The Festival International des Jeux (FIJ) opens on February 24, 2023, so I thought I’d highlight some of the titles that will debut or be previewed at that show, starting with Lumen: The Lost World from designers Bruno Cathala and Corentin Lebrat and publisher Lumberjacks Studio, with art by the ever-present Vincent Dutrait.
Lumen: The Lost World is a two-player game due out in France in April 2023, with an English version also in the works. Here’s an overview:
The game is a territorial duel driven by a roll-and-write mechanism, and players will try to spice up their choices and recruit mercenaries by developing the skills of their factions. Each round, the players choose to combine the result on two dice in order to recruit fighters and give orders to those existing on the board. Each territory is worth Lumens. With each movement, reveal the discovery tokens that will bring you Lumens or bonus actions. The player with the most Lumens wins.
The game comes with seven different scenarios.
In the co-operative game The A.R.T. Project, you play together against the game. Each player draws two mission cards at the beginning of each round, then all players decide the order of the round. Your jerrycan reserves, weapons, allies, and clues are all held in common, and their management is essential.
When you play a mission, you spend common resources and find clues that will be useful to everyone. Try to save seven works before the end of the mission deck…
• Florian Sirieix is also co-designer on Time Collectors with Mareva Beauchamps, with this game from Belgian publisher Lubee Edition due out in March 2023. The short pitch for this design: “Use 4D10 to travel through time!”
The slightly longer pitch:
In more detail, roll your 4D10 dice and organize them to select the year to which you want to travel. Use time crystals to alter your results. Collect the riches of the past on your personal board in order to claim achievement cards and end up with the most beautiful collection of all time.
Here’s how to play: