Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News – Victory Point Games launches Darkest Night 2nd Ed. on Kickstarter

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Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News – Victory Point Games launches Darkest Night 2nd Ed. on Kickstarter

Great news! Victory Point Games are publishing a 2nd edition of their awesome game, Darkest Night. Its live on Kickstarter here!

A great shadow has fallen over the kingdom as the undead continue to multiply under the control of a dread Necromancer. The king’s army is broken, the lands overrun, and now the Castle has fallen. The last of the kingdom’s heroes have taken refuge in the hallowed ground of the Monastery, where the Necromancer and his dead dare not tread… yet. As he tightens his grip on the land and builds his power for a final assault, a few brave souls seek a way to fight back….

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Its an EU friendly project, YAY! AND, there are options including expansions!

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Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter news -Aether Captains takes flight on Kickstarter

 

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Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter news – Aether Captains takes flight on Kickstarter

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Aether Captains returns on Kickstarter by MAGE Company & Ninja Division! An asymmetric steampunk board game for 1-5 players, of villainous sky pirates and heroic naval zeppelins in epic conflict above the skies of Arkady. A game by Todd Sanders. 
What is Aether Captains?
Here one player commands the mighty naval zeppelins of the Grand Compact: Dauntless and Dominion. As Commander, you have been tasked by the Emperor to defend the Grand Compact and Arkady from the merciless sky pirates. With your staunch crew of steam welders, engineers, navigators and gunners, you fly with honor to confront the pirates threatening Arkady. The remaining players command waves of attacking sky pirates, each with their own unique objectives which may pit them against any player when it results in the greatest profit for themselves. Infamous and feared, you have risen through the cutthroat cadres to become a War Captain. You swear to never rest until you control the skies and the Grand Compact falls!
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Aether Captains offers a unique gaming experience and playstyle which begins with the different roles players assume. The Navy Commander protects Arkady from the raiding War Captains, using a “points selection” system. The War Captains who are attacking Arkady play using an “action choice” system. Although War Captains have the same goal of raiding Arkady, they do not play cooperatively except when it will result in the greatest benefit for them based upon each player’s unique objectives. Aether Captains use 6-sided dice to form the different ships which compose the fleet of the Navy Commander and the War Captains. These “dice-ships” play a strategic role in the game, but players do not roll them. The dice-ships represent the power and life of each player’s fleet. All ships begin the game with their starting face up. As the ships take damage, players turn the die face to the next side. Each side of the ship’s dice represent several numbers: attack, strength, and value.

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Each War Captain recruits a fleet of up to three dice-ships with a value equal to or lower than five points. Each War Captain plays the game with their own unique objectives. Each objective card creates different elements and conditions in the game, increasing the replayability. Each objective has an Entry Point, which specifies a city or an area on the game tiles where the War Captain’s fleet begins the game. Aether Captains uses twelve-sided dice (d12) as a randomizer for attacking, damage, value of resources, and other elements of the game which require a randomizer. Aether Captains attributes are mechanically built upon a small set of cardinal numbers: 2, 3, 4, 6. A D12 nicely combines with these cardinal numbers for multiplying and dividing, and provides the game with a smooth and natural feeling.

The ship miniatures are used to mark your fleet’s location and movement on the game board as they make their way over the skies of Arkady. Movement can be affected by not only other players’ ships, but by the wind and weather. Choose the path you take carefully. The enemy is waiting, hidden in the clouds—ready to attack! The dice used in the game act as miniature ships for the players. As a ship takes on damage, the dice are rotated to show different faces and the players can see the damage to their ships mounting. So you get a nice realtime visual effect of the ship in trouble. Cannons on sections of the ship also lose range as damage is taken so it is important for the player to spend time repairing the ship which takes away from attack and defense so there is a strategic balance to contend with. Here you see all the 6 dice of a zeppelin ship from the top to the bottom. From the left to the right you see the different faces of each die while it gets damaged more and more.

Go check out the project now!

Boardgames in Blighty BEST Boardgames List – What are the BEST board games? Ask a gamer which ONE game will they never sell…

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Boardgames in Blighty BEST Boardgames List – What are the BEST board games? Ask a gamer which ONE game will they never sell…

So many games, so little time, storage space or money…😦 So if you are going to buy games, you want them to be great, right? Who better to ask than an experienced board gamer?

