Meg Previews Manaforge by Mystic Tiger Games

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Magic in the Making

The elements swirl freely around the shop, winding through the rows of my displayed wares. I wield the elements to settle on the forge and they seem to dance sprightly, waiting for me to shape them. I stoke the fire, filling the room with a thick heat. I grab my tongs and ready the metal. I melt it down, and watch it become a beautiful, sun-golden liquid. I call down the elements from their post, and as each one dives into the glowing pool, the room fills with brilliant light. The brightness settles, the room is once more lit only by the glowing fire. The once golden liquid now reflects light like a prism. I can feel the power of the arcane radiating through it, and as I stare at the prismatic pool, I think, “This will be my finest weapon yet.”

The Manaforge

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  • 2-4 Players
  • 60-90 Minutes
  • Age 13+

In Manaforge players take on the roll of wizards specialized in the creation of magical items and weaponry, and the goal is to have the most prestigious magical forge at the end of the game. The game is played over a series of nine rounds, broken up into three rounds each of Dawn, Noon, and Dusk. As the game progresses through the day, the level of item you can make becomes more challenging. For example, during the Dawn rounds, you will find more mana producing items, whereas there will be none in the Dusk rounds. Each player also has two special talents that are drafted at the beginning of the game. These talents can give special abilities to help you during your turns, or give you a boost in the beginning of the game. Players gain mana using a combination of dice and cards. There are four types of mana available: earth, fire, water and air. Most items are forged from a single type of mana or some combo thereof. There are also items considered Arcane, which generally use at least one of each element for mana. Continue reading

Meg’s Radar #20

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Hey everyone!

It’s time to get back on track with my weekly radar list. Lots of stuff coming out in the next few months, so it is an exciting time with lots of great projects to share. Enjoy the list, and as always, thank you for reading!

Sorghum & Spear: Book One by Green County Creative

f08ed87ad7a02035cc6747afe2081bef_originalSorghum & Spear is a fantasy saga featuring a group of young girls chosen as the last line of defense in the war against the Spora–a group of demons trying to conquer the Eternal Realm. The authors of Sorghum & Spear created the world of the Eternal Realm using inspiration from African, Latin American and Asian culture. In fact, sorghum is an ancient cereal grain generally found in those regions. The use of this grain is also represented in each of the characters, growing and blossoming throughout their journey. The creators hope to provide inclusive expression, social empowerment, growth of creativity, and a community where young people, especially those of colour can feel at home. Their goal starts with this first story, which they hope to eventually bring to life with animation and other mediums. One of the great things about this project, is that it has great pledge options, specifically, along with your physical book, you can pledge a direct donation to Project Have Hope–they provide economic freedom and sustainable support to the women of Uganda, by offering their handmade jewelry on their behalf. This is definitely a project to check out and support. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/greenecountycreative/sorghum-and-spear-book-one

Days left in the campaign: 27

Pledge to get a copy: $25

Bingo Love by Inclusive Press

ad8a4a6935f86ace889cd2ede185d764_originalLove and bingo? Not two things you would think to go together, but for Hazel Johnson and Mari McCray, bingo led to a love that would last a lifetime. In Bingo Love, a chance meeting at a bingo hall in 1963 leads to a forbidden romance between the young Helen and Mari. At the time, being openly gay was not as accepted as it is today, and their blossoming relationship was halted in its tracks by their forbidding families. Decades later the two are married to men they do not love, unhappy, still pained by their forced separation, but fate will intervene–decades later, again at a bingo hall–bringing the two back together once more. This is a great story of how love can persist, even when it seems like the world is doing its best to prevent it from being so. There are tons of great options, including a two copy pledge, that encourages you to donate a copy of the book to a library of your choice. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1984974672/bingo-love

Days left in the campaign: 27

Pledge to get a copy: $22

The Grimm Forest by Druid City Games

  • download (2)2-4 Players
  • 40-60 Minutes 
  • Age 13+

In The Grimm Forest, players take on the role of one the nieces or nephews of the famous Three Little Pigs. You are competing to build three houses–made out of straw, wood, and brick–as fast as you can. The game is divided into rounds, which are made up of a Gather and Build phase. During the Gather phase, players will secretly choose which part of the forest they wish to gather resources from. Players who choose the same place, will have to share resources, while going to a location solo will grant you access to all of that locations resources. In the Build phase, the resources collected will be used to construct your three houses. However, things aren’t always so simple. Fable cards will come into play–before you are able to gather resources–affecting you or the other players. Building your houses will be a challenge. Can you gather the resources you need to build yours first? https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/druidcitygames/the-grimm-forest

