PRESS RELEASE: Tasty Humans Board Game Launches on Kickstarter

PRESS RELEASE: Tasty Humans Board Game Launches on Kickstarter

Become a Monster, Eat Villagers in Puzzle-Solving, Tile Placement Game for 1-4

Tasty Humans is the latest board game from Pangea Games. In this puzzle-solving tile placement game for 1-4 players, insatiable monsters fill their bellies with unsuspecting villagers. Gameplay will feel familiar to fans of Azul and Sagrada.

Tasty Humans is coming to Kickstarter soon to secure funding for printing. It is a joint project from Brandon Rollins, Tyson Mertlich, and designer Ryan Langewisch.

The game began life as the winner of the 2018 Pangea Games “Panjam”, a 48-hour board game design contest. Players take on the role of fantasy monsters competing to satisfy their hunger by feasting on the local citizenry. Food comes in the form of tiles labeled peasant, archer, wizard and so on, each with unique effects. When eaten, these tiles form unique shapes of body parts which drop to the bottom of the player board stomachs in Tetris-like fashion. At game end, whoever has satisfied their beast best takes the win.

As Tasty Humans players seek to maximize monster satisfaction and score, players face a compelling puzzle with difficult choices. Designer Ryan Langewisch explains, “Each bite leads to difficult decisions with tradeoffs that impact the whole game. These choices also vary game by game as each monster has unique goals and unique leader tiles change up scoring.”

Tasty Humans is launching on Kickstarter on Tuesday, June 25 with copies of the game available for a $25 pledge plus shipping. With crowdfunding veterans behind the project, Tasty Humans debuts following rigorous playtesting and careful development. In addition to art and other assets being established before crowdfunding, the game has been available for months as a print-and-play game and is available on Tabletop Simulator.

Tasty Humans Details

Player Count: 1-4

Playtime: 30-60 Minutes

Ages: 14+

Tasty Humans

Kickstarter Preview: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tastyhumans/1194387965?ref=1phxk0&token=00d317a5

Website: https://tastyhumansboardgame.com/

BoardGameGeek: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/262310/tasty-humans

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About Pangea Games

Living by their tagline “big worlds in small boxes,” Pangea Games aims to bring compelling experiences to the tabletop. With previous crowdfunding experience, including War Co.: Expandable Card Game, Pangea’s team is familiar with the unique challenges of crowdfunding and bringing games to market.

5 Quick Questions About Silver with Ted Alspach of Bezier Games

5 Quick Questions About Silver with Ted Alspach of Bezier Games

Editor’s Note:As an avowed content geek, I try new formats. People seem to love our 5 Quick Questions interviewette for tabletop designers that is a quick read. We promise no TL;DR. Let’s see how Ted Alspach, founder of Bezier Games and game designer responsible for Castles of Mad King Ludwig, SDJ 2019 nominee Werewords, and the newly-announced card-shedding game Silver, does, shall we?

BGB:Attention is money, my friend. What is the elevator pitch for Silver?

Ted Alspach: We are so excited about this one, we’ve been working on it for two years and we are finally launching it here at Gen Con (2019). Silver is a surprisingly interactive hand management card shedding game. The concept of card-shedding doesn’t happen too often; there are some small games like Golf, Cabo and Rat-A-Tat Cat and little games like that. Silver is its own unique thing in that it’s a littler heavier, more for gamers.

Killer artwork all around.

In Silver, each card has a number of werewolves on it. And you start with five face down; you note just two of them at that point. Your goal by the end of the games is to have as few werewolves as possible by trading cards with higher numbers for those with lower numbers. However, each card also has a special ability so you try to shed as many as possible until someone says they have the lowest value.

There’s this great amount of tension because at any time, someone can call for a vote and say they have the lowest amount of werewolves. Everyone else gets a turn at that point, because there are interactive cards and they can screw with someone or drastically reduce their cards. But if they can maintain, they get zero points, which is good since you want the fewest points, they also get to go first the next round and they also get this special silver amulet of protection to use on the next round.

Very Bezier Boxey, but thicker.

Of course, if they miss it, everything goes awry and they get not just the sum of their cards but also ten points, and that’s rough for them. So that happens four times here and then whoever has the lowest score wins.

BGB: Making games is hard work, so you best have a great reason for making this thing. What inspired this game?

Ted Alspach: So, a couple years ago I played tons and tons for game called Cabo, which is, in a lot of ways, a predecessor to Silver and it is basically you work at getting rid of cards, reducing the cards in your hand. I did like it but it is really light and I discovered there’s this whole genre of these hand management and card shedding games. Looking into those again was looking for something a little more meaty with some interesting decisions. I didn’t see anything, so I started working around some ideas. No one has taken it to the level that I thought gamers would want, with each card doing something special. So, it’s balancing that aspect and it’s really a lot of fun. And, as a game designers, you are looking for these special abilities to balance with the points on the cards. While we were looking into it, we thought we should contact the people who did Cabo to see if they were interested in a more involved game and they ended up letting us publish a new copy of the game since they did it like 10 years ago, which we did and it includes some rules updates based on our play testing with Silver. So, Silver is a result of all that playing these other games and seeing what we could do to develop it into this big beast!

BGB: There are too many games out there. What hole in my game collection does this fill?

Ted Alspach: It’s a middleweight filler, 30-45 minutes and it fills that spot. It is just as easy to learn as Cabo. Silver isn’t any more difficult to learn. You don’t need to know everything just to play the game, so it’s really easy to pick up. And we’re doing an expansion called Silver Bullet that can switch out with cards from the original. (ed. note: This is also available for pre-order and releasing at Gen Con 2019).

Also available at GenCon 2019

BGB: This is Boardgame Babylon, so out with your dirty secrets. What DON’T you want to tell me about this game?

Ted Alspach: Okay, I have two exclusive things for you. I’ll tell you one and then I will show you something else. So, NEWSFLASH: We have four other Silver decks that are under development for Silver and we plan to release them in the next couple of years. We also have about a dozen original cards to fit into it. One of the cards in the upcoming decks is the Mad Bomber. So, points are bad in Cabo (ed. note: and Silver) and if you have the Mad Bomber, everyone ELSE gets points. (Ed. Note: To see the other secret, check out the video version of the podcast here):

BGB: Thanks for telling us a bit about Silver. Let’s wrap up with the key specifics (play time, number of players, and the link to the game) and also, since I think you can tell a lot about a person by understanding their sense of humor, what’s a good joke to close this interviewette?

Ted Alspach: The game plays in 30-45 minutes, for 2-4 players and it available for pre-order RIGHT NOW to be delivered at Gen Con 2019.

Joke Time

This is exclusive for the blog version of this show. Thanks to Ted for our first cartoon response to our joke question:

PRESS RELEASE: The Official Dungeons & Dragons Acquisitions Incorporated Sourcebook Available in Stores Now

PRESS RELEASE: The Official Dungeons & Dragons Acquisitions Incorporated Sourcebook Available in Stores Now

SEATTLE — June 18, 2019 —Acquisitions Incorporated, the first-ever official third-party property Dungeons & Dragons sourcebook from Penny Arcade and Wizards of the Coast, invites adventurers to maximize their plentiful profits and enhance their awe-inspiring exploits today.
Due to a recent surge of deceased workers open positions, Acquisitions Incorporated is currently offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create Fan-chises™. The Acquisitions Incorporated sourcebook, compatible with the Forgotten Realms or anywhere else in the Multiverse, has everything a budding replaceable cog valued employee needs to keep themselves both profitable and alive1.

This manual contains 224 pages of insider secrets including a never-before-seen adventure for characters levels 1-6. Franchisees can learn the ropes with this gripping tale that is 100%2 safe. Discover completely new content including new spells to master, an introduction to an all-new race, and our patented character positions to help anyone join the company and push us well into the black.

Acquisitions Incorporated

“Seeing our Acquisitions Incorporated campaign enter the canon of the Forgotten Realms is a dream come true,” said Jerry Holkins, co-founder of Penny Arcade. “The book is stuffed with content for Dungeon Masters and players alike, and I can’t wait to hear about their adventures.”

1. We at Acquisitions Incorporated are not responsible for any bodily harm that may occur when using the manual.
2. 60% of statistics are 100% made up on the spot.

The Acquisitions Incorporated book is available now for $49.95 and can be purchased from the Penny Arcade store, Amazon and hobby stores.
For more information on Acquisitions Incorporated, the D&D sourcebook, please go to the official webpage.
For more information on Acq Inc, please visit the official website.


