It's the fi-nal de-fense! *doodle-doo-doo! doodle-doot-doot-doo!*
CMON continues their weekly tradition of new scenarios for Zombicide (I mean, tell me that this wasn't a good year to have started that plan, amirite?). This time around, they're headed back to fantasy realms with Black Plague. There's nothing standing between the Survivors and a huge mass of undead. Who will win?
From the website:
The dead have broken through every barrier and every fence we created and are now coming from all sides. This is it, this our last stand and our last chance. In this desperate time, strange powers awaken inside of us. No running anymore, the spawn points must be destroyed!
This is a scenario for Zombicide: Black Plague. Enjoy!
Green Horde is everything you've come to know and love from the Zombicide franchise. There's new survivors. There's new gear to equip them with. There's new map tiles with new types of terrain features (more on them in a minute). And there's zombies. Lots and lots and lots of zombies. But these aren't just any zombie. They're orc zombies. And an orc's natural strength follows it into undeath. Survivors will definitely want to stay away, as these zombies deal more damage than others. So make sure you've got a good shield and some armor. They also travel in groups. You see, when orc zombies are spawned, most of the time they will add to the Horde pile being created off to the side. Then, when their card is drawn, the horde spills out onto the board, creating a new mass of danger for the survivors.
Thankfully, there's a new weapon in the fight against the zombies. The catapult can fire huge projectiles at the zombies, giving the players a chance to thin the herd. There are several different types of shot that can be sent out, each one specializing in taking out either groups of zombies, lines of zombies, or just really big zombies. Smash!
As for the terrain, that can also aid heroes in their bid to stay alive. The hedgerows are a great way to get away from a not-too-bright zombie. These maze-like growths were once simply decorative. Now, they can save your life. There's also various pools that were once used as quaint ponds to swim in or where various cattle got a bit of a sip to drink. Now, survivors can dive in to freedom, as zombies aren't fond of taking a dip.
As with every Zombicide expansion, there's plenty of new obstacles and plenty of new opportunities for the survivors. Figuring out how to best leverage any advantage will be the key to keeping alive.
Also: Zombie Dragon.
From the campaign:
Zombicide: Green Horde is a cooperative board game for 1 to 6 players that is both a standalone game, and fully compatible with Zombicide: Black Plague and its expansions! Players control a party of medieval fantasy survivors as they fight to rid the land of an invasion of zombie orcs controlled by the game itself. Survivors find weapons, learn spells, battle zombies, and gain experience. The more experienced they get, the more powerful they become, but the more zombies rise to face them!
The Kickstarter campaign is running now and is set to go for another 28 days.
From the post:
They were a brave people, living on the edge of the?Orcish?lands?on the Western frontier.?It was a rough country, where nature grows wild, and the weather can change at a moment’s notice.?They?fought?with the brutish?Orcs?many times, withstanding raids on their villages and fields. Never once, in all those battles, did they consider leaving for safer regions of the world. This was their land, their ancestor’s land. Generations had grown up in its green forests and fields, taking what the earth gave them, and defending what was theirs. But the Orcs were relentless, becoming bolder and bolder as?time went on.??
When the plague?hit, it wasn’t long before the Orcs became infected. All it took was one bite, and the sickness spread through their ranks like wildfire.?What the plague robbed?the Orcs?of?in intelligence, agency, and personality, it replaced with a single-minded?goal: destroy the living and feast on their flesh. The Orcs band together now, a pack, a horde. They travel the countryside, attacking the towns they come across, but now stealing some crops or a cow or two doesn’t suffice. They’re not satisfied until the people of the village are dead…?or perhaps worse, undead.?
As has become customary, the end of the old campaign ushers in an announcement of a new one. In this case, it's a new expansion for Zombicide: Black Plague. In this case, it's Green Horde. Yes, as if humans, wolves, and crows weren't bad enough, now the survivors of the zombie plague will have to fight zombie orcs and goblins.
