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I joined a board game design contest on boardgamegeek.com , I thought it’d be cool to share with what I came up in one day:
For the rules and updates about the game:
Download the cards here!
There’s no art yet, but it’ll be remedied as we go along. But it’s enough to be played at this point.
There you go people. It’s too long to fill it as a post, so here’s a google doc that you can read what I have in store for the game. No picture as of yet, just the first draft of the rules. Comments welcome!
I’ve been scheming for this post to see the day of light since the middle of last year. Now that I’ve got about 70% of the groundwork done, I think it’s time to make it public (although to a small amount of people worldwide).
I’ve been working on designing a co-operative board game codenamed: Stormholme. It has always tickled my fancy to make one and I’ve done and shelved several card game concepts before finally settling down and actively developing this one. Putting this in writing in the blog simply means that I’m ready to take it up a notch.
Stormholme is a co-operative dungeon crawl in which each player controls a Hero and attempts to traverse the depth of Castle Stormholme in order to defeat the Master of the castle, which is not always apparent at first. To add to the complication of actually finding the Master and surviving its halls in the first place, the Master has announced that he will cast his diabolical spell which will end all life and resurrect everything as undead under his command (or something like that, the Master will get bored in 2 weeks if it ever happens his way).
The first choice that I had to make was which trope do I follow/innovate? Modern dungeon crawlers now prefer the modularity of tile pieces which can be assembled like jigsaw puzzles but often it doesn’t really provide anything as every exploration of a different room is random. The apparent alternative is to have a set board but there’s a risk of replayability issues if the game places the same piece in the same (rooms) over and over again.
Other components wise, this kind of game relies on a lot of cards and tokens which would invariably raise the cost of printing the game.
So my objective of the game is to:
a) Make it as highly replayable and interesting as possible.
b) Make it simple.
c) Make it cheap.
Which is too good to be true. Consequentially, trade offs are to be expected when you have these constraints in mind. To see how other games play around with these constraints, I look upon other games for inspiration.
Dune: Card wise, this game only has a standard poker deck’s number of cards, which is ingenious. 52 cards + 2 jokers is equivalent to 6 pages if we squeezed in 9 cards per page. The way the game handles the small amount is leveraged by its auction mechanism and the event-like timing (the spice blows).
Dungeon!: The fixed board concept is an old one, but it’s also very economical. More detail can be given to the board and the overall art direction is easier to dictate and control. Colour scheme can be carefully thought out and planned and the placement of the rooms can be planned out. Tiles would require less planning, but I still can’t get over the nonsensical random effects it would have if it were to be placed ad-hoc. One way to mitigate it is by a scenario book with a planned map but I don’t intend to do that at the moment.
Space Hulk: The way the pieces move and its limitation appeal to me. Turning 90 degrees as a move and having limited field of vision as well as blocked by your own models introduces a more tactical game approach than if you had simply be able to move through your own friendly pieces to get to somewhere.
Space Hulk: Death Angel/Haunted House on the Hill: Emerging final objectives is a tricky subject. But having a clear objective but finding out the specifics as you go along is pretty doable I think. The idea of having a final encounter based on what you did during the course of the game appeals to me though. I might change the groundwork to put that in if it doesn’t muck up the system further.
Story Realms/Pandemic : The tracks and its effects on the game as it moves along is really awesome.
So what have I got so far?
Determined that the game will be for 1-4 Players.
Wanted a short game within an hour but will need play test results to see if it’s doable.
The game will be co-operative.
A draft rule document which will be shared in the next post.
A draft of all the cards in the game. (52 cards)
Hero designs that the player can pick from. (8 Heroes have been designed)
As for the base mechanic, I decided to do something simple. Roll 1d10, add your numbers and you must roll above, below or exactly the number shown (based on the conditions). Movement shall follow Space Hulk but the actions shall emulate the D&D board games.
Will this game benefit from having miniatures? Absolutely. But the plan is to complete this game, release it as a PnP and then take it forwards from there if there are any more interest afterwards. The thought of making this into a pnp is what makes me think economically as to how to design the game by taking the least amount of printed paper as possible. The PnP shall have an economical thrift version as well as the full art version.
I’ve been mainly occupied with other non-CCG related stuff. I was focused on leveling my Wizard to level 60 on Diablo 3 and I also got addicted to playing Faster than Light, which is damn addictive so I suggest you guys check it out at http://www.ftlgame.com
But I did have some gaming time, while I would like to go in details… lots of things to talk about, I go with this for now. I have played Smash Up by AEG.
I love it.
The game is damn simple. You have 8 faction, Pirates, Aliens, Robots, Trickster, Wizard, Ninja, Dinosaurs and Zombies.
The premise of the game, is to take 2 faction and mix the deck together. Each faction have 20 card deck, so mixing two together gives you a 40 card deck.
Base game, you can have a total of 4 players, since 8 faction divide by 2 per player is max 4. But the game is designed for more players by adding another core set or expansion down the line.
After you shuffle your 40-card deck, you put bases into play according to the number of players + 1. So a 3-player game, 4 bases in total.
Play is simple, each turn, the active player plays an action or a minion to a base in play or both play a minion and an action. Special triggers are like reaction/instant, you fulfill the requirement, then you can play them. After that, you check for base scoring.
Your objective is to score bases. Each bases have a breakthrough number in the upper left hand corner. Once the total of minions power at the base reaches the bases breakthrough number, the base is scored. 1st to 3rd player gets victory points while the 4th, tough luck, try again next time.
After a check for base scoring, your turn is done and you draw two cards. Maximum hand size is 10.
Once a player reaches 15 victory points, you win the game.
Game is fairly simple and is quite vicious. Sabotage and cutthroat play is necessary, making the game a pleasure to play as you see who can come on top.
I’m looking forward to what faction they will bring in the next expansion.
Till then, SMASH UP!