Welcome to our delicious, weekly portion of news about upcoming Kickstarter board game projects. This time we’ll focus entirely on campaigns launching in April.
Ambush: Epic – April 15th
Dungeon crawlers are one of the most beloved board / video games ever. The genre, thanks to some amazing titles from Clank to Descent or video games like the Diablo series, is filled with amazing titles, but it’s hard to create something new here. Ambush: Epic, a tabletop game that’s launching on Kickstarter on April 14th is attempting to do something fresh with the theme and according to what we’ve seen so far – might become something really special.
Ambush: Epic is a semi-cooperative dungeon crawler that focuses on dice related mechanics. There’s a whopping 80 of these, and a bunch of cards to represent your gear, challenges that you need to overcome and the so-called “luck cards”. During the game you try to progress through a dungeon with your party, draw cards showing what’s currently happening, and try to use them or counter them.
The most interesting and fun part is the way Ambush: Epic lets you backstab others. Even though the goal of the game is to reach the end together, it’s also possible to fulfill the alternative winning condition, kill enough other players/monsters and become the sole winner. Certain cards not only allow you to duel others but also force two players to fight (funnily enough: that card is represented by a pack of popcorn).
Overall the game looks quite promising and we plan to review it within the next 2 weeks. Stay tuned!
Pax Viking – April 7th
Any fans of Phil Eklund and his rather heavy “Pax” series? So far we’ve seen Pax Porfiriana, Pax Pamir and Pax Renaissance. All of these offer lots of challenge, complex economic and political mechanics, feel realistic and scientific.
Pax Viking is the newest addition to the series and it’s scheduled for an April 7th Kickstarter launch. The game allows 1 to 6 players to become Jarls who try to make money selling goods and manipulating other player factions. Each player tries to work on a set of goals and is supposed to complete at least one of them. These include unifying the country or leading to the introduction and domination of Christianity. The conflict lasts until one of the player manages to become the king of the entire Sweden and therefore – the victor of the game.
Apart from Pax Viking, the new Kickstarter campaign will also offer a reprint and a deluxe edition of Pax Renaissance.
Lords of Vegas: 10th Anniversary Bundle – April
Do you know Lords of Vegas? This classic economic, city building game has gained quite a following since its release back in 2010. The game has players work as developers in the titular Las Vegas. As the game progresses, you get more money, create bigger ventures and end up as one of the local casino lords.
Mechanics involve placing casino tiles on empty lots, expanding your places of entertainment, fighting for influence, dice rolling and lots of strategic planning. Up to 4 players can play together and the game itself isn’t too slow, usually lasting for up to 90 minutes.
The new campaign, planned for April, is going to focus on a 10th anniversary bundle which is going to include all of the content released so far and a new expansion called Underworld. All the new elements will still be compatible with the retail edition if you happen to have one.