So I posted the following question on Twitter – What ONE game in your collection would you never sell? I mean if you had to choose one to hang onto, which would it be? I got quite a few responses, some maybe surprising, some not. Are these the best games ever made? I will leave that up to you. But there are reasons the owners will NEVER sell them which suggest that they are worth getting. I daresay that this has got to be just as good a best Board Games list is any.

Please feel free to post your ONE never sell game…

 

memoir Memoir 44 with expansions ( My choice)

TTAGES Through the Ages

Carc Carcassonne

Hanabi Hanabi

Keyflower Keyflower

fieldsofarle Fields of Arle

Dune Dune

Netrunner Android: Netrunner

WHQ Warhammer Quest

Twilight Twilight Struggle

Reef Reef Encounter

Descent Descent (a fully painted copy)

Evo Evo

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A&AAxis & Allies: Spring 1942

tzol Tzolk’in

weather Weatherslam (well… the comment was they love the awful art…)

notredameNotre Dame

N HexNeuroshima Hex

Legendary Legendary

Galaxy Galaxy Trucker

LOW Lords of Waterdeep (with expansion)

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Boardgames in Blighty News – Carnival Zombie 2nd Edition from Albe Pavo coming to Kickstarter

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Boardgames in Blighty News – Carnival Zombie 2nd Edition from Albe Pavo coming to Kickstarter

My friends from Albe Pavo have announced that they will be upgrading Carnival Zombie with a 2nd edition, soon to be on Kickstarter.

I asked them for some details so here you go…

DIFFERENCES WITH 1st EDITION

Here’s a list of all improvements included in the new edition:

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  • SCEANRIOS: A totally new gaming experience with new challenges for the heroes, giving you the chance to try different types of gameplay. More details below!
  • BOSSES: New Boss mechanics.
  • IMPROVED RULES: Improved and fixed rules details.
  • RULEBOOK: Total revision based on reviews and comments from many players.
  • NEW OBJECT CARDS: A new object for each character. (this will be KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE)
  • IMPROVED COMPONENTS: Better board quality, darker barricade cubes, outlined terrain tiles, and improved graphics for easier reading and playing.

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SCENARIOS

Scenarios are really really cool and will allow players to face totally new challenges.

  • Some of the features that you will find in scenarios are:
  • Tutorial scenario
  • Shorter games
  • Traitor
  • Scalability: variable number of characters in play (one character for each player)
  • More ability game
  • Night-only scenarios

The 2nd Edition will be released with new scenarios in addition to the base campaign that was already so successful in 1st Edition.

WHY a 2nd EDITION?

Carnival Zombie 1st Edition was very successful. It sold out in just 3 months after its release in November 2013 and was very well received by gamers. So we immediately started planning for a 2nd Edition on which we wanted to improve our game, both in materials and contents.

Carnival Zombie impressed both gamers and publishers, many of whom we immediately started talking to about a co-production. Unfortunately publishers wanted to change the graphics of the game because they found our zombies too gruesome and grotesque. Believe us, we know Italian zombies really well and they aren’t cute at all! We like our zombies the way they are and most importantly, we think that they are perfectly themed for Carnival Zombie’s setting. So we don’t want to make them cute. But ALBE PAVO is a small studio and we simply do not have the resources necessary to publish a reasonable number of copies worldwide to reach all the customers who want our game. So we decided to go for a KICKSTARTER campaign.

PEOPLE OWNING 1st EDITION

Why should people who own the 1st Edition support the 2nd Edition KICKSTARTER campaign?

Because supporting this campaign will allow them to buy optional purchases which contain some stretch goals that will be unlocked with your help during the campaign.

We have a LOT of new content that we would like to unlock: objects, characters, bosses…

 

So there you are my friends. I have to say that the minis look pretty fab and the Italian take on Zombies is refreshing so be on the lookout as I think that you just may want to back this one.

For more information go to the Facebook page…

https://www.facebook.com/Carnival-Zombie-2nd-Edition-Kickstarter-1508607102797395/

Here’s also TWITTER account: https://twitter.com/AlbePavo

 

 

 

Boardgames in Blighty News – Overlords of Infamy from Obscure Reference Games is LIVE on Kickstarter

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Boardgames in Blighty News – Overlords of Infamy from Obscure Reference Games is LIVE on Kickstarter

I continues to be a busy time over on Kickstarter for sure.  Overlords of Infamy appears to be one of the few exceptions amongst the many many fantasy themed games populating Kickstarter that has caught my interest. If I had the cash I would definitely be tempted. In fact I suspect that fans of Lords of Waterdeep will be very interested to check out this Kickstarter project.

