Summer is slowly nearing its end in our hemisphere. Despite heat and holidays, Kickstarter still feels quite lively, especially with the campaign of Sleeping Gods. In Fall we expect plenty of huge titles to hit the platform: from new hits by Mythic to the hyped up Ankh by CMON. Before these show up, there are still some campaigns coming, many looking more and more exciting with each new preview. Today, we’ll show you 3 games coming to KS: in August and September.
Merchant’s Cove – Late August [UPDATE: Up on Kickstarter]
Most fantasy games make us play as knights, mages, rogues or pirates. Merchants on the other hand are usually a bunch of noname NPC characters you get new cards or gear from. There are some exceptions like last year’s fantastic Bargain Quest, but the merchant job is rare in board games.
Merchant’s Cove is a game where players pick among six available merchant classes: Blacksmith, Alchemist, Captain, Time Traveler, Innkeeper and The Oracle. Each of them sports his or her own board, a gameplay style and a way to obtain sellable goods. Blacksmith is based around rolling and placing dice, the Captain sails through a sea and looks for fish and treasure, the Oracle’s board is centered on roll & write mechanics etc. They all feel like a set of mini games within a bigger game.
So do the merchants ever meet? Of course: on the big marketplace board where their shops are located and where the ships with clients arrive. Merchant’s Cove uses a fun and innovative clock mechanic. You’ll have to think about how you spend your days. How long do you look for new shiny goods and how much time will you spend on selling them? Potential customers also appear at certain times of day.
Great miniature cardboard ships, tables and other elements make The Merchant’s Cove a sight to behold. If the gameplay delivers, we’re in for a treat.
Solar Storm – September 3rd
Solar Storm is a debut board game by Ayden Lowther. It’s a co-op game made with 1 to 4 players in mind.
Your spaceship got too close to solar flames and now you’re doomed. Everything is getting worse with each passing minute. Systems malfunction and the temperature rises. They only way to stay alive is good teamplay and patience, despite the omnipresent burning heat. You need to repair the vessel and get away.
Every turn you’ll have to choose between various available actions and pick three. These include: moving, repairing the ship, scavenging, powering the broken energy core etc. Fixing rooms requires you to shield them and add specific resources (nanobots, metal, data etc.) to power them up. Meanwhile the clock is ticking and your spaceship continues to melt.
Solar Storm is shaping up to be a fast, challenging co-op game with lots of tension. From the previews it sounds like a perfect match for people who want something along the lines of Nemesis or FTL (video game), but simpler and much less time consuming.
Ruins of Mars – September 24th
Let’s continue with the space theme. More specifically: a Mars theme. Yes, I know what you’re going to say. Terraforming Mars, On Mars, First Martians, Mission: Red Planet. There are so many games about the fourth planet from the sun. Most deal with colonizing it and turning it into a place where living is possible.
Ruins on Mars, as the name suggests is quite different from the titles above. In the world where the game takes place, Mars was once home of a certain, ancient civilization. At some point they vanished and now, when the Earth is on the brink of ruin, humans want to learn, what led to the demise of Martian society and want to rediscover their long forgotten knowledge.
The goal sounds simple: earn more points than your competitors. To do so you’ll pursue the research of martian science and the languages Martians used to speak. You gain new cards by picking them from the board, where they form multiple stacks.
Players pick up a stack of cards, redistribute it among other stacks and put a new card in the stack’s original location. Technologies are accessed thanks to resources, and these come from a certain card setups on the main board.
We’ll have to wait a bit to see more visuals, but the Kickstarter is currently planned for September 24th. Even without pictures, the concept feels really intriguing.