Game Design Blitz #22

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Cast Iron Game Review – Draconis: Invasion

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Enter the realm of dark medieval fantasy where the forces of Draconis are attempting to overrun your fair kingdom. The King has charged you and other noble heroes to defend against the onslaught of marauders. Who will gain the most glory in defense of the kingdom?

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Brief Overview – Cthulhu Realms

pic2554954_mdCthulhu Realms is a deck-building card game designed by Darwin Kastle and released by Tasty Minstrel Games. It plays from two to four players and lasts from 25-45 minutes, so sayeth the box. In Cthulhu Realms each player is summoning powerful entities, artifacts, and locations in an effort to force their opponents to lose all of their sanity! If you can be the last player who hasn’t gone insane after dealing with the Old Ones, then you will win the game!

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Brief Overview – Star Realms Colony Wars

colony_wars_box_2_large-e1452027444612Star Realms Colony Wars from White Wizard Games is the latest entry in the vastly popular Star Realms series which consists of the original game, several expansions, and an app available on iOS, Android, PC, and Mac. Star Realms is a deck building game for two players (up to four with multiple base sets) that plays in about 20 minutes. Both players start with identical decks consisting of ten cards which provide trade credits and combat damage. On a player’s turn they play the cards in their hand to the table, banking the trade and combat with which they purchase cards from the trade row and attack their opponent in an effort to reduce their authority (life) to zero. Cards purchased from the trade row are added to the player’s discard pile which is shuffled in whenever the deck runs out. Colony Wars is a stand-alone expansion meaning that you can play it straight out of the box, but the new cards are 100% compatible with the old ones. In this set they have given us a myriad new ships and bases, most all of which have similar mechanics that can  be found in the original set or expansions. One notable new mechanic is a cycle of cards (one from each faction) which state “when you acquire this card, if you’ve played a [this faction] card this turn, you may put this card directly into your hand.”

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Cast Iron Game Review – Flip City

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IMG_2664-Edit-(ZF-3293-14457-1-003)The citizens of Flip City want you to expand and renovate their neighborhoods — but if you ask for too much in taxes all at once, they won’t be happy! Flip City is a micro deck building game by designer Chen. Chih Fan, Tasty Minstrel Games, and Homosapiens Lab. The game plays with 1-4 players and lasts 30-50 minutes. For those unfamiliar (come on people, get with the times!) a deck builder is a game in which each player starts with an identical small deck of cards, and as the game progresses, they add more and more cards to their deck. This allows each player to adapt their own deck to whichever strategy they like. In Flip City the cards represent buildings in your city, and each card is double sided (hence the “flip”). Many deck building games have graced the friendly local game store (FLGS) shelves of late, but Flip City is unique among them.

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