Burning Suns, one of the first ever Kickstarter projects I’ve supported as a business, has finally arrived. It took a long time: the Kickstarter finished in September 2013.
Burning Suns is an intense tactical science fiction game set in an expansive universe in which you’ll be competing for supremacy through technology, diplomacy, exploitation and destruction.
Tactical 4X thematic action > Burning Suns is not a traditional 4X game. It takes the 4X actions and gives you complete tactical control. This means you’ll have to adapt and improvise on the way to victory. A strategy can only take you this far; in the meantime you’ll have to rely on your ability to analyze the situation and calculate the best possible moves ahead of you. Being able to force, trick and outmaneuver your opponents is key to success. Seize opportunities as they arise and don’t wait for the perfect moment — because it doesn’t exist! It’s about being proactive and reactive according to your chances and the risk you’re willing to take!
Here you can take a look at the game components in all their beauty:
The nominees for two awards have been published in the last few days:
Orgins Awards Traditional Card Games
Dream Home by Asmodee (designed by Klemens Kalicki)
Fabled Fruit by Stronghold Games (designed by Friedemann Friese)
Kanagawa by IELLO (designed by Andrew Wolf)
Kodama: The Tree Spirits by Action Phase Games (designed by Daniel Solis)
Lotus by Renegade Games (designed by Jordan and Mandy Goddard)
Mystic Vale by AEG (designed by John D. Clair)
Oh My Goods by Mayfair Games (designed by Alexander Pfister)
The Big Book of Madness by IELLO (designed by Maxime Rambourg)
Orgins Awards Traditional Board Games
Blood Rage by (designed by Eric M. Lang)
Clank! by Renegade Games (designed by Paul Dennen)
Cry Havoc by Portal Games (designed by Grant Rodiek, Michael Oracz, Michael Walczak)
Feast for Odin by Z Man Games/Asmodee (designed by Uwe Rosenberg)
Islebound by Red Raven Games (designed by Ryan Laukat)
Mansions of Madness by Fantasy Flight/Asmodee (designed by Christopher Burdett, Anders Finér, Henning Ludvigsen)
Scythe by Stonemaier Games (designed by Jamey Stegmaier)
Star Wars Rebellion by Fantasy Flight (designed by Corey Konieczka)
Terraforming Mars by (designed by Jacob Fryxelius)
World’s Fair 1893 by Renegade Game Studios and Foxtrot Games (designed by J. Alex Kevern)
Spiel des Jahres Nominees:
• Kingdomino (designed by Bruno Cathala / published by Pegasus Spiele and Blue Orange Games)
• Magic Maze (designed by Kasper Lapp / published by Pegasus Spiele and Sit Down!)
• Wettlauf nach El Dorado (designed by Reiner Knizia / published by Ravensburger)
Kennerspiel des Jahres Nominees:
EXIT: Das Spiel (Escape room games designed by Inka Brand & Markus Brand / published by KOSMOS)
Raiders of the North Sea (designed by Shem Phillips / published by Schwerkraft-Verlag/Garphill Games)
Terraforming Mars (designed by Jacob Fryxelius / published by Schwerkraft-Verlag/FryxGames/Stronghold Games)
Unfair, another new game from CoolMiniOrNot, has been released today:
Build the city’s greatest theme park, whatever it takes! Mix your favourite themes, from Pirate, Robot, Vampire, Jungle, Ninja, and Gangster. Build attractions and upgrade them to match blueprints, stack up towering rides, or simply make the most cash.
But watch out – your competitors may pay off the safety inspectors to close your rides or hire hooligans to vandalise your park! How will you get revenge? Whatever happens, it’s bound to be Unfair.
It has become very quiet around Lumen Fidei, the next expansion for Time Stories. Originally announced for April there hasn’t been any news about the expansion – until now: Asmodee USA has posted a preview for the expansion.
You know the place that you’ll be sent within the timestream—15th century Spain, near the end of the centuries-long Reconquista wars between Christians and Moors. And you know your objective: to join Michel d’Ailly, the Legate of Pope Martin V, and attend a secret meeting of the Christian militant orders. The gathering has been called to discuss a portentous stone, which we suspect has supernatural importance, especially to our enemies. You must find this stone and bring it back to the T.I.M.E Agency before anyone else is able to seize it.
And according to the upcoming section of the Asmodee website the expansion is on the boat, which normally means that a release is not too far away anymore.
Capital was a surprise in April and despite an ugly graphic design the gameplay was a big success with our customers and we received a lot of great feedback. Yamatai is a success like all the big box releases from Days of Wonder, but this one is especially interesting for fans of Five Tribes. Clank! Sunken Treasures is the first expansion for Clank and after the success of the base game a Top 5 spot for the expansion was to be expected. Rounding up the Top 5 is Barenpark, the newest game of Cacao designer Phil Walker-Harding.
The two player version of Caverna took the top spot in the pre-order Top 5 easily. Charterstone and Terraforming Mars: Hellas & Elysium kept their Top 5 spots from last month and are still going strong. After the disappointment with the cancelled retail release of Gloomhaven 1st edition a lot of customers jumped on the chance to secure a copy of the reprint. And the Anniversary edition of In the Year of the Dragon is a game quite a few of our customers have been waiting for.
I am really glad I have given Frogriders a chance, it’s another great game from the designer of Flamme Rouge, Asger Harding Granerud. A really fun tactical family game with a nice theme to fit the mechanics and it has given me some real gaming highlights, definitely a stayer in my collection.
Ultimately, it’s lightness may be its undoing for some gamers, but for me it is a delightful option for those times when you need something short, but fulfilling at the start or end of a game night. For less than £10 you really can’t go wrong.
This is a game which will sit happily alongside Five Tribes for me. It feels linked in some way, playing totally differently yet giving the same kind of vibe. If you were not a fan of Five Tribes you may not dig Yamatai either, for those same reasons mentioned above, but if you’re a fan of Five Tribes then you will almost certainly enjoy Yamatai, for different yet similar reasons.
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