From the Kickstarter page –

Overlords of Infamy is a ridiculously silly medium-weight game of world domination for   (currently) 2-4 Players Ages 8+, and the first project from Obscure Reference Games. Overlords of Infamy has been described as an original take on quest completion, borrowing elements from Lords of Waterdeep and Settlers of Catan, while also blending in its own style. 

Join us on Planet Fred and take on the role of one of the Evil Overlords vying to reign supreme after a campaign of sowing misery throughout the land. Exploit the land around your lair, then command your Lackeys to gather the necessary resources from them to complete your Nefarious Plots in order to spread Misery across the land. Along the way you’ll have to contend with a pesky Adventuring Hero from the Kingdom of Good, your fellow Overlords, and maybe even Planet Fred itself! 

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Its nice to see a light game that doesn’t take itself too seriously in the fantasy genre and yet seems to have a mix of good fun mechanics in the gameplay experience. AND its EU friendly! Yes!

For more information check out the project here… Overlords of Infamy on Kickstarter

Boardgames in Blighty News – Fryx Games to launch Terraforming Mars in the Summer 0f 2016

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Boardgames in Blighty News – Fryx Games to launch Terraforming Mars in the Summer 0f 2016

The boys at Fryx games continue to produce games that are a bit different and that’s why I try and keep you all informed as I think they are deserving of support.

I reckon you Euro gamers will certainly be interested in Terraforming Mars with its theme, territory building, resource management, and mechanics including tile placement, card drafting, hand management, and variable player powers.

From Boardgamegeek

In the 2400s, mankind begins to terraform the planet Mars. Giant corporations, sponsored by the World Government on Earth, initiate huge projects to raise the temperature, the oxygen level, and the ocean coverage until the environment is habitable. In Terraforming Mars, you play one of those corporations and work together in the terraforming process, but compete for getting victory points that are awarded not only for your contribution to the terraforming, but also for advancing human infrastructure throughout the solar system, and doing other commendable things.

From their website

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The taming of the Red Planet has begun!

Corporations are competing to transform Mars into a habitable planet by spending vast resources, and using innovative technology to raise temperature, create a breathable atmosphere, and make oceans of water. As terraforming progresses, more and more people will immigrate from Earth to live on the Red Planet.

In Terraforming Mars, you control a corporation with a certain profile. Play project cards, build up production, place your cities and green areas on the map, and race for milestones and awards!

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Will your corporation lead the way into humanity’s new era?

You will find a wealth of interesting design and development information including the rules there to whet your appetite.

 

Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News 12/02/16 – ICYMI Victoriana is live on Kickstarter and it looks awesome

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Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News 12/02/16 – ICYMI Victoriana is live on Kickstarter

Every once in a while, something a little different comes along on Kickstarter and I miss it. Victoriana somehow slipped under my radar which isn’t always so great anyway. I suspect it has slipped under you radar as well as normally I would have thought that it would be at least 50% funded by now. Probably the competition from TMNT has had an effect…

From the campaign page –

Play as famous characters from Victorian literature and history as you try to stop a conspiracy that threatens Queen and Country!

Victoriana is a cooperative board game for 1-4 players. In Victoriana, players take the role of famous Victorian characters. Following a trail of clues through sprawling 19th century London, these characters must investigate a dire conspiracy that threatens Queen and Country. If all three elements of the conspiracy- Mastermind, Plot, and Locale- are discovered before Big Ben chimes midnight, the players have a chance to engage in a climactic confrontation for the fate of the British Empire. God save the Queen!

What is interesting is the mash-up of interesting and fun Victorian themes so that they interact with each other.

It’s really nice to see an attractive game project without the irritating earlybirds and umpteen add-ons. It seems like a fair price for the game and it is EU friendly which helps a lot.

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If I had the cash I would be tracking this one as looks like a fun, interesting cooperative game with a winning theme. I suspect that this would be of interest to a number of you so check it out for sure here – Victoriana on Kickstarter

 

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