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Watch your Back: Week February 27 to March 5 (Part 2)

... let's continue with next week's launches, among which we have a eurogame, a co-op adventure and a card game.


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The card game is called Worldbreakers: Advent of the Khanate and it is primarily a 2-player game. In the solo version, it pits you against the Mongolian princess Khutulun. You are playing as Marco Polo, rushing back to European courts to warn them about the upcoming barbarian invasion. You have a hand of cards consisting of events, followers and locations, and mythium as a resource. To play your cards, you must pay their cost in mythium.


The AI opponent does not have mythium or hand of cards: on her turn, you must instead reveal a card from the Orders deck and follow its instructions. Your goal is to fulfill the objective of the solo campaign. The game is launching on Kickstarter on March 1.

Image source: BGG

Personal opinion: Much as I love card games, this one is not for me because of the bot opponent.


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Moving on to some euro goodness with Pilgrim: a 1-4 player tile and worker placement game in which you are an abbot building pilgrimage routes in Medieval England. You will be placing acolytes on Duty tiles and performing the associated actions, building roads, and giving alms. In the solo game, you will be playing against the Ab-bott by following special solo rules. It will launch on Gamefound on March 4.

Image source: BGG

Personal opinion: I love the theme of Pilgrim but, as usual, I'm not willing to go through the bot flow chart.


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In the sci-fi adventure genre we have Earth Under Siege: Flashpoint, a 1-4 player cooperative game in which you play as an undercover team trying to defend Earth against the onslaught of alien forces. You will be doing skill checks by rolling dice to remain hidden, or facing the enemies you will be encountering on the map. Mitigation comes through the use of ability cards and weapons. Your goal is to go through a series of missions and complete the campaign. It is launching on Kickstarter on March 1.

Image source: BGG

Personal opinion: I own V-Commandos (now called V-Sabotage), so don't need another stealth game.

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Cadet Stimpy
Cadet Stimpy
Mar 01, 2022

Where did you find out about the Solo Mode, other than the mention of it existing? I searched through the downloadable Rulebook and the word "solo" doesn't even appear.


I'll probably pass on Worldbreakers on principle. When I looked at the "team", they all had either He/They, She/Her, He/Him, or They/Them after their name. Unless they were kidding (which I doubt) - Fu*k that bullshit! 😄 You younger folks might not object to this pronoun crap, but I find it beyond ridiculous. If you have to specify that after your name, I'll just address you as "it" or "Hey, you." 😃


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Zerbique
Zerbique
Mar 01, 2022
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I like it. It's a series of objectives rather than a duel. The AI is really a series of card you need to puzzle with, rather than an opponent - e.g. you cannot attack. Some new rules are gradually introduced, which is cool.


But then I haven't looked at it in details - no time for that today.

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Zerbique
Zerbique
Mar 01, 2022

I have backed Worldbreakers.


I like that the resource is automatically generated every turn. There seem to be some nice ideas here and there. The AI is easy to manage, and semi-predictable (the cards have two faces, each face is associated with a type of event, and you alternate between the two). The art is nice. And I have always been fascinated with the Mongol Empire. And, above all, the pricing feels good.

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Zerbique
Zerbique
Mar 01, 2022
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Ha ha! I did check Spring and Autumn as well... But a short peek at the rulebook turned me off. Dragons feel jarring, rules for combat are too long, but the AI system does look pretty good.

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Zerbique
Zerbique
Feb 27, 2022

Yup, Pilgrim has been confirmed (but they do have issues with their Gamefound page and hope it will be live on time).

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Zerbique
Zerbique
Feb 27, 2022

What? In Worldbreakers, you don't get to play the cool Mongol princess? I'm out!


(I will check this nonetheless, to see how the "random card generator" works, but I'm usually not that much into card games.)


I couldn't find any recent confirmation about Pilgrim - it disappeared from the Gamefound "upcoming games" page...

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Gloomknight
Gloomknight
Mar 01, 2022
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Cool. Hey thanks for posting the solo rules!

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