Well, my credit card is starting to tap me on the shoulder. “Weren’t you going to take it easy?” A little voice asks. “CHECK THIS OUT!” another voice shouts excitedly.
And here we are – another month, and already a queue of things I want to buy or are on the horizon.
Lifeform by Hall or Nothing Productions
Straight up – Lifeform is Alien: The Board Game but without the license. It’s a survival horror game for up to four players, and you can play solo with the Dragon’s Domain expansion.
Lifeform is a dungeon crawler type gameplay with one player taking the role of the hostile alien lifeform, with other players frantically trying to gather resources and escape.
Just trying to sum up the game, this looks on the surface like a harsher cooperative game than one of my most anticipated games for 2018, Who Goes There?. This is only on the surface though. Looking deeper into Lifeform there are some unique mechanics that I think will make it stand out on its own. Plus I could play this by myself with the expansion.
Graphic Novel Adventures by Van Ryder Games
Choose your own adventure, Pick a Path, and Fighting Fantasy. As I was growing up, these series were my solo adventuring fun.
The order is important because while I could follow a story with the first two series, Fighting Fantasy books allowed me to roll dice and participate in the adventure. The pinnacle of these books to me is still the Sorcery! series, four books where you could carry your character and decisions from book to book.
Well, Van Ryder Games seems to remember these experiences and is bringing them back in the form of graphic novels. This is interesting to me because these books start to feel like a mix of old school pick your route adventures and games like Unlock! where details can be hidden in the image.
Fireball Island by Restoration Games
This Kickstarter doesn’t officially start for another 24 hours, but if you are on Restoration Games email list the preview is up, and what I am seeing looks like a lot of fun.
I’m not going to go into it here, I will leave that for maybe Thursday’s post. I will say the following bits though:
- There is a spot for the full rules, so I will be reading those straight away
- The amazing Rodney Smith of Watch it Played will be doing a rules video. Check out Watch it Played here.
- You will need to put aside USD$130 + shipping for an all in pledge. What does that include? That would be telling 😀
I will put down some thoughts later in the week, but check out the Kickstarter page tomorrow 🙂