The game is heading into production for release before the end of 2023, and here’s an overview:
The aim of the game is to have the most victory points, which can be gained by building your own villages and raiding those of other players and by winning battles.
At the start of the game, players arrange their tiles in stacks. From these, they draw a starting hand of nine. Players then decide where to place their citadel and which tiles will be placed with it. The tiles are multi-use. When placed on the board, they becomes units, with the type indicated by the symbol in the center. In your hand, tiles can be used to build other units, move units, improve your combat strength, build villages, and raid villages.
The main part of the game proceeds with player turns. On your turn, you can perform as many actions as you wish, although some actions have restrictions as to when you can perform them. After you have completed your actions, draw back to your hand size of six tiles. If you exhaust your stock of tiles, then shuffle your discarded ones to make a new draw stock. You also score victory points for villages you have on the board.
The game ends when each player has scored points a number of times. With two players, this will be three times; for three or more players, two times.
• With Bloodstones moving toward the finish line, Wallace Designs has been prepping its next release, which will be Fighting Fantasy Adventures: Campaign One, a co-operative card game for 1-4 players based on the Fighting Fantasy book series from Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone.
The short take on the game:
This campaign will comprise five adventures based on the four stories below:
— The Warlock of Firetop Mountain
— Island of the Lizard King
— Deathtrap Dungeon
— The Forest of Doom (in two parts)
Each adventure takes roughly 90-180 minutes to play, providing 10-15 hours of total game time.
Wallace Designs launched a campaign for Fighting Fantasy Adventures on Kickstarter on June 30, 2023, then cancelled it less than two weeks later. Says Wallace, “There are so many factors involved in why some games take off while others flop that you cannot always be sure what exactly went wrong. However, I think it was pretty obvious that the price and target figure were too high. With severe increases in shipping costs, lower-value items suffer due to the cost/postage ratio. Therefore we have regrouped and are relaunching the game on Gamefound. It should be interesting to see whether we get it right this time.”
Looking at the general state of the crowdfunding market, it does feel we are on the other side of the hill and numbers are sliding down. My feeling is that companies that rely too much on crowdfunding are playing Russian roulette with their futures. Wallace Designs intends to put out a range of games, some via crowdfunding and some direct to distribution. Hopefully this balance will help us survive what are increasingly difficult times.
• Looking ahead, Wallace Designs has already revealed its 2025 release: Steam Power, a game in which 2-5 players “race” to build the best rail network to meet their contractual obligations and make the most money:
The game ends when a certain number of contracts are fulfilled, which varies by player count. The player with the most points (and money, which converts to points) wins.
Wallace says that Steam Power will be the company’s next Gamefound project, launching in January 2024: “After a number of years away from the genre, I felt it was time to start playing with the train set again. Steam Power uses track tile-laying at its core, while stripping back as much complexity as possible. The Gamefound version will have track tiles made in the style of poker chips, and fake-silk maps (as we did in Bloodstones). There will also produce a retail version, but I’m trusting there are enough collectors out there who will want the fully blinged out game.”
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