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Watch your Back: Week February 12 to 18

Only two games have been scheduled to launch next week, which is a blessing for the writer of this post: I caught a nasty cold and have been coughing and sneezing my way through the last few days.


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Crystal Age is a 1-4 player cooperative/competitive adventure game in which heroes are fighting the forces of corruption powered by a giant crystal.


On each turn, your hero will move and then attack a monster that corresponds to the location they are standing on. If the monster is defeated, the hero gains the monster's special ability. Fights are performed by rolling dice. Your win the game if you manage to beat the guardians of the crystal. It is launching on Kickstarter on February 15.

Image source: BGG

Personal opinion: This is a simple, straightforward game. I have recently come to appreciate this quality over convoluted and fiddly designs. Granted, Crystal Age may be too simple. I'll take a look at the campaign and decide.


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Eye of Zamrock: Invasion is a 1-6 player competitive civ-building and adventure game in which you are the leader of a kingdom trying to augment your power over the other kingdom leaders while also fighting the forces of the Demon king.


Over the course of the game, you will be gaining resources, building cities, and gathering crystals so you can construct your Crystal Tower. If you don't build the Tower before the game ends, the Demon wins. It is launching on Kickstarter on February 15.

Image source: BGG

Personal opinion: It appears that the game has been designed with multiplayer rather than solo in mind. I assume that solo pits you against the Demon king, but there isn't enough info out yet.

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Zerbique
Zerbique
Feb 12, 2023

Ancient Terrible Things: Reawakaned has been postponed (news got posted on BGG today):


Our studio has been affected by the global "jungle fever" this past week, and this has affected our launch preparations. Therefore we have moved the KS launch date to Tuesday 28th February, to run for 16 days until 16th March.
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Zerbique
Zerbique
Feb 11, 2023

I hope the cold will soon wane away!


I am surprised that the year starts so slowly, but surely, I don't complain and appreciate it a lot!


Both games look nice! I have already mentioned long ago that Crystal Age was on my radar. I may very well back it if the price remains reasonable. Eye of Zamrock looks nice as well, but too complex for me.


I think Ancient Terrible Things: Reawakened (a full reboot of the game; it's a dice game set in a gloomy jungle with eerie creatures and the like, with some Lovecraftian inspiration) will also launch next week on KS (February 17). River boat dice tower is optional.



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Zerbique
Zerbique
Feb 11, 2023
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Here I have my answer:



That should be a back then.

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Thank you so much for all the watch your back posts! I'll take a good look when they come out, specially Crystal Age. I hope you feel better soon!

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Tina
Tina
Feb 11, 2023

Get well soon, Athena!

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SnowDragonka
SnowDragonka
Feb 11, 2023

Crystal Age is probably one I would look into, but I read "dice". Otherwise simple, icons, quick would be my preference these days.

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Zerbique
Zerbique
Feb 11, 2023
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Yes, Crystal Age seems to be an almost pure dice game (hence why I am interested in it!).

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