It’s Thursday, AHS Freak Show is sublime, we have minutes: Read more…
File me under: Space, the final FUN-tier
What It’s All About: Quantum is a beautifully minimal 4x game (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate). 2-4 players control space faring races racing to establish themselves across the galaxy. Your forces are represented by 6 sided die, with each face being a different ship type possessing a special ability like teleportation or free upgrades. The value also represents it’s speed and strength in combat. Read more…
File Me Under: Mini Risk!
What It’s All About: Quickly create and then dominate a fantasy world. In Eight-Minute Empire: Legends you are vying for area control against up to three other players. With limited funds and restricted movement you must expand your empire and displace your opponents to claim majority control of each island and the territories with in. Actionas are taken by purchasing cards from a common row. Each card contains an immediate effect, like founding a city or moving up to 6 armies, as well as an ongoing benefit. By purchasing cards that combo well with ongoing abilities you can greatly magnify the impact of each action.
Ryan Laukat has expanded on his original design in Legends by shifting to a modular set of map tiles and stepping back from accumulating goods for points. The ongoing effects from purchased cards are far more satisfying to use than simple accruing points through card purchase. There is also a nice and light set collection mechanic for flavoring your empire with Forest dwelling cards or Cursed cards which adds just enough flavor to the presentation to justify the Legends moniker.
Gripes: It’s a very pretty game, but I kind of feel that the price is slightly too high. Additionally there could be some better delineation of the zones on tiles that contain multiple islands
Tweaks: The game includes a bunch of built in add-ons for the basic game like exploration rewards and ancient citadels. These largely replicate powers from purchased cards, but it does help stress the area control aspect a bit more, without completely unbalancing the game.
Time Commitment: 9 minutes.
Best For: Light strategy fans, players looking to explore area-control games.
It’s Thursday, Glenn went to NYC and forgot Mara Wilson’s name, we have minutes. Read more…
We just received our limited print run expansion for the upcoming Shipwreck show at The Bell House in NYC. If you are in the area on Oct. 7th come by this hilarious event. At the event our mini-expansion will be available for purchase. if we have any left after the show they will be put online for sale via slashcg.com.
Included in the deck are characters from the works of John Scalzi (Old Man’s War), Kate Leth (Edward Scissorhands), Naomi Novik (His Majesty’s Dragon), Sarah McLean (A Rogue by Any Other Name), Kevin Avery (Conversations with Clint), Jeffery Cranor (Welcome to Night Vale) and Alan Moore (Watchmen). We have also included a bonus 5 blank cards so you can Mary Sue yourself into the deck and have an epic makeout session with a giant blue quantum demigod or a British dragon or whatever.
We are finalizing the files for Pack the Pack and with luck will be sending them to print this week!
Voting closed on Glenn’s dumb tattoo and when the ink gets going we’ll post some video of his stupid judgement!
Now that certain persons have slowed their work schedule back down to human levels , stopped organizing conventions, and finished critiquing like 100 prototypes we can get back to the noble business of games. GPD has a few events upcoming for NH & NYC folks!
slash demo night [FREE]
October 3rd, 6:30 pm at Diversions Puzzles and Games in Portsmouth, NH
We will be joined by the lovely and talented Rhiannon Ochs of Spooning Meeples and will likely hit the town after a good session of improv slash fiction gaming for a few drinks.
October 7th, 8pm at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY
We will be joining such real actual artists of note (including: John Scalzi, Naomi Novik, Kate Leth and the creators of Welcome to Night Vale among others) as they rewrite and ruin Watchmen. GPD will have a limited number of slash: Shipwreck October 2014 custom decks available to purchase. This special edition contains many of your favorite characters from the works of the event hosts! Tickets via thebellhouseny.com.
After, in October, that it’s Game Days at the Manchester & Hudson libraries. Hope to see some of you there!