Game designer Rob Daviau has quite a few game design credits to his name.  Rob spent the last 14 years working for the toy and game industry titan: Hasbro, where his work on games like Heroscape, Betrayal at House on the Hill, Star Wars Epic Duels and Risk Legacy have made him one of my personal game design idols.  Epic Duels and Heroscape are the games that brought me into the board game hobby, but more recently fans of board games and board game design have come to know Rob for his expectation-shattering work on Risk Legacy.  If you haven't heard about Risk Legacy I suggest checking out Robert Florence's review on Rock Paper Shotgun (warning: the review contains adult language).

The short version is: Risk Legacy is Risk, but the game evolves, there are narrative twists and turns that don't all unfold until you've played through around a dozen game sessions, and it remembers what has happened in past game sessions.  It does this by asking players to apply stickers, write on the game board, and tear up cards.  All of these are a board game collector's nightmare, and that is part of why doing it is so compelling. The other way it achieves this evolution is that certain game states will cause a mini-expansion, that is included sealed away in the game, to be unsealed and its contents added to the game, changing the game state and the narrative.

On our latest podcast, Rob joined us to make a big announcement.  Over the last year Rob has left his job at Hasbro to strike out on his own and form a game company by the name of IronWall Games and he has teamed up with Plaid Hat Games to bring you his next legacy style game.  He calls it: SeaFall.

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SeaFall is a 4X game (explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate) set in an age of sail world that is reminiscent of our world.  In SeaFall the world is just starting to claw its way out of a dark age and has just begun to rediscover seafaring technology.  Players take on the role of a main land empire who each consult with a consortium of advisors to discover new islands, explore those islands, develop trade, send out raiding parties, take part in ship to ship combat, and more.  In fact that 'and more' may be the biggest understatement I've ever made.  Just as in Risk Legacy, SeaFall will evolve as player play it.  Players will become personally invested and the game will remember their grudges.  The narrative will swing as players open up the world.  Unlike Risk Legacy it does all of this without being tied to the Risk license and gameplay engine.  SeaFall will be a medium-heavy weight gamer's hobby game with original game play systems.  Expect the epic.  The game is slated for release in 2014.  More news will be unveiled here as the game's release moves closer.  You can also sign up for our newsletter for updates on all important Plaid Hat Games news.


Comments


tortugatron commented:

Can I preorder yet? I'll take 3.

Posted on 2013-09-23.

bmeagle commented:

I am wondering if there will be promo ships, such as the "Your Momma"? :)

Posted on 2013-09-23.

Lamp Light Games commented:

I think this style of game will be the next big kick in the game industry, can't wait to see this one guys!

Posted on 2013-09-23.

Hilgendwarf commented:

I love the idea of this game! How many players will it support?

Posted on 2013-09-23.

Classicsmiley commented:

Colby stated on BGG that current playtesting is with 3-5 players.

Posted on 2013-09-23.

Viegon commented:

Awesome! I love the game mechanics implemented in Risk Legacy, and this sounds even better!

Posted on 2013-09-23.

Grungebob commented:

@bmeagle: Well, I dry docked your mama.

Posted on 2013-09-23.

champrjk commented:

Super excited!

Posted on 2013-09-23.

Setharillius commented:

Aieeeee!!! This is exciting with a capital E!

Posted on 2013-09-23.

jawsvvvvv commented:

PreOrder!!! Where is the box art??

Posted on 2013-09-23.

jefimeyerhoff commented:

3-5 players would be excellent. PHG's line needs some expanded player numbers so I can force their games on even more friends.

Posted on 2013-09-23.

Killer Lawnmower commented:

Yes. Loved Risk: Legacy. Hopefully going to be just as awesome. Probably even better.

Posted on 2013-09-24.

Divljan commented:

I'm excited for the game! I would preorder it today if available! However, I am not excited by the prospect of funding through kickstarter mentioned on the podcast. I hope PHG can avoid those troubled waters, or at least keep direct orders open as well with the same level of service they have always provided.

Posted on 2013-09-24.

bmeagle commented:

@Grungebob: Well, hopefully Your Momma doesn't take any cannon fire in the rear.

Posted on 2013-09-24.

tortugatron commented:

@Grungebob, bmeagle: I don't think anyone would want to as the poop deck hasn't been swabbed in ages. They might get scurvy.

Posted on 2013-09-24.

thenobleknave commented:

@Tortugatron: Yarrrrr.

Posted on 2013-09-25.

Dapuma commented:

risk legacy was awesome, very excited for this game - however our group went from 4 to 3 during the game which completely unbalanced the session and with 3 it really didnt play well

I will be very curious how it runs with 3 because that is our normal play group it is hard to get a 4th regular

Posted on 2013-10-23.

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