The news keeps on coming thick and fast as we speed towards the year-end! Looks like 2020 is shaping up real nice!
Undaunted: North Africa
A standalone sequel to the just-released Undaunted: Normandy, this sees the battlefield move to the deserts of North Africa. Looking good!
From the publisher:
The Undaunted series continues with this two-player deck-building game of tactical combat, pitting the raiders of Britain’s Long Range Desert Group against Italian forces in the North African Theater of World War II.
The North African campaign has begun. Take control of the British Army’s Long Range Desert Group and operate behind enemy lines or command the formidable Italian forces opposing them. In Undaunted: North Africa, a sequel to Undaunted: Normandy, players once again lead their sides through a varied series of missions. As casualties mount, wounded soldiers leave the players’ decks, forcing them to adapt in the face of changing tactical circumstances. Use your cards to strengthen your forces, deploy vehicles to advance rapidly across the battlefield, and seize the initiative as you determine the outcome of the North African Theater.
Worker Placement. Check. Communists. Check. Alien Planet. Check. Do we want this? Check.
From the publisher:
A top secret Soviet space mission set out to colonize a planet in a remote galaxy, far away from home. The settlers built there a small communist heaven which exists to this day. As one of the leaders, your goal is to guide the settlers on this new, yet strangely familiar terrain. The players get to control all of the settlers, each time a different one. You must expertly manage the resources and choose the jobs carefully so as not to upset the settlers: keeping up the morale is of utmost importance if you want to become the most prolific leader!
Coming from Mayday Games in early 2020.
This War of Mine: Days of Siege
The latest expansion to the wonderful This War of Mine boardgame sees a standalone campaign being introduced on a brand new board. this time you will be trying to survive in the city rather than just your house. Things look grim…as always.
From the publisher:
It seems this horrible siege is a natural way of life for us now. With no help coming from outside Pogoren, we focus solely on everyday survival. Often in this struggle, we forget we are not the most vulnerable. We forget there are the young ones who have lost their mothers and fathers, and it is up to us to give them a chance for the future. Any future. The question is – how much will it cost us?
As time passes, old grudges and grievances resurface among city inhabitants. There are people ready to play on such hatred that can be found only among long-time neighbours. Grazni soldiers are more numerous these days, while rumours about Vyseni freedom fighters infiltrating the city can be heard on the streets almost every day.
With Pogoren’s resources already stretched so deadly thin, shall we survive another outbreak of hostilities?
This is due by the end of the year after a small launch at Essen Spiel.
Currently on Kickstarter, this is looking very interesting indeed. The 3D board looks amazing and it seems to be a pretty solid Euro-style game to boot.
From the publisher:
Titan is a network construction game set in the distant future, in which you play as employees of Stardrill, an interstellar mining corporation. Stardrill has acquired the mining rights to Saturn’s largest moon – Titan – and is sending in a team to strip it of its resources.
Your task is to fill the hold of your ship with as many units of valuable resources from Titan as possible, in order to earn the most Credits by the end of the game.
To help its teams with their task, Stardrill has supplied a number of Extraction Plants – buildings which can be placed anywhere on the map. These extraction plants will allow you to obtain different types of resources. As you’re all employees of Stardrill, once placed these buildings can be accessed and used by any player!
Place pipes branching out from your main base to create the extraction network that will bring resources into the hold of your cargo ship. Each time you integrate an extraction plant into your network by joining a section of pipe to it, it activates, gaining you a unit of the resource of the building’s type.
Once obtained, these resources will have to be managed carefully, as you only have a limited amount of space in your hold! When full, no more resources can be added without spending or jettisoning others first.
Some resources have value during the game and can be spent to free up space in your hold, while others can only score points at the end of the game – so you’ll need to keep an eye on the space you have, and time your activations carefully.
There are 6 resources available on Titan: Deuterium, Hydrocarbons, Silicium, Titanium, Water, and Tholin.
However, not all of these resources are desirable. Titan hosts large quantities of Tholin, an organic substance which could potentially cause you to lose Credits at the end of your mission. Picking some of it up is impossible to avoid as you dig deeper into the centre of Titan, but don’t let it get out of control – as well as losing you Credits, if you take Tholins into your hold when it is already full, some of your precious cargo will be contaminated!
Stardrill has also supplied you with a team of trusty drones that will lend you on claw on your mission. As well as transporting valuable resources and moving Tholins away from your network, Drones can dock to an Extraction Plant to increase its yield or make it less costly to upgrade. These handy machines can also use Titanium to destroy pipe sections, either in another players network, or even your own!
Earn Credits during the game by placing and upgrading Extraction plants, completing Stardrill’s special Objectives, and fulfilling Planetary Orders.
At the end of the game, you’ll score Credits depending on the contents of your hold! The more Deuterium you have, the better, as long as it hasn’t been contaminated…
The Employee with the most Credits at the end of the game becomes Stardrill Employee of the Month!
There are only a few hours left for you to back this on Kickstarter but if interested, you can back HERE.
We’ll be back next week!