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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 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 – Young Enterprise students attempt to win a YE competition with their Kickstarter card game, I Meme It

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Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News – Young Enterprise students attempt to win a YE competition with their Kickstarter card game, I Meme It

Hi all! It’s been a while eh? Well, I was contacted by Abdulla Mansour Co-lead Teacher, Kingsbury High School. Young Enterprise UK who is helping a group of High School students with a card game kickstarter project called I Meme It. If they are successful, they can move to the next round of a Young Enterprise competition. I am all for supporting Young Enterprise students so I wanted to spread the word as they have 11 days left on their project. The more young people we can encourage, the more the hobby grows!

Here is the note that I received. Have a look at the project. Its very basic but you may want to back in any case or spread the word, leave feedback, etc. Over to you.

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Hi,

I’m emailing you as a high school teacher, whose students are taking part in the Young Enterprise competition here in the UK. They’ve made a card game called I Meme It, which is similar to Cards Against Humanity. The basic premise is the central card is replaced with a picture, and players take it in turns to offer what they think the best caption would be from a choice of caption cards in their hands.

Their kickstarter (found at http://bit.ly/imemeit) is going well, with 11 days left in this first round of sales. Every sale will bring them closer to getting to the next round of the competition – where they have set up (and by July will have wound up) a company from scratch, learning all the skills required to set up or work in the future. This has thus far been invaluable as an extra curricular activity when applying for universities next year.

If you’d like a promotional pack of the game to review, please let me know by reply email and I will organise for one of the students to send it to you. I look forward to hearing from you, and I thank you for your time!

Regards,

Abdulla Mansour
Co-lead Teacher, Kingsbury High School
Young Enterprise UK

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 – Moveable Type: The Card Game is a bargain on Kickstarter!

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Boardgames in Blighty Kickstarter News – Moveable Type: The Card Game is a bargain on Kickstarter!

Just when you think you’ve seen a lot of the same old on Kickstarter, along comes a nice little surprise. Well here we find Moveable Type: The Card Game which looks like a nice little word game which looks like good social fun. And at 14 Euro for the core pack? A BARGAIN!

Check out the 16-Day project here.

From the project page…

Movable Type a is a pick-and-pass word game for families, friends, and word nuts! Features high interaction and simultaneous play!

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Movable Type is a fully card-driven game. Your set will contain the following, packed in a fully illustrated tuckbox.

– 50 letter cards
– 5 round tracking cards
– 10 objective cards with author illustrations
– Full Rules

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VPG Press Release – High & Tight released!

VPG Press Release – High & Tight released!

Let’s Play Ball!

http://victorypointgames.com/details.php?prodId=182

It is said that every baseball team will win one-third of its games and lose one-third of its games. Now, step onto the field and find out what it takes to win “that other one-third”!

A favorite pastime has finally found its way into the ballpark of VPG’s Sports Series. High & Tight, from designer Hermann Luttmann, is a simple, two-player game of baseball strategy for two players, utilizing teams to the fullest and going head to head in the field, anywhere from spring training to the intensity of the World Series.

Focus on how to best form your team line-up, and battle inning by inning in an effort to emerge victorious! Think you have what it takes to efficiently manage your players, maximizing their specific talents as well as utilize Strategy cards to subtly increase the odds of scoring and preventing runs? Manage your team’s assets, take advantage of the opportunities, and knock it out of the ballpark on the “field of dreams.” Step up to the plate with High & Tight … And let’s play ball!

Click here for all the details and to order High & Tight.

– Victory Point Games

Pandemic

I am currently looking at that this terrific game. I already had a play through to learn the mechanics and am going to have another soon. This is a co-operative game published by Z-Man Games which pits 2-5 players against various diseases threatening to spread across the world. Each player plays a specific roll such as a medic or a researcher and work together to find cures to stop the diseases from spreading. First impression is terrific. Really looking forward to playing this with friends.

For more info –

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/30549/pandemic