Posted Thursday, 8-Sep-2016
A new Small World; Star Wars: Rogue One comes to your table; and a revenge movie board game like no other; all this and more, in this week’s Board Game News Brief.
Love John Wick, Oldboy, Kill Bill? Designer Gordon Calleja (Posthuman) certainly does. His new board game: Vengeance is an homage to those films – a roaring rampage of revenge.
Vengeance is a game about taking revenge on those who have wronged you. Played out in the structure of a film, (covering three acts, including training/healing/recon montages) players must scout out locations, equip themselves, and then burst into the scene dice blazing.
The core gameplay of Vengeance are the fight scenes, where players must roll dice and then use their rolls to figure out how to most efficiently take on all the bad guys in a location. Is it best to try and get lucky shots on the bodyguards, or slice up a few thugs before backflipping into the next room and unloading your weapons?
With a slick look and gameplay to match, Vengeance is worth checking out, and it’s on Kickstarter now.
A pair of small news items: 7 Wonders designer Antoine Bauza did a little teasing on Twitter this week when he posted this image:
There are currently no details, although there have been whispers of an Armada expansion since at least 2012.
And Vital Lacerda (CO2, The Gallerist, Vinhos) has a new game coming to Kickstarter in November: Lisboa. All we have so far is a Facebook page announcing the launch – but Lacerda’s designs have always mixed heavy euro style games with rich themes and gorgeous art and production, so we look forward to heading to Portugal at the end of the year.
Fate Foretold is a game based on the tarot cards of old, and tasks you with taking over the future using the power of divination.
Apart from the intriguing premise, this game of set collection and powerful card abilities has some serious chops in the art department.
Next up we have No Honor Among Thieves. As you can guess, this is a game of trickery, thievery, backstabbery, and other words ending in -ery.
Working alone is difficult, but working together opens you up to lying dead in a gutter. Assemble your crew. Go on heists. Betray or be betrayed. There’s no honor among thieves.
Keeping in the vein of smart people doing bad things, Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty’s Web is a fully co-operative game of solving the unsolvable. This quick playing game sees players expanding the board of London and finding clues while trying not to get kidnapped by the evil mastermind Moriarty.
Seriously gorgeous, the game is worth a look if you relish the idea of being in that universe.
The new Star Wars movie Rogue One comes this December, and with it brand new ships for us to drool over. The U-Wing (they’re going to run out of letters eventually) and the TIE Striker are coming to your table.
Both ships feature powerful wings – literally. The U-Wing can lock its wings into attack or flight positions, and the TIE Striker’s atmospheric-capable wings let it reposition before revealing your maneuver dial, allowing for serious feats of combat trickery.
Look for these two ships to come out as part of Wave X of X-Wing before the film’s release.
Pirates! Seas! Ships!
It’s an expansion for Small World, the area control game of races in ascent and decline. And now – ships!
The game debuts in October. Ships!! (I really love ships)
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