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Watch your Back: Week April 24 to 30 (Part 2)

Let's continue next week's overview with another 4 games (check out Part 1 if you haven't yet).


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G.I. JOE Mission Critical is a 1-5 player cooperative adventure game with miniatures by Renegade Games. You are playing as a member of the JOEs team, and your aim is to defeat Cobra Commander.


There's hardly any info with regard to the gameplay other than that the game uses the Guardian system previously seen in Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid. Mission Critical will be expandable, meaning that you will get the base game and an expansion in this Kickstarter, and the company intends to keep releasing more JOEs and enemies in the future. It is launching on April 26.

Image source: BGG

Personal opinion: I don't have any nostalgia for G.I. JOE, so the theme doesn't speak to me. Pass.


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If you've seen 'The Terror' TV series, perhaps Through Ice and Snow will pique your interest. It is a 1-5 player cooperative game inspired by the Northwest Passage expedition. Each player manages their own ship and crew with the aim of exploring the land, finding food, and surviving the harsh weather. It appears to be a resource management game with a modular map board, and it is launching on Kickstarter on April 26.

Image source: BGG

Personal opinion: I love survival games, so it is highly likely I will back this, but I'll watch a playthrough first, just to be sure.


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Every eurogamer's favourite designer, Uwe Rosenberg, has a new game out called Oranienburger Kanal. It is a 1-2 player economic game in which you build the industrial zone associated with the Havel river in Brandenburg. You will construct buildings, roads and railways with the aim of earning the most prestige points. The game includes a solo mode but details haven't been revealed yet. It is launching on Gamefound on April 27 (you may check the preview page).

Image source: Gamefound

Personal opinion: This is as euro as it gets, judging by both theme and looks. It even has a wheel reminiscent of Ora et Labora, I'm sure JW is already salivating.


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And last, we have Damask: a 1-4 player abstract strategy game in which you weave silk textiles. In each round, you will try to complete textile patterns by taking coloured cubes from the central spinner board. You earn money by making as many similar patterns as possible. It comes with a solo mode but there is no info about it yet. It is launching on Gamefound on April 27, and here is the preview page.

Image source: BGG

Personal opinion: I like the pretty fabric patterns and the overall presentation but suspect it is best played with other people.

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Zerbique
Zerbique
Apr 27, 2022

Minotaur is also launching today on Gamefound.



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Zerbique
Zerbique
Apr 26, 2022

And three additional launches (that have just happened):


Edgeguard



Cytress



Dart Bros vs Zombos (a dexterity game)



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Zerbique
Zerbique
Apr 27, 2022
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I do agree this piece of art is alluring!


On the other hand, I have one concern: the same person is listed under the seven "roles", which means it's basically a one-man affair.


Now it can be great (I've backed once a game where the guy was doing everything himself, including the components by sculpting wood, and it turned out to be an awesome experience), but if something goes wrong, it might be difficult for a single person to be more self-critical, to distance himself from his work to assess things rationally and with an open mind, etc.


So, I know absolutely nothing of this guy and this campaign, but at least it warrants a closer look on this issue…

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Zerbique
Zerbique
Apr 26, 2022

Through Ice and Snow has no solo mode so far. It's "planned" as part of the campaign. (This is a piece of information, not a criticism.)

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Zerbique
Zerbique
Apr 26, 2022

MOOGH will also launch today.



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Cadet Stimpy
Cadet Stimpy
Apr 26, 2022
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PnP files from previous version can be downloaded from here. I wonder how different the newer version is.


Image Source: PDF file from BGG

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Zerbique
Zerbique
Apr 26, 2022

While you're waiting for tomorrow's launch of Oranienburger Kanal, you can moisture your mouth already with a read of the designer diary.

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Wouter Cordewiner
Wouter Cordewiner
Apr 26, 2022
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... you can moisture your mouth already ... 🤣 you made my day 😂

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