Episode 24: Le Havre, World Board Game Championships and Living & Collectible Card Games
In episode 24, the founders talk about their experiences at the World Board Gaming Championship in Lancaster, PA. Then from the Secret Cabal Library they break out Brian's favorite game, the well known classic eurogame Le Havre, to give you a walkthrough and review. Tony gathers the best of gaming news from the past two weeks and then heads up a conversation on collectible and living card games, sharing exactly what draws him to Magic: The Gathering. The rest of the gang fill in with their varied play experiences from the casual to the heavy tournament goer.
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Product Announcements / Releases
Monte Cook is firing up a Kickstarter project called Numenera
|Wizards of the Coast is introducing Planeswalker Points, which rewards badges for trying different formats of Magic the Gathering tournament play.
|Former CEO of Wizards of the Coast, Peter Adkinson, formed a new company called Hostile Work Environment, doing a video productions filming and narrating roleplaying games.
|Tabletop is teaming up with Target, which will put stickers on games featured on Tabletop displaying, "As seen on Geek and Sundry." Select games will be the featured as the game of the month.
. For a tabletop role-playing game, it has a Mad Max / Dune-ish feel to it. Overall we are rather impressed. The artwork is amazing with a very retro feel to it for a sci-fi game. The video describes character creation and mechanics as simple that is designed to put the focus on the story. With ~30 days left this project has far exceeded its $20,000 goal. It's now sitting at $102,568 pledged with 1,204 backers and has completed the first 4 stretch goals. For a low $20 pledge backers can the PDF's of the core book and players guide as well as the character creator app.
Relic Knight by Soda Pop Miniatures and published by CoolMiniOrNot
is a fast-paced strategy battle game, pitting the heroic forces of the Relic Knights against each other in a battle for survival and the fate of the galaxy. With 6 different factions, this miniature wargame lasts about an hour an utilizes a unique card drawing mechanic to power special abilities and defenses. The units have a very anime feel to them and are made of high grade plastic. With 25 days to go and 849 backers, this project has also far exceeded its funding goal of $20,000. Currently it has $156,925 pledged.
Evil Baby Orphanage by Wyrd Miniatures
caught us by surprise. This thing launched on July 30th and completed on Aug 14th. For such a short run it had an enormous turnout with 2,263 backers and $108,630 pledged towards the tiny $5,500 goal. While we're not getting this one out to you in time to back, keep an eye on the Wyrd Miniatures site as this is sure to show up as a product shortly after it releases in November. The premise is that through time traveling, players attempt to kidnap histories greatest villains and reform them in their orphanage.
is a project for handmade solid stone dice. They offer a variety of handcrafted dice made from cooled lava from Mount Vesuvius. While most of us weren't impressed, Tony thought this looked interesting. These are standard d6 and there's also an option to get Fudge dice. The stone is harder than marble and looks really nice. They've met their goal of $950 and are just shy of a second stretch goal ($10,000). The project still has 44 days to go so there's plenty of time to get in on this if you're interested.
Duel of the RPG apps! Two different projects on Kickstarter. Hazzah
and Dragons Gameboard
. Both are designed for gamers with limited space to display battle mats. Players can use their Android (for Dragons Gameboard) and iOS devices (supported by both) to individually interact with the battlemap. They each have their own particular quirks to them so if this is something you're interested in compare them both. Both of them are low of funding at this point with ~20 days left on each of them, with Dragons at about 25% of its $21,000 goal and Hazzah at about 5% of its $50,000 goal. While the project goals vary dramatically, Hazzah seems to be going for a more comprehensive and ruleset friendly aps, while Dragons seems to be going for simplicity, usability, they're open sourcing the project at completion, and their design focus is on making texture packs available for an ultimately nicer looking experience. Both are projects that any tabletop gamer would love to have on hand at times.
Sol Forge is a new digital trading card game by the designer of Magic the Gathering, Richard Garfield.
They intend to take advantage of the fact that this is a digital medium, which allows them to actually alter the cards during play utilizing a feature they're calling Transformations. The example discussed is where the artwork of a card changes as the power of it grows, a baby dragon, an adult dragon, and then an ancient dragon which emulates the leveling up seen in many RPG's. This project currently has 1,983 backers and is sitting at $103,664 out of $250,000 required with 26 days to go.
|A new Marvel superhero deck-building game called Legendary by Upper Deck will be previewing at Gen Con. They're commissioning all new artwork for the cards. In addition, they have Devin Low who was a head builder for Magic the Gathering.
|Gale Force 9 is putting out Spartacus: A game of Blood & Treachery. Players take on the role of a Dominus. It looks like an ameritrash game where players manage their gladiators and compete for the prestige and wealth. It's due out in September.
|Relic is a upcoming re-theme of Talisman. While not a favorite of most of us, the 40k theme sounds intriguing. We'll have to see if they re-work any of the rules of the game.
|Gen Con! Lots of news coming out of this annual convention. Netrunner, X-Wing Miniatures, Aztlan, Dominion: Dark Ages (Large Expansion), all of which will be revealed in August. Check out the boardgamegeek geeklist!
|7 Wonders Cities is now available!
|Games Workshop released Chaos Deamons and the digital Empire Codex for Warhammer Fantasy. The price point for the codex is $44.99 which makes Jamie sad. Tony took a look at the feedback and found a ton of negative reviews by people who haven't even purchased it simply because of sticker shock.
|War Room app from Privateer Press came out and issues abound. There were all kinds of issues for Android and the app crashes and is slow and clunky on iOS. Privateer Press issued a statement explaining what issues they have with the product, what they plan on fixing, etc. The base download is free but there are a myriad of micro-purchases.