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:
- Alert: All Hands On Deck - Fleet Expansion
- The Forest Watch
- Goblin Mountain
This week's new games are all available at https://www.pnparcade.com/collections/new-games
Your group of adventurers barely entered the labyrinthine tunnels of Goblin Mountain when the inevitable happens: you get lost and the goblins get wind of your presence. Time to find a way out fast and, of course, fill your pockets with every gem and coin you can get your hands on along the way. And don’t forget to stick together! Because bad things happen when you split up the group… always!
A fun little game for one or two, which involves moving dice from location-to-location along a line of cards to execute the appropriate actions. There’s all sorts of fun little rules about movement, including the loss of value when a die is left behind and locations being able to hold only 1 or 2 dice total. Bonus in here is a solo mode which has you facing down the Goblin King, whose reactions are partially based on how stealthily your characters are moving. This is a fun little game you won’t want to miss adding to your collection.
Alert! All Hands On Deck: Expansion 1 New Fleet
Your planet is under attack. Using your fleet you must defeat all incoming threat waves and save your planet. The game ends if you defeat 21 threat waves or if you lose all 3 ships. After that, you will calculate your high-score and acquire Pilot Rank.
It is a solo game, played in hand, without a table. To defeat each wave, you need to use your ship’s actions to move and shoot threats. You can also collect power-ups and use ship’s special abilities!
A nice, simple expansion that offers new ways to tweak the decks for the main game. Of particular note, you can tailor your fleet deck and their order which can help to try and prepare for the worst. Additionally, special abilities are free but have an alternative cost that may, or may not, end up working in your favor. If you like Alert, you won’t want to miss this little expansion. If you haven’t tried it, why not grab the game as it is the perfect on-the-go solo game for standing in line.
The Forest Watch
Breathe deep. The enemies are all around you. Their sharp claws rake the air. They expect you to cower in fear. But you’ve been training for this all your life. Carry your weapon proudly as you step into the circle, young one. The Forest Watch has now been set. We will not let them pass, no matter the cost.
If you grew up reading the Redwall series of novels, like I did, this little game will have some serious nostalgia factor for you. This is simple in concept, and exciting in execution. You have all the information as you make decisions, being able to see exactly which enemies you will hit and which ones will hit you back. However, surviving to the end and defeating them all may not be quite as easy as you’d expect. A little solo game that can play in about 10 minutes, this one is perfect to play over and over again.
Check out all of the new games here: https://www.pnparcade.com/collections/new-games
Game of the Week: The Science and Seance Society
You are members of The Science and Seance Society, a Victorian-era clandestine organization devoted to exploring the mysteries of reality. Two of you, each from opposing factions within the organization, have entered into a friendly wager. A particularly nasty bit of chaos has been summoned from the Void and must be dealt with, One of you will conduct a seance to eradicate it and the other will build a scientific engine to bring it to order. These methods are wildly different. The player employing the mystic arts must manipulate a set of double-faced tarot cards in hopes of arranging them correctly. The player committed to the scientific method must be meticulous in establishing order from chaos. They pull dice from a bag, roll them, and place them on engine cards, with specific dice needed for each.
Let’s be honest, if you aren’t already clicking to get this game after reading the opening part about both sides playing differently then I can’t help you? I absolutely love asymmetry, and to have something more than just an unique player power makes this game really stand out. And after reading through the rules, this sounds positively delightful in the most sinister and engaging way possible. Because not only are you taking differing approaches to the same problem, you have plenty of opportunity to affect and interfere with your opponent’s plans. Why are you still reading this? Go, be gone, get this game while you can and thank me later. And then come back to read about the other two you’ll need to get…
Check out Game 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!