Days left in the campaign: 24

Pledge to get the game: $49

XYbrid by Gabe Shultz

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  • 30-60 Minutes

XYbrid is a simple game where players draft parts to create monsters in the lab, to become the most infamous scientist. A completed monster will include a set of legs, two arms, and a head (you start with a torso). Body parts will have an Infamy score (which is used to gain Infamy Points, or VP), and occasionally special features that happen during different parts of the game. These features can be Draw, Deploy, or Mission effects. There are also Auxiliary body parts that can be added to your monsters for more points, or abilities. Players will draft parts from the lab until their monsters are complete, then they will deploy them to earn points. Each player will also have a set of 3 Breakthrough cards (one for each round). These cards add a little spice to your deploy phase, and they can either benefit the person playing the Breakthrough, or hinder the other players. This game features some super neat art, and utilizes plastic cards to get a really cool overlay effect for your creatures body parts. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/525115303/xybrid-a-monster-building-transparent-card-game

Days left in the campaign: 29

Pledge to get the game: $29

Meg Previews 5ive: King’s Court by GameStax

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…All the King’s Men?

“Where are all of my men?” The King’s voice boomed like thunder, rolling across the great hall. The emptiness of the room became overwhelmingly apparent. Just then a small, anxious man approached the throne and knelt. He bowed his head, averting his gaze from the King’s disapproving eyes.

“We are all here your Majesty,” he squeaked. 

“That’s impossible! There only be but four of you in this room, and one of them is the Queen!” The King’s displeasure hung thick in the air. “Where in God’s name is everyone?” He began to pace back and forth in front of his throne. 

The man who still knelt, head bowed before the King, spoke once more. “Your Majesty, we are your court. Our knights are off training. You were only meant to meet with us today. Everyone is here as promised. I’m the Bishop, and with me I have your highest commanding knight, and the Rookie… *Hrumph*… I mean Rook.” 

The King let out a long sigh and pinched the bridge of his nose. “I suppose this will have to do… Now, should we have camel or pony rides for my birthday–I can’t decide.”

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The King’s Court

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  • 2-4 Players
  • 15 Minutes
  • Age 6+

In 5ive: King’s Court by GameStax, players will try to assemble the members of the King’s court. The members of the court are: The King, the Queen, the Knight, the Bishop, and the Rook. Each member of the court, including the King, has a special ability that will either help the active player or hurt opposing players. However, players always have the opportunity to block cards, but that can get expensive.  Continue reading

Meg Takes A Bite– A Mini Review of Flamme Rouge by Lautapelit.fi

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A Game for Everyone

It is a rare thing when we–my gaming group and I– find a game that everyone actually likes and wants to play. We have some incredibly picky gamers, so pleasing everyone is not always possible, and often leads to a limited pool of games to play together. So, when we find a game that is something we all enjoy, we take advantage of that.

About a month or so ago, a game that I hadn’t been expecting until the new year, showed up on my doorstep. This was super exciting–and great timing–because later that night I was hosting dinner and games with friends. It was the perfect opportunity to bust out this new game and give it a whirl. The game was a big hit! Since then, I have brought it to several gaming functions, as well as playing it with family over the holidays. Everyone has really liked it thus far, which makes it a hit in my book.

The Red Flame

15303995_10154103403129646_2060000731_oIn the game Flamme Rouge, designed by Asger Granerud, players control a team of two riders racing against tough competitors to reach the finish line first. The teams consist of a Rouleur and a Sprinteur, each with their own special movement decks. Simultaneously, players will secretly decide the movement for their riders. Then everyone reveals their choices and moves their riders according to the number on the cards. Just like in real racing, the game makes use of drafting, terrain and exhaustion, so players must take all of that into account when determining how their riders will move.   Continue reading

Meg’s Radar #19

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Hey everyone! It’s almost turkey day! In my house this means lots of delicious food and games with my family. I’m looking forward to testing out some of the newer games I have received from KS with them. What are you planning on playing over the holiday weekend?

