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Escape Arkham Asylum, Survive a Milan Uprising, and Help Epic Seven Arise

by W. Eric Martin

Knight Games is a subsidiary of Knight Models that debuted in 2020 with a Kickstarter campaign for Harry Potter: Catch the Snitch, a campaign that was cancelled the same day it began with a KS re-launch following a month later.

In November 2022, Knight Games announced that Harry Potter: Catch the Snitch had arrived at port, but wouldn’t be shipped out until a production mistake had been rectified.

Thus, you might not be surprised to learn that with one title nearly finished, Knight Games is now teasing its next release — Batman: Escape From Arkham Asylum, from designers Jose M. Caballero Delso and Sergio García Vicente, with a crowdfunding project already in place on Gamefound.

In this semi-cooperative game, 1-5 players each take on the role of a Batman villain — Joker, Harley Quinn, Two-Face, Penguin, Bane, Poison Ivy, and Scarecrow — and attempt to escape from Arkham Asylum. Each turn, you can move on the game board, search rooms, attack your enemies with crazy weapons, and craft tools to aid your escape. You might partner with others to work toward the common goal of escape, but each player has hidden objectives as well. The game ends when one or more players escape or when everyone has been defeated by those who run Arkham, who might get a helping hand from Batman.

• A similar story — but with a compressed timeline — has been playing out for Xplored, which is the tabletop games brand of digital gaming platform Teburu. In April 2022, Xplored funded a Kickstarter campaign for The Bad Karmas and The Curse of the Zodiac, a co-operative boss battle game in which you must defeat twelve gigantic, evolving demigods called Zodiacs.

The KS campaign for The Bad Karmas bears an April 2023 release date, but a mid-November 2022 update suggests that much remains to be done.

Even so, Xplored has already announced its next project, with a placeholder page on Gamefound — yes, again! — for Vampire: The Masquerade – Milan Uprising from designers Davide Garofalo, Riccardo Landi, and Paolo Tajé. Here’s an overview of this 1-4 player game:

Vampire: The Masquerade – Milan Uprising is a co-operative miniature boardgame experience set in the World of Darkness that will be available solely on the Teburu System.

In this narrative driven board game, you play as the Anarch vampires of Milan, struggling for autonomy against the oppression of the ruling vampire sect — the Camarilla. The game features custom roleplay elements, personal goals, and hidden information. The game comes with smart miniatures, board, dice, a free companion app, and the new Teburu game system, which tracks everything on the smart board and enhances gameplay with artificial intelligence for the enemies, vivid visuals, exciting sounds, and dramatic storytelling. Encounter unique storytelling events, surprising moments, and epic cinematic events all brought to life with Teburu.

• Another game that’s been transformed from one medium into another is Epic Seven Arise from Jessie.H, Chris Turner, and Farside Games Entertainment, which is a tabletop adaptation of the Epic Seven mobile game from Smilegate Megaport.

Here’s an overview of this 1-4 player game, which fulfillment partner Japanime Games expects to release in February 2023:

In the game, each player takes the role of a hero heir — a being created by the Goddess of Life, Diche — to protect the world of Orbis from the Archdemon and the Acolytes. Each hero comes with a skill deck representing their unique set of skills. During play, heroes must manage their actions and coordinate with the team, moving to the locations under the most threat and doing battle with enemies, ideally finding time to recover and purchase items between engagements as they prepare to defeat the monsters and enemies.

The game has multiple chapters, and each of them has a similar structure of main plot and side quests. If any hero dies during the round, they suffer a penalty, but can be revived in the next round. As long as one of you is still alive, you still have a chance to win. The chapters are all standalone and not contingent on being played in a certain order or with the same players.

The board game significantly broadens the original game’s universe and emphasizes the depth of the plot, yet its main focus is on interaction driven by game stories and decision making.

A Kickstarter campaign for Epic Seven Arise in January 2021 raised more than US$500,000 and kits out the base game with the For Hope expansion that contains three chapters of play, two new heroes, and new play mechanisms; with the Acolytes expansion; and with additional standee sets.

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