Gone are the halcyon days of video game Kickstarters. The early 2010s saw huge campaigns for video games that then became less successful as delays, disappointments, and outright cancellations soured fans. In their stead, some of the biggest Kickstarter projects have been board games, like this year’s Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon. Awaken Realms, the developer of Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon, raised over $6.25 million from roughly 42,000 backers during the campaign. That translates to the biggest Kickstarter of the year, and the thirteenth biggest Kickstarter ever. The adventure/survival co-op game is based on Arthurian Legends and supports up to 4 players. The developer is planning a digital version of the massive board game as well. Tainted Grail is a cooperative experience with a massive 100,000 word narrative arc split into 15 chapters. Of course the game also has a lot of diverging paths, granting it a lot of replayability. Awaken Realms’ artists are producing … [Read more...] about Biggest Kickstarter of 2018 Raised Over $6 Million, is a Board Game
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Board games and tabletop games have evolved so far beyond the classics like Monopoly and Life - now providing a plethora of experiences from quick, ten-minute long games to lengthy strategy adventures with various, carefully structured areas of play to consider. There are also dozens of video game adaptations, and games which require a mobile phone to play! Board games are a great way to socialise with friends, and can often be combined with [insert your drink of choice here] to create a brilliant evening of entertainment.Once seen as slightly nerdy, there's no longer a stigma around board games, card games, or tabletop gaming, so it's a great option to have ready for a party or family gathering. But with so many options and loads of different games to consider, you might be wondering where to even start. Hopefully, I can address some of that today. And if you're looking for more recommendations, here are the best board games you can play in 2018.What are modern board games and … [Read more...] about How to start with board games, tabletop, and card games (and what games are best)
Being an analog board game publisher in 2018 comes with a unique set of challenges, including adapting to an increasingly digital world. Many publishers have begun to supplement their games with companion apps or have taken to releasing full versions of their games on Steam. In the case of Asmodee, an entire digital division has been created. As the digital frontier for board games continues to be settled, questions of ownership and legality begin to arise - this is the internet after all. Unauthorised PC versions of board games are common, and one of the biggest offenders is Tabletop Simulator. The flexible suite of creation tools offered by Tabletop Simulator allows modders to make any tabletop game they can think of. As such, since the game’s 2015 release, an army of modders have created an enormous amount of content. At the time of writing, there are around 9,000 board games available in the game’s Steam workshop, the vast majority of them based on real-life tabletop … [Read more...] about Can projects like Tabletop Simulator ever replace physical board games?
Today we're introducing the Board Games channel on PC Gamer. We believe there's a huge crossover between the audience for traditional PC games and board games. Most of us love tabletop gaming, and the creation of this channel reflects that. The explosion of board games over the past decade is exciting, and their ability to create both great collaborative and competitive experiences mirrors so much of what we see in great PC game design. We're certain there's a natural overlap, which we hope you'll enjoy exploring with us.When you click on the board games tab in the nav bar at the top of this site, you'll find coverage on both physical board games and their digital counterparts. This section will also encompass some of our existing card game coverage around titles like Hearthstone, Slay The Spire and The Elder Scrolls: Legends. If it can theoretically be played on a tabletop, physical or virtual, you'll find it here. We want the channel to be entertaining and useful to both … [Read more...] about Welcome to the PC Gamer Board Games channel
Board game designer Rob Daviau and the team at Restoration Games faced a huge challenge when they decided to update Fireball Island, a classic board game from 1986. How the hell do you re-create a game that is remembered for being so much larger than life? “The board was 95 percent of our effort to get this going,” Daviau admitted to Polygon. The issue was that no one remembers Fireball Island as it was — they remember how it felt at the time. “People have this very fond memory of this game, people remember it being even bigger and even taller and even faster,” Daviau explained. “So we had to somehow make it bigger and faster without making the box bigger. That was the first problem; it was an engineering problem.” The goal in Fireball Island is to steal a jewel from an unexplored island defended by a stone sentry, and the hook was the ability to roll marbles down the three-dimensional board to knock other players off their paths. It was a … [Read more...] about How do you top a board game that was already larger than life?