Our end of the week upcoming board game previews are here. This time we’ll take a look at two games getting crowdfunded in October and one that still needs a launch date.
Townsfolk Tussle – October 20th
Old-school cartoons from the 1930s have lots of unique (and sometimes creepy) charm. If you happen to be a video gamer, you’ve probably heard about Cuphead and its colossal success. Townsfolk Tussle by Stephen Louis, Tony Mayer and Rachel Rusk uses similar inspirations in its artstyle while looking like a really fine tabletop game on its own.
So what does the gameplay look like here? Players cooperate to defend the town of Eureka Springs from countless bandits and enemies attacking right after the last sheriff’s death. A major part of the game focuses on defeating 4 increasingly difficult bosses. Each of you controls one choosable character and these can be equipped with different items, weapons and have their own abilities.
The design and production quality feel incredibly solid. The full game is going to come with 16 miniatures, over 200 cards to customize your characters, 10 boss decks, 30 terrain tiles and many more components.
Freedom Five: A Sentinel Comics Board Game – October 21st
This one is likely going to be something special, considering who made it and what it’s based on. Why? The game is a brand new “evolution” of Defenders of the Realm by
Richard Launius (Arkham Horror, Elder Sign). Two new designers who have joined the team are Adam Sadler and Brady Sadler known for their work on Warhammer Quest: The Adventure Card Game, X-Wing: The Miniatures Game and many other popular titles. The setting may also be familiar to some of you as it is the same world where Sentinels of the Multiverse (2011) took place.
Freedom Five: A Sentinel Comics Board Game is a 1-5 player co-op game set in the colorful city of Megalopolis threatened by a villain called Baron Blade. To defeat him you’ll have to take on the roles of superheroes and face him and his minions in various scenarios or a longer, story focused campaign. The creators and artists responsible for the game promise a really comic book-like experience on all the levels: from art to gameplay design.
Sons of Faeriell – Sometime in 2020
Tabula Games (Mysthea, Volfyrion) is back on Kickstarter with a brand new project called Sons of Faeriel designed by Christian Zoli (Wherewolf). The game belongs to the euro-style genre and turns 2 to 4 players into tribe leaders in the world called Faeriell. This verdant and beautiful land is slowly being consumed by a power called The Corruption, even though the eight legendary animal Guardians are doing everything they can to keep it alive. Like in other titles published by Tabula Games, the lore is surprisingly deep and detailed.
During the game players will develop their settlements, use special mask powers to help their people and do everything they can to make The Corruption go away. Interestingly, the game also has an alternative path, and if you decide to take it, you will join the forces of evil, receive their dark powers and attempt to destroy Faeriell. Every player can decide on the path they take, so the flow of the entire gameplay can change a lot during a single session.
While only some concept art was shown so far, the creators of Sons of Faeriell promise lots of high quality hero miniatures that can be combined with attachable masks which change their specialization.