I’ve got some news tidbits and some pretty sweet events to announce below. But first, Star Wars Rebellion. I finally played it, and I’m gonna call it somewhat of a masterpiece.
This game is a shining example of professional design, with the mechanics perfectly enabling the cinematic epicness that the designer clearly hoped to capture from the fiction. At the shop, whenever we ask customers who’ve played the game what they thought, we know we’re in for a 20 minute foamy mouth excited retelling of the stories that occurred during the game. This lead me to believe that I was in for a game of random card events and dice chucking.
Well, that those elements are surely there, but the game also has rich strategy and tactics, and the design beautifully intertwines the story elements with the tactical elements to become something very special.
Well done, again, Fantasy Flight, and kudos for making this the breakout game for Asmodee’s new ‘Brand Protection Program’ (my term, not theirs). Star Wars Rebellion does not deserve devaluation, play it if you can, and just try not to have epic moments.
Oh, and speaking of brand protection and Asmodee. Think a bit about the Harley Davidson brand. Here’s a company that only allows sales of their products through authorized retailers with no third party selling on Amazon. Does that make HD an evil company out to rip everyone off? Just found the analogy intersting, and perhaps it might be educational for other publishers struggling to mature.
Gamer Garage Sale (Saturday, May 28, 4pm): You know you’ve got some great games that need new homes because they are simply being neglected on your shelf. Let Cloud Cap be your social worker and help find those babies a new home. Actually, all we’re going to do is provide the space, you bring the games, you get the proceeds from your sales. Yep, this is a stupid crazy thing for a retail establishment to do, but who cares, we’re just hoping to get to hang out with y’all. We’ll also be having a game night that night in case you want to pull out some of your new used games.
$5 gets you an area to sell 10 of your games, a sale sheet for pricing, entrance to our Saturday game night and a $5 Cloud Coin (redeemable on any new non-discounted item) Not interested in buying or selling, just want to play games? No problem. $5 gets you a Cloud Coin and entrance to the Garage Sale Game Night, starting at 7pm.
March of the Ants Demo (Wednesday, May 18, 6pm): One of Portland’s own published game designers, Tim Eisner, will be showing up at our strategy game gathering to show off their upcoming expansion to their great game of ant survival, March of the Ants. I’m looking forward to revisiting the underground. Come check it out with me and Tim, and you can visit the Kickstarter campaign page here for more info.
Sol: Last Days of a Star (Wednesday, May 25, 6pm): Oh yeah, another Portland game designer will be in the house to show off his game on kickstarter this month. I have not tried this yet but have heard many great things. The kickstarter campaign is here.
A few new Stronghold game titles have been announced for the Great Designer Series. While you can preorder direct through Stronghold, we are offering our 20% preorder discount on these titles, which will actually be cheaper than going direct, we’ll just be getting it a few days later.
Matthias Cramer‘s Kraftwagen: V6 Edition is an updated version of his 2015 release Kraftwagen from ADC Blackfire Entertainment that now includes a new set of tiles that feature the next technology available at the time, the V6 engine. Kraftwagen: V6 Edition, dubbed title #3 in Stronghold’s “Great Designer Series” is due out in August 2016.
The Fog of War is a two-player grand strategic game covering the European theater of World War II from 1940-1945. One player plays the Axis forces, and the other the Allies.The game doesn’t have units that move around a map; instead the game focuses on the planning and intelligence aspects of the war. Each player has a deck of cards that represent the army, navy, and other assets of their nations. A map shows the 28 land and sea provinces over which the players are battling.
For Alexander Pfister fans, here are some tidbits about his upcoming projects:
My card game “Oh My Goods” really does well, currently I’m working on an expansion on this. In 3 weeks “Broom Service – The card game” will be available. It’s fast and fun and uses the brave/cowardly mechanic from Broom Service. I’m also working on a new expansion for Port Royal. Port Royal became very popular all over the world, I think it’s now available in more than 20 languages. It offers fun and easy rules for players new to our hobby. But also many different characters which makes it interesting for experienced gamers.
And finally, a few more preorders you may want to consider:
Splotter Games Titles: Food Chain Magnate, Great Zimbabwe, Indonesia (Pricing on these titles is a bit weird right now, it looks our retail price on these will be $125, which puts them in your hands for $100 with the preorder discount, but get your requests in soon, should be very limited quantities)
Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Mummy’s Mask. A whole new series!
Hero Realms. What everyone wanted Epic to be (except me) will be hitting kickstarter soon. The boys at White Wizard Games know how to treat their retailers, so we will be backing a sweet retailer package. So you can back the game through us and get invited to the release party, with swag!
Cheers all and happy gaming!