Anyway, here are a few different projects to check out. Enjoy and thanks for reading!

Node by Marius Messerschmied & Co. 

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  • 4-6 Players
  • Age 14+

With the fast paced world we live in today, we don’t always have time to truly get to know the people around us. Node looks to change that by combining gaming and honest conversation. Node is a card-based game where players will build upon a starting node with their cards, all while answering and discussing meaningful questions along the way. However, BSing is highly frowned upon, so if you think someone is laying on the BS, you can play the BS card on them. The first player to be rid of all of their cards is the winner. This is a simple game, and at its core, it aims to bring us closer to the people around us, by connecting in person, rather than over the internet. Get to know new friends and coworkers, break the ice, or use it for team building– the choice is yours. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1448632996/node-ask-meaningful-questions

Days left in the campaign: 20

Pledge to get the game: €12 early bird (38 of 50 left) (about $13 USD)

Robots Love Ice Cream by 25th Century Games

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  • 1-4 Players
  • 20-30 Minutes
  • Age 8+

Robots Love Ice Cream is a semi-cooperative card game based off the hit mobile game that shares the same name. In the game, players will travel to different planets to face Spinston and his robot pals. Essentially, you will take control of an ice cream truck and use weaponized ice cream to take down enemy robots. Defeated robots will drop Sprinkletonium, a powerful element that you can use to upgrade your weapons. Work together to defeat the robots, defend your ice cream, and save the world (s). If you’d like a better idea of the game, check out the preview from Man vs. Meeple.               https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/378405153/robots-love-ice-cream-the-card-game-0

Days left in the campaign: 24

Pledge to get the game: $16

Clash d’Ardèche by Gaudete Games

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  • 1-4 Players
  • 40-75 Minutes
  • Age 12+

You may remember this title from one of my earliest Meg’s Radar posts. After obtaining new art and revising their campaign, Gaudete Games is bringing it back to Kickstarter! Clash d’Ardèche is a strategic, Euro-style game where players take on the role of a campground owner vying for customers in the French highlands. Players use upgrades, advertisements, and bribery to make their campsites the most appealing. Each player also has their own secret win condition. The game combines worker placement, card drafting and set collection to keep strategy high and luck low. Fans of bluffing, secret agendas, and classic style Euros, will want to check this out. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/117402901/clash-dardeche-campground-tycoon

Days left in the campaign: 24

Pledge to get the game: €29 (About $31 USD)

Spotlight– Feudum by Odd Bird Games

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It’s been quite awhile since I have done a spotlight, and what better way to come back to it than by featuring a game, I have been eyeing for months now. Not too long ago the designer, Mark Swanson, posted on the Kickstarter Spotlight Facebook group asking for advice on his Kickstarter preview page. I remember writing a ridiculously long list of fixes for it, but what stood out more was the game that the page featured. Ever since then, I have been looking forward to this game hitting Kickstarter for real, just so I could back it. In fact, this is the last game I will back this year (gotta save money for the holidays). I’m immensely excited to finish up the year with the backing of this game, and I’m sure that whether you are backing something for the first time, or are a “super backer” like me, that this will be a game to remember.

Guilds & Power

Having been banished to this strange land, I have come to learn that the guilds hold all the power. Have them in your corner, and you will be able to do anything. However, their loyalty is ever wavering and without it, you really don’t stand much of a chance. I’ve been lucky so far, managing to maintain some sway with the merchants guild. I’ve even taken control of my own feudum. My success comes with a steep price, so I must be sure to keep the King’s favor. If I don’t– well, you can only imagine.

Perhaps during this epoch, I’ll be able to control the behemoth to do my bidding. I’ve heard of and seen the destruction that it can cause, and I’d much rather have it on my side. Luckily, I don’t deal with ships too often, so I don’t have to worry about my competitors sending that sea creature after me. 

Feudum is a 2-5 player game where players take on the roles of characters who travel to a strange land to reclaim their honor, after having been banished from their homeland. Players begin the game with little more than some apples and a few shillings. They must work towards turning those into a profitable future.

