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Tabletop News! 22/09/18

News time again! A week in tabletop gaming just flies by in no time! Too much to see. Too much to play. Let’s get on with it.

The Quest for El Dorado: Heroes & Hexes

We quite like The Quest for El Dorado here.  It’s a deck building race game that uses said deck to navigate across the map and sees players rushing to get to El Dorado first. Here comes the first expansion to throw a spanner in the works. What do you get in the box?

From the publisher: The Quest for El Dorado: Heroes & Hexes includes three new double-sided terrain tiles that add a new element to the game: curses. When a player stops on a demon space, they must draw and reveal a curse token to see how they’re affected. Maybe they have to discard certain cards before they can travel on a particular type of terrain, or perhaps other explorers will move while the cursed one is paralyzed, or maybe you’ll be afflicted by a demon, specifically a demon card that’s shuffled into your deck and does nothing but frustrate you or get transformed into a half-coin each time you see it.

This looks like a good expansion that doesn’t mess with the established mechanics of the base game. A dual language German/English version is due out in the next couple of weeks with a full English version hitting in November sometime.

Men at Work

Pretzel Games are making a name for themselves in the dexterity gaming arena with Flick ’em Up! and Junk Art being their last two releases. So what’s next? Men at WorkMen At Work is a stacking and balancing game in which players compete as workers on a job site who are carefully constructing a tower to avoid accidents and, maybe, earn Employee of the Month. The game includes three gaming modules to add loads of replayability, as well as wooden components housed within a well-designed insert for easy set up.

Look out for this towards the end of the year. We are already in love with the art and look of this game and this will sure get to the table at some point. Dedicated gaming group + dexterity game + alcohol = fun.

Discovery: Era of the Voyage

From Taiwanese publisher EmperorS4 comes a fantastic looking game. Well the cover is art is really nice. But what of the game you all say? In Discovery: Era of Voyage, players take on the role of ambitious captains leading their fleet towards glory at sea. Through trading goods and commodity, investment and development, you accumulate reputation and influence among the islands you sail to.

With the limited amount of components for such a game, it looks like things will be very tight and cutthroat. But we like that here. Punishing your friends from across the table with a sly grin on your face. This is releasing by the year end so let backstabbing and under table bartering begin.

Unrecorded Siege

This week’s search through the wonderful world of Kickstarter has uncovered something special looking. Net: D Studio from Hong Kong is looking to get this out the door and they have nearly hit their target with plenty of time left.

Unrecorded Siege, positions itself as a 1-4 players Medium Strategy & Resource Management game with background of Medieval (14th ~ 15th Century Europe) the Hundred Years War. Players take roles as French or English Generals to utilize commanders, armies and siege weapons to conquer or defend the battlefield. Players are expected to use their resources and strategies in setting up tactical formations to deceive and defeat their opponents.

If you like Game of Thrones or Battle of Rokugan then this will be up your alley for sure. You can head over to the Kickstarter page here and give them some of your well earned money.

If you are still not convinced..well this is a humdinger. The box the game comes in is used as the board. Fantastic! More games should be like this. Make it so!

That’s all for this week. A brief but enjoyable excursion through the world of ‘what’s new’.

See you all next week.

 

 

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