paxeast2Avoid the Void is a new game being Kickstarted by Geek Fever Games designed by Tim Mierzejewski. The game is a crazy sci-fi race to stay on the board, always avoiding the void and trying not to becoming a Void Beast.

I had a chance to sit and play the game, and had a blast with it. I always love a game where I can destroy half the board on the first turn. Each turn you’ll draw cards, play half your hand, rounding up, and the move. If at any point you run out of cards or can’t move, you’re out and become a Void Beast. Then you’ll draw a Void Beast card each time it’s your turn so you can wreak havoc on the players still in the game.

The rules are super simple, and the cards give you a lot of depth. They also produce some pretty crazy results.

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The picture above is of the prototype for Avoid the Void, which was fully playable at the show. All those blue Void tiles? That was me, destroying the board on my first turn as I stated before. Through some lucky draws and card play, I came out the victor of this particular play.

The game is a lot of fun, especially when you’ve got a bunch of players at the table. A pledge of $5 will get you the print and play version of the game, while $25 will guarantee you a physical copy. There’s 16 days left in the campaign, so if it sounds like something you’d be interested then head over and help the campaign out!

Second Look—Legend of Vyas

Second Look - Boardgame reviews in depth. Check out that cat.The Legend of Vyas is a new CCG by Vansh Games that depicts the Indian epic, The Mahabharata. Of course you don’t need to be familiar with the story to enjoy the game, which my son and I really did.

First off let me just say the presentation of the game is amazing. The box is beautiful, with a minimalist design and a custom cut foam insert for the dice, cards, and box of counters. In the set you get 2 fully-playable decks, 3 stick dice, and a small cardboard box of counters to track damage and such. It’s all laid out beautifully, and really gives a great first impression for the game. The cards are durable, and feel amazing. They’re a step up in stock than your standard CCG cards. Thicker, with a heavier feel. The dice are both unique, and well made, and the counters are a solid cardboard with a nice finish.

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The game itself follows through on the physical quality of the components. Each player fields warriors, an advisor, a hero, and a formation card. The formation card actually dictates how many warriors are on the field, and how they’re arranged. This actually has a lot to do with gameplay, as your troops in the front protect rear ranks, and your hero and advisor. Turns are simple. Roll the 3 dice to see how much energy you have to work with that turn, cast spells, field warriors, or equip your hero, then attack your opponent’s ranks. Each warrior has an attack value and health value. There’s no defending. You attack, it does damage plus/minus modifiers, and that’s that. Games are quick, brutal, and require you to always make sure you have a backup plan.

While the game is a CCG, this starter set is the only product available right now. The set is $30, and very much worth the price. There’s an expansion set of 32 unique cards being launched on Kickstarter on May 8th that will also include 2 legendary cards just for the campaign.

A review copy of Legend of Vyas was provided free for review by Vansh Games

Tabletop Season 4 Lineup Released

GS-Tabletop-LogoWil Wheaton posted the game lineup for Tabletop’s season four, which begins filming in a few days. Filming of past seasons have taken approximately two weeks. On the list are:

  • Champions of Midgard, a Viking-themed worker placement game.
  • Codenames, a party game. This will be played with six players instead of the normal four players on Tabletop.
  • Dragon Farkle, a variant of the popular dice matching game.
  • Eldritch Horror, the world-spanning Cthulhu game.
  • Fate Core, a roleplaying game.
  • Flash Point: Fire Rescue, a cooperative game of firefighting.
  • Fury of Dracula, the third edition of the game featuring hunters chasing Dracula through Europe.
  • Harbour, a worker placement game set in a seaside city.
  • Lanterns: The Harvest Festival, a tile-laying game. This was a 2015 Mensa Select Winner.
  • Misspent Youth, a roleplaying game about teenage rebels.
  • Monarch, a set collection game centered around heirs to the throne.
  • Mysterium, the cooperative game of a ghost communicating to the living via dreams.
  • Star Realms, a deckbuilder about starship combat.
  • Star Trek: Five-Year Mission, a cooperative dice placement game.
  • Steam Park, a create-your-own steampunk amusement park game.
  • Tiny Epic Galaxies, a very small galactic empire area control game.
  • Welcome To The Dungeon, a push your luck dungeon delve.

Season 4 of Tabletop will be released starting in June or July.

HEX: Shards of Fate Arrives on Steam

HEX LogoHEX Entertainment and Gameforge are now offering the trading card game HEX: Shards of Fate for PC on Steam. The game is free and available for download in the Steam Store. It’s free-to-play with in-game purchases, like most Digital CCGs. Purchases are not required to complete card collections, they just speed up the process. The game already has an excellent community, and sometimes veterans will give beginners a hand with their card collections.