The game will take place over 5 epochs. During that time players will vie to gain status with the six guilds within the kingdom. These guilds include merchants, knights and monks, just to name a few. Having the loyalty of these guilds helps you to gain special resources that you will use to maintain your feudums. The game includes a cyclical economy with a push/ pull mechanic to keep things moving. The interaction with the different guilds is the main focus of the game, as working with them is integral to getting things done. Since the game is so complex, I figured I would include the rules summary provided by Odd Bird Games. If you are looking for something more in-depth, check out the reviews done by Man vs Meeple or Undead Viking. Also, if you’d like to get an early look at the rule book, you can check that out here.

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Meg’s Radar #18

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Hey guys! i know it’s been awhile, but between working on other projects and some recent events with family, life has been busy. However, I am coming back with a new Meg’s Radar, YAY! So enjoy and thank you ever so much for reading! 🙂

Man vs Meeple Season One Kickstarter

fe241540e8af5ca4891ea0f172fe9828_original.jpgLike me, many of you probably turn to YouTube now and then to get reviews for games that you are interested in. As useful as a blog post may be, videos give us an essential visual component, which allows us to see the moving parts of the games we want to know about. The guys of Man vs Meeple have done a fantastic job of bringing the video review to life, with a mixture of informative commentary and visual appeal. To continue to do what they do (and to do more) they need our help. This campaign will help them to continue to produce great content for the next year, with more reviews, interviews, previews, etc. Plus backing will help them to cover some of the biggest events in the hobby, such as Origins or Essen. Besides the awesome content, backers have a chance to get some sweet promos from some of their favorite game companies. The higher you back, the more you get. Continue to support the hobby’s content creators, and give their Kickstarter a look. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/679793394/man-vs-meeple

Days left in the campaign: 26

Pledge to get some cool stuff: $10

The Game Anywhere Table by Transforming Designs Inc. 

 

download-6If you have ever run into a space issue when trying to play a board game, this might be the solution you’ve been looking for. The Game Anywhere Table allows for you to have a table that will not only support games that take up a lot of space, but a table that can be taken anywhere. It is the size of a standard gaming table with extra width to allow for players to have enough space for all of their player components. The table also features a magnetic system, that includes player pockets, card trays, card shoots, treasure troughs, and player shields. These features can be moved around and placed anywhere within the personal playing areas, providing a custom experience for everyone involved. There is also an available section for cup holders. The table is mobile, so it can all be folded up and carried away or stored at the end of the night. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/975756734/the-game-anywhere-table

Days left in the campaign: 19

Pledge to get the basic table: $259

Package!? by Chris “Shep” Shepperson

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  • 2-4 Players
  • 5-10 Minutes
  • Age 8+

Package!? is an abstract, strategy game where players try to get their packages to the different houses, in arrangements that will provide them with the most points. Players will roll a die every turn, to determine what action they will take. The rolls represent a range of possible actions, rather than a single action. The location of your packages and your pawn at the end of the game will affect the amount of points you are able to earn. There will be 5 possible locations, numbered 1-5. Packages in location one will be worth a single point each, while packages in location five will be worth 5 points each. The location of your pawn will also add points to your score as well. The game will be light weight and made from high quality wooden components. It’s compact size and quick play style will make it an easy game to play anywhere or any time. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/334979400/package-an-abstract-tabletop-game

Days left in the campaign: 26

Pledge to get the game: £10 (about $12 USD)

Dwar7s Fall by Vesuvius Media Ltd

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  • 2-4 Players
  • 30-45 Minutes
  • Age 13+

Dwar7s Fall is a worker placement style game, where players are getting their dwarves ready for winter, by using the time left in fall for survival prep. The game revolves around three things: Kingdom card placement, worker placement, and take that. Players will be taking actions to secure gems, build castles and stock up on food. However, you will have to watch out for other players sending ogres to destroy your hard work. This will be the 2nd edition printing of the game, as the 1st edition completely sold out at GenCon, HalCon, and Spiel earlier this year. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/vesuviusmedia/dwar7s-fall

Days left in the campaign: 20

Pledge to get the game: $30