Board Game Vlog #11 with Maggibot

So I’m back in the land of tasty water and fast wi-fi!!

Let me tell you, do not expect to easily upload from major conventions. I need a press badge next time(my coworkers had them and told me of the magnificent wifi in their lounge)… and yes, now I know that press badges exist, ha!

This is a mini I-swear-i’m-still-alive-post. I’m currently writing up some thoughts on the rest of the con!

Foretold: Rise of a God was surprisingly fun. It’s a card game, multi-player experiences and dungeon crawl. yep. Speaking with the designer he wanted to create the same feeling you get from a great game of EDH(a style of MTG– it’s okay, you can unfollow now).
He did that very thing! It had an interesting balance of set collection and timing. A little negotiation, and because it was made by Legion Supplies… very pretty accessories available. Will be picking this up when it’s out.

Coup Reformation is something I had backed on kickstarter. We played a pickup game with a table that got a lot more than they expected. Brian and myself are not the most casual of negotiators… so they were taken aback when the deals started flying around the table.

We didn’t get to finish our game of Equinox, though we got through 2/3 before the room closed. It’s going to be a fast-paced game until the last 10 moves, when you really want to maximize your impact on the board. Knowing the tiles will also help immensely… in your first play everything is such a surprise!

Next I’ll try to put together a 5 things to do and not to do for a convention… until then? sleeeep

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GenCon Must-Sees

GenCon is two weeks away, so I compiled a list of the things I will not miss! It’s kinda giant though so I’ll understand if you skim it! I can’t imagine I’ll have time for all of this, but I’m going to try! I’ll follow up my time at Indy with a video top 10.

Because of the nature of GenCon I would imagine FFG will have very cool stuff not listed here that they have not yet announced. I didn’t link to the Haba/r&r type kids stuff but I’m sure those are worth a look or two.

 

Fief: France 1429: This is a classic game in France getting a big fancy update for the states! Made a heck of a lot of money on kickstarter.

Doomtown Reloaded: This is the LCG remake of this immensely popular game. It’s a territory control game with a poker feel.

Consequential: I do not have words to explain the interest this game holds for me. It has world-building aspects, a companion app that is required and the base game comes with 4 acts. This could be the next iteration of technology mixed with legacy-style gaming. I originally tried to kickstart this project before they held it back to further design work.

Abyss: This is power-grabbing card/draft game with amazing art!!

The Witcher Adventure Game: This is based on the books/games/comics and retold through a game by Ignacy Trzewiczek  This is story-telling with asymmetrical character-driven decisions.

Five Tribes: This is Days of Wonder trying to break into the heavier space of gaming. This is worker manipulation? You move your tribe around a bit, so you don’t remove them like regular worker placement. I couldn’t be more excited about this one.

40K Conquest: This is the next in the LCG line to follow up the Star Wars card game. Players will battle (somewhat brutally) over planets until they can claim the prize! Yeah, I know that this is only going to appeal to a certain demographic, but I’m excited none the less.

Epic Resort: fun-looking casual worker placement game about running a resort. I missed the Kickstarter for this one, but Ben Harkins(the designer) is one smart cookie. Cannot wait to see it in person.

Nautilus Industries: Beautifully designed with a very unique market system. Supposedly works well even with two players. Yay stocks!

Argent the Consortium: I wanna be a wizard! Very unique worker placement game. Opponent’s abilities are changing constantly. Do want.

Chaosmos: This space game looks mean and fun. You drop cards off around the universe as you hop from planet to planet.

Imperial Settlers:   This is one I have ordered for pickup. This is the farming/pillaging take on the 51st State Engine from Portal Games.

Panamax:  Very heavy, lots of actions. Shipping. Dice that aren’t rolled. Yesssssssss

Temporum: Time jumping game from Rio Grande. Almost no advertisement… so I guess I’ll just see it for myself.

The Z-Man Booth: They will have Tragedy Looper, Battle at Kemble’s Cascade and the new standalone Pandemic. All the things.

Operation FAUST:  Lets all hide precious art from the Nazis, and each other!

Dead of Winter: This is the first of Plaid Hats’ new series. It is a “meta cooperative” and that term is not my favorite thing… but the game couldn’t look cooler.

 

 

Race for the Galaxy: Alien Artifacts… Could it finally be coming out?!?

ImageReading about the new Race for the Galaxy expansion makes me very happy. This one has been in the works for a long time. I know this was to perfect the design… the components in Race have never been that impressive.

They had to get it right, Race is an institution. They are changing the format to a beloved title to give it a board. Exploration is now going to be tile-based.

