Posted Wednesday, 11-Jan-2017
A Blade Runner board game; new Elder Signs; Mysterium: The App; all this and more, in this week’s Board Game News Brief
Prepared by Calvin Wong
The game of global warming and carbon emission is getting a whole new lease on life with streamlined rules, upgraded components, and solo & co-op modes of play.
In CO2, players take on the role of energy companies trying to save the world from climate change – reducing carbon emissions, working together on conferences, and constructing power plants in the various regions on Earth. Despite this description, the game only has one winner; whomever acquired the most profits.
Veteran designer Vital Lacerda (Lisboa, The Gallerist) has a knack for turning out games whose theme integrates strongly into the mechanics. Having played CO2, I can confirm that you really do feel like an energy company trying to save the world – and with 2nd edition’s changes and wooden power plants, I can’t wait to get back into the game.
Look for the game later this year.
A doomed expedition. Legions of lurking horrors. Face your fear of open water in this new expansion for dice chucking co-operative game Elder Sign.
Players are crewmembers aboard the Ultima Thule, a ship bound on its search for the city of R’lyeh. Find the ancient amulet, fight off the monsters attempting to sink your vessel, and stop the Deep Ones from awakening and bringing an end to this world.
The game of psychic murder investigation brings its haunting artwork to your digital device. Available for iOS, Android, and Steam, Mysterium at at $9.99 price point, the game will have multiplayer pass and play for up to 7 people and a solo campaign, with additional stories to be released in the following months.
In Mysterium, players are working together to solve a murder case. The victim, a ghost, knows the true facts of the grisly crime, but can only communicate using vague visions in the form of lavishly illustrated cards. The other players must divine the ghost’s intentions and solve the case before time runs out. It is an excellent co-operative game and well worth your attention once it releases tomorrow. The expansion Hidden Signs will also be available through an in app purchase.
Hexpanse is a “Tactical game of planetary conquest” with 6 factions, resource gathering, and ground combat. I mean, just look at it:
This is normally the part where I go in depth about the game and its mechanisms but honestly I’m too busy looking at it. LOOK AT IT.
Its coolest feature is easily the city miniature which takes damage by removing parts of the walls and buildings. I mean COME ON. Sure it’s also got tactical combat, great art, but disassembling a city miniature is A+ marketing.
On the other end of the spectrum is Sub Terra. A co-operative survival horror game about being trapped in a cave, the theme is already way too intense for me.
While the art is gorgeous and evocative, the players must undergo harrowing trials like cave ins, floods, and their own claustrophobia. Sub Terra looks amazing and kind of really scary.
A dark, rain-slicked future; that is the setting to science fiction classic Blade Runner. Originally released in 1982 and since re-released multiple times with new edits of the film, Blade Runner remains an enduring work in the pantheon of cinematic sci-fi.
Its sequel, Blade Runner 2049, has has the license for a board game sold to NECA, owner of Wizkids, who made Mage Knight,
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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.
A month after the biggest four days in gaming, the hype has settled, the halls have cleared, and these are our picks for the six best games that came out at Gen Con.