June has seen two of the biggest board game events in the UK Games Expo and Origins.
The Opionated Gamers have visited the UK Games Expo and posted their report:
This was my third visit to UK games Expo in the last three years and I have seen the conference progressively grow as the exhibition uses more of the NEC halls. In now resembles a mini Spiel on mini GenCon and is such a change from the first ones held at the Clarendon hotel many years ago. The expo caters for board gamers, role players as well as having many competitions so in that respect is more like GenCon. One area where it falls short of the very large conventions is in the launch of brand new games. Nonetheless, all areas of the show have expanded and now occupies the best part of two large halls.
Starship Samurai is the new game from Plaid Hat Games. It was available at the UK Games Expo to play and now the UK release date has been confirmed as early July.
Across the far reaches of the Lotus Galaxy, a civil war is waged by massive machines piloted by skilled warriors. Take your place as daimyo of one of the major clans and fight for your right to the title of Galactic Emperor in Starship Samurai, an epic new game of warring clans for two to four players.
In this war, you must use diplomacy to bring honor to your clan, earn the support of the lesser clans, and cement your claim to the throne. But when negotiation is not enough, you can launch massive fleets or deploy the most fearsome weapons the galaxy has ever known — the terrifying Samurai Mechs—to crush your enemies and seize key locations. Exert your influence and bring order out of chaos!
And more good news: We also received a new price which is quite a bit lower than before.
Raids, the UK Games Expo release from Iello, has arrived today.
In Raids, prepare your crew and steer your Longship to the best locations to discover the most treasure and earn the greatest glory.
Another player may have his sights set on the same location as you. Don’t hesitate to order your Vikings aboard his ship to threaten him and try to make him flee. Only one of you can leave with the treasures you’ve discovered!
The player with the most Glory points at the end of the fourth Voyage wins the game.
Joel from the Devon Dice Podcast was at the Expo and he has already published an unboxing video for the game:
FFG has announced Heroes of Terrinoth for the third quarter of 2018.
Heroes of Terrinoth is a cooperative card game of questing and adventure that invites you and up to three allies to take on the role of unique heroes, choosing from twelve distinct and powerful heroes, split between four archetypes—healer, warrior, mage, and scout. These archetypes are further diversified into different classes that your heroes can pursue as your power grows. Regardless of which class you embrace, you and your friends must combine your powers, leaning on one another’s strengths to survive your journeys and defeat the enemies who stand against you. Over the course of eight thrilling quests, you will face villainous foes, battle deadly creatures, and save the realm!
The game is based on Warhammer Quest, a game FFG can’t any longer sell because they have lost the Warhammer licence last year.
The gameplay is based on the Warhammer Quest design, with tweaks to the system. Cards allow players to attack, aid, explore or rest, with dice rolls modifying the actions to determine the level of success. A peril phase triggers potential events in the world as the party moves between locations – if the peril tracker reaches the end of the track, a final encounter occurs against the scenario’s toughest boss.