Posted Wednesday, 19-Sep-2018
Pandemic: Fall of Rome, a reprint of Ankh-Morpork, Horizon Zero Dawn gets a board game, Everdell expansion, and more in this week’s News Brief.
Looted from the remains of Constantinople by Calvin Wong
Raise armies, defend your cities, and forge alliances to ward off relentless barbarian incursions reads the start of the press release. Curing disease this isn’t, unless the disease is THE REPUBLIC ITSELF.
Players must defend against outside threats, avoid revolts, and prevent enemies from reaching Rome itself using the standard Pandemic mechanisms.
Pop-up palm trees, camels that run backwards, and camels that won’t race – all’s fair in love and camel racing!
First of all; that’s massive. So many minis! What’s gameplay like? To paraphrase the KS page:
Each hunter has a distinct playstyle with a unique set of strengths and weaknesses. Hunters can sneak through tall grass and remain hidden until the time to strike is right, but every second which passes means the machines are one step further along their patrol routes. Hunters earn glory points during each encounter for performing particularly heroic or devastating attacks; but if one hunter dies, then it’s game over for everyone.
Horizon Zero Dawn is on Kickstarter now.
Nanty Narking is a straight reprint of Ankh-Morpork, the Discworld board game by Martin Wallace. Long out of print, the game comes back as a Victorian London theme with all the area control, player powers, and card play of the original. I love this game and can vouch for the quality of its gameplay.
The VERY gorgeous Artemis Project is about building a colony on Europa, one of the moons of Jupiter, with the illustrator of Transatlantic taking us to the far reaches of the outer solar system. Blending dice placement, resource management, and engine building, compete to build the best colony.
Pearlbrook: an Everdell expansion adds a delightful underwater component to the charming and incredibly thinky worker placement/tableau builder. I personally can’t wait for this, Everdell is one of the best games of the year and this one adds playable axolotls and platypuses, two of my favorite animals!
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Czech Games takes on the hack-and-slash RPG, a new Game of Thrones game, and Planet of the Apes gets a miniatures game.
Kingdom Rush, Sarah’s Vision, and the end of a major Kickstarter project – this week on the Board Game News Brief