May is almost upon us and so are many great campaigns coming to Kickstarter. Board games, card games, miniature games – from new titles, to expansions and revivals. Today we’ll talk about 3 titles coming in May and later on.
The Phantom: Card game – May 1st
If you’re into comic books or pop culture in general, there’s a high chance you’ve heard about The Phantom. The comic strips and books, launched back in 1936, are being published to this day. They have inspired and influenced a huge part of modern superhero franchises, got adapted into TV shows and live action movies. Oh. And Phantom happens to be the first superhero to wear a skintight suit, even before Superman!
On May 1st all fans of the 84-year old hero can rejoice as the new card game, based on his adventures is about to launch on Kickstarter. Phantom: The Card Game can be played solo or with one friend. The majority of gameplay is based around resource management, hand management, upgrading your gear and getting the help of your allies. Players can relive the adventures originally featured in 3 fan favourite stories from the comic books: “Story of Devil”, “Diana in the Jungle Patrol” and “Year One”.
Dawnshade – May 19th
Dawnshade, designed and published by Highborne Games, is a co-op exploration game highly inspired by japanese RPGs for video game consoles. The action takes place in a war torn forest called Galeswood. Players take on the roles of Petarukin – humanoids with animal like features who are tasked with ending the conflict.
The game mixes a huge variety of genres and still manages to feel like its own thing. Each player controls one hero with their own set of dice and tokens. Tokens themselves are quite vital to the gameplay and come in high, chip-like quality. They represent weapons, spells and allies your character has met on their journey. When engaged in combat you place them on the specified areas and create stacks. Interestingly: Dawnshade also has elements of dexterity based minigames, but according to the designer they’re not major and exist just to add some fun.
What stands out a lot here is the replayability factor. Map tiles are randomized, as are the quests which come in tens of thousands of different combinations.
Sublime Dark – Sometime in 2020
Tristan Hall is about to launch his newest board game on Kickstarter and from what we’ve heard: it’ll happen before the end of the year. The author, known especially for his Kilforth franchise of thematic, card heavy, co-op games, has decided to tackle a slightly different genre this time. Namely: horror games. And not just any horror. Sublime Dark is going to be set in an extremely dark victorian setting with plenty of gothic elements. If you’ve ever played Bloodborne the video game, you know exactly what we’re talking about.
The action of Sublime Dark takes place in a city called Blackwell and in its nearest surroundings. As players we have little to no knowledge about the cursed place. All we’re aware of is that the daylight never comes and the night seems eternal. The settlement is in the middle in nowhere, between a forest and a roaring sea. Everything seems abandoned except for a faraway lighthouse that still operates, but nobody knows why and how.
The story idea has already made us really hyped for this one. As for the gameplay: Sublime Dark is a co-op game for 1-4 players with heavy focus on exploration, solving mysteries and of course: combat. There’s also an element of collecting and crafting items. Many of them will help your character regain sanity and stay alive. The campaign is divided into a number of scenarios, which so far seem rather story heavy.
If you want to stay up to date with the details about the campaign and get notified when it launches you can subscribe here. Additionally: 3 lucky backers will get their own GEEKNSON’s wooden dice towers (like the one below).