Time for some news regarding upcoming Kickstarter campaigns. Today we take a look at 2 games that will launch this spring. Enjoy!
Sea of Legends – May 2020
Pirates. Who doesn’t like pirates? One of the most explored themes for movies, books, video and tabletop games. And yet millions of people flock to theaters to see the newest antics of Jack Sparrow. Games like Merchants & Marauders remain beloved.
A new title exploring the pirate way of life is heading to Kickstarter and will launch in May. Sea of Legends, published by Guildhall Studios, is a board game aimed at two to four players. The action takes place in the famous Caribbean region although it’s quite different from what the history books tell us. In Sea of Legends magic exists and influences all spheres of life, especially in the life of a pirate. Magic doesn’t just mean some silly spells. It gives birth to many dangerous beasts and the undead who roam the world and make everyone’s lives miserable. Not for pirates though. The quest for gold, grog and glory never ends, no matter how many tentacles or skulls does your enemy have.
Sea of Legends is a competitive game, so apart from the menace mentioned above, you’ll also have to deal with other players. According to the publisher the game is highly sandboxy. You can be any type of pirate you want and achieve your goals through various means: from looking for hidden treasure stashes to attacking others and becoming the most feared pirate to roam the seven seas.
Mantis Falls – March 31st
Black and white noir movies are often nowhere near as black and white when it comes to morality. Betrayals, intrigue and constant feeling of uncertainty are often, if not always, a part of the narration. Mantis Falls is a tabletop game that takes place in the noiry 1940s. And like in noir movies – you rarely know whom to trust and what’s going to happen next.
The story starts with players’ characters learning about some heavily guarded and disturbing event. The only course of action is to run away, as you’ve certainly seen things that weren’t meant for your eyes. There are people who won’t give up until each and every one of you is sleeping with the fishes. Cooperating with your companions is the obvious choice here however… there’s a chance you might have a traitor among your ranks.
Does the description above remind you of something? Mafia games make an entire genre and have always been popular, especially if you had a large group of people who wanted to play something together. Mantis Falls borrows some concepts from Mafia but it is supposed to be played only by two to three players. Like in Mafia there’s no guarantee that one of you isn’t a traitor. Everyone picks their role randomly at the beginning and tries to achieve their secret goal. If you happen to get the role of the traitor: you can’t be too obvious and have to cooperate a bit to cover your real plans.
As for the gameplay department: Mantis Falls has a highly modular board and apart from Mafia-like mechanics has a plenty of hand management, drafting and random events. There are also additional modules that change the gameplay a lot and can be added anytime you start a new game.