner of paradise.

Intrigued? Go and check out Backpacks & Blisters

 

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