Scythe receives expansion, Eric Lang announces new game with Bruno Faidutti, and time to go to school in this week’s Board Game News Brief.
Worst kept secret: Scythe expansion announced, adds two new factions
The first expansion for Kickstarter hit Scythe by Stonemaier Games has been revealed, and it’s called Invaders from Afar. Apart from the new factions (Albion and Togawa) the game now has the capacity to support up to 7 players and will come with alternate abilities for some of the original factions.
It had always been known that Scythe would receive additional factions, as the game’s board came with empty starting areas printed with faction symbols. Invaders from Afar fills that gap, and will be available for preorder later this year.
Scythe launched on Kickstarter last November and raised nearly 2 million dollars with 17,739 backers. The game is due to ship within 2 to 6 weeks.
Eric Lang announces new collaboration with Bruno Faidutti
The game is called SECRETS and I’ll let the man himself explain:
Co-designed with @Bruno_Faidutti, the game is called SECRETS. Featuring two hidden player teams (CIA and KGB) and anti-establishment Hippies
When the designers of games like Blood Rage and Mascarade announce a collaboration, it’s something worth paying attention to.
The first previews are up for Arcane Academy
The spell-slinging collaboration between Eric Lang and Kevin Wilson was called “elegantly simple and incredibly fascinating in its versatility” by Nate Murray writing for Gametrade Magazine.
The game takes place during student wizard’s final exams at Arcane Academy, and players must link tiles together on their personal player board to amplify and combo the effects of their spells while playing cards to manage their resources or attack other player’s board states.
Arcane Academy is based on the Finding Gossamyr comic, where math is the language of Magic.
The Princess and the Goblin is a family-friendly memory game of escape and mistrust. Based on the story from 1872, players slowly build a board of tiles as they attempt to escape the mountain while being chased by Goblins. They can leave breadcrumbs to remind themselves of their chosen path (as the tiles are kept face down) but these can also be used to misdirect your opponents.
Science fiction mech piloting game Outchasershas a cool art style and features 1v1 combat between two pilots and the mech of their choice. Equip your mech with powerful one shot weaponry, or go slow and steady with reusable gear – push your advantage or hold back and earn precious Charge to power up your abilities.
Outchasers has a cool hand-drawn art style and interesting gameplay ideas.
Not to be confused with Princess of the Renaissance, Martin Wallace’s Princes of the Renaissancehas entered the land of reprints 13 years after first publication. The designer of such classics as Brass and Age of Steam, Wallace’s take on Italian princedoms, war, and treachery has been out of print for over a decade.
This new edition features updated art and some minor gameplay tuning.
Finally we have The Pirate Republic, a 4X game set in the Carribean where you play as pirates attempting to overthrow European rule. The game comes with fully co-operative, competitive, treacherous, and semi co-op game modes and is intended to be suitable as both a gateway game for the new and appeal to the more in-depth gamer.
Citing Dungeons and Dragons, Mage Knight and Shadows over Camelot as inspirations, The Pirate Republic has many treasures to plunder, should you have the courage.