A recurring trend in board gaming lately is the incorporation of phone apps into the mechanics of the game. Alchemists is the newest example of this tactic as players compete as rival alchemists attempting to publish successful formulas. An app randomizes the possible outcomes for each formula every time the game is played, resulting in a unique play experience on every replay.
Fans of Akira Kurosawa’s magnum opus, Seven Samurai, should take a look at one of the newest cooperative gaming experiences on the market, Samurai Spirit. In this co-op card game, one to seven players take on the roles of brave samurai defending a poor farming village. Over the course of multiple turns, each player must decide whether to fight a bandit, defend the village, or aid another samurai. The delicacy of the game is coordinating a balance between the actions every player takes. Too many bandits will be let through if the team aids each other too often, but other samurai may perish if they’re not helped. These are the decisions that will lead to victory.
Last week we had Hobbit Love Letter, this week is Batman Love Letter. Another version of the highly popular card game, like Hobbit Love Letter, actually changes up the gameplay. In this version of the game, the point values per card remain the same, but the goal is to “capture” the highest cost villain at the end of the round. The deck is comprised of famous Batman baddies like The Joker, Scarecrow, Harley Quinn, and some good guys, too, like Batman and Robin.
Finally tonight, we’ll venture off into a galaxy far, far away. After the well received arrival of the Star Wars Imperial Assault miniature battle game, Fantasy Flight has been quick to turn some individual miniature expansion packs. Each of these Ally and Villain Packs contain an individual miniature accompanied by new missions to run and unique cards. Out these weekend on the Ally side are Han Solo, Chewbacca, rebel sabetours, and rebel troopers and on the Villain side are IG-88, General Weiss, and the Royal Guard Champion.