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Watch your Back: Week August 21 to 27

We have one game and one (or two) expansions launching this week, as we approach the end of summer.


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... and the game is Gabe Barrett's Robomon. Perhaps you remember the designer's HUNTED series; this time he is releasing a bigger project. Robomon is a 1-2 player adventure campaign game in which you are training your robot to take part in robo-fights.


Fights can take place out in the wild, so the game is organized in the style of an overland crawler. After you select your character and robot-animal, you set out to explore the surrounding area, talk to people, and complete challenges. Fights are resolved by rolling custom dice and applying modifiers. When you reach a spot of interest, you consult the accompanying adventure book to read the story. It is launching on Gamefound on August 22.

Image source: BGG

Personal opinion: Judging by the video preview by Rolling Solo, this is an immersive, fun experience - provided that you are interested in the theme. I have never played Pokemon, and don't have a thing for robots, so I'll pass.


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Next, we have the Vengeance of the Empires expansion for Sea of Legends. Sea of Legends is a 1-5 player app-based pirates game in which you do pirate-y things to become the most famous pirate of the high seas. In the upcoming expansion, the Spanish and French empires are seeking to spread their control over colonies, while sightings of the Flying Dutchman and the Kraken are stirring the waters. It is launching on Kickstarter on August 23.

Image source: BGG

Personal opinion: Nothing here for me, and, least of all, the app-dependence.


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Lastly, I have noted August 22 as the launching date for the Hippocrates expansion, however I don't see any mention of it in either the Game Brewer's Facebook page or the game's page on BGG, so we'll see if it's still happening.

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Zerbique
Zerbique
Aug 23, 2022

Let's enjoy the quiet indeed, because these days the announcements start to pile up to promise a very busy September.

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Cadet Stimpy
Cadet Stimpy
Aug 21, 2022

What does Robomon have to do with Pokémon? The only thing I think I know about Pokémon is, it's some sort of Japanese animated character, that's now a large franchise.

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SnowDragonka
SnowDragonka
Aug 21, 2022
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The hype came kinda late for me (it mostly came with the show airing). I mostly played the games when I was adult (18+). They're not hard games to play or win, if you use the type correctly, it's pretty easy actually. But they're engaging. I don't know, it's maybe the idea that you don't kill the animals, but you live with them, train with them, you are a part of the same. I guess it's similar to why I like Monster Hunter Stories so much too. You tame the monsters to be your "friends". It has that kind of charm. Maybe cause I'm a girl, maybe cause I'm an idealist, I like this theme so much.

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Cadet Stimpy
Cadet Stimpy
Aug 21, 2022

Athena, you don't like robots? But what about Wall•E? 🙂



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Cadet Stimpy
Cadet Stimpy
Aug 21, 2022
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Oh, yeah, Snow - Robots Rock! 😄

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Zerbique
Zerbique
Aug 21, 2022

I remember reading that the Hippocrates expansion will go straight to pre-order or something.


With the incoming RoboMon campaign, I'm not sure I'm too excited about the prospect of having to face a tough decision: "Do you want this alluring game at too high a price for you or will you pass?". The designer said it would cost $100, which is the higher end of what I'm willing to put in a single board game, but then you have shipping and VAT so, we'll see. I have passed on the previous Gabe Barett projects because it ended up costing too much in the end, once everything was factored in.

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