About Penny Arcade
Penny Arcade is a webcomic focused on video games and video game culture, written by Jerry Holkins and illustrated by Mike Krahulik. With over 3.5 million readers, it is the most popular and longest-running gaming webcomic online. Penny Arcade is also responsible for the Child’s Play Charity, the PAX gaming expo in Seattle, Boston, San Antonio, Philadelphia, and Melbourne, multiple video games based on the brand, and multiple online video series.

PRESS RELEASE: Playford Games Brings Ancient World MultiGame System to the Masses with Kickstarter

PRESS RELEASE: Playford Games Brings Ancient World MultiGame System to the Masses with Kickstarter
Ancient World

Munich, Germany— June 14, 2019. Board game publisher Playford Games is raising funds for a mass-production version of the Ancient World Multi Game System, a collection of social abstract strategy games. Following the launch of the premium wood version at the Internationale Spieltage SPIEL in Essen, Germany last year, Playford is preparing a lower-cost version of the Multi Game System by using an alternative material.

“Our goal has always been to offer the Ancient World Multi Game System at a more affordable price for players. Sourcing the right material, however, took time. So I was very pleased to discover the printed chip. Not only are they very durable and light weight, the printing on foil produces brilliant images and a smooth finish. And of course, the price is also right!”, says Dave Stennett, President and Founder of Playford Games.

The Ancient World Multi Game System consists of double-sided game tiles which can be used to play up to 23 different social abstract strategy games. Each game draws its theme from a different civilization or event in the Ancient World, from Egypt and Rome to the Silk Roads of China. Awarding it the Seal of Approval, Father Geek and his team of child, parent and gamer geeks praised this collection as, “Good quality, outstanding rule book, and endless play… a great mix of abstract games that seemed to have something for everyone.”

The Ancient World Multi Game System launches on Kickstarter Tuesday,
June 18th to raise €16,000 for its first printed-chip production, to be delivered by the end of 2019. Backers can choose from four pledge levels, plus special offers for retailers and game cafes.

About the game

The Ancient World Multi Game system is for ages 8 and up and plays in as little as 20 minutes for 2 to 8 players. It was designed to maximize fun while minimizing its storage space. Each game comes with 2-4 sets of interchangeable tiles to play 12 with the Base set and 11 more the Oracle expansion.

Number of players: 2- 8 Playing time: 20 + minutes Recommended age: 8 +

About Playford Games

Playford publishes high-quality strategy board games that encourage players to interact both cognitively and socially. Playford’s collections of games include the Moral Conflict series of deep strategy games and the Ancient World series of social abstract strategy games. Playford Games, Ancient World Multi Game System, ILIOS: The Battles of Troy, Cartography©, Moral Conflict, and Social Abstract Strategy Games are all trademarks or registered trademarks of Playford Games, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

  • Web: playfordgames.com
  • Facebook: facebook.com/PlayfordGames
  • Twitter: twitter.com/PlayfordGames
  • Instagram: instagram.com/PlayfordGames
  • BGG: boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/248362/ancient-world-multi-game-system
  • READ MORE ABOUT IT ON Kickstarter

PRESS RELEASE: ASMODEE DIGITAL WILL LAUNCH THE EARLY ACCESS OF GLOOMHAVEN ON STEAM ON JULY 17th

PRESS RELEASE: ASMODEE DIGITAL WILL LAUNCH THE EARLY ACCESS OF GLOOMHAVEN ON STEAM ON JULY 17th

First Gameplay Reveal Went Live on Twitch Last Week, Viewed by More than 110,000 Viewers

PARIS June 11, 2019 – Asmodee Digital announced Gloomhaven will start its Early Access on July 17th. For the first time, the gameplay was revealed last week during a four hour-long exclusive stream on Twitch. This special event, hosted by Sam Dempsey, Social Media Manager at Asmodee Digital, with special guest Craig Oman, CEO of Flaming Fowl Studios, was followed by more than 110,000 viewers on Twitch.

As a board game, Gloomhaven has raised $4.4 million on Kickstarter thanks to more than 45,000 backers. Acclaimed by both board game players and critics, the Gloomhaven board game achieved the highest rating on BoardGameGeek and won 6 Golden Geek awards including “Board Game of the Year” in 2017.

