This holiday season, many of us will be meeting up with friends and relatives who might not really be gamers. So grabbing one of your more-complex board games might not be the best. However, having something that’s easy to learn and teach would be good. For this, you might think about picking up the Loka card game from River Horse. It’s a trick-taking game with a bit of a twist. It’s available now. Continue reading →
And our TGN broadcast day will end with one of the bigger sales for the weekend. Mantic Games doesn’t disappoint with their Black Friday sales announcement. This weekend you can pick up Deadzone for 50% off. Yeah, half off. I know. Pretty good deal. Continue reading →
Mantic will have Loka, their chess-esque board game at their Open Day event and will be running their first tourney for the game. But what, exactly, is the game about? In this post, they give us a bit of a deeper look into the game and the various ways it can be played.
I’m a bit of a chess fiend. I also like games I can break out and play with the eldest, who is 14. And Loka fits that bill. So, in the first of what’s probably going to be another series of posts, I thought I’d introduce you to the games that I’m playing and talk about why you should maybe consider giving it a try. So, when I was up in the office on the first week of actually working for Mantic, and the interview before, Chris was talking to me about Loka, an elemental board game a bit like chess. Produced with River Horse Games, and designed by Alessio Cavatore, it was our third Kickstarter, and is, in my opinion, a gorgeous game that I’m glad I was told about. It’s
LOKA is the new Game of Elemental Strategy from Alessio Cavatore, River Horse and Mantic Games. It takes the core concepts of chess and expands them with a variety of changes, creating a tactical two-on-two team game with customisable forces, dice duels and on-board terrain!
The game was very successful on Kickstarter earlier in the year, more than quadrupling its funding goal, and now it’s being shipped to backers. Soon it will be shipped to retailers and anyone who pre-ordered from the Mantic webstore, so James at Mantic took the chance to unbox a copy on the Mantic blog.
In Loka, you control one or more armies of elemental fantasy warriors – Fire, Earth, Air and Water are at war. The armies, divided into two teams, battle for supremacy using polyhedral dice, moving and fighting over a board layered with ever-changing fantasy terrain. The rules and type of pieces available to your army are inspired by traditional chess, and so are extremely simple. However, in Loka you get to choose what pieces you are going to include in your army, which means your armies can be expanded for larger, more epic battles.
Loka is under 2 days left for their Kickstarter and they’re still making it through more stretch goals.
From the update:
Huzzah – less than 48 hours to go and boom, stretch goal smashed!
That’s 8 additional figures of your choice thrown into Knight ($100) and 4 additional figures (Queen, Rook, Bishop and Knight) added to Rook ($25) and Bishop ($50) to accompany the 4 Extra Pawns you’ve already got! Continue reading →
The Deployment Zone recently sat down with Loka game designer Alessio Cavatore to talk about Loka.
From the interview:
Alessio Cavatore, game designer and founder of River Horse Games, talks to The Deployment Zone crew about his newest Kickstarter project Loka. This game brings a unique blend of chess and wargaming to your table. Alessio was personable, engaging and a joy to interview. Please take the time to listen to this special 30 minute episode of The Deployment Zone.
Mantic Games catches some wicked air, getting funding for the Air Set for Loka: Fantasy Chess.
From the announcement:
The LOKA Kickstarter has hit the $60,000 stretch – and that means the Air Chess Set is in! We’ve also added Air-themed add-ons, including the Air Paint Set and Upgrade Pack, allowing you to add additional Air elemental figures to your pledge. Next up: $65K – we’re adding Faction Powers to the rulebook as well as a Faction Powers Card Deck and Polyhedral Dice to Bishop ($50) and up! There is still plenty of time to go until the end of this campaign – please pledge and help support LOKA on Kickstarter and get yourself a fantastic fantasy game and a beautiful chess set to boot!
Loka: Fantasy Chess, from Mantic, has 12 days to go up on Kickstarter. The creator of the game, Alessio Cavatore, recently sat down with TGN and had a chat about his history with Chess and a bit of the history behind his relation with Mantic Games.
Board Game Geek is giving away pledge levels of Loka: Fantasy Chess from Mantic. Go and get yourself entered into the contest (on their site. We’re not giving it away. We’ll have our own give-away later, though).
The fine print (remember, it’s all on BGG’s site, nothing here):
Hi and welcome to the River Horse Loka: The World Of Fantasy Chess Contest in association with Board Game Geek!
We’re going to be releasing a new chess-inspired board game later in the year called LOKA: The World of Fantasy Chess, and we wanted to give you the opportunity to win a copy of the game!
