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:
- Ancient Realm
- Ancient Realm: Monuments and Misfortunes Expansion
- Dungeon Pages: Drok, Champion Troll in Titan Carcass
Starting from humble beginnings, you must lead your civilization to greatness. Harvest, hire, build, and plan your way into the history books!
This is another new solo game from Steven Aramini of the -opolis fame. This little gem has some really interesting aspects to it that will feel slightly familiar, while also being extremely fresh. There are events that trigger, resources to track, and wonders to consider constructing. Grow and develop your expanding civilization, which happens by paying for a card and placing it next to, partially-covering, or completely-covering existing cards. The kicker is that anything you cover gets to activate its ability (except wonders, which can never be covered), adding a whole new degree of puzzle to an exciting solo design.
Ancient Realm: Monuments and Misfortunes Expansion
Making history isn’t always easy. Celebrate your triumphs with grand monuments while managing the misfortunes that plague your growing civilization.
There should be very little surprise about what comes here: I’m going to positively rave about this mini-expansion because it is easy to integrate into the base game, and it adds new layers of decision points. You’ll randomly replace some of the districts from the base game with some of these cards, which will bring in some monuments and/or misfortunes to deal with. The monuments are great, costing nothing to build and score at the end of the game - but there’s also the benefit of covering one to gain a free resource which might just be what you need to make a more important build. The misfortunes, of course, are going to give you a negative effect on your realm and can be covered to negate that effect…but if they remain uncovered you’ll get points for overcoming their effect.
Dungeon Pages: Drok, Champion Troll in Titan Carcass
The prize for winning the Elder Games is a paid semester to travel abroad. Though many of the students choose the sandy beaches of the Hungry Isles, Drok opted for the bloody hills of Dire Valley, the most dangerous quests…and the best ale.
Here it is, the boss you’ve been waiting for has arrived within the Titan Carcass. That’s right, an Armored Worm, which takes up a huge segment of the final location and can only be injured on one of its spaces. It’s a good thing this troll has some nice tricks up his sleeve, such as being able to reroll evil dice once per turn, as you’re going to need it with the monsters here and the Goo trap. It isn’t every day that you get to delve into the carcass of a titan for your dungeon crawl, but I think we can all agree that it’d certainly spice up any dungeon crawl.
Game of the Week: Legends of Dsyx: Fairy Fair on sale for just $2!
Build the fairy fairgrounds and launch awesome fireworks! Score points for food, more for games and even more for rides. At the end of the game follow your path throughout the fairgrounds and see which attractions stay open for business.
If you think you’ve seen all that the roll-and-write genre has to offer, think again. This little game may seem small and simple, but there’s a very fun press-your-luck element involved. See, you can reroll the dice any number of times you want to try and get that perfect result…until doubles appear, at which point your turn ends without a chance to build. Do you press and try for what you need, or play it safe? But unlike most games, when time runs out the game isn’t done, as you also guide travelers through your carnival games, food stands, and rides within your fair.
Check out Games of the Week here: https://www.pnparcade.com/collections/game-of-the-week
See you next week with more information on our newest print and play games!