In the digital adaptation of Isaac Childres’ ultimate strategic board game, developed by Flaming Fowl Studios, you play as a squad of 2-4 mercenaries, in a world of darkness and trials. Gloomhaven is a balanced mix between Tactical, RPG and dungeon-crawling. Its legendary unforgiving difficulty rewards only the best strategic-thinking players. Gloomhaven will be released in Early Access with the same gameplay as the board game, adding a new exclusive roguelike mode. The campaign mode will be available at the official launch of the game.

The VOD of the gameplay reveal stream is available here.

For more information about the game, feel free to visit:

https://store.steampowered.com/app/780290/Gloomhaven

PRESS RELEASE: Asmodee Digital Brings The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game to Consoles and PC on August 8th, 2019

PRESS RELEASE: Asmodee Digital Brings The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game to Consoles and PC on August 8th, 2019

Exclusive Trailer Showcased During Microsoft’s Inside Xbox Pre-E3 Event

PARIS June 10, 2019 – Asmodee Digital, a leader in digital board game entertainment, is pleased to announce The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game will be released on consoles on August 8th, 2019.

The first adventure card game set in the quintessential fantasy world of J.R.R.Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game offers solo and cooperative adventures based on card battles. The game combines a strong immersive narrative experience with in-depth strategic challenges that will put players’ tactics to the test.

  • Adventure card gaming: Players can experience the only solo card card game that puts them in the shoes of an adventurer in Middle-earth. They will craft their own stories in the rich world of Tolkien by engaging in solo card-based battles or in collaborative campaigns with a friend in co-op mode.

  • A new story in Middle-earth: Gamers can craft and discover new stories in the world depicted in J.R.R. Tolkien’s books. They can build a fellowship of heroes from some of the most iconic characters and wage battle in the most famous locations of the Third Age of Middle-earth.

  • A unique way of delivering new content: Players can obtain boosters that provide both new cards and new solo quests to play them in, forging their adventures in Middle-earth.

  • Unique game mechanics: Players build a deck of 3 heroes and challenge themselves along with friends to complete quests & defeat the forces of Sauron. They can use will points to solve quests and progress in their story. Growing their Fate Pool will allow them to trigger contextual abilities during battle, while Sauron is also growing a Threat Pool to throw up roadblocks at their strategies.

Thanks to the feedback provided by players during its Early Access phase, The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game features a finely tuned UI, tutorial, as well as refined gameplay mechanics. Staying true to the J.R.R. Tolkien universe and inspired by the physical card game, Asmodee Digital will welcome players to live the most immersive, yet challenging, adventures in Middle-earth.

Facts & figures

  • More than 150 cards to play with.
  • 20 planned heroes to combine in your fellowship.
  • 3 campaigns for +35 hours of gameplay.
  • Additional campaigns to be released post-launch.
  • 2 Free Encounters available and additional Encounters to be released post-launch.
  • The premiere trailer was featured during Microsoft’s pre-E3 Inside Xbox event, and can be viewed here.

The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game will be available on August 8th on the Xbox One family of devices, PC (Steam), Sony PlayStation®4 and Nintendo Switch™.

The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game will be featured in the growing library of great games with Xbox Game Pass, along with other acclaimed Asmodee Digital titles, Pandemic and Munchkin.

For more information about the game, feel free to visit:

https://www.fantasyflightinteractive.com/en/games/lord-rings-living-card-game/

PRESS RELEASE: Pigeonpocalypse live on Kickstarter

PRESS RELEASE: Pigeonpocalypse live on Kickstarter

A unique family card game to launch on Kickstarter
Prague – Czech Republic, 27. 4. 2019 – Pigeonpocalypse is the name of a fun and fast family card game, created by a graduate in Theoretical Physics, Marek Matas. In this game, players help the inhabitants of a city park (pigeon warriors, squirrel renegades, and many others) to fend off violent grannies, dating couples, sleazy businessmen and other visitors who intrude in their precious park.

Pigeonpocalypse offers unique game mechanics composed of bluffing, intricacies and surprise moves, while still being very easy to learn. To raise the funds necessary for the manufacture and launch of the game on the market, the creator has decided to initiate a crowdfunding campaign on the US platform, Kickstarter. The Kickstarter campaign will be launched on June 4th, with the target funding goal, necessary to bring the game to life, being of 10,000 dollars.

