Giant Epic Mechs (Valkyrie is live)
Update: Valkyrie has launched on Kickstarter, and the campaign will run for 21 days. Estimated delivery in April 2020. I would say that it's an impossible date to achieve, but I'm sure DVG is commissioning mechs to deliver the Kickstarter orders.
Our preview post below was published on October 18.
Dan Verssen Games is launching another Kickstarter this year, this time for their solitaire (and potentially co-op) wargame Valkyrie. Valkyrie takes place in a not-so-distant future, just 41 years from now. In an alternate 2060, superpowers will be conducting wars with the support of giant mechanical units. The United States will be fighting Russia in the base game, and in the expansions, Japan and the EU will be joining in.
Players familiar with DVG's Warfighter and Leader games will recognize some recurring patterns: each pilot of the mechs has his own points of experience and skills, and can be upgraded as the game progresses. Enemy movement and actions share similarities with the AI mechanisms in the Tank Leader games.
Forces are placed on the hex map, along with some extra terrain pieces. Then each side moves their vehicles, infantry, and mechs, shooting at each other if they are in range and have line of sight. The enemy AI has its own decks of cards that determine what it is going to do each time. Custom dice will be rolled for attack, defense, movement and intel. The mechs are activated by using 'power cubes', that you assign in order to move, shoot missiles or fire cannons.
One of the add-ons in the campaign will be a neoprene mat the size of a carpet. Lay it down in your living room, and be careful not to step on the mechs on your way to fetch more beer and pretzels.
You may check the Kickstarter preview, before the official launch on October 22.