Chartered: The Golden Age is a historic and economic building game known for its easy game system.
You are a merchant, looking to profit from the budding trade in Amsterdam in the 1600’s and participate in the growth of a multitude of chartered enterprises. Several European nations are vying for the lucrative trade in spices and other goods. The goods brought back to Amsterdam at great peril and cost, are rapidly growing merchant wealth and increasing trade. To increase working capital and spread risk, you and other merchants use stocks for the first time in history.
You are establishing your first warehouses in Amsterdam, contributing to the city that will grow to become the wealthiest city in the western world. You can become the best merchant, build chartered enterprises and purchase stock to profit from their expected growth. Your goal? Profit and wealth.
Players buy building cards to found chartered enterprises and purchase stock in them. Throughout the game they expand these enterprises, increasing their stock value and ultimately increasing players’ wealth. Enterprises merge to accelerate their growth and add floors to their warehouses to easily gain value. Players will aim to block enterprises they don’t have stocks in but might be forced to help them grow. Buy the right stocks and build the right warehouses to put you on your way to profit and to victory.
Batman: Gotham City Chronicles has only 3 days left on Kickstarter, and has already amassed a large $3.4 Million. With the clock ticking down like on a time bomb attached to the Dynamic Duo, the anticipation is overwhelming.
For those of you unaware of the game, it is a strategical tabletop miniatures game that uses energy as a resource, to manipulate your characters in this world. Each scenario in the game has come from the tombs of the adventures of the Dark Knight. Letting you relive and retell how the events turned out.
The game is not only stunning to look at, but stunning to play. You will become engrossed in decisions and actions that your team take. Measuring every movement and detail of your planed attack with deep conversations. Or watching and waiting for your opponent to exhaust themselves, leaving you that opportunity to fall into your trap.
I am wholeheartedly looking forward to having this game touch my table. Not only will it give me the excuse to play many characters that I loved growing up but also for my daughter. She has already constructed an army of Batgirl, Catwoman, Katana and Harley Quinn to take me on.
I'd thought I'd take a moment to share with you, some of the game play videos produced by Monolith (animated and scripted by Adnane Badi) that feature my voice.
Yes, I won't give up my day job....
Have you ever wanted to play detective?
Where you ever let down by the shallowness of Cluedo?
Do you watch too many TV cop show?
Well here is a game that you should be looking at...
Team play and communication is what is needed to bring in the criminal. You'll be interrogating suspects, regarding crime scenes, evaluating evidence and getting expert help from Doctors and Psychologists. And all this is done through your smart phone.
The game comes with several decks of card, containing people and items. These people are like actors, playing roles in your cop drama. In one mystery, Joe may be a dodge drug dealer while in another the brilliant scientist. Each character in a story will will have a past, a present and possible future in the game. You will be taking everything they say and compile it into reality, making sure the liars don't slip through your net.
Getting around and communicating with these NPC is done simply with a quick scan of a QR code. The app takes card of the rest. Noting who is about, what they are up to and whats around.
Most importantly, there are some locations that can be explored and examined. In a 360 degree world, as displayed in the app, one player will be able to look for clues. Shouting out what they see, while other player collect cards that represent those items in the real world. These items can be then scanned to verify if they are clues or trash. Show them to the suspect and see if they wince, spill their guts and give you the last piece of the puzzle.
The game is hyper thematic, with a profound story and head scratchingly fun. Although there are those of us that dislike using phones and tablets in our gaming area, this is a necessary evil of the game as it generates in depth discussion between players.
It's an escape room on your table. It is what Time Stories should have been. It is a living breathing world were NPC move around and get on with their lives. This is the murder mystery game to end them all.
check out my first impressions of the game
Immortal 8 is a civilization drafting game for 3 to 8 players ages 14+, with an estimated time of 8 minutes per player.
UNFORTUNATELY, as of the 13/03/18 this project was cancelled from kickstarter.
Me, of course!