Pigeonpocalypse is suitable for children and adults alike. It is a fast-paced game, with each round taking no longer than 20 minutes to play. “We are launching multiple versions of the game. The basic version consists of 56 cards and is suitable for 2 to 4 players. We’re also launching two extended versions with Kickstarter Exclusive cards. The complete edition is suitable for 2 to 6 players,“ says Marek Matas, creator of the game.

From the initial idea to the final version of the game

The first idea to create a pigeon-themed game struck Marek Matas in May 2018, while waiting for a badminton match with his friend Jacob. He created the first prototype a couple of months later, using traditional playing cards. “I kept play-testing the game with friends and colleagues until they fell in love with the pigeons and squirrels,“ says Marek.

Marek continued to work on the game while studying for his doctorate in Theoretical Physics. The final mechanics of the game were completed at the end of 2018. After frequent testing and positive response from players, Marek Matas asked two very talented creative artists to join the project to assist in building a visual identity of the game.

After a year and a half of development, game testing, and design, it is now time to present Pigeonpocalypse to all game enthusiasts around the world. “I hope the game attracts many fans, who will appreciate its game mechanics, fast gameplay and amazing artwork created specifically for
it,“ says Marek.

5 Quick Questions about Aftermath with designer Jerry Hawthorne

5 Quick Questions about Aftermath with designer Jerry Hawthorne

Editor’s Note: As an avowed content geek, I try new formats. People enjoy our 5 Quick Questions interviewette for tabletop designers since it’s a quick read. We promise no TL;DR. So let’s see how the amazing Jerry Hawthorne, storytelling game designer of Mice and Mystics, Stuffed Fables, and the thrilling new game Aftermath (which you can pre-order NOW) from Plaid Hat Games, does, shall we?

BGB: Attention is money, my friend. What is the elevator pitch for Aftermath?

Jerry Hawthorne: My new game is Aftermath. Humanity has mysteriously disappeared, leaving behind a ruined world. You are a group of young critters trying to provide for your colony in a cooperative adventure game you play inside a book.

BGB: Making games is hard work, so you best have a great reason for making this thing. What inspired this game?

Jerry Hawthorne: I have a fun and adventurous story to tell, and a fun new game mechanic that allows me to tell it.

BGB: There are too many games out there. What hole in my game collection does this fill?

Jerry Hawthorne: This game allows you to play through an apocalyptic story through the eyes of a tiny mouse. It is also a complete colony building experience, but done in such a user friendly way, it makes campaign play super easy (ed. note: Okay, I WANT IT).

Aftermath
The mice look good here but wait until you see those minis!

BGB: This is Boardgame Babylon, so out with your dirty secrets. What DON’T you want to tell me about this game?

Jerry Hawthorne: There is only one way to lose and that is if your colony disbands due to poor leadership.

BGB: Thanks for telling us a bit about Aftermath. Let’s wrap up with the key specifics (play time, number of players, and the link to the game) and also, since I think you can tell a lot about a person by understanding their sense of humor, what’s a good joke to close this interviewette?

Jerry Hawthorne: Aftermath will be in retail stores this September but you can pre-order it now. It’s a cooperative adventure game for 1-4 players of all ages. It plays in 90-120 minutes depending on your mission.

Aftermath

Editor’s Note: I highly recommend Mice and Mystics and Stuffed Fables, which have helped my friend and myself introduce board games to his sons while I also inspiring my own son to play more RPGs. There’s a ton of fun and joy in theses boxes.

JOKE TIME

Guy walks into a doctor’s office with a duck on his head. The doctor asks “How can I help you?”

The duck says “Doc, can you get this guy off my ass?”

PRESS RELEASE: PAX West 2019 Badges Now Available

Badge Options, New Show Hours Announced
 
SEATTLE, Wash. – May 30, 2019 – Badges for PAX West 2019 are now on sale. Show organizers ReedPOP and Penny Arcade will bring the West Coast’s largest gaming convention back to the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle Aug. 30 – Sept. 2, 2019 with a suite of changes and improvements to badge options and show hours.
 
