Time for another episode of our Upcoming Board Games series. Spring is shaping up to be really strong, with tons of new titles launching on Kickstarter. Winter months felt slightly lazy, bo now the sheer amount of announcements is overwhelming. With titles like Bloodborne or a new Vampire the Masquerade legacy game, we fully expect April to have some of the highest funded campaigns of 2019.
Ignite – April 3rd
Ignite by Ginger Snap Gaming takes place in a world, where heavy use of magic and sorcery led everything to ruin – from society to balance of the elements. Destruction of environment, countless wars and never ending hunger plague the world.
The game seems to combine all things popular on Kickstarter nowadays. We have a nice amount of modularity, that helps with making each game session different. This includes the board where tiles (e.g. markets) grant new cards, or add new dangers (e.g. deadly lava) to the playing area.
Ignite comes with a set of cards and some really innovative miniatures. Each mini has a slot, which can be… stabbed with a dagger. These daggers are used to show the number of wounds, until a character dies. Ignite is heavily based around deck building mechanics and involves plenty of area control. Playable characters differ a lot and have asymmetrical abilities.
The authors promise a new approach to deck building games, that’s supposed to revolutionize the genre. Will they deliver? The campaign is about to begin in less than 24 hours, so we’ll know soon.
Papillon – April 4th
One of the most hyped games of spring season. I keep seeing that box cover on literally every board game related website. So what’s the setting? Fantasy dungeons? SF space bases? Cthulhu infested pirate ship? No. This time we’ll be dealing with… a butterfly garden. Papillon has 2-4 players cultivate flowers, in attempt to attract a variety of fluttering, colorful butterflies. These, similarly to worker placement games, collect nectar, which happens to be the main focus of the game and the main way to become a winner.
All of the above is achieved thanks to the mechanics of bidding, tile drafting / placement and fighting for terrain. All ideas seem really creative, just like the visual side of the game. All flowers are actually made of 3D cardboard and so are the butterflies that you attach to them.
Dungeonology – April 9th
The newest title from Ludus Magnus Studio is about to hit Kickstarter next week. Dungeonology will take us to an academy where scholars study magical creatures. There, a great tournament will be held to pick a new headmaster. Should you sharpen your swords and daggers? Not exactly. The contest will be resolved entirely by analyzing animals, learning creature behaviours and creating scientific theses. No violence included.
As expected of the publisher, we will get tons of great looking minis. Their design is slightly cartoony, but not childish. Same with the card illustrations. The whole set presents our characters in their regular and “exalted” poses. All cards, including these representing actions and jinxes, are the focal point of gameplay.
Dungeonology, like Papillon, will have elements of tile placement included. I always welcome these with open arms. Starting board gaming with Carcassonne ages ago must have awoken some lifelong craving for cardboard tiles in me. Squares are used here to create terrain and locations we’ll be visiting – kind of what hexes did in Black Rose Wars by the same company.
Should you be hyped? There are tons of dungeon crawlers on KS every month, but judging from the success of Ludus Magnus’ previous game, this one is almost certainly worth a shot.
Vampire the Masquerade: Heritage – April 15th
One of the most beloved franchises in pen & paper gaming category makes yet another comeback as a… legacy board game. Good titles from this genre are scarce, but if the authors deliver, top spots at BGG top 100 list are almost a given. Will the new Vampire product reach such heights?
The gameplay is supposed to be fast paced – about 20 minutes per player.
Players will control characters belonging to powerful vampiric bloodlines attempting to rise in power. We’ll be able to take part in various historical events and change their course to our liking, while improving our bloodline’s position at the same time. Like a proper vampire themed game, Heritage allows turning regular people into beasts of the night, while awakening their new abilities and combat powers. These newborn bloodsuckers will stay by your side in later scenarios, and can be further developed.
Any unusual mechanics here? All cards actually come fully sleeved, and turning them over inside the sleeves shows their transformation into a vampire.