Whoa, so its been like a while since the last news update which is more to do with my Dude like slovenliness than any particular news related drought. So to make up for that here’s a substantial downfall of news bits to moisten your parched areas.
Board game cafes. So there are none and then suddenly there are like two of them. Launched on Kickstarter in the past week are two grand board game cafe endeavors.
Dice Portsmouth are up with their project which holds a special place in my stony old heart as Portsmouth is my old stamping ground and its literally down the road from me. I conducted an interview to use the parlance of our times with Lee from Dice in our recent WDR Express episode, so consider yourself informed. The project is up and running and will be for the next 22 days and it would be pretty cool if you gave the guys a hand.
And if that wasn’t enough also commencing hot of the heels of Dice Portsmouth is Dice & Donuts in Preston, the brain child of Millie from Geek On Radio (also featured in the recent Express gibberish) they still have 26 days to run on their funding and if you’ll from their neck of the woods there is plenty of interest, and if you’re spread a bit further away then there is still some cool swag to be had.
Both these guys are incredibly passionate about getting these cafe’s up and going and they can only achieve this by being supported by you lovely chaps, so what are you waiting for support!
Now here’s something that perked me up this morning and nearly made me spill my Coco pops! Artana games have announced their new Echo System that they say is set to revolutionize our hobby with its new Legacy system, as soon as the word Legacy is banded about I always perk up.
The Echo System captures and translates player experiences from individual game sessions in one game, enabling these experiences to echo forward into other games of the same series. The Echo System allows players to bring their beloved nations, tribes, characters, and other game elements developed over play sessions in the first game of a series into subsequent series games. The epic narrative and story arc created is evocative of a roleplaying game within the package and mechanics of a modern tabletop Euro game. The result is an unparalleled persistent and immersive tabletop experience.
Now sounds pretty cool right? What if I also told you that they have partnered up with Rob Daviau and his IronWall Games who are currently putting the finishing touches on SeaFall to bring this mind boggling series to our tables, excited right! I’m pitching a tent here!
“The Chronicles Series will tell your story of your civilization,” Daviau said. “The first game starts with players forming their own nascent cultures and civilizations that will build during the game. This will be pretty neat on its own but then, with the Echo System, the story will continue with the second game in the series, and the third, and so on. You will watch civilizations rise and fall over thousands of years and a variety of games. It’s unlike anything you’ve played before.”
They hit Kickstarter in January 2016 with a intended release of the first game in the series at next years Essen. It certainly sounds amazing and knowing that Rob is on board just sweetens the deal, pretty amazing and the show hasn’t even started yet!
And after all of that amazing news worthy news stuff this goes and happens!
Yep finally FFG are re-releasing the grand master of hidden movement and deduction games Fury of Dracula. This has been on my grail list for years and I’d almost weakened to paying the inflated prices expected for the old copies of the now long out of print first editions, but fear not because you can’t keep a good vampire lord down.
In Fury of Dracula, one player assumes the role of Count Dracula as he stealthily spreads his evil influence throughout Europe. Up to four other players govern the iconic characters of Dr. Abraham Van Helsing, Dr. John Seward, Lord Arthur Godalming, and Mina Harker. By day the hunters travel through Europe, searching for any possible clues about Dracula’s whereabouts. By night, they investigate their present locale and prepare for the upcoming day. And by night, Dracula creates new vampires, lays traps for the hunters, and stealthily moves to a new location. Should any hunters find Dracula, or should the Count find them, they will engage in a brutal fight for their lives.
This has received some tweaks and will be shown at Gen Con this week with a release towards the end of the year, i’m expecting October that would be sensible. This is a must own for me and I just went from 6 to midnight thinking about this, sooo happy.
This leaves me salivating for what else FFG are planning on announcing at this years Gen Con and speaking of which…
Yes so Gen Con is just days away, and its looking to be bigger than ever, I have no hope of posting fast enough to keep up with whatever is occurring over there so if you want to keep up to date on that then keep tuned to our Twitter feed where I’ll be re-tweeting and posting anything that takes my interest.
And whilst that is going on then don’t forget for those of us unable to attend this years show then Gen Can’t is also happening. Lots of cool things will be happening including prizes, literally oodles of great stuff will be up for grabs over the next couple of days and lots of fun will be had. So if you’re sitting idle looking for something to do, then join in, you’re already signed up for the event and you haven’t even left your living room, so get involved in whatever way takes your fancy.
As to us and the site.
Well we’re recording episode 24 of the podcast tomorrow where we will be running through our top 10 lists of most favorite games along with the usual assortment of rubbish and abuse.
I’m just finishing off my Dark Moon review as well so that will be coming up, Charlie has another one of his D&D articles awaiting to blast off and Robbie has been having a good hard think about Room 25. So stay tuned because there is about to be a bloody lot of stuff happening.
There is absolutely no excuse to be “bored of the board”.