There are some great new games in the pipeline from Fantasy Flight Games, well-known publisher of high quality, thematic, exciting games. For those of you who haven’t been keeping an eye peeled on their website, let’s check out some of the goodies!
This is FFG’s entry into the most popular game genre of recent times—deck-building games. Set in their fantasy world of Terrinoth (also the setting for games such as Runewars, Descent, Dungeonquest and Runebound), Rune Age is for 2-4 players and, uniquely, driven by scenarios that set the parameters of each game. So a game can be competitive or cooperative. Players develop their decks of cards as the game progresses, playing one of the four factions first introduced in Runewars: the Daqan Lords, the Latari Elves, the savage Uthuk Y’llan, and Waiqar the Undying and his undead hordes. Each of these factions has its own unique strengths and weaknesses, and each offers a wealth of different deck-building options. Definitely one to look out for if you enjoy deck-building games like Dominion or 7 Wonders!
Arkham Horror, the game of investigation, combat and terror set in the horrific worlds of H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos, is a Fantasy Flight success story and has spawned many expansions. Recently we saw a new spin on Arkham Horror which concentrated more on storytelling with the very atmospheric Mansions of Madness game. But fans of Lovecraftian mystery and horror can never get enough! FFG’s latest announcement is a dice game called Elder Sign, in which investigators desperately search a museum for Elder Signs to stave off the coming of an Old One and the destruction of the universe as we know it! This is looking like a clever mix of card game and dice game. As in Arkham Horror, there’s a selection of Ancient Ones to defeat, a Doom track that ticks inexorably down to their arrival, and the imminent threat of sanity-blasting horrors around every corner. The museum the adventurers explore is built up using Adventure cards, and different investigators have unique talents, strengths and weaknesses which you must strategically manage in order to defeat the game’s challenges. Best of all, you can enjoy all the fun and atmosphere of a Lovecraftian game in just one to two hours!
Blood Bowl Team Manager
A lot of people thought this one was vapourware, since it was first announced way back early last year. It seems it’s undergone some heavy development and changed from a deck-building game into something completely different! 2-4 players guide their teams through a series of head-to-head highlights, adding Star Players, equipment upgrades, new staff and gathering new fans, all in a lead up to the decisive Blood Bowl trophy match! There are 6 teams to choose from: the Reikland Reavers (humans), the Grudgebearers (dwarves), the Athelorn Avengers (wood elves), the Skavenblight Scramblers (skaven), the Gouged Eye (orcs), and the Chaos All-Stars (chaos); and they all have their own style of play to explore. This is looking like a must-buy for Blood Bowl fans!
Gears of War
Another game that’s been on the backburner at FFG for some time is Gears of War: The Board Game, based on the very successful video game that is now up to its second sequel. I’m a big fan of the old Doom boardgame and this looks like a step up from that—excellent miniatures, beautifully illustrated floorplans—however this one is fully cooperative (and, as a bonus, can be played solo), with players working together to face off against the horrific Locust alien hordes. Apparently the aliens are controlled by an innovative and adaptable ‘AI system’ that keeps the monsters reacting in distinctive ways that are appropriate to the situation. And you have limited ammo … There’s nothing like a good tactical combat game, and this one should raise the bar!
The Adventurers: The Pyramid of Horus
Fans of The Adventurers: The Temple of Chac will be excited to see another game in what possibly be a series exploring all the classic Indiana Jones-like locations. After exploring (and hopefully surviving) the ancient Mayan ruins of the Temple of Chac, we now move to Egypt to enter The Pyramid of Horus. It’s a new stand-alone boardgame that shares the basic mechanics of load level versus speed that defined the first game; but now a new set of adventurers will be encountering falling blocks, crocodiles—and of course, mummies! Great art, miniatures and fast-paced gameplay whould make this one a winner.
There are some other bits and pieces coming our way too: the new Talisman expansion Talisman: The Dragon; a revised edition of the card game based in Cadwallon, Arcana, an expansion for the excellent fantasy empire-building game Runewars called Banners of War, and of course the first new adventure packs for The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game: The Hunt for Gollum, A Journey to Rhosgobel, and Conflict at the Carrock.
Whew! That’s a whole lot of great gaming! As always, keep an eye on this blog for news and reviews, and we’ll let you know when all of these fantastic new titles hit our shores and the shelves of Games Paradise, your favourite online game store.