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Watch your Back: Week March 20 to 26 (Part 2)

We continue our weekly preview with another 4 games (here is Part 1).


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Mercurial is a 1-4 player competitive dice- and hand-management game in which you play as a spellcrafting mage, trying to take out the enemies of your land. The game is by David Goh, who previously designed the card game Endogenesis.


In Mercurial, each player starts with a hand of cards, their dice, and a set amount of mana. You will be buying spell cards from the 'market' with dice and mana, and then playing them to fight the enemies. Solo rules have not been revealed yet. It is launching on Kickstarter on March 22.

Image source: BGG

Personal opinion: The theme is somewhat thin in this one, I watched a gameplay explanation and it seemed quite abstract. Zerbique told me he is interested, so we'll see how he feels about it when it launches.


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Moving on to the campaign storytelling game Fire for Light: a 1-4 player cooperative adventure in which a party of village children and a robot are trying to get resources to fight the harsh winter and protect the village from attacking enemies.


In each round, you will be exploring locations and using items and abilities to face any encounters that may come in your way according to the storybook. The campaign consists of 15 chapters, and the game is launching on Kickstarter on March 22.

Image source: BGG

Personal opinion: The artwork makes it look too much like a computer game which is a negative for me. I don't like to read from storybooks either, so this one doesn't light my fire, so to speak.


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Next, we have Jurassic World: The Legacy of Isla Nublar. As the title suggests, this is a cooperative legacy adventure game in which you will be altering/destroying components but you will be able to endlessly replay the tutorial and the finale. You are playing as dinosaur park designers, trying to develop the island and at the same time keep yourself and the tourists safe from the dinosaurs.


In each round, you will be moving across the island, taking actions and defending from possible attacks. It is playable solo by controlling at least 2 characters, and it will launch on Kickstarter on March 22.

Image source: BGG

Personal opinion: I am impressed by the funky looks of the game (it is co-produced by Funko, after all) but when I saw the price (120$), I decided I don't want it that much.


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Finally, there is Encyclopedia: a 1-4 player dice placement game in which you are an 18th century researcher traveling all over the world to collect animal specimens and compile a natural history encyclopedia.


At the start of your turn, you will be rolling dice and placing them on your player board to perform actions. These actions allow you to hire assistants and receive funding. Then, you will choose an animal to study from those available at the Academy, and then go on an expedition in their natural habitat. Expeditions will lead to publications, and then to victory points. In the solo mode, you can play against one or more AIs. It is launching on Kickstarter on March 24.

Image source: BGG

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Cadet Stimpy
Cadet Stimpy
12 เม.ย. 2565

Mercurial's pretty, and the dice look cool, too.


Image Source: Kickstarter

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Brian A
Brian A
21 มี.ค. 2565

The "Personal Opinion" section for Encyclopedia is missing. I want to know what your personal take is on this one, Athena.

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Gloomknight
Gloomknight
25 มี.ค. 2565
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I just want her to say it until she finally realizes she likes bots and automas after all! Like me!

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Zerbique
Zerbique
20 มี.ค. 2565

Yeah, I'll see what Mercurial has to offer. I enjoyed backing and receiving the two previous games by this designer/publisher. They're both still in shrink though. But I like dice, the art looks pretty, and if the pricing is on par with the previous games, it might be worth a try.


Fire for Light has me interested, but I already know there will be two add-ons (they have been entered in the BGG database), so probably a $100+ pledge for the all-in. I'm interested in the premise, but I don't fancy narratives too much myself.


We'll see. It will be a fun Tuesday, at the very least.

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SnowDragonka
SnowDragonka
20 มี.ค. 2565

Meh with the educational competitive games. Give me coop ones... sigh... guess another "free" week for me. At first I thought Fire for Light (which is a very descriptive name that literally draws me in *sarcasm sign*) looked a bit in the art like Avatar the Last Airbender, but on closer look boy was I wrong. And story books are instapass for me, maybe I'm getting old...

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The Master Of Sinanju
The Master Of Sinanju
20 มี.ค. 2565

I do like your little jokes Athena.....

$120 For Jurassic World, c'mon you could have said something slightly believeable like $80 (still too much by the way) or even $60.....

$120.....


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The Master Of Sinanju
The Master Of Sinanju
20 มี.ค. 2565
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It does make you wonder how much they had to pay to use the "Jurassic World" branding.....?#

Too much!!!!!!!

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