FOUNDERS is the newest coopetition eurogame from This Way !, the publisher behind I C E! Take on the role of a Founder of the first city of ICE and slowly build your way to the top of the city’s political structure.
The world only knows the cold. Humanity survives from day to day, doing their best to live out in the icy tundras. Life is short, brutal, and terrifying.
However, a small group of capable survivors have found a haven from the cold – The Hearth. A spire of light, known as the Edifice of the Ancients, ignites the room, filling it with light and heat. These survivors have begun to build a city around this artifact, drawing upon its energy to build and expand. But only one of the Founders can become the Master Councillor, the leader of this new city. Only those with wits and an eye for politics will be able to get ahead.
Players begin by choosing their Founder, each with their own unique mechanics and bonuses. Each player is then given two Design cards and two Colour cards. These cards will dictate how you should place districts to score the most points.
Each turn will have players playing tiles, deducing what other players’ win conditions are, and building temporary alliances to further your mutual ends. Work together to build districts, or work by yourself and complete your goals on your own.
Make sure to keep an eye on your so called enemies. Some players at the table will be your secret allies, helping you on your journey. But be careful who you call friend – or you may end up on thin ice.
FOUNDERS comes out in December, 2024! Back your copy here!
Railways of the Lost Atlas is a competitive economic management game where players take on the roles of investors trying to expand their railroad empire! Travel across an asymmetric map, expanding your reach across the country one tile at a time.
Each player will start the game by buying up a Minor Company in an auction. Each Minor Company has a benefit that you will be granted as the company president, which can include larger train cars, faster travel, or being able to carry more cargo. Each player may also sell stock in their company in order to get a higher starting wealth total. However, this will reduce the cost of shares in your company, meaning that other players may be able to buy the company out from under you.
Once each player has a Minor Company, they can begin the Operating round. Player take turns in descending stock price order. Buy your first train, set up some rail tiles, and begin stretching across the country.
Different rail tile cards will have unique symbols on them, granting special benefits to the player who places it. Bonuses include playing extra tiles, gain money from mining, and even get a boost to your speed. Once you have completed your expansion, you may either pay your shareholders or hold the money for yourself. By paying shareholders, your stock price goes up, but you lose some of your income. If you hold the money for yourself, you get all your income, but your stock price drops.
Make sure to keep an eye on your purse! By the end of your turn, if you do not control a train, you must purchase one. If you cannot, your company goes bankrupt and you are removed from the game.
Once the final round finishes, whoever has the highest combined income and share price wins the game!
Railways of the Lost Atlas comes out in July, 2024! Back your copy here!
Flock Together is a cooperative board where players will need to protect their chicken coop from Predators! Take up arms as one of eleven fowl characters and survive until the end of Fall to claim victory.
We – the chickens of The Coop – are trying to build a life for ourselves out in the wildest of wildernesses. No allies but each other; no support but our own resolve. We face all manner of natural struggles and assault from predators who think us easy targets. In this turbulent time, it has fallen to all of you to protect and provide for The Coop! Can we make it through the year into that bright future the Founder foretold?
The world thinks we’re nothing more than a feathery snack.
Let’s prove them wrong.
– Flock Together Kickstarter
Each player begins the game by getting two Chicken Books. Choose one of these Chickens to become your character for the rest of the game. Each Chicken has their own unique special abilities, so make sure to strategize with your fellow players to get the best combination of fighters.
There are three seasons, each with seven days. Each day takes place over one full round of play. Each player turn consists of gathering food and taking two actions. These actions can range from attacking enemies, to laying eggs in the hen house, to healing your allies. Make sure to use your abilities to the fullest to get the most bang for your buck.
Combat is the name of the game here. As Predators encroach, you will need to defend yourselves, so make sure to hit first. When you attack one of these pesky adversaries, you will need to expend a number of food tokens equal to your strength. Once the attack is declared, go through the list of effect triggers that could affect your attack. First is Weather Effects, second is Predator Effects, and finally is Chicken Effects.
If none of the effects would negate the attack, your Chicken and the Predator trade damage. Once your enemy is defeated, loot their remains for helpful items, including weapons! Once you finish the fight, race back to the hen house to heal up and get ready for the next one!
But Predators aren’t the only thing to fight outside The Coop. Grubs are everywhere, each with their own special benefits once defeated. Make sure to pick them up where you can!
If you are able to last all three seasons, you win the game! But be careful – Predators will become increasingly more dangerous as time goes on, so make sure to take them out before they become a bigger problem.
Flock Together comes out in June, 2024! Back your copy here!
Perch is an upcoming board game from Inside Up Games! Players will take control of a Flock of birds trying to gather resources and take over locations on the board. Play with up to five of your friends as you take over the great outdoors!
Each turn, players will place two birds from their Flock into the Migration bag (Migrate). Each player will then draw two birds from the bag, whether they be from their own Flock or another players’ Flock (Recruit). At the start of each round, each player should have two birds from their own flock and two migrated birds.
