Pixel Tactics and other Level 99 kickstarters
There is an interesting Kickstarter project which is currently counting down its final two days:
The Level 99 Minigame Library (Level 99 Games is a small publisher best known for the game BattleCON: War of Indines)
For $50 you will get a collection of five games, six if they reach their $40k stretch goal, or for lower pledge levels starting at $12 you can pick and choose among them:
NOIR: Killer vs. Inspector
Infinity Dungeon: Peril without End
Blades of Legend
Pixel Tactics in one in particular that I think will appeal to a great many of the people here.
There are a couple of reviews up on BoardGameGeak as well as a demonstration video from Level 99 Games itself.
Here is the (beta) version of the Pixel Tactics rulebook (in PDF).
The short version is that this is a two player game which each player starts with identical decks of 25 hero cards. At the start each player shufﬂes his or her deck together and draws a hand of 5 cards. Each hero, when viewed upside-down, has a special name, stats, and leader ability. Each player picks one of these five starting heroes to be their leader, who forms the core of their army.
There are eight other positions available in your army, and each hero will have different abilities depending on which of the three rows they are placed into. You also have have the option to simply discard a hero from your hand to perform a special action on their card called an "order"
You win a match by killing your opponent's leader, a goal we're all accustomed to.
Now here is another fun bit: games are played best of three or best of five matches, and after each match, the leaders from that match are removed from the game, taken by the winner as "trophies"
What does the loser get? In the next match, you draw an extra card into your starting hand for each trophy your opponent has.
Sound neat? I think so. I've already pledged to get the whole minigame library.
Thanks for the heads up. I really like the art style and the game mechanics. Backed
You are welcome. Are you getting any of the other games, or just Pixel Tactics?
I glanced at the other ones, but Pixel Tactics seemed the most interesting to me. The descriptions for the bonus games released after Kickstarter goals also looked pretty good. I'll probably wait for reviews on the rest before purchasing.
I think Grimlore Shuffle will be a good one too. It looks like it will have the same kind of chaotic, frenetic energy as Roborally but achieved through very different mechanics.