The digital adaptation of the number one ranked board game of all time, Gloomhaven, will launch on Steam on July 17th. The much anticipated release “Early Access” release will see the tactical combat and dungeon-crawler made available in an exclusive Adventure Mode for early adopters. Continue reading Gloomhaven Digital Adaptation Launches
Nothing says Summer like sitting in the dark at your computer playing digital implementations of board games by yourself.
Fortunately for some of us, it isn’t summer at all. Quite the opposite. And this is actually the perfect time of year for staying indoors where it is warm and dry, and playing board games. On your console or computer or at the table. Either way is fine.
Which means that the Steam Summer Sale couldn’t be happening at a better time. Here’s a collection of some of the better deals on offer for those interested in picking up a bargain.
Tabletop Simulator: I finally caved and bought TTS about two months ago. It is an outstanding product, supported by an outstanding community, and I now have no idea why I resisted for so long. Right now, it’s 50%, and frankly it was a bargain at twice the price.
Sentinels of the Multiverse – This game is loads of swashbuckling, superheroing fun at the table, but it’s major downside is that the constant accounting and fiddly tokens really detract from the feel of being a superhero. The online implementation gets rid of all of that. It’s 70% off the base game right now. That’s hard to resist.
Through the Ages – TTA is currently ranked as the third best board game ever made. The digital version is reduced by 38%. No brainer.
Ticket to Ride – Speaking of the greatest games of all time, Ticket to Ride is 60% off. If you don’t know, now you do. Easy pick.
Ascension – It isn’t my favourite deck-builder, and I don’t have the steam version. But I do have it on Google Play AND on IOS, and the phone-based version is so easy to play and addictive that I’m happy to recommend it at 60% off.
Le Havre – This is one of those games I’m ashamed to say that I’ve never played, despite knowing that it is a much-loved classic. It’s 57% off, so I’m getting it. I mean, it’s $3. I’m sure I will review it shortly here.
The Witcher Adventure Game – I bought this to see whether or not I wanted to get the physical version. Turns out, it wasn’t that interesting to me, and I settled for a few runs of the Steam version. The so-called “Adventure Game” genre is a real hit and miss category for me, and this one didn’t have enough going on to keep me engaged. But, as a fan of the Witcher Universe, I was happy to have given it a shot. If you love the Witcher, then this is worth a look at 75% off (but otherwise, frankly, hard pass).
What did I miss here?
The digital version of The Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game now has a launch date – it will be available in Early Access on August 28 this year.
Since I heard about this digital version, I have been eagerly following its development, watching the twitch stream of playthroughs and paying attention to the changes and tweaks as hey have evolved. This is more than I would usually commit to the promise of a digital version of a much-loved board or card game – frankly I have been deeply invested (emotionally and financially, frankly) in the Lord of the Rings Card Game for the past four years at least.
The LOTR LCG is easily one of my favourite boardgames of all time. Part of this is due to it solving many of my persistent complaints about Magic the Gathering – by being both co-operative and a Living Card Game.
The Living Card Game (LCG) model, which was pioneered by Fantasy Flight Games, provides a fixed distribution approach in contrast to the traditional Collectible Card Game model. Instead of the blind purchase of randomly arranged ‘booster packs’ that is the norm for games like Magic the Gathering and Pokemon, the expansions for LCGs always contain the same cards, and are always known in advance. Not only do you know what you’re getting, but the fixed format means that every player has equal access – more or less – to every card needed to optimise their deck.
That means no secondary market in expensive or unavailable rares/ultra-rares, no bidding or chasing promos, no ‘pay to win’ game experience. Instead, the LCG model provides a complete and self-contained game experience, with expansion packs that you can purchase at your convenience at an easily affordable price. The depth of your involvement is up to you, and there is enough content available now to ensure the game is immersive and endlessly replayable, while still providing a memorable gaming experience for casual players.
The fact that the LOTR LCG was co-operative also means that it doesn’t present the same barriers to entry that Magic presents. I get all of the stimulation from the analysis that goes into complex deck-building, but knowing that bomb deck is going to increase the chances of people playing with me again, not the reverse.
There’s little surprise that I have been eagerly awaiting the drop of the The Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game on Steam, and today we find out that it will enter into Early Access at the end of August, and will arrive with the Adventures in Mirkwood campaign, a core set of starter cards and an set of 21 unlockable cards. Early Access will last about 3 to 5 months, and the game will be released as a free-to-play title after that, with a robust schedule of updates to follow. Co-op play has been identified as a major feature that FFI are scheduled to implement by full release, but the Early Access will only accommodate single-player.
To be honest, from what I have seen to date, the digital version shares the artwork and basic mechanics of the tabletop version, but little else. It seems to be an entirely distinct product more akin to Hearthstone than to the card game itself. This is coupled with my general skepticism of free-to-play games, which tend to end up costing a lot more to play in the long run. But I’m open-minded here, and ultimately I’m looking forward to testing it out during early access.
I’m pleased that Fantasy Flight Interactive have made so much effort to getting the game right, to responding to feedback and to meet the needs and requests of fans of the LCG. This is the newly launched FFI’s first-ever title, and their commitment to community engagement bodes very well indeed.
You can register for Early Access on Steam here.
If you’re interested in getting into the tabletop card game, you can check out the deals at OzGameShop, including discounted expansions. Delivery is free for orders over $50, and purchases via this link support the House of Nerdery. Just saying.