This year’s event will see the return of four-day badges, which are currently available for $220. Meanwhile, individual badges for Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday are on sale for $55. BYOC add-on badges are also on offer for $45, allowing attendees to bring their personal gaming rigs to the show and reserve a place to enjoy the dedicated PC freeplay area.
 
Exclusive PAX West merchandise is now available for purchase as well. These items include show-branded zipper bags ($15), scarfs ($25), and office stationery sets ($55) that include a pen cup, stapler, tape dispenser, tray, and three pens. Online orders will be available to pick up on site.
 
The show will open its doors earlier than in previous years, providing entry to fans beginning at 9:30 AM each morning Fans have more time to explore PAX West’s multiple massive expo halls teeming with hundreds of exhibitors showcasing new and upcoming games.
 
PAX West also offers attendees opportunities to see and interact with industry luminaries, popular content creators, esports stars, and other exciting personalities across a variety of entertaining panels, tournaments, autograph sessions, concerts, and more.
 
The international lineup of PAX shows (West, East, South, Aus, Dev, and Unplugged), produced by ReedPOP in conjunction with Penny Arcade, comprise some of the world's largest gaming festivals. PAX events connect the industry's greatest creative minds from across the worlds of both video and tabletop gaming, directly to passionate audiences.
 
Working journalists and content creators interested in attending PAX West in order to produce show coverage can apply for media credentials starting in early June.
 
For more updates on PAX West 2019, follow PAX on TwitterFacebook, andInstagram.
 
PAX
 
PAX or Penny Arcade Expo is a festival for gamers to celebrate gaming culture. First held in Seattle in 2004, PAX has nearly doubled in size each successive year, with PAX Prime 2014 selling out of tickets in a matter of minutes. Connecting the world's leading game publishers with their most avid and influential fans, PAX expanded with a second show in Boston in 2010 and a third in San Antonio in 2015, making it the three largest gaming shows in North America. The first international PAX was held in Melbourne, Australia in 2013. In 2017, Penny Arcade established PAX Unplugged, its first tabletop focused show, held in Philadelphia.
  
ReedPOP
 
ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions – the world’s leading event organizer. Launched in 2006, the group has become the number one producer of pop culture events across the globe as well as a full-service digital content provider and media company. Delivering once-in-a-lifetime fan experiences curated specifically for localized audiences, ReedPOP currently features events in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, India, Africa, and Australia, including: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), PAX West, East, South, and Australia, Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC), MCM Comic Con, BookCon, Oz Comic Con, EGX, Comic Con India, Comic Con Paris, Comic Con Seoul, Comic Con Africa, Star Wars Celebration, and ComplexCon. ReedPOP also runs and operates Gamer Network and its portfolio of leading gaming websites including Eurogamer, RockPaperShotgun, and GamesIndustry.biz. The staff at ReedPOP are a fan-based, globally focused group of professionals that are uniquely qualified to build and serve the communities with whom they share a common passion.
 
Penny Arcade
 
Penny Arcade is a web comic focused on video games and video game culture, written by Jerry Holkins and illustrated by Mike Krahulik. With over 3.5 million readers, it is the most popular and longest running gaming web comic online. Penny Arcade is also responsible for the Child's Play Charity, the Penny Arcade gaming expos (PAX) in Seattle, Boston, San Antonio, Philadelphia, and Melbourne, multiple video games based on the brand, and multiple online video series.

PREVIEW: Battlestations: Dirtside from Jeff Siadek – LIVE on Kickstarter

PREVIEW: Battlestations: Dirtside from Jeff Siadek – LIVE on Kickstarter

A couple of years ago, I had the pleasure of getting a visit from legendary SoCal game designer Jeff Siadek and his producing partner Joey Vigour over to my place to try out the second edition of Battlestations!, Jeff’s magnum opus. The original was a huge success, with a massive community of gamers adding to the lore of the versatile sci-fi adventure game. The new edition updated the art, mechanisms and more to bring the game to modern audiences. The Kickstarter was a rousing success so it’s not surprising that I got an email from these two gents last month suggesting it was time for the sequel.

