Ahoy, gang! Halloween’s come and gone, and I hope everyone got enough tricks, treats, and games to last awhile! I’ve been excited for quite a few games coming out this month, but here are just a few of the ones to watch!
Cloudspire looks epic – it promises a MOBA-syle tower defense experience on the tabletop, which sounds downright amazing. I’m a sucker for video game style gameplay that translates well to the table, and it looks like Cloudspire might just be able to do that.
In Cloudspire, players will either go head-to-head in PvP mode, or play in a co-op or solo mode (again… sucker for multiple play modes!). The conflict takes place between four races whose islands have collided to form a pangea-like continent where dominance is the name of the game. Who will reign supreme? The giant Brawnen, the harmonious Grovetenders, the bidlike Heirs, or the religious Narora?
Beyond its fantastic worldbuilding and lore, Cloudspire boasts some pretty phenomenal gameplay. There’s a heavy element of resource management, and of course it wouldn’t be a proper tower defense game without plenty of building and upgrading as well! Each faction has its own towers and minions that pose unique strategic and tactical advantages. The Kickstarter is smashing through stretch goals, so be sure to check it out while you still can!
Grimlord Games’s Everrain is a gorgeous story-driven co-operative exploration game for 1-4 players that promises to be a ton of fun. From the Kickstarter page:
The world is drowning beneath an endless deluge of rain as an ancient deity awakens to remake the world in its image, and players must head out into this dark and foreboding seascape to discover the source of the Everrain and prevent it from unmaking the world.
Players must work together to advance the player track around the board by finding ancient relics, exploring the map and launching expeditions ashore. But the enemy is also on this track, and should they advance quicker than the player then the game will become harder as the Old One stirs from it’s slumber.
The Everrain comes with an insane amount of awesome miniatures, and one of the coolest aspects of the game is the focus on players’ ships that they use to explore the world. Not only do the ships have miniatures themselves, but there’s a full ship board that players use to manage their crafting (yes, crafting!) and upgrades. Check out the game and all of the sweet looking miniatures on the Kickstarter page!
Reavers of Midgard
It’s no secret that I’m a HUGE fan of Champions of Midgard and all of its glorious expansions. So it’s pretty much a no-brainer that I’m pumped for the new standalone game set in the Midgard universe.
Reavers of Midgard is an engine-building single worker placement game. That means players take turns placing a single worker each turn that triggers an action which affects all players – the closer you are to the player who placed the worker, the more you benefit from the action. Of course, on its face, Reavers is also an immersive world of vikings bashing each others’ heads in – and in true Midgard fashion, this is done with some smooth resource management and dramatic dice rolls!
I know a lot of gamers are averse to the good ol’ dice chucking bonanza of what used to be called ‘Ameritrash’ games. But the beauty of the Midgard games is there’s enough strategy and random chance mitigation to make it a sort of hybrid between Euro and Ameritrash, and if Reavers is anything like Champions, then this game will be on my table pleeeeenty of times. Be sure to check out the Kickstarter campaign!
Street Masters Aftershock
Aftershock is the expansion to Street Masters, the awesome co-op minis game by Blacklist Games. Full disclaimer: Street Masters is not a game in my current collection, because one of my buddies owns it. HOWEVER. With the release of Aftershock, I think it’s high time I invest in Street Masters. It’s an investment in my future, really. If you’re like me, don’t worry – there’s a pledge level to get you in on the action fresh from the beginning!
Without going into too much detail about the core game, Street Masters is a sort of spiritual port of those awesome top-down brawler video games from the ’90s and early 2000s where you and your friends would pummel your way through several stages of seemingly unending bad guys. I mean. What’s not to love? And I’m always a fan of co-op tabletop games, where everyone’s in it to win it together!
What Aftershock adds to the mix is a boatload of new content, including fighter decks, stage decks, enemy decks, loot decks, and tons more (waaaay more than even what’s pictured above). But perhaps the best addition is the mission deck and the showdown story deck. Missions are a way to speed up gameplay by allowing you to support your fellow fighters. Missions allow you to gain powerful resource tokens which are played during someone else’s turn for big bonuses. Showdowns are used in story mode, and add a big bad boss villian who’s working behind the scenes against the fighters. But it’s not just a villain who fights from the shadows – each showdown deck also introduces an associated enemy deck and upgrade cards as well.
Be sure to check out Street Masters Aftershock on Kickstarter, in all its glory!
Until next time, gang! Keep it plucky,