A few weeks back a few of us here decided to check out DexCon, a pretty local gaming con filled with tabletop gamers of all kinds. We played a bunch of very fun games that day but for me none were better than Tessen. To put it simply, Tessen is a set collection game with the gas pedal stuck to the floor. After playing a few rounds, and I’m pretty sure breaking an actual sweat, we sat down with designers/creators Chris and Suzanne Zinsli from Cardboard Edison to chat about the game on our podcast.
Now the game has found it’s way to Kickstarter, and in addition to it being an insta-back for me I want to take a few moments to tell you about the game as well.
Ready? 1, 2, 3, Tessen! (more…)
No one ever remembers the second guy to jetpack their way through the mountains of Nepal. What was that woman’s name who marched through the snows of Antartica only to find multiple flags planted at her final destination? No one cares. When you’re an explorer you’re either first or you’re nothing at all. At the Century Club we toast the people who forge into new territories and return here with tales of glory and priceless artifacts. And you’ve arrived just in time.
There’s about to be a race around the globe to see who can make the trek and complete a set of missions the fastest. We’ll be waiting here at the club to see who can get back first. Think you can do it? Oh, I like your spirit… we’re off!
Princes of the Dragon throne is up on Kickstarter right now, is for 2-4 players and is an area-control & resource management game with deckbuilding as the game’s engine.
The Dragon King has died. You and the other Dragon Princes will vie for control of the throne by gaining influence throughout the land. You’ll acquire resources, supporters as well as the backing of the guilds and nations of the kingdoms. Earning the favor of the guilds will grant you special favors, but only the Prince who plays the Parliament game the best will win the throne.
A quick note about this preview. I’ve decided against using any of my own photographs. Since the copy I reviewed was a used prototype copy I don’t feel it in any way will reflect the appearance of the final product. Gameplay and mechanics are unaffected of course, but with any prototype there’s the lack of polish that a final manufactured piece will provide.
Additionally, I’m not going to spend very much time on the rules and specifics of the game. There are numerous places to gain that information online, or you can do as I did and watch this fantastically done “How To Play” video by Grey Elephant Gaming. Or download the rulebook to peruse yourself.
With that, let’s get to it! (more…)