So, after a little planning, I got a similar visit to see their next big game in the series—Battlestations: Dirtside. While the original Battlestations was focused on capturing the feel of ship-to-ship combat with a full crew adventuring into space, Dirtside brings the modularity of the system down to the planet level. Away missions were available in the original game but the scale wasn’t ideal for exploring a whole planet. Dirtside solves that problem, and adds many more adventures and scenarios to the ever-expanding game worlds Siadek and his community of fans have imagined.

What’s it all about?

Battlestations: Dirtside is a science fiction adventure game that accommodates 1-9 players, with most missions lasting one to two hours. The game can be played cooperatively or solo, or even in “scrimmage” play that moves even quicker.

My Rhinoceros-esque scientist dropped down to the planet to find the cure for a raging disease infecting a different world. I horned in on it immediately. 🙂

The joy of Battlestations: Dirtside is the sandbox system, achieving a happy medium between an RPG, a board game and a minis game. The rules provide enough detail to get the character and adventure of your dreams while still moving along at action movie speed. Watch Jeff tell you all about it:

What’s in the Giant Battlestations: Dirtside Box?

In the massive container, you get some exceptional minis representing a variety of intriguing space races, plenty of scenario boards, and a ruleset that will address all of your questions. Like GURPS and even the modern D&D edition, a lot of elements are reduced to standard die rolls so you can play quickly, but you can also delve deeply into the game to design and equip your character with the skills and items of your choice. You can also level them up and use them on future missions, letting that light RPG feel surface without putting a major burden on any of the players.

How does it play?

Dirtside comes with tons of scenarios that all require a bit of setup to configure the board for the game world you’re exploring, but then gameplay is pretty fast. Once you have a character, you can bring them on future missions so you can see your character progress and more quickly dive into future games since you already have one to use. Player turns are easy but engaging – make a move, take a variety of action options to drive, shoot, explore and discover on the planet you’ve reached.

Battlestations: Dirtside
Designer Jeff Siadek

The Missions library is a vital part of the game and Siadek is making sure it is large. So will that aforementioned community of Battlestations fans. Many of those, by Jeff and by others, have multi-scenario story arcs—let’s just say it: Battlestations was Legacy before Legacy was cool. Dirtside is inspiring a whole new movement within this community, who will surely build missions to scale for planetary encounters of all kinds.

“We knew that planetary experiences were constrained by the scale of the ships being used and rules specific to them,” designer Jeff Siadek told me, “With Dirtside, we needed to change things around a little bit allow whole planet events, exploration on a larger level and to offer unique experiences you don’t see in other games that try to capture the thrill of Battlestations. Our scenarios are much larger than just these missions you see in other games.”

Developer Joey Vigour added, “We wanted replay value for the scenarios, too, so there are totally different directions a mission can go and there’s like 15 threats but so you can redo the same missions again with different threads. We wanted quality stories, not just a board where you run around and shoot things.” Of course, shooting things and running around can be fun, and this is totally available in the game, too.

Battlestations: Dirtside is fun and now available to pre-order on Kickstarter

We had a lot of fun with Battlestations: Dirtside and I expect it to do well on Kickstarter. In one scenario, we dropped onto the planet trying to find the cure for an epidemic happening on another world. We managed to claim it but almost landed our ship right on top of our away team (the drift rules are clever).

A second mission had us fighting off denizens of another planet with a timeclock ready to blow up the world. We had to keep using our Luck chits to avoid the blow up and managed to escape just in time. And, yes, there was running around and shooting of bad guys—but all within the storylines.

Battlestations: Dirtside
The Battlestations: Dirtside setup at Gamex 2019 from Strategicon

I had a raucous good time with Jeff and Joey, who are always wonderful to see, and I enjoyed playing the unique alien races from in the game on detailed planets included in the scenario book. If you want an adventure game with old-school rolls to resolve combat and tight enough mechanisms to make the game move along well, Battlestations: Dirtside should be looked up on Kickstarter ASAP. There’s a whole lot of game time in this big box of space adventure fun.

For more information on Battlestations: Dirtside, please check out the Kickstarter page today. The original Battlestations! Second Edition is available now on Amazon.

Disclosure: Boardgame Babylon accepts no payment for reviews, previews, comments, whatever, but accepts review copies occasionally. It’s kind of obvious, but the designers came to my house and taught me the game. Yes, I’d call them both friends but I’d also call a lot of people in board games my friends and that doesn’t affect my reviews.