Big news first. Days of Wonder, publisher of such incomparably plush releases as Small World and Memoir '44, have announced their new game: Relic Runners, seen above. Releasing this September, it sounds and looks absolutely luxurious. Players will explore a dark jungle, building bridges, forging pathways and nosing through forgotten ruins, all in a quest for priceless relics. Which, for the first time in the history of board gaming, are represented by objects you'd actually want to own. Images after the jump.
Just imagine. You and another 1 to 3 of your friends rolling dice together, racing to complete recipes against the clock. Spending money between "days" to buy new recipes. Arguing as Paul fails to collect enough tips. Again. If you have a friend called Paul.
"Warning," the Kickstarter quips. "Wok Star may well result in high fives." Well, that's me sold. You'd better believe we'll be bringing you the earliest possible review.
I want to talk about card games. Not the pre-boxed ones we've been reviewing for years, though- I mean games you can play with an ordinary deck of playing cards, the kind that magically appears in your house when you hit 40 along with a bath salts and a printer.
We've been sent a copy of Decktet, you see, as well as this official book of Decktet games. This is a whole-new set of playing cards that appear to offer more complexity, colour and flexibility. We are INTRIGUED, but to put it through its paces we're going to need Your Help.
What are your favourite games to play with a deck of cards, readers?
They might violate everything else, mind you. Cthulhu Wars is a new Kickstarter that's shattered its funding goal faster than any other board game I've ever seen. "The marketplace today has many boardgames featuring the Cthulhu Mythos," the page starts. "In these games you strive to avert the impending catastrophe. But in Cthulhu Wars you ARE the catastrophe!"
Android: Netrunner is back in stock and OUR REVIEW IS HERE. Click here to head over to the mighty Eurogamer.
Oh, and what a surprise! It's the best collectible card game we've ever played.
"Here's a game defined by inescapable tension. Playing as either side, you're always able to make grim estimates of how far you are from victory, while the other player could win at any point. Worse, even the most lovingly crafted deck will often feel like a second antagonist. Both sides need programs, yes, and events and resources, but you'll need money for all of those, and so sitting down to play Netrunner absolutely feels like you've taken a seat under a sword of Damocles that you've fastened there yourself."
Oooh, yes. We like this one. Go read!
I'm actually playing in a Netrunner tournament with some friends this Sunday. We've all agreed not to look online for tips, but I wonder if we had anyone keen to give me NBN tips in the audience... ?
Game Bugle bring us our first story, an official design diary of the gang-tastic City of Remnants, which we reviewed just last month. Some really neat stuff in there from new designer Isaac Vega, including the pearl of wisdom that the hardest part of any board game design is the very final round of playtesting, where the bones of many an unpublished game can be found.
That's not my favourite story this week, though. I just needed something pretty for the header image. Get ready for THIS:
“Getting worked up about mundane themes is a bit of a theme in itself in contemporary board gaming. Dyspeptic classic Thurn and Taxis is a good example: a game about running a 16th-century Bavarian postal service where failing to finish a route between Pilsen and Budweis brings on a feeling not unlike death. In the case of Tzolk’in, you could not be more emotionally invested in a corn cob
The BIG news this week is that the 2013 nominees for the German Spiel des Jahres prize have been announced. This is hot business, as the winner will go on to sell some 300,000 to 500,000 copies. Absorb that figure. Now, here's another one- many of the board games we look at will never break five figures.
These nominees are... well, I mean, you've probably noticed they're sat at the top of the post. Spoiler!
But let's speak of something EXCITING! Eight-Minute Empire, pictured above, looks wicked. It's a racecar-fast area control game where players simply take turns to select a card, develop their control of a board, and expel a winner from their midst. It was Kickstarted earlier this year, and is currently sat in the middle of a tiny hype-tornado.
Now, check this out! The standalone sequel, Eight-Minute Empire: Legends, is on Kickstarter already! It's already broken its goal with the series' characteristic speed, so that's a very reasonable place for your money to go this week.
Above you'll see the forthcoming Wave Three ships for the X-Wing Miniatures game. According to my tome of Star Wars apocrapha, they're... hang on, the pages are stuck together. Paul must be on the milkshakes again. OK we've got the deadly B-Wing and Kyle Katarn's own HWK-290 for the Rebels, and a TIE Bomber and Lamba-class shuttle for the Imperials. Oh, I guess I could have just read the press release. Hmm.