New Games for June 16th, 2023 - Presto! Survive the Devious Hysteria

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It's New Game Friday David Wiley (Cardboard Clash) is here to tell us about the new games.


Here’s what is new this week:

  • Presto!
  • Survive Alive!
  • Dungeon Pages: Marian, Devious Spirit


Presto! Is a fast, diceless, universal, pocket-sized RPG system. Great for one-shot adventures or to introduce new players to RPGs.

An RPG system designed to be played in short bursts: a three-act structure in about an hour. You develop the basics of your character, including their lucky symbol in Rock, Paper, Scissors, which is something you’ll use in a pair of matches when trying to accomplish things. Did I mention you get a “boost” in winning ties if you use that lucky symbol for the game? The game lets you get up and play fast, making it ideal for folks of all experience with RPG systems. Playing solo? Not to worry, you Rock, Paper, Scissors against a stopwatch instead which should make things interesting in trying to get THAT timing down. 


Survive Alive!

In the midst of a cataclysmic event, any survivors are made to scavenge and survive. Deeper still, survivors see the dead, now moving and attacking ‘living’ survivors. You are one of those survivors and you need to build a base, defences and facilities to Survive Alive!!

Wave upon wave of the dead are coming, and it is up to you to ready your defenses and utilize your characters effectively. Manage a wealth of resources that will never feel like enough, not only building new things but also to help make sure your characters are able to eat and sleep between rounds. You know the dead are going to come at the end of each round, but you don’t know exactly where nor how strong, making it an interesting approach in trying to balance what scores you the most points versus what you need to be able to survive the threat looming outside. This looks to be a fun, fast game of survival within your own communities.


Dungeon Pages: Marian, Devious Spirit

Marian is a spectral hero brought back from the dead for one more semester of study ‘abroad’ in the living world through the use of a magic necklace.

What a wonderful new sheet this week for Dungeon Pages! The real hook with this new character is her ability to bounce between dungeons each turn - you simply choose prior to rolling which dungeon she’s working through. The catch? No XP until one is completed. But still, this lets you jump to gain a needed solution to be able to advance, etc. The tough thing might be the traps here, which when you mark next to them you reroll the die and use that number instead. Oof, could present quite a challenge to disarm that trap! But don’t sleep on the monsters and the boss in this one, as they will both be equally devious to take down.


Game of the Week: Hysteria on sale for just $4!

On Dia De Los Muertos, a child named Luna followed her dog Kiko through a portal into the underworld. Some inhabitants saw her hid… there? No wait… THERE! They gathered; looking left and right, peeking under here and there trying to capture her before the third day - trapping Luna forever!

A fascinating game of social deduction, where your alliances may shift (expectedly and unexpectedly) based upon the cards face-down in front of you. Across three rounds, the players need to capture 3 Luna cards in order to win. Once a card is up for capture, the table gets to vote and if it passes, a token is placed on the card which remains until the end of the game. If you have at least one Luna card, you are currently on team Luna and trying to help her evade capture. However, if she does get captured but none of your Luna cards were captured, you get to share in the victory with the skeletons. Sounds fun? It ought to be for those that enjoy these social deduction experiences.

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See you next week with more information on our newest print and play games!

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