From the announcement:
Zombicide has been dethroned as the biggest CMON campaign, but soon it will have a chance to retake its crown. We hope you will join us again for our next Kickstarter campaign, coming at the end of May: Zombicide: Green Horde! This sequel to the smash hit Zombicide: Black Plague, will bring players back into a world of deadly medieval fantasy, this time filled with infected orcs and goblins who will put survivors to the ultimate test. This green menace is not only stronger than their human counterparts, but they also tend to gather into massive hordes that ambush the survivors when they least expect it. Uncover the many surprises the Green Horde has in store for you!
From the announcement:
The long, cold Winter is finally showing signs of giving way to Spring. Birds are flying north, the days are getting longer, and new life is sprouting up all around us. It’s a time for fresh beginnings, and it’s only fitting that CMON has some exciting new releases coming to your FLGS today.
Masomorra: Dungeons of Arcadia is a stand-alone addition to the world of Arcadia Quest. The ancient dungeons of Masmorra have long served as a training ground for the Heroes of the city. The dark halls provide a place to practice combat techniques, try out new spells, and spar with other heroes without putting any citizens in danger. However, the evil wizard Malaphyas has taken over Masmorra and now controls its many tunnels and underground chambers. Players will take control of a Hero and delve deep into the dungeons, exploring the magical training grounds and looking to defeat the evil wizard in his subterranean lair. Throughout the game, players will earn experience points for defeating monsters, opening treasure chests, disarming traps, and exploring rooms. The different rooms of the dungeons are added randomly, so every game you play is a new adventure. Fans of Arcadia Quest and people new to the series will love Masmorra: Dungeons of Arcadia.
Speaking of Arcadia Quest, the hotly anticipated Arcadia Quest: Inferno is now available at your FLGS. In this stand-alone adventure, The Underlord has captured the Angels guarding Arcadia and dragged the entire city into the molten recesses below the surface. Inferno features a brand new campaign, with twelve playable scenarios the Heroes have to fight through, using Arcadia Quest’s unique Player Vs. Player vs. Environment system. Inferno also introduces the power of Damnation. It can grant special abilities, but threatens to corrupt those that use it.
If you’re looking to cool things down after that hot adventure, we have good news. The Frost Dragon for Arcadia Quest is also available now. In what can barely be called a miniature, the Frost Dragon figure towers over the city of Arcadia, causing great problems for the Heroes, blowing its frost breath everywhere and encasing the city in blocks of ice. The Frost Dragon is the perfect foe to add on to the end of any campaign. For once, the guilds of Arcadia will have to put their differences aside and join forces, to first ground the beast and then defeat it!
March is a big month for fans of Arcadia Quest, but there is a lot more CMON content coming to your FLGS!
XenoShyft: Dreadmire is the latest mission for the members of the NorTec Corporation as they seek to strip mine another planet for its highly valuable Xenosathem. Unfortunately, the insectoid residents of the planet have a different idea. Players take control of the military forces protecting the interests of the NorTec Corporation. They’ll square off against wave after wave of attacking Brood forces, as they try to protect the base and their own lives. They’re able to take advantage of some of the latest in military technology like the Stalker’s Blade, the Vulcan Gatling Gun, and the Helios Chem Gun. They’re going to need it too, as they face off against horrible foes like the Toxic Shambler, the Scavenger Leech, and the Ripper Eel. However, this mission also presents a whole new challenge. The weather of this distant planet is unpredictable and that will work towards the advantage of the Brood. Each round, the Weather will change, making some of the Brood creatures more powerful in their assault. Players need to work together to keep the base safe and fight off the alien menace. Only through cooperation will they survive.
Being the son of a God isn’t always easy, especially when it’s Uranus. Your father has always believed in the power of war and violence, but in Kreus, you have a chance to show him a kinder way. The goal of Kreus is to build the four layers of a planet based on peace and friendship. Players have to work together to lay down Nature cards and complete them with the required Element cards. Complicating maters, players will only be able to communicate by spending Energy tokens. They will have to interpret the messages they get and trust their team to make the right moves if they’re going to prove to their father that a planet based on peace can survive and even thrive. Kreus is the second collaboration between CMON and Sweet Games after the critically acclaimed The Grizzled. It is a tight, challenging puzzle that is as rewarding as it is difficult. Players will find themselves returning to play Kreus again and again, in an attempt to complete the perfect planet.
