Dan, Stu and I test the app integration setup with a game of Manions of Madness!
Once upon a time, in the magical 1980s, a much younger me was riffling through drawers in the storage room in my house when I stumbled upon a board game that I had no idea we owned. The cover had cartoon people rowing boats and swimming in a creature filled ocean while a volcano erupted in the background. The title of the game took up most of the box and simply read “SURVIVE!”.
Being very young at the time the game served mostly as a toy, having a large number of colourful, and not to mention highly swallowable, pieces. The rules were in a small book and not on one sheet or printed inside the box lid. I remember attempting to read them on occasion, but I didn’t get very far. The rules book, all the components, even the smell of the box had this distinctly ‘adult’ nature to them. The idea that grown-ups had their own board games struck me as a revelation. It seems silly now, but the memories have stayed with me to this very day. When Stronghold Games announced plans not only to remake the original Survive but also to release a separate version with a space theme and updated rules I was excited to see what I missed as a child. Does Survive: Space Attack live up to the hype I built up all those years ago?
I took Space Cadets: Away Missions for a solo spin!
Get your dentists on speed dial and prepare your “D’Awww'” face cause this one is adorable sweet! Paws and Padlocks is a family friendly, entry level dungeon crawler with some clever and unique room mechanics. The ridiculously cartoony adventurers have to race through the Slime Castle to steal a specific treasure from the Slime Queen and get out before everyone else. The gooey theme and the deliciously terrible puns that pack this game will be sure to tickle both kids and kids at heart.
Here’s the pledge video:
The advent of new technologies has brought an interesting time for board games. How long will cardboard and dice be the core of the tabletop experience when we’re all increasingly tied to our portable computing devices of various sizes and holographic technology seems to be the next big thing. Until the day we have table sized tables and ubiquitous holo-lenses our smartphones, tablets, and PCs have the potential to become a powerful component to enhance tabletop gameplay. When revising Mansions of Madness for its second edition, Fantasy Flight Games took the bold step of replacing a major part of the original game with a free-to-download software application. Does this gamble pay off and improve the experience or is it just a gimmick?
I pull out a game I haven’t played before with Arctic Scavengers, a nuclear winter deck building game by Rio Grand Games. Hope I packed an extra warm jersey!
Lords of Hellas has some of the best looking minis in a Kickstarter since Dark Souls and looks like it has the huge gameplay to back them up. The 12 cm tall monuments are almost too big to call miniatures. The Greek mythology meets high technology aesthetic is fresh for the board gaming world and the strategic territory control combined with the adventure elements looks very epic. A campaign mode with a solo player option is right up my alley as well. Having smashed its funding goal means it’s less of a risky venture for those Kickstarter shy and contains lots of bonus content.
Here’s the pledge video: