PAX East 2017 – Final War: Onslaught

Final War: Onslaught was setup just outside the tabletop area and I almost missed it. Don’t ask me how. For some reason or another I just hadn’t walked down that isle until I was almost ready to leave the floor for the day.

Final War is a CCG for 2-4 players, but it plays a bit differently that I’m sure most CCG players are used to. The game has each player building their armies up while combating events resolved through a Fate Deck. Eventually, towards the end of the game, Final War is called and the players then battle head to head to see who emerges as the victor. The full rules are available on the game’s website.

One of the cool things about the game is how the boxed starter set provides you with plenty of power and options to enjoy the game. Booster packs aren’t really necessary unless you’re really looking to expand your play. Even then, cards from the base set may still find their way into your decks because of how useful they can be.

The game hasn’t officially launched in the states yet, but should be soon. You can still purchase it online.

It’s certainly a game to keep an eye on.

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I’m back, and recovered, from PAX East 2017! That means it’s time for some coverage!

First on the list is Scrollplay, and awesome deck box / game mat storage system that was successfully Kickstarted a short while ago. While very utilitarian in design, the function is quite awesome.

The Scrollplay is a scroll with 3 magnetically sealing deck compartments. The outside of the scroll also has several magnets for holding a loosely wrapped game mat around the unit. This keeps your game mat from getting creased or, if rolled to tightly, warped into a curled shape. It’s actually really awesome. Scrollplay sells both the customizable scroll case and pre-magnetized mats to go with it. You can also buy straps to make the unit easier to carry. Really in love with your own game mat? You can buy magnets and the template to magnetize your own mat for use with the Scrollplay.

I took one home with me, a black scroll with the Island mat, and I couldn’t be happier with it!

Check out some pics below. If you like what you see you can snag everything you need here.


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Attending PAX East and want to know who is exhibiting at what tables? We’ve been given the list of exhibitors in the tabletop hall, which currently do not show up in the Guidebook app, the only version of the program and show’s floorplan available.

The tabletop booths will be along the right (north) edge of the space, near the skybridge. From the main Queue Room entrance on up to the Lenovo Legion PC Room, the following companies will have a presence in the tabletop hall:

  • Gamewright, Q-Workshop, Asmodee NA
  • Compleat Strategist (local game store), Steve Jackson Games
  • Battleground Games & Hobbies (local game store), Level Up Dice, Fun to 11, Tectonic Craft Studios
  • CMON, Wyrmwood Gaming
  • Burning Wheel, Japanime/Global Games Distribution, Greenbriar Games
  • Modern Myths NY (“local” game store), Armor Class 10 Shirts
  • Pandemonium Games (local game store), Crit Success, Dragoon/Lay Waste Games
  • Atlas Games, United States Professional Mahjong League
  • Drinking Quest, Aviary Games, SFR
  • AdMagic
  • Greater Than Games
  • Foam Brain Games (“local” game store)

Although the PAX 2017 program book that appears in the Guidebook app doesn’t break down the tabletop hall, PAX’s Tabletop Manager has said that this year a detailed map of the tabletop area will appear in the program.

header_imageThe Indie Mega Booth was actually my first stop at PAX. Crammed with tiny tables, there were a ton of cool looking games either for sale or about to head to Kickstarter. I even saw my old friends at Zephyr Workshop showing off A.E.G.I.S again. I was hoping to get back to the booth to demo a bunch of the games, but I ended up seeing a LOT more than I would have thought, and couldn’t get back there in time.

Titans Tactics by Imbalanced Games

Titan TacticsTitans Tactics is a 30 minute skirmish game were teams of 3 champions face off against each other. The game uses cards, so there’s very little randomness and a lot of tactics and planning involved. You can snag the game on Amazon for $25.

Mahou Shojo by Deerfox

Mahou Shojo“Fight like a girl”, Mahou Shojo is a 2 player game about battling magical schoolgirls that’s currently up on Kickstarter. Targeted at girls, the game features cute artwork that doesn’t fall into many of the Anime stereotypes these types of games are usually known for. There’s actually 2 open play test decks available for download if you’re interested in giving the game a shot: The Bakery Deck and The Garden Deck.


CameraZOOM-20150306094252487Skiptrace is a cheeky game of moonlighting agents trying to complete missions. With stunning, minimalistic cards, players get targets, objectives, resources, locations, and itemss and have to complete their mission. The game has some pretty awesome cards, and a wonderful look and feel.

Pleasant Dreams

Pleasant DreamsPleasant Dreams has you trying to take control of your dreams to have a pleasant night’s sleep. Players go back and forth in a game of tug-of-war trying to create good dreams for themselves while slipping terrifying visions on their opponent’s dreams. The game is currently available for $20.

Mech Deck

Mech DeckThis game is right up my alley. Mech Deck is a game of giant robot combat where pieces of your mech can be blasted off and rendered useless. Lighter and more approachable than some larger mech games, I can see this one becoming a real hit. A modular board system and customizable mechs mean replayability should be high with this one.

The Shadow Over Westminster by Counter Clockwork Games

CameraZOOM-20150306095353422The end of the world approaches and The Agency must put a stop to it. The Shadows of Westminster is a deckbuilder mixed with a cooperative board game. Players must do research to find out what’s going on in order to stop whatever evil is threatening to destroy the world. Sometimes, one of the agents is actually the evil and then proceeds to try and kill everyone.


DivorceDivorce is a game about just that. Players take the role of a married couple trying to get the most our of their divorce as possible. If you can’t get something, you can always make sure the other person doesn’t getting by burning it down or somehow destroying it. You even need to take into account the kids in the whole messy affair. Sounds like your cup of tea? You can preorder it here for $20.

Bad Detectives by Forced Output

Unfortunately my picture of Bad Detectives didn’t come out that great. It’s a shame, because it’s a game you really need to see (so you can just hit that link to the left). In the game you play a bad detective trying to look good by solving cases. You do this by linking up all the information you have with thumbtacks and string. Solid connections are good! Broken connections, no so much. You’re basically trying to tie as much information together as you can while trying to trip up your fellow bad detectives. It’s actually really hilarious.

PAX East—Greater than Games

header_imageGreater than Games was showing off a video game version of Sentinels of the Multiverse at PAX East. The game faithfully reproduces its tabletop counterpart and even has most of the expansions available as in-game purchases.

Sentinels of the Multiverse
It looks great, and is a lot of fun. It’s a great way to take the game with you on a tablet or phone and play solo. The game is also out on Steam. Having had a change to play I’m mostly satisfied with it. The interface is a little clunky until you get used to it, and the pacing could be a bit faster. Hopefully these are things that will be fixed as time goes on. It won’t stop me from playing the game, though, and I’m sure I’ll be enjoying this one for some time to come.

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PAX East—Breaking Games

header_imageI stopped by Breaking Games to visit the new friends I made at Toy Fair this year. While I was there I noticed a game I didn’t see previously, Pack the Pack. The game is all about fitting the most loot in the limited space of your pack and getting back to town with the most valuable items. Each tile has an item, color, and gems. There’s actually a few variations of play that take into account each of the 3 tile attributes, each fast-paced.

Pack the Pack
The rulebook is available online if you’d like to get a handle on the game before heading over to the website and preordering a copy.

The only thing I could think about while checking this out what how crazy I go while trying to organize and prioritize loot in games like Diablo and Torchlight. It always felt like a game-within-a-game, and now that task is.

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PAX East—Aviary Games

header_imageAviary Games was showing off two games at PAX East this year, Alchemy and Interregnum. Interregnum will be coming to Kickstarter soon so I really just focused on the former.

Alchemy is a game where players are young alchemist apprentices trying to master the craft. Everyone is competing against the others to craft potions while fudging other players’ crafting. The trick here is that each potion can only be crafted once. You need to see what everyone around you is doing so as not to get too far in only to have another player complete a specific potion before you.

CameraZOOM-20150306112939373Alchemy handles 2-5 players, and you can check out the rules here to find out more about how it plays. Having been successfully funded on Kickstarter, backers should be getting their copies shortly. You can also preorder the game here.

PAX East—Robot Entertainment

header_imageSecured in a glass case, almost forgotten by those around it, Orcs Must Die the board game sat. Shadowed by its video game counterpart, I was still able to snag someone to get more info about it. It’ll actually be two board games, Orcs Must Die: Order and Orcs Must Die: Unchained. Each can be played on it’s own as a cooperative tower defense game, or the two can be combined as a Player vs Player game.

Orcs Must Die

Order will have the players playing as the heroes, while Unchained will be the Orcs. Each version of the game will support 1-4 players, and will handle a full 8 when combined. The game is currently still in development, and just like everything else, will be hitting Kickstarter soon.

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PAX East 2015—Tectonic Craft Studios

header_imageNew from Tectonic this year is an amazing look dice tower. The tower, which comes flat packed and needing assembly like all their other products, comes in a $25 plain version and $45 detailed version. Dan described both as taking a few nights during the week to construct. The towers look great, and have a great sounds to them when dice pass through.

I should mention that both the $25 and $45 towers are exactly the same size. The only difference is the amount of detail in the design. Along with the towers, Tectonic’s line is a bit more robust than it was last year. Dan’s kept himself buy making new products, and traveling around the country to show them off.

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header_imageI stopped by the CritSuccess booth to see what was new. I’m a huge fan of my r20, and I was hoping to catch a glimpse of something special.

Indeed I did. I present to you, the Chainmail Dice Bag.

Chainmail Dice BagThe picture doesn’t do it justice. This thing is a beauty. It’s 100% stainless steel, and it’s tough as nails. They let me tug on it, stomp on it, and try my best to break it. The bag held up to it all. Not only that, but it’s actually a really good size. I’ve got a soft spot in my heart for dice bags, particularly leather ones. This bag has me rethinking my loyalty.

CritSuccess ran a Kickstarter with a goal of raising $500 to get the bag made. They raised almost $50,000.

While these bags are amazing, they won’t be cheap when they’re available to the public. It looks like you’ll need to shell out $50 for one, but it’s worth it in my mind.

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