It’s been a while since I last wrote something for the site so I’d like to start by saying it’s good to be back again!
I thought I’d start this post with an explanation of what I’ve been doing lately and then bring you some news updates that have caught my eye over the past few weeks.
First off, I’ve been spending some time writing articles and reviews for a new games magazine that will be releasing here in the UK very soon. I’ll be writing a post all about that in the next week. So, please stay tuned for more details on where to get hold of the magazine and what it’s all about!
You might also have noticed that I recently focussed some of my energy on recording and editing YouTube videos and organising upcoming reviews. I have a lot of editing to get done but now I have some time I’ll be getting onto that and have some interesting games, both new and old, to show you!
Before I move on to the news, I wanted to take a quick look at a couple of games that I’ve played recently and really enjoyed!!!
Bored of Agricola??? Become the Brew Crafter!!!
First up, I want to sing the praises of a Kickstarter title – Brew Crafters! I’ll start by saying that I am not a fan of Agricola and for that reason I’ve not played Caverna. However, I was listening to a podcast and heard Professor Scott Nicolson singing Brew Crafters praises versus the aforementioned titles. After hearing his high praise, I felt the need to give the game a try!
Thankfully, I managed to get hold of a copy a few weeks before the UK retail release. All I can say is that I’ve played this, as a two player game, more times than any other game in recent months! The components are pretty standard with cards, tokens and boards, but it’s the tight gameplay that really draws me in. I won’t go into too much detail because I want to go over this in a video. But, suffice to say, I really recommend Brew Crafters as a quick to play, worker placement game which has so many possibilities you’ll struggle to achieve more than a couple per game! I hope that it’ll hold up to more scrutiny in the coming weeks but for now it’s one of my favourite games of the year!
I love Big Games and I Can Not Lie!!! Cthulhu Wars is Massive!!!
Second, on my “games worth a look” list is – Cthulhu Wars. If you’re a gamer and you’ve not seen this on the site or demoed in your local gaming store, then where have you been?
This was yet another Kickstarter title, and one that I’ve really enjoyed recently. Casting you as a Great Old One, your goal is to battle your opponents and earn the most points. Sounds pretty basic, and it is, until you actually take a look at the game! The first thing that strikes you is the sheer size of the box! It’s MASSIVE! The second thing that usually hits you is the size of the price tag – this is not a cheap game, but neither are the components! The figures that represent the old ones are giant, in fact, pretty much everything about the game is giant! The plastics alone represent the majority of the price tag, and throw in what turned out to be a pretty good game and that high price turns out to be a relatively good deal!
I really can’t say much more about the game because, once again, I’m going to be doing a video for it! However, the best way to describe the gameplay is to say it’s like Chaos in the Old World on steroids!
And Now for the News… More Than Five Tribes???
Right, that’s enough of the games I’ve been enjoying, it’s time to finish the post with a selection of gaming news articles that have grabbed my attention recently. Check out these bad boys!
For fans of Five Tribes, there was a pretty exciting announcement from Days of Wonder recently! Not only have they replaced slaves with Fakirs, they’re also going to be releasing an expansion called Artisans of Naqala. Here’s what they have to say about it.
Represented by purple Meeples, the Artisans make up a new Tribe and add a new layer of strategy in the game. With their help, players will be able to have precious or magic items crafted. Some of them are worth Victory Points, while others unlock special powers.
To accommodate these new Meeples, the expansion also features new Djinns and new Tiles: Workshops (where the Artisans craft their Items) and Specialized Markets (where players can buy specific Merchandise when needed).
An impassable Chasm Tile, as well as Mountain markers, also force the players to adapt their strategy when moving Meeples on the board.
For further details, including a component list, check out the Days of Wonder site, here.
Mission Red Planet – Fantasy Flight Games Heads to Mars
I’ve never played the original Mission Red Planet, however I’ve listened to enough podcasts to get the impression that it’s a game I’d like to play. On April 24th Fantasy Flight Games announced that they would be releasing a reprint of the game with a few of the improvements, they’re so famous for, thrown in for good measure. Here’s what they had to say:
Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce a new edition of Mission: Red Planet, the steampunk-themed board game of planetary exploration designed by Bruno Faidutti and Bruno Cathala.
In Mission: Red Planet, two to six players compete to control as much of Mars and its priceless natural resources as they possibly can. This edition maintains the core mechanics of this fast-paced game while incorporating updates by the original designers. Astronauts can land in a new zone, the moon Phobos, and the Soldier can convey astronauts from Phobos to anywhere on Mars. Missions and Discoveries have been fine-tuned, and new Action Cards join the Event deck. The game can now handle six players, with rules for a two-player variant also included. What’s more, the Victorian steampunk aesthetic has been refreshed with all-new graphic design for a more contemporary look.
Check out the full announcement here.
Star Wars Imperial Assault – Even More Expansions
Sticking with Fantasy Flight Games, you may have seen my previous post about the recent announcement for the first boxed expansions and a series of Allies and Villians for Imperial Assault. These packs include C3P0, R2-D2 and Boba Fett which are a hard act to follow. So you can imagine my surprise to see that on April 21st Fantasy Flight Games announced even more packs! Here’s what they had to say:
Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce three additional Ally Packs and Villain Packs for Imperial Assault:
Whether you fight for the Galactic Empire, the Rebel Alliance, or the galaxy’s mercenaries, reinforcements can bring victory to the most dire situations. Now, you can muster additional squads of Stormtroopers, unleash the fury of an enraged Wookiee, or enlist new forces quickly by purchasing the services of some hired guns.
For the full announcement check out the full post here.
I don’t really know what to say about these, I don’t think they’re going to be ground-breaking, however I do think they’ll add more of the same, good, stuff that we’ve come to love in Imperial Assault.
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Driven Instructional Designer by day, board game fanatic by night! Tom has a long background in eLearning design and is a strong believer that story and narrative are crucial to creating excellent learning and gaming experiences. A passionate blogger, game reviewer and play tester, he enjoys spending his time playing games of all genres.