Like every friday, time to share some previews and news about upcoming projects. Today we have two March campaigns and two that have no dates set in stone. Enjoy!
Trekking the World – March 2020
Traveling around the world is a perfect theme for books, movies and of course: board games. Need some examples? Fortune and Glory, Around the World in 80 Days, Tokaido, Parks and many, many more. In March we’re going to get a whole new game with a similar concept in mind. Initial shots and descriptions make it sound quite tempting. Especially if you like adventures.
Trekking the World was designed by Charlie Bink and is his second game about travels, although the first one to feature our entire planet. Players (from 2 to 5) have to visit select locations and race to decide who is the greatest globetrotter in the world. The amount of places to visit totals to 48 famous landmarks. The mechanics are supposed to be inspired by Trekking the National Parks by the same designer, but will feature many new twists. These include a system of suitcases, improvements in the traveling mechanism, the existence of airports and many more.
Vampire the Masquerade: Vendetta – March 10th
The latest game from the Vampire franchise is still being funded on Kickstarter, and yet we already know about the next title taking place in good old World of Darkness. Vampire the Masquerade: Vendetta feels nowhere near as huge as recent games in the franchise. Instead of monstrous story based RPG we’re getting a small and fast paced game set in the world beloved by many PnP RPG and tabletop gaming fans.
The highly competitive gameplay is estimated to last for about 30 minutes and was designed for 3 to 5 players. Like you probably expect: each player takes on a role of a vampire – deadly, and delighted to feast on mortals. There are 7 different vampire clans to choose from.
Influence plays a key role here and its amount determines the winner. Every game is divided into 3 ages, each with its own deck of cards. Every age has its own influential figures that players will try to take control of. This is achieved by properly managing your hand and playing cards. Bluffing is allowed and helpful as you can play some of the cards face down, without revealing them to others.
Uprising: Curse of the Last Emperor – Q2/Q3 2020
Post apocalyptic settings often serve as great story backgrounds, even more when mixed with something else like fantasy. It’s no different in the case of Uprising: Curse of the Last Emperor – a tabletop game set to release sometime between Q2 and Q3 2020.
The game tells a story of a world where a powerful empire got ravaged by the so-called “Curse”, which led to its ruin. Now, clans of survivors roam the barren land and try to stay alive for one more day. It’s not easy, as the Empire still poses lots of threat. Another powerful force of evil called “Chaos” is also getting closer and closer.
Uprising: Curse of the Last Emperor is fully cooperative and was designed for 2 to 4 players, with a solo mode available as well. What makes the game interesting and unique? You’ll have to fight TWO enemy factions while cooperating with other players. All sides of the conflict compete for victory points: both the faction that players belong to, as well as well as 2 AI enemy armies. The only way to score a win is when all players have more VPs than both villain groups. These points are awarded mostly for owning territories and for successful combat.
Regarding how it’s played: combat is mainly based on dice. Players compete for territories and build their own engines. Terrain is highly modular, which we always love a lot. You uncover it piece by piece, and it’ always hard to predict what you’ll find next. We already see tons of replayability potential here.
The campaign is planned for the second or third quarter of 2020. It’s also worth mentioning that Uprising isn’t going to feature minis and will use beautifully made standees instead.
Wolfenstein: The Board Game – Sometime in 2020
Who hasn’t heard about Wolfenstein. One of the oldest FPS video games has left a mark on the video game industry and pop culture. The theme of one and only B.J. Blazkowicz fighting endless armies of Nazis has been inspiring people in the video games industry and other media. So far there was no proper Wolfenstein tabletop game (unless you count Mythic’s Reichbusters that was obviously inspired by it). It’s going to change this year.
Wolfenstein: The Board Game is currently being prepared for its Kickstarter campaign by Archon Studio. The game is set in the same universe as modern Wolfenstein games – in the second half of 20th century, in a reality when Axis won the Second World War. Wolfenstein: TBG is a full fledged cooperative dungeon crawler, where you’ll explore nazi bases and other important locations with your comrades. The main story campaign consists of 10 missions that can also be played separately.
It’s really hard to ignore the 50+ amazing minis when looking at the tabletop version of Wolfenstein. The quality is absolutely insane – figurines are not only detailed, but have poses and expressions so lively that their charisma soars straight through the roof.