Gameforge is touting a different approach with HEX, marketing it as a MMOTCG (Massively Multiplayer Online Trading Card Game.) Elements of online RPGs are mixed in with traditional TCG play. HEX: Shards of Fate offers the unique elements of an MMO, such as PvE campaigns, guilds and customisable Champions.

I’ve already installed the client, and will stream my initial plays of the game next week on my Twitch channel.

There’s a Firefly Version of Legendary Coming

Legendary-Encounters-Firefly-ArtShiny! Upper Deck has announced that a new core set for Legendary, a Firefly one, will be released in July. That’s 500 cards of gorram goodness. It’s cooperative, with players working towards completing episodes without earning too many strikes. Once an episode is over, the game starts anew. The game will feature all-new artwork, and have fan favorite protagonists such as Patience, Niska, Saphron and the evil Alliance.

Along with 500 cards, Legendary Encounters: Firefly will include a game mat and full color rulebook and retail for $59.99.

On a break from playing Arya Stark, Maisie Williams took on the role of Lorraine to work the counter at Aero Hobbies in Santa Monica and hand out Game of Thrones swag.

Betrayal at House on the Hill: Widow’s Walk

Betrayal_Rafters_GalleryIt’s been over a decade since we seen anything new on the Betrayal at the House on the Hill front. Now Widow’s Walk, the first expansion for the game, is coming out in the Fall thanks to Avalon Hill and Wizards of the Coast. The expansion adds 20 new rooms, 50 new haunts, and the roof, a previously unexplored floor.

Keep in mind that this is an expansion, and you’ll need to base game to play.

Widow’s Walk will make its debut at PAX East, and I’ve set aside some time to sit down and play. Keep an eye here for my impressions from the show.

indexIt’s been a great contest! Thank you to everyone who has entered, and thank you to Playdek Games for providing the prize.

We had a lot of entries, but only one could arise victorious. Picked at random using an online tool, the winner is…

“Madgit”

Congratulations! I’ll be emailing you your Steam key shortly. Enjoy Twilight Struggle! I know I am.

To everyone else you entered, thanks again. Hopefully we’ll have something to give away again in the near future.

Yu-Gi-Oh! May Releases

May is just around the corner, and that means new Yu-Gi-Oh! releases. The first, being released May 6th, is the new latest Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG core booster set, Shining Victories. This new 100-card set brings brand-new Deck themes such as Lunalight, Digital Bug, and Amorphage Dragons, and marks the return of Blue-Eyes and a plethora of specially crafted Blue-Eyes monsters and support cards. Some exciting new cards in the set include: Kozmo Dark Planet, Performapal Odd-Eyes Light Phoenix, Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon, and Red-Eyes Toon Dragon. There will be sneak peek events at participating retailers on April 31st and May 1st. MSRP $3.99

Starter Deck – Yuya is a pre-constructed Performapal-themed Deck that will be released on May 27th. Players who folliow ARC-V will recognize the main protagonist, Yuya, and his unique arsenal of cards. The deck contains 40 cards, 10 of which are new, and three special token cards. MSRP $9.99.

GameSaluteLogoForWeb1_0Game Salute launched a thematic dice Kickstarter campaign inspired by their Alien Frontiers game in March of 2013, eventually cancelling the entire project on April 18, 2016. The rocket-shaped dice campaign was funded in 3.5 hours. The campaign originally was designed to produce six-sided dice with pips in the player colors for Alien Frontiers, eventually expanded into 12 colors of dice covering the typical range of RPG polyhedrals, Fudge (Fate) compatible dice, and numbered six-sided dice.

Citing production difficulties with China-based Panda Game Manufacturing, the original manufacturer, and the cost of recreating molds with a new supplier, the company has cancelled the entire campaign promising a full refund for any products not yet delivered in the campaign. “After the multiple rounds of samples and revisions we had already attempted,” Game Salute writes, “we determined that we could not achieve the quality we would consider acceptable for mass production and delivery with a new supplier.” In June of 2015, the manufacturer cites “the intricate numbering that needs to be done on the RPG dice“, specifically the twenty-sided die as causing production difficulties.

5d387b522722b7ce3057514adf343c69_originalOf the Rocket Dice that shipped, apparently the six-sided dice were shipped out but with significant changes. Dice are normally finished via tumbler polishing, but after 23 iterations, that method wouldn’t give good results. ABS plastic (the plastic that is used to create LEGO pieces) solved production issues, but required hot stamping. “Larger pips did not work with the hot stamping, so the smaller [pip size] was the final fix to all previous problems,” Game Salute wrote in March of 2015. However with the change in pip size, some backers were upset with the resulting dice. Game Salute offered a refund at that point to dissatisfied customers.

Backers of the now-cancelled campaign should request a refund at the “Contact Me” link on Game Salute’s bio page on Kickstarter.

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