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Tabletop News! 05/10/18

Hello there Tabletop lovers! Today we have so much juicy board game news that we just want to break down and weep for our wallets. Let’s go!

Blackout: Hong Kong

Whenever there is a blackout situation in a TV show or a movie, the whole area goes to crap. Looting, rioting and the likes. Well here in Blackout: Hong Kong you have the chance to avert the danger that looms just around the nearest, dark and dangerous corner. From the publisher:

Hong Kong has been struck by a large scale unexpected blackout. As the government struggles to maintain control, you decide to take matters into your own hands and try to bring back some kind of societal order! Daily life as you were used to it has quickly dissolved. Even the most mundane tasks have become incredibly challenging without electric power. Whoever best manages this situation and restores the semblance of order will surely claim a position of power in post-blackout Hong Kong! You have to manage ever-changing resources and a network of various specialists to keep Hong Kong from descending into chaos while also staying ahead of your rivals.

We like the look of this very much. We love David Pfister stuff here. Great Western Trail is an amazing game and Isle of Skye is up there too! No idea on how it plays but it seems to be a resource management with threat negation type of thing. Add in some area control and deck building and you have on paper what looks like a fantastic game. The release is supposedly 2018. We await with bated breath.

Ragusa

Capstone Games. The purveyor of heavy, strategic games. Wildcatters. Awesome. Arkwright. Brilliant. Now we have Ragusa.

Set in the legendary city of Ragusa (now Dubrovnik), Ragusa charges players with the task of building the city in the 15th century, constructing its great towers, boosting trade with the East, and finding their fortunes.

Players build houses on the spaces between three hexes, gaining access to resources (on rural spaces) and actions (in the city), which means that a house effectively functions as a worker being placed, but triggering three spots at a time. Players use resources gained in the countryside to build buildings, trade, and craft valuable commodities — the value of which varies as ships come and go from the harbor.

In the city, players gain access to actions, with each spot representing the three actions that surround it. This simple worker placement gives way to a deep engine-building mechanism as not only will building around production spaces utilize the houses you’ve already built in the countryside, but building near other player’s houses will re-activate them, giving other players valuable opportunities outside of their turns. The game ends once players have placed all their houses. The player with the most points from all sources wins.

City builders. Can’t get enough of them. If you read the above and immediately thought Concordia, then you are not alone. But knowing Capstone Games, this is going to be a much more complex and robust game than Concordia. We are not hating on Concordia. We love Concordia. Speaking of…

Concordia: Venus

A goddess on a mountain top
Was burning like a silver flame
The summit of beauty and love
And Venus was her name
She’s got it
Yeah baby, she’s got it
Well, I’m your Venus
I’m your fire
At your desire
Well, I’m your Venus
I’m your fire
At your desire

Sorry… where were we? Oh, Concordia has an expansion? It’s called Venus and contains the following:

-Teams of two players each may play against each other.
-New personality cards with the goddess Venus allow for new strategies.
-New maps on which to play.

Not much to go on right. It basically adds a load of new stuff. You know, like any expansion. We have a picture of the box if you like that sort of thing.

Weapon Wars

This weeks Kickstarter is funded already with 29 days still to go. We are loving the art and concept of the game. From the designer:

Challenge your friend or friends to a duel. Launch nuclear missiles, use legendary swords and ripple the rules of the universe in a card game like no other. Will you be the last player standing? Or will you be the weakest Cosplayer of all? Yes! It’s a Cosplay themed card game. Much win.

The art is a massive draw for us and so is the theme. Go check out their Kickstarter page here. Funded. So you know you’re going to get it. It’s now a matter how many stretch goals are going to get unlocked. It’s in your hands now.

That’s it for it this week. GameStart is next weekend! The Tabletop crew will be there. Come by and say hi and play some games with us! More news on how you can do that will be up on Monday. Keep your eyes peeled. See you then!

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