Once you have taken your Migrate and Recruit action for your turn, you may send one of your birds to a location on the board. You may then take a bonus action, which can include recruiting a woodland animal to your aid, building a birdhouse, or zapping another bird to send them to the great fountain. When your turn is complete, move your point tally across the board to mark your score.
Once five rounds are complete, each player will tally additional points by determining who has the most birds at different locations and whoever has completed secret objectives. Whoever has the most points by the end of the game wins!
Perch comes out in July, 2024! Back your copy here!
Shadowrun: TakeDown is an upcoming cyberpunk campaign game where players become mercenary Runners, completing contracts for megacorporations. Sneak, hack, and blast your way through numerous levels, completing as many objectives as possible!
There are some secrets worth dying for. In a world filled with megacorporations manipulating the powers that be, secrets are the currency of power. Someone needs to learn those secrets if they want to get ahead – it just may cost them everything.
That’s where you come in. Each player will take on the role of a Runner, a trained mercenary who is able to complete any job. Each Runner has their own unique abilities – some prefer the run-and-gun approach, while others keep to the shadows. Regardless of your abilities, it is your responsibility to take contracts as a group and get paid.
There is one unique Runner in play – The Mastermind. This Runner is outside of the map, giving other Runners hints on the next plan of attack by your enemies. Utilize your Mastermind carefully, or you may find yourselves blown to bits.
What can you do with your pay? Get new upgrades and gear of course! Get access to powerful mods and weapons to make your next contract that much easy to traverse.
Want something a bit more competitive? Then check out Head-To-Head Mode! Set your group up into two teams as both sides race to complete the mission. Traverse through massive maps, fight for objectives, and claim victory over your enemy Runners once and for all!
Shadowrun: TakeDown comes out in August, 2024! Back your copy here!
Mistwind is an upcoming strategy board game all about shipping management and sky whales. Ride of the back of your ship whale with up to five of your friends as you explore the world, build relationships with other nations, and become the most trusted trader in the world!
Players will take to the skies as transport companies from all across the globe. Each player will take turns playing action discs, moving their fleets, and loading or unloading cargo across the board. Playing action discs will grant you resources to ship around the world, access port abilities, and use character abilities. Deliver the appropriate cargo to specific locations and win coins to perform special actions!
As you travel, you will get access to unique port and character actions. Each of these actions will grant you cargo, coins, or even Victory Points! Trigger multiple of these actions on your turn to multiply your winnings.
Once turn four arrives, players will need to calculate their Victory Points by referencing the scoring sheet. Points are awarded to those who have performed specific actions, such as performing Achievements or obtaining specific Demand Tokens. Whoever has scored the most Victory Points wins the game!
Mistwind comes out in May, 2024! Back your copy here!
Ascendancy is an upcoming strategy board game where players will become exiled heirs looking to make their royal claim in a new land. Become a hero and lead your empire into a new golden age, or become a villain as you enact great violence and bloodshed the people. Choose up to four of your friends and dive into this world of intrigue, vice, and adventure!
Players begin by choosing their heir. Each heir has their own powers and vices, so make sure to pick your leader carefully. Each heir will take turns learning more about the world, meeting NPCs, completing quests, fighting monsters, and making their way up the royal hierarchy to become the leader of the new age. Choose your allies carefully and your enemies even more so…
Each heir may choose one of four royal houses to ally themselves with. There is House Valiss (The Green Keepers), the denizens and protectors of the wilds; House Kahnn (The Red Empire), a family of nomadic barbarians who live and die by the blade; House Roberts (The Blue Armada), the scoundrels of the sea who play by no ones rules; and House Raspute (The Purple Underworld), dedicated to learning and commanding the divine arts.
Choose which of these groups you are willing to bend the knee for and destroy their competitors to win the game! Whoever ends the round with the most points wears the crown. But be careful – the crown weighs heavy on those who choose wear it…
Ascendancy comes out in July, 2024! Back your copy here!
It’s time to get your backpack and hiking gear – Bear Mountain Camping Adventure will take you on a journey you will never forget! Race up to four of your friends as you attempt to discover all Bear Mountain has to offer. Discover out of the way trails, beautiful lakes, and mountain top views as you race for the summit!
Each player is given two decks that they will need to meticulously build over the course of the game, performing special actions to gain resources. These resources can be used to draw new cards, upgrade your camper, and buy extra gear to help you on your journey. Chain actions together to get as many activity tokens as you can!
Once your turn comes to an end, find a campsite to set up for the night. Each campsite has its own rewards, such as giving you extra card draws and coins. Use the new activity tokens you have acquired to move to new sites on the next day to get more rewards. But beware of the Bear – he may chase you off site to somewhere else!
Once you have two of every kind of activity token, get your hands on an Off-Roading Card, and make your way to the summit of the mountain. The first to reach the summit wins!
Bear Mountain Camping Adventure comes out in June, 2024! Back your copy here!