March also brings about new special expansions for games that have already been released. The John Howe Special Guest box for Zombicide Black Plague is now at your FLGS. Howe is most well known for illustrating J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth. He adds four new Survivors to join the battle. Three new Sins for The Others are also now available. Lust, Envy, and Greed each come with their own Abominations, Controller, and gruesome Avatar. The stories you can tell with The Others just added some new chapters. Want one more? We’re happy to appease. The Krosmaster Collection introduces the Cemetery Park figures. There are 16 different characters to collect, including skeletons, ghosts, and vampires. Each new miniature figure can be plugged into any Krosmaster adventure.
March is ending with a flurry of amazing content from CMON. There is something for everyone to enjoy with these hot releases. Spring is definitely here! New life, new starts, and most importantly, new games! Get down to your FLGS to check them out!
So, what can you expect on game store shelves? Well, more zombies, to begin with. The Notorious Plagued Characters (NPC #2) box gives you 20 new zombies to invade your tabletop. And if you've got new zombies, it seems only right that you get some new survivors, too. There's two new Guest Artist boxes coming. One's from Neal Adams while the other is from Gipi. All those heroes and zombies are going to require dice. Good things those are going to be available, too. Finally, trying to keep all your card decks stacked nicely during a game can be a bit tricky. Thankfully, there's new deck-holders coming as well to make sure cards don't end up all over everywhere in the middle of a game.
These will be available this Friday at game shops near you.
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Ok, so it's not actually Saturday night yet, but it will be soon (well, for me. Some of you are already well into Saturday night. Bloody time zones). Anyway, I know what you want. You want some reviews. So let's get to it.
Today we have: Package, Zombicide Black Plague, GAMEMAT EU's Battle Mats, Sprue Grey: Wargame Hobby Magazine - The Golden D6 Tutorial Issue, D-Day at Omaha Beach, The Walking Dead: All Out War, Beer Empire, The Undercity, Haspelknecht, Pursuit of Happiness, Dracula’s Feast, Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small iOS, Agricola: Family Edition, Dwarf War, and Get Rich Quick.
Toucan Play That Game:
In this video you can find out my thoughts on Package!? by Half Wing Games.
Zombicide Black Plague Review
theMCGuiRE review takes a look at Zombicide Black Plague from Coolminiornot Games ( CMON ). CMON is doing a great job with their titles and they just keep getting better and better with good game design and fun game play. This version of Zombicide features more of a fantasy theme ( which I really like). the characters are all very cool and I cant wait to get more of the expansions. Absolutely love the solo gameplay on this one!
The Painting Frog:
GAMEMAT EU's Battle Mats
The Painting Frog blog has published a new review, this time featuring GAMEMAT EU's battle mats.
Wargame News and Terrain:
Sprue Grey: Wargame Hobby Magazine - The Golden D6 Tutorial Issue Review
Looking to expand your wargame knowledge, learn of the best painters and most talented wargame bloggers? Search no further as Sprue Grey has just released their new The Golden D6 - hobby magazine issue filled with an amazing collection of hobby articles! Check the review of this latest issue on Wargame News and Terrain
The Board Game Show:
D-Day at Omaha Beach Review
Join Scott Bogen and Kev Sharp of The Big Board for this previously unreleased Warfare segment from the archives! With Kev asking the questions, Scott discusses and reviews in detail John Butterfield’s solitaire D-Day at Omaha Beach game published by Decision Games. Let’s begin now, shall we?
The Walking Dead: All Out War Review
Atomic Warlords blogs does a unboxing and a quick first look at Mantic's new game, Walking Dead All Out War miniatures game.
Beer Empire Kickstarter Review
The kinship of beer and board games is a close one here at Collider Towers, to the point of the occasional ale-cardboard interface incidents, so when Board and Dice contacted us to ask us to playtest Beer Empire, we leapt at the chance faster than Twitter followers band together to ostracise neo-conservative policy. To add more fun to the proceedings, this playtest was conducted through the medium of the Internet over a session of Tabletopia. Once Jon and I got over the novelty of ski-ramp building from the multitude of components and lack of complex physics engine, we settled in for an evening of craft ale brewing, complete with hipster beards, pipes and man-buns.
Take me down to The Undercity (A Review of The Undercity: An Iron Kingdoms Adventure Board Game)
The Undercity’s gameplay revolves around players working together to defeat the villains and achieve the scenario’s objective. Playing through a campaign will take many game sessions, allowing players to level-up their heroes and increase their abilities along the way.
Gesundheit (A Review of Haspelknecht)
You begin the game with a player board depicting your farm and the coal that’s yours for the taking. Your goal is to have the most victory points after 3 years which is accomplished mainly through the mining of coal, but as with any self respecting euro game, there are other ways to supplement your victory point total. Every year is broken up into seasons, the first three of which are action rounds and winter acting as the scoring and upkeep round.
Count No Man Happy Till He Dies (A Review of the Pursuit of Happiness)
The Pursuit of Happiness is a worker placement game that has you taking jobs, getting involved in projects/hobbies, engaging (and disengaging) in relationships, having a family, and participating in crass consumerism, all in an effort to create the happiest, best life for yourself before you drop dead.
Would the Real Dracula Please Stand Up? (A Preview of Dracula’s Feast)
At the start of the game, first determine which roles are included. Dracula is required, but the rest can be random – one role per player, plus one extra. The prototype includes 9 roles, so with the full player count you use every single one. Once the roles are decided (either by group choice or simply random shuffle), randomly deal the corresponding role cards secretly, one to each player.
Board Game Quest:
Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small iOS Review
Today, we are going to be looking at an offshoot from this fantastic worker placement game, called Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small (from hereto referred to as Agricola: ACBAS for brevity’s sake). While it doesn’t have the depth that Agricola does, Agricola: ACBAS still offers a great gaming experience for two players. It’s a bit lighter on the rules, yet still offers plenty to do. So let’s dive in and see if Agricola: ACBAS successfully made the transition to our tablets.
Agricola: Family Edition Review
The life of a farmer in the pre-Industrial age is a struggle for sustenance and growth of family. Agricola: Family Edition replicates a farming family’s attempt to provide enough food for themselves, as well as increase their output of animals or wheat. The players compete with each other by placing workers to gather resources, corral animals, and build structures to increase their output as a whole.
Dwarf War Preview
Dwarf War is a light tactial game. It plays out over a 3D terrain of caverns, each with different layouts that produce resources in various amounts. In most scenarios you are trying to control a particular tower or take over your opponent’s base to win the game. It has a bit of resource management and a lot of tactical maneuvering.
Get Rich Quick Review
In Get Rich Quick, players are trying to be the first to acquire 25 fortune points. Each round, players must choose three cards from their identical hand of 7 cards in the hopes of earning money and fortune points. Eventually, they can work their way over to the mall to buy upgrades in the form of special abilities that make their action card plays even stronger. Be the player with the most fortune points at the end of the game you win!
So, what is on offer this month? Well, starting off, there's some more Special Guest Artist boxes. They include Adrian Smith, Paolo Parente, and Jovem Nerd. There's also the Deadeye Walkers. Yeah, zombies who will gladly shoot their bows and arrows at you. You thought they were scary just when they ran after you. You'll want to make sure there's a shut door between you and them. Thankfully, there's the new 3D Doors set also available. Finally, not specifically Black Plague, but very much Zombicide, there's Zombicide Compendium #2. It brings together various scenarios and special rules from the first three seasons of Zombicide. This includes things from expansions such as Zombie Dogs and Lost Survivors.
All of them are available now.
All of the Defender-level backers (and early-bird Defenders) will get a free set of Survivor ID Cards of the 8 B-Sieged heroes (from both the original Sons of the Abyss set as well as the Darkness & Fury expansion) as part of their Kickstarter goodies. The heroes include Osvith, Eileen, Kador, Orobox, Myrinia, Lugh, Khaz Maghur, and Bjorn. You must be a backer of this Kickstarter in order to get these cards. Also: these are just cards, and not extra miniatures as well. Just to make sure that's clear.
Also, they've just unlocked Igor, the Quack Doctor (*Quack!!*). The campaign keeps chugging along with 4 days left on the clock.