Point of Order: More Board Game Heroes
Why yes, I have ordered more board games, thanks for asking. Though, this time, the games come from a variety of locations. I ordered two expansions directly from the publisher, there is a Kickstarter game that I backed, plus a used game that I found at a used book store. Let’s dive in and see what games are now in my collection or going to be added to my collection.
My used book store game. Half-Priced Books is a chain of used bookstores in the upper midwest. We go there somewhat often, it’s a good way to find some interesting books cheap. For example, I’ve gotten all of my Dresden Files there, or almost all of it. But they also do sell used board games that they get in, in trade. This is one that I’ve been keeping my eye out for for a while because Sam Healey, formerly of the Dice Tower now working for Mythic Games, was a huge fan of. What made it interesting to me was the kind of Eldritch World War 2 theme, now, I have another game that has that same theme with Reichbusters from Mythic Games, but I think I have room on my shelf for both of them. However, Tannhauser has been out of print for a while, so it was one of those “grail” games for me where if I saw it I knew I was going to grab it, up there with the Battlestar Galactica Board Game.
For a while, right after college, I’d watch Storage Wars. It was an odd little show about people who buy storage lockers at auction in hopes of getting something great in it. Then I realized that they planted some of those things to make the show way more interesting. Meet the fantasy version of that. In this game you bid on vaults in hope to get the vaults with the most money, special conditions and more. Thematically it seems like a fun little idea. This one is on Kickstarter right now as almost a 2.0 version of the game, it seems, maybe fixing some issues that people had with it before. But it looks like it should be a lot of fun, and thematically I think it’ll work for a lot of people.
Heroes of Land, Air, & Sea: Chaos and Order & Pestilence
What, two expansions for a game I just got. Yes, I am getting two expansions. Firstly, the game really seems like one that I’ll enjoy, a big epic fantasy game with a lot of ways to get points and win. But also the base game comes with four races, you have Humans, Elves, Dwarves, and Orcs. Those are about as generic as you can get in terms of fantasy. So bring on the Undead, Lionkin, Lizard Folk, Goblins, Birdfolk and Merfolk. Also, these two bring the expansion to even more epic heights as you are able to instead of only going up to four go up to seven now. Granted, that’d be a full day of gaming, but that’s kind of why I want it. I want to be able to decide to have a big group over for an epic game, have some food, take breaks, and just play throughout a day. This game also seems like it’d be great to take along to conventions, I could see bringing it to AcadeCon if/when I go back and just run a big game of it for people, or get in on a massive game of it at something like a Dice Tower Con or BGG Con.
Those are the newest additions, some of them still on the way, and Vault Wars will be on the way for a while. I’m excited for all of them, I have a big rule book for Tannhauser to dive into soon and see about getting it to the table. And I’m hoping that the two expansions for Heroes of Land, Air, and Sea will be here for Wednesday, so I can unbox them over on Malts and Meeples, you can see the previous unboxing of the base game there.