LOKA is currently being funded on Kickstarter with the ultimate goal of funding four elemental themed armies,with a game building on the simple rules of Chess with innovative “bolt-on” rules for Dice Driven Combat, Fantasy Scenery and army selection, to offer you a brand new experience! Then of course we’re looking at a multiplayer version…
On offer we have some fantastic prizes with 5 Bishop Pledge levels up for grabs and one main prize of a Knight Pledge ($100) – that’s currently 79 miniatures worth over $180. Check out the Kickstarter Page for the full list of contents.
To win, all you have to do is answer these 9 simple multiple-choice questions!
Mantic has posted up another WIP rules set for Loka: Fantasy Chess on the front page of their Kickstarter campaign.
From the campaign:
I can’t believe that we’re actually chasing the Air Chess Set down, there isn’t much further to go until the third set is done and then I can get started on the multiplayer rules and we can look at putting in some cool dice. Then it’s all about the Ice Chess Set.
Not only have we got the first two chess sets funded, but you’ve allowed us to be able to produce the scenery and the Rulebook. You can see more about my vision in this gameplay video or by downloading the free Sample Rules PDF!
Mantic has mapped out the stretch goals for their Loka: Fantasy Chess campaign. Let’s see how many they can get through (all would be a nice place to start).
From the update:
Last night we achieved the unthinkable – the Earth Chess Set got tooled!
With this goal passed, not only does it unlock the Earth Chess Set as the second LOKA army, but it also added a whole heap of models to Bishops ($50) and Knight ($100), making Bishop total worth over $100 with 41 figures and Knight worth over $180 with 79 miniatures!!
Safe in the knowledge that we’re able to fund the two Chess Sets, we’ve laid out the roadmap for the next couple of stretch goals, taking us up to the point where we can fund all four sides.
Mantic has added some more add-ons and other goodies to their Loka: Fantasy Chess Kickstarter event.
From the announcement:
We’re turning the heat up with the LOKA Kickstarter by giving you more free stuff. Our current goals is that when we hit $50,000 we will tool the Earth Chess.
In addition, we’ll also add in an extra Fire King and Earth King to Rook and up and:
– At Rook ($25): we’ll add 4 additional Pawns from one faction of your choice, raising the model count to 21!
– At Bishop ($50): we’ll add 4 additional Pawns from one faction of your choice, raising the total model count to 40 for passing this level!
– At Knight ($100): we’ll add in 8 additional models from one faction of your choice! 1 Queen, 1 Rook, 1 Knight, 1 Bishop and 4 Pawns, raising the total model count to an incredible 78 figures for passing this level!
With the Army Selection Rules that now feature in LOKA you’ll have extra pieces to configure your army of choice with!
Mantic has posted up the artwork for their Kickstarter-exclusive Loka model. Go take a look.
From the announcement:
REVEALED – The LOKA Kickstarter Exclusive River Horse Knight, included free in the Bishop ($50) Level and up – and now as an add-on for your pledge! But this fine warrior and his mighty steed need a name, one that suits his heroism.
Mantic shows us more in the creation process for Loka with Part II of their Developer Diary.
From the article:
Let me now take you on a journey through the design process of the Prithvi.
First of all: this is the brief I have given to Wojciech when it came to sculpting the pieces.
Each type of piece (all Kings, all Queens) must have something that makes them easily recognisable, regardless of which army they belong to (e.g. all queens are clearly female, all Kings have a crown and are sitting on a throne, etc.).
Mantic has made it past some more stretch goals and is adding a King figure to copies of Loka, their fantasy chess set.
From the announcement:
I always had the ambition to get all four Chess Sets tooled and it looks like we’ll have the Earth Set done in the next couple of days, which is simply fantastic.
To celebrate the landmark achievement of reaching $50,000, not only will we upgrade the second Fire Set to the shiny new plastic Earth Chess Set, we’ll include a free Fire King and Earth King in every pledge of Bishop ($50) and up.
Mantic has announced that they’re going to be coming out with a new chess-inspired miniatures game called Loka. Also, their Facebook page is live.
From the announcement:
We are pleased to be working with Alessio Cavatore on River Horse’s new game – Loka: The World of Fantasy Chess, coming soon!
Loka is a new fantasy chess-wargame with elemental chess armies, fantastical terrain and a simple combat system to resolve the fights between the pieces based on mutual support and rolling polyhedral dice. River Horse has designed the game, from the rules to the fantasy chess sets based on the four elements: Air/Wind, Earth/Wood, Fire/Lava and Water/Ice, sculpted by Wojchiek Flis. These figures are designed for plastic production and are clearly identifiable as the Chess Pieces they represent.
Mantic Games will be publishing the game, handling all of the manufacturing and distribution leaving the Mantic Design Studio free to complete the Kings of War and DreadBall Kickstarter models.
Everything you need to know about Loka: The World of Fantasy Chess will be revealed later this week – don’t miss it!