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Watch your Back: Week February 26 to March 4

I was afraid I wouldn't make it for this week's post but thankfully here I am. Let's rush to the games!


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Nevermind The Distraction is a solo card game in which you are trying to become Zen Master through meditation.


Your goal is to prevent thoughts from distracting you by quieting them. The more thoughts you manage to let go, the closer you are to winning. Cards are arranged in a 3x3 grid, and you are playing against the Mind. You will be revealing cards and placing tokens, alternating turns with the Mind which also reveals cards and causes distractions. The game is launching on Kickstarter on February 28.

Image source: BGG

Personal opinion: I appreciate the uncommon theme but there is something about the gameplay that doesn't sit well with me. It may be the push-your-luck element or the moving around of the tokens. I'll let my mind think about it some more.


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Moving on to Sally Face: Strange Nightmares: a 1-4 player cooperative game in which Sal and his friends are exploring the mysteries inside Addison Apartments.


The game is based on the Sally Face video game. You will be rolling dice and taking actions to solve mysteries. If you fail, the powers of evil spread corruption, and the heroes may die or become insane. They may still continue as ghosts or while mad, but this gives an advantage to the demon. It is launching on Kickstarter on February 28.

Image source: Maestro Media Facebook

Personal opinion: I'm interested in this even though I wasn't aware of the video game. I'm waiting to see a playthrough and may back it.


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Star Tycoon is a 1-6 player sci-fi economic game in which you are trying to do profitable business in space.


In each round, you will be producing resources and buying cards from the market in order to fulfill the requirements of planets and gain points. Solo rules haven't been revealed yet. It is launching on Kickstarter on February 28.

Image source: BGG

Personal opinion: Let's see the solo mode first.


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Spirits of Christmas is a 1-6 player cooperative game in which you play as the spirits of Christmas guiding Ebenezer Scrooge through his life and trying to convince him to spend money.


You will be using Compassion, Contentment and Charity to complete scenes from Scrooge's past, present or future, and playing cards from your hand to interact with the given chapter cards. It is launching on Kickstarter on February 28.

Image source: BGG

Personal opinion: Really bad timing for this one. I understand they are aiming for Christmas delivery but, in my opinion, what matters the most is to tempt people to buy it. And right now it's out of season.


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An Age Contrived is a 1-5 player engine building and area control game in which you are a god of the Eldranic pantheon, trying to become the most powerful god by securing the belief of the mortals.


Each god channels their energy into the mortal realm. Energy can be used to perform actions such as constructing monuments or claiming tiles. In the solo mode, you are playing against a bot. It is launching on Kickstarter on February 28.

Image source: BGG

Personal opinion: Not for me.


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Encounters: Shattered Wastes is a 1-4 player cooperative boss battler in which a group of heroes face enemies in the battlefield.


If a hero's health deteriorates, they turn into their shattered state which makes them at the same time more powerful and more vulnerable. Fights are performed by rolling dice and applying any special abilities the characters have. The boss is defeated if their cards are discarded while they are fatigued. It is launching on Kickstarter on February 28.

Image source: BGG

Personal opinion: It seems to be a nice game, but nothing more than that.


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Ancient Terrible Things: Reawakened is a 1-4 player dice rolling push-your-luck game in which you are facing the dangers of a jungle river.


You will be selecting a location to visit each turn, gaining any bonuses it may give you, and rolling your dice to match the required result. In the solo mode, an 'opponent' blocks one of the locations each round. It is launching on Kickstarter on February 28.

Image source: BGG

Personal opinion: I am tempted. I love the artwork, and will probably enjoy some tense dice rolling, so I'll take a look when it launches. The riverboat dice tower does not come with the base game, and I don't know if I want it. It sure looks cool.


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Hellbringer is a 1-4 player cooperative card-and-dice dungeon crawler.


You will be going through a deck of cards until you reach the final boss. Every time you encounter an enemy, you will be first equipping weapons or potions or a companion, and then attacking by rolling custom dice. If you fail to do enough damage to kill the enemy, they fight back also by rolling dice. It is launching on Kickstarter on March 1.

Image source: BGG

Personal opinion: It looks like an okay game. I may look into it if it ever hits retail, but it doesn't excite me enough to back now.

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