Posted Wednesday, 8-Jun-2016
Return to Terrinoth; learn new Legends of a Drift System; forge some art, and more in this weeks’ Board Game News Brief
Harry Potter fever hits a, well, fever pitch this year. Apart from the play set to open in July, the new film coming at the end of the year, we now have a cooperative deck-building game.
Details are scant, but what we do know is that players can take on the role of the main trio (plus Neville) each with their own deck of cards in order to ensure the safety of Hogwarts.
Pictures of the game’s components show tantalizing clues such as house-colored dice, and 7 game boxes, perhaps each taking after the events of the 7 books?
One hopes the game will be good, and publisher USAopoly can then do a Quidditch themed follow up.
From Mike Elliot, co-designer of Quarriors and Marvel Dice Masters comes a card game about art forgery.
As the box art implies, players can either improve or smear the forgery in order to impede their opponents, who are all rival forgers. Players compete to earn the largest paydays and prevent their opponents from doing the same.
Tail gunners, Poe Dameron’s mother, and Sabine Wren – X-Wing continues to mine the series for mechanical inspiration.
The four ships in the set are (from left to right) the cumbersome but heavily armed ARC-170, the two-man Special Forces TIE Fighter, the fast but suicidal Protectorate Starfighter, and Ketsu Onyo’s Shadow Caster.
None of the above ships feature turrets, but instead some have tail guns and mobile firing arcs – guns that can rotate as the pilot desires. Wave IX seems to play with the idea of firing arcs in general – the Protectorate Starfighter for example is agile but thrives in the heat of head-on combat – gaining a bonus for being up close and personal with its narrow weapons profile.
Look for Wave IX to appear on shelves in the third quarter of this year.
“New dangers have arisen to imperil the realm of Terrinoth” reads the press release, and Fall of the Dark Star and The Mountains Rise are with themes of survival and hardiness rather than introducing any new big bad.
Fall of the Dark Star is an entirely new scenario for Runebound, where heroes must survive the cataclysmic event by seeking out Dark Shards – which, true to their name, bestow you with both a blessing and a curse. Surviving the events of the fall is no mean feat, and heroes will be plunged into combat against each other until only one prevails.
The Mountains Rise on the other hand, is an adventure pack which can be added to any Runebound scenario, and includes mainly mountain-themed gear, enemies, and a new hero.
These expansions too release in the third quarter.
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