Back on Kickstarter, is a game I took a look at early this year. That game has had some tweaking and is back with a vengeance. If Euro game had such a thing. That game is Chartered: The Golden Age.
If you remember, this was a game that I quite enjoyed playing. As it was simple in explanation, with only two actions to choose from and it has a nice brain-burner effect with it. The game has had a few changes, like the addition of event cards that will throw the stock market against the wall from time to time. And a scaling system for the number of players.
All in all, it still is the same game that I enjoyed. Like a 3D, card driven Carcassonne, but with an added stocks and shares element. Look out for my review coming later and the Kickstarter, which starts on the 16th of October 2018
Keep up to date on the progress of this Kickstarter with this wonderful chart here
Neta-Tanka is now available to backers and has already successfully funded.
What is Neta-Tanka...?
The Frostrivers tribe dwells along the Great Frozen River. Its members live in harmony with Nature. The tribe obeys the laws of the Four Elders, themselves guided by the most venerable of the Elders: the Neta-Tanka. When the Neta-Tanka enters the twilight of life, the Frostrivers gather at the Sacred Grounds to designate a successor. During this ceremony, each clan presents a young leader, who will need to demonstrate generosity and the ability to provide for the tribe in order to become the new Neta-Tanka.
If this sounds like your thing, the link to the Kickstarter is bellow:
You can check out my written article here on BGES. Or you can if you prefer videos, here is one;
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.
how to play batman: gotham city chronicles
Each player is going to start with 10 coins from 5 different currency's (Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Dash, Peercoin). And these coins are in your pocket, waiting to be used. How? Well you'll be paying these coins to the other players to allow you to preform actions. As well as exchanging them, using the "Currency Exchange Ring" to get more coins, or the coins you need, from the other players. Eventually, banking these coins in a deep dark place that no one can touch. Your "Cold Storage." When you have 10 of each currency there, you'll win the game.
Game play comes from a deck of cards. On a players turn, they will be drawing up to the hand size on 5 cards. Once this is done, they have the chance to pay to activate a server card that they have played on a previous turn. This is a choice that the player will have to weigh up, due to the fact that, to pay for the activation, you need to give these coins to another player. Choosing the correct currency to give them, that will be easy to get back or not benefit them will have you double guessing yourself. And in doing so, you will then have permanent actions you can preform every round...But ONLY if you pay.
Then comes the players action phase. This is not just an action phase for the active player, but also for the other players too. The can "Hack." More on this later.
A players actions phase allows them to play one "Block" cards and one "Server" card from their hand. A "Server" card has no effect on this round as it needs to be payed for to activate. So you just place it, threateningly in front of yourself. Waiting for the moment you possibly activate it at the start of your next turn. A "Block" card has the same type of actions marked on it, but unlike the an inactivated "Server," you can use it now. They can let you draw more cards into your hand, trade coins with other players, play extra "Block" cards and most importantly, store your money into that deep dark place.
Trading is an important action to preform. Using the "Currency Exchange Ring," you'll be able to git another player a Bitcoin, which in turn will make them give you five Dash coins. Total against their will and with a saddened face, they give away their pocket money so you may use it. Having more coins in your wallet gives you more possibility's but also makes you a target for the other players.
Now, you may not want to give large amounts of coins away to other players. Nor let them transfer the coins in the pocket to the safe zone, where they could win the game. This is were the "Hack" cards come in. These "take that" cards will block transfers, smash other players "Servers" and change the exchange rates of the currency's. Anyone can play these cards on any players action phase. Throwing chaos into your well calculated plans, destroying the chance to win on this turn. Just like in real life...
...Your saving up for that new bathroom and then, while shopping, someone crashes their car into yours. Meaning you now have to buy a new car, pushing that dream bathroom back a year...sigh!
this kickstarter will be running from
january 25th 2018
february 27th 2018
Did you ever see the day that you control an evil, money inspired corporation? Well that day is here. The game will have you exploring an unknown planet MYC.14.250, only to discover that not only is the oil, steel and a rare metal that could possibly used in the creation of a certain super human's shield. But also this is home to a strange fungi, that when eaten cures you of what ever ails you. And without side effects.
Earthquake. Tornado's. Even eruptions bust from the now fragile ground. Taking the lives of your science team and shattering your buildings to dust.
You thought Catan was a nasty game. This is the nasty of the nasty. You are going to need a strong head and a steel will to get through this game. And when the planet finally concaves. Be the one to walk away from the table with your pockets filled with money and the pride of building the biggest empire on that rock that was called MYC.14.250
Yes, you don't actually own the Museum, your working for your patron, who donates a lot of money. So therefore, they want the displays to be centered around their loves of history. That doesn't mean that you can't put whatever you want or sometime, whatever you can get your hands on. But it does help if you can please them too.
Paying to get these precious items into glass cabinets is an expensive affair. You will have to place another magnificent item or items into a storage to be able to place the object you want on display. No historical object is lost as you can dig them out of storage later, as can the other players. They may have eyes on that "Arc of the Covenant." Or you could sacrifice some of your hard earned prestige to help with the cost.
Here are some of the 180 objects that can be found.
Many drawn by Vincent Dutrait
This is a game that fits the family of game like Ticket To Ride and New York 1901, with it's ease of entry and simple set collection idea. Not to say that this game IS easy to play and win, there is an intriguing system that will keep your brain ticking over, even when it's not your turn. You'll be constantly tempted to take items from around the world, even when it's not your turn. But you'll be helping the active player!
The game is lavishly coloured and full of historical details that do not distract from the simple consents and game play. With many ways to snatch the victory away from another player, this is a game with bucket load of replay-ability. Especially for those of us that like revenge...
"You stole my Tower of Hercules!"
Indy, Henry, follow me. I know the way...Har!
Me, of course!
The guy in the video...dah!