Let’s continue with upcoming board game campaigns today. Our main focus will be on titles that have their launches in September and October.
Obsession: Upstairs, Downstairs – September 15th
Obsession is known for its atmospheric and faithful Victorian setting. Each player takes control over a family of nobles, who have fallen from grace. Long ago their lineage was among the most recognizable but now, with a ruined house and reputation they need to work hard, to gain back their place in high society.
Obsession is a rather heavy eurogame. Cardboard tiles work as the core of the entire system. They represent rooms that need renovating and can be bought on the market. Apart from tiles, there’s also a worker placement element with all the maids, valets and butlers at your disposal. After renovating certain places, you become able to host parties there and increase your family’s reputation even more. Other interesting ideas include courting mechanics – vital to secure your win.
The September Kickstarter campaign will reintroduce the original game along with an expansion pack called “Upstairs, Downstairs”. The expansion will include the new option to play with 5 players. New servants will also become available: from Hall Boy to the Cook. We’re also expecting new mechanics and additional tiles to enhance the gameplay.
Time of Legends: Destinies – September 2019
Looks like we have a match made in heaven here. The new Time of Legends is a joint effort between Mythic Games (Joan of Arc, Reichbusters) and Lucky Duck Games. The latter got lots of recognition for their murder mystery game Chronicles of Crime. CoC used scannable QR codes and an app to offer a new, more realistic approach to exploration and dynamic, living world.
Time of Legends: Destinies uses the best skills of both teams to create something special. The game, just like CoC, uses an application merged with traditional board game components. It’s being advertised as a competitive story driven game and early photos already show QR codes on player’s equipment and other items. The story will be set in the world of Joan of Arc – which means middle ages with a dash of epic fantasy.
Time of Legends: Destinies is by no means a co-op game. Each player travels through a non linear path to fulfill his or her destiny and be the first to succeed. The world consists of traversable tiles, which often contain events that when resolved, affect the entire world. The minis will most likely be provided by Mythic Games, so excellent quality is a given. The game will be playable solo or in a group of up to 3 players.
High Frontier 4 All – October 27th
A fourth edition of a popular SF, economic civilization game is about to appear on Kickstarter during the final days of October. The franchise by Phil Eklund is known for extremely complex gameplay and lots of depth.
Each player takes on the role of an owner of a huge interstellar corporation. Everyone competes in a race to conquer the known parts of solar system and use them to make even more money. This is achieved mainly by building factories and spending funds on scientific developments. High Frontier is known for its realistic approach, and an ultra detailed map of the solar system.
According to the authors: the 4th edition, called High Frontier 4 All, was made mainly to reach new audiences while giving the old fans something to enjoy as well. The rules will be tweaked and simpler to grasp, without losing much of the original’s depth. Another change is making the game more modular, so players can play it exactly as they want. Some of the modules mentioned include: Politics, Commerce: Freighters & GW Thrusters and Colonists: Colonization & Bernals.