Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News – Darien Apocalypse designer notes from the Ragnar Bros

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Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News – Darien Apocalypse designer notes from the Ragnar Bros

It’s unusual to find real creativity and risk taking in the current board game industry, especially on kickstarter where there is a huge predominance of the “same old”. Quite frankly, I find little on kickstarter nowadays  that captures my attention. Thankfully there are a few indie publishers who really push the boundaries. One is Backspindle Games who I have had the privilege to work with. Another is the Ragnar Brothers who I have admired for quite some time and they have become friends.
As I’ve done before, I’ve published designer notes for their kickstarter projects and here is another of those posts for a game that I feel deserves your attention because it is quite interesting and let’s be honest, a risk for them as the theme is pretty obscure.
From the current project which you can find HERE, which has 17 days to go…
Scotland’s tragic attempt to found a New World colony; an extraordinary game experience. Can you defeat the Horsemen of the Apocalypse?

 

1698: The hopes of a nation set sail for the Isthmus of Panama. The Gulf of Darien promised much for the Kingdom of Scotland; independence from England and a chance to stand as equals with the great trading countries of Europe. However, the fate of this New Caledonia would be beset by famine, pestilence, war and death. In under 18 months this brave attempt to carve out a new frontier would end in disaster. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse turned their eyes to Darien and found it an affront to the order of nature. Mortal sinews and stamina would not prove sufficient to overcome the visitation of inhuman wrath and by early 1700 the only remnants of this outpost of humanity were overgrown graves and derelict huts. The Horseman had triumphed. 

Can you do better against infernal forces ? Can you build a thriving community that defies the Four Horsemen?

In this game for 1 – 4 players you will make that arduous journey to Darien and you will attempt to survive all that the Four Horsemen can send against you. Darien Apocalypse can be played cooperatively or competitively; succeed against the Horsemen with or in spite of your fellow adventurers – you choose. The fate of a nation rests in your hands!

If this doesn’t sound intriguing, I don’t know what does. Dang, you are trying to survive the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse!

Here is a note from Stephen Kendall of the Ragnar Brothers and I have put a link to the designer notes below, and put up images from the project. Please check it out as you may not want to miss out on this one!
“The Design Notes you see eventually peter out (there’s only so much a man can do!) as yet more minor modifications felt significant and needed a mention. I think the overall gist is actually far more important so don’t intend tidying these up any further.  We’re still making improvements as the rules come together – always been the way with the Ragnar Bros.”
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Boardgames in Blighty News – PC Game inspired by classic tactical board war games, Burden of Command, is in development

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Boardgames in Blighty News – PC Game inspired by classic tactical board war games, Burden of Command, is in development

Sorry that I’ve been quiet for a while folks but to be honest, I haven’t seen much worth blogging about. Kickstarter, for the most part, continues to be the home of far too many unimaginative, derivative and “same old” stuff games and I find a lot of what’s on offer yawn inspiring.

Well, I’ve been awakened from my slumber by, dare I say it, a PC game (which I hope will be available on iOS.

From the press release…

Burden of Command:

A Word:  Leadership

A Phrase:  World War II tactical leadership RPG

An Experience:  You’re the Captain of a company of the fabled Cottonbalers, leading your men on and off the battlefield from Morocco to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest. Fighting psychology as much as bullets, you must build respect, trust, and battlefield experience to bring your brothers safely home.

Chris Avellone: ““Burden of Command says it all in the name – it’s the first WW2 game I’ve ever experienced where the emotional struggle comes from the top and bleeds right down into the trenches.”

Alexis Kennedy: “The sweet spot for games with narrative is the place where writing meets design. Burden of Command plants its flag right at the heart of this sweet spot.”

Professor John McManus, Curator’s Distinguished Professor of US Military History: “Burden of Command is in a class by itself. I know of no other game that brings history to life with more accuracy and immediacy. Highest recommendation!”

The Team: We’re a small indie bringing unusual skills to bear. Avellone, Kennedy, and McManus act as senior advisors, As lead I draw on a PhD in Artificial Intelligence (Yale) and Masters in Neurophysiology and Psychology (Oxford) to engineer a psychological battlefield.  The team and playtesters include an extensive group of active and retired military as well as professional writers.

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What I am loving about this game is that loads of inspiration has come has come from some of my favourite tactical boardgames such as Ambush, Squad Leader, and Combat Commander.

Here is a link to the Development diary which is very interesting and a worthwhile read. War gamers should keep an eye on this one for sure!

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