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New games for May 1, 2020 - Almost Exclusively Iron

Jason Tagmire

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

Here’s what is new this week:

  • Iron Helm: Warren of Despair
  • Iron Horses
  • Nytelyfe Solitaire

This week's new games are all available at https://www.pnparcade.com/collections/new-games

Iron Helm: Warren of Despair

Warren of Despair is the 1st Adventure Pack for Iron Helm that adds all new Loot, Skills, Trappings, Plots, a new Boss to fight, and a new Character to play as. You will need to own the base game of Iron Helm to play this expansion.

Warren of Despair is a level two Adventure Pack meaning it is to be incorporated with the base game as your second adventure if you survive the base game.


Have you had a chance to enjoy Iron Helm yet? If you have, and managed to survive, this may garner your interest as a follow-up adventure. A handful of cards in this expansion that are easy to incorporate with the base game - the scenario tells you which cards from the core set to remove so you can add these in. Will you survive a second time in Iron Helm as an aging adventurer? And if you haven’t checked out the base game, be sure to drop over to that one as well - it is definitely one to place on your PNP to-do-list.

Iron Horses

Iron Horses throws you back into the 19th century when Railroads dominated commerce. Climb aboard any one of Lydon Rail company’s eight railways and race to be the first train to successfully delivery $1,000,000 in resources! Be wary of what lies ahead, as setbacks are bound to happen! Tarrifs will slow your delivery, maintenance will stop you in your tracks and hijackers are eager to steal your payload! Fix what you can, deliver the goods and attain victory!

 

If the fantasy vibe of iron helmets isn’t your thing, perhaps delivering goods via trains is more appealing. This one is a race to deliver a certain threshold of value in goods. Yet all is not so easy! Each player gets a unique train company, all of which have their own special power to use once in the game. And, of course, you can play cards to interfere with your opponents’ ability to deliver goods effectively and, in some cases, swipe what they have worked to deliver. Which means those who dislike take-that in games might want to keep that in mind when downloading this one - your opponents can and, most likely, will try to set you back. You just need to make sure to do it to them first, or better.


Nytelyfe Solitaire


Late night Las Vegas. Your goal was to make it out ahead, but after you’ve seen what this city is all about, your goal has shifted to making it out alive. Everyone is out to get you: The sneaky dealer, the wide-eyed vampires, the exclusive night club and the dangerous streets. Survive the night to win.

 

 

Looking for a simple PNP build with simple rules, quick gameplay, and tough decisions? This new game might just be the one you’re looking for at just 5 cards to print - it also uses a standard deck of 52 cards to go with it - and 3 card-sized “pages” of rules. I’ve been a huge fan of the “place one card into each of X locations, deciding as you draw each card” concept since I first played Biblios, and this one has really interesting decisions since you are balancing adding a card into each of 5 different columns - each interacting in varying ways with cards - to try and maximize your own points while avoiding a loss condition. Be warned: you might just play this more than once in a single sitting after that first game hooks you.


Check out the new games here: https://www.pnparcade.com/collections/new-games

Game of the Week: Valeria Card Kingdoms


The land of Valeria is under siege by hordes of monsters. You and your fellow Dukes must recruit citizens and buy domains to build up your kingdoms and slay the foul creatures that lurk in the surrounding lands.

Valeria: Card Kingdoms is a tableau-building game for 1-5 players and will feel familiar to deck-building fans. The cards you buy can work for you on your turn and on all the other player turns, as well. On your turn, roll two dice and activate citizen cards with the result of each individual die and the sum of both dice. Other players will simultaneously activate their citizen cards based on the roll. Next, take two actions from the following: slay a monster, recruit a citizen, buy a domain, or take 1 of any resource. The player with the most victory points at the end wins the game.

Like games with dice rolls to generate resources (like Catan)? This one is an interesting game where you buy citizens that correspond to certain numbers and, when that is rolled on any player’s turn you’ll get some sort of benefit. There’s several options for each of the numbers, meaning you can vary the market from game-to-game in order to keep things fresh. This game is simple in mechanics and a lot of fun, with delightful artwork that is sure to make your printer feel proud at what it is producing onto the page for you. This game is a real solid one for 1-5 players, although you’ll want to be prepared to provide a good number of tokens if memory serves properly!


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!

 


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