Best news of all? It is shipping now.

 

I cannot wait to revisit one of my favoritist games ever… and to drag all my friends along with me.

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Fantasy Flight Dusts off Diskwars

Fantasy Flight put out a press release for Warhammer: Diskwars. Diskwars was a quickly overlooked CCG license from the late 90’s. Overlooked until you shove it into the realm of Warhammer I guess? They’ve announced that this should not be considered a CCG, and its core set will have everything a player needs. So maybe this will become a living card game, without the cards?

disk-anatomyI like the novelty of the disks, and using them to measure movement is just smart. Now will this put the constructible boosters back into vogue? A reboot of Pirates of the Spanish Main would be so, so cool.

The disk’s anatomy looks plenty intuitive. The game plays by the disks flipping on top of one another, pinning the other in place. It’s due in stores early next year, so i’ll be keeping an eye out.

Preorder for Omen is active!

ImageZOMG, Pre-orders went live this week for Omen: Reign of War!!

This is a STUNNING two-player card game from Small Box Games. They are only making 1000 copies, so most who would like copies will be pre-ordering them now. For twenty bucks, I couldn’t resist.

The game itself is a 2-player war game. Players use units of soldiers, spirits and beasties to gain rewards and accomplish feats for victory! Lots of neat card interactions in this.

I’ll be sure to post up some thoughts when it comes out later this year 😀

Come and Play Day in Seattle

This past weekend found me spending my time learning new games, meeting new people, and looking at the upcoming season of games at GTS’ come and play day. This is a small two-day meeting of northwest game stores and representatives of game companies (local and not).

It was really great to see my friends in the industry. It was also a wonderful opportunity to try out a few upcoming releases.

krosmasterFirst on my list was Krosmaster Arena from Japanime Games. Japanime Games is the company responsible for importing the awesome Tanto Cuore and Kanzume Goddess. These games are taking pretty traditional deck-building mechanics, and making them flirty anime fun.

Krosmaster Arena is very different for them, as it is a tactical minis game that was based off of a video game. I have never really checked out this video game. ( no surprise, I am not so good with the video gaming). The board game pits two teams in a tactical match. Each team has four characters with cool abilities and inherent fighting stats. It was adorable! Each character has unique abilities, and the team play was interesting. I liked having to maintain my own characters’ health, as well as helping out my partner.

Next we played a giant set of King of Tokyo! KoT is a silly king-of-hill game I have dubbed ‘monster yahtzee’. So, not king of tokyosomething I would play in my group, but something I’d break out when kids are around, sure. The standees were my own height. The dice were about the size of my head. This is something GTS whipped up, which will be hopping around to different conventions. I can’t recommend it enough!! We basically had to throw the cantaloupe-sized dice against the wall to roll them.

Last, but certainly not least, I had a devastatingly small round of High Command. High Command is Privateer Press’ new card game. They have created WM High Command_3Da deck builder with the personality of a skirmish game. This was fabulous! Each player chooses a faction (Warmachine factions will premiere first, with Hordes to follow soon enough). Players get an interactive game, fighting over territory. The casters are familiar, but I do not think the cards reflect their abilities in the regular game. I did love that they each had a card game equivalent of a ‘feat’ like in Warmachine.

I’m glad I’m starting to get invites to this sort of event, and I think I’ll have to plan to send myself to some of the bigger ones in the coming year!

Wordsmith: A Quick and Clever game on Kickstarter

This week I had the pleasure to meet Alistair Wong, designer of a new party game on Kickstarter, called Wordsmith. He politely offered to show off the game play, and pulled a pretty-looking deck of cards out of his bag.

Setup entails setting out 10 cards on the table facing up and handing each player a hand of four cards. Each card has two letters, with a value from 1 to 5. The numbers act as a score at the end of the game. The higher the number, the more difficult the pair of letters is to create a word. Wordsmith has no turns, so play begins and players can use one card from their hand to create words, using cards on the table. Players leave the card from their hand on the table, taking the cards that began on the table into their score-pile.

Alistair was lightning fast, but I started getting a flow after a little while. It was quite fun to try and play cards from my hand in quick succession, hoping he wouldn’t pluck them up before I could. The play reminded me a lot of playing Set for the first time.  It was very fun and the style is nice and efficient.

All-in-all the quality of the cards and novelty of play should make this game quite popular.  I can see taking this along to dinner parties or happy hours. It’s simple enough to not intimidate non-gamers. I do have a preference for games that will fit into my purse though.