‘Colonies’ Is Upcoming 4th Terraforming Mars Expansion

Stronghold Games popular board game Terraforming Mars is expanding even further into space this October with Colonies.

The fourth expansion for the hit territory building game moves into the outer solar system, where players establish space stations around the planets and moons in a quest for more resources.  Most of the moons are not suited for terraforming, but establishing colonies will improve income and resources for the main goal – terraforming Mars.  The expansion includes new cards and new corporations for the game.

The box includes 49 project cards, 5 corporation cards, 11 colony tiles, 8 plastic markers, 8 plastic trade fleets, 1 trade fleets tile, 1 reference tile, and a rules sheet.  MSRP is $29.95.  As an expansion, it requires the base game to play, and is fully compatible with other expansions, including the summer release Terraforming Mars: Prelude.

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Descent: Journeys in the Dark – Afterthoughts

Good Morning, Taco Brigade! (still pending)
Hope you all had a great weekend. It was a bit wet down here in Dallas, TX, but still enjoyable temps and cool breezes on Saturday gave us a chance to catch up over some beers and a new board game, Descent: Journeys in the Dark. I’ve had a chance to play the game solo a few times with the Steam app, Road to Legend, which turns the game into a single player or more co-op game instead of the usual 1 vs 4 format it comes in. This helped me learn the mechanics and the flow of the game that helped me better explain to users. Saturday was the first play for needing an Overlord which I got to fill while introducing the staff to the game as adventurers. Now, as a hardcore Pathfinder fan, I feel this game takes away tons of the RP element and focuses on combat alone.  This could be pretty mehs to folks fond of the pen and paper, but that feeling quickly turned to excitement as the staff, who do not play P&P games, loved the game because it was easy to get into and was not as robust as a P&P campaign.  Descent sets up the maps, the story, the objectives, the enemies, and any advantages and disadvantages that allow folks who are short on time or not interested in every P&P setup and roleplaying to quickly jump into a game, complete the presented mission in time that fits them, and not have to worry about rolling and figuring out every dice roll for every encounter or action.

I mentioned that I was pretty mehs about it at first because I love all the P&P mechanics. The staff is not experienced in P&P games but because of the ease of the game to get into, this game made me excited to play and teach the team how to play.  This is really a lite version of a pen and paper. Fantasy Flight did a great job on simplifying those elements into this board game that didn’t scare people off and jump right in without hesitation and the best part, they loved it and are opened to the idea of playing this monthly to complete the campaign.  Fantasy Flight offers a good deal of expansions as well with new classes and heroes and enemies that add to the campaign and replayability.  The expansions are fairly priced but can get cheaper usually from any FLGS (featured local game store).  The game does come with miniatures that are pretty durable but I did have a damaged piece and Fantasy Flight took care of it right away and gave me a few promo cards for the trouble.

Great game overall, easy learning curve, simple setup, 1 and half hour gameplay and it was a hit.  I’ll have to write up a better review for sure on the game as it’s totally worth a detailed look at the mechanics and gameplay. I also hope this is a ‘gateway’ game to get folks to try out P&P games down the road so we can try a full-fledged Pathfinder or Starfinder game.

Terra Mystica out on mobile and desktops Apr 20th

Beloved strategy game Terra Mystica is finally arriving in the digital world, developer Digidiced has announced.

The studio, which previously brought Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small, Patchwork and Le Havre: The Inland Port to mobile and PC, revealed that Terra Mystica will launch on iOS, Android, Windows, Mac and Linux on April 20th.

Digidiced originally announced the port last October and has now confirmed that it will include cross-platform multiplayer. There’s no word on pricing yet, though.

The acclaimed 2012 title – currently at number four in BoardGameGeek’s hallowed rankings – pits five players against each other in a race to develop their fantasy civilization, gathering resources, building structures and exploring the world.

Matches can last for a few hours – so you should be able to fit in a couple before your delayed train arrives, if our experience is anything to go by.

After months of waiting, finally it is done:
20th of April 2017 the TerraMystica of Digidiced come to stores!
Show us your excitement!

Posted by Terra Mystica on Friday, March 31, 2017