Werewolf The Apocalypse Retaliation
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Back or Brick: Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Retaliation

Join the forces of the werewolves in a dark and gritty world. How will you shape the story and the world in this game, Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Retaliation based off of the RPG from Flyos Games.

Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Retaliation

Compared to some of the games I talk about, I know less about this game. There are a few reasons, though, why I’m looking at this one on crowdfunding, but we’ll get to them later. Let’s talk about what I know of the game play.

Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Retaliation, hence forth called Werewolf, is going to be an adventure game, an RPG in a box type of game. You take on the role of a werewolf who can either be in werewolf form, human form, or chrinos form – think standing up werewolf versus fully wolfed out. And you will change between those as the story and the moon leads you.

So you will be adventuring, exploring locations, interacting with people and then fighting monsters or whomever is standing in your way. If it is like Vampire: The Masquerade – CHAPTERS, also by Flyos Games, there is going to be a lot of story to go through. And while Vampire: The Masquerade is about intrigue and keeping the masquerade up, Werewolf is going to be more in your face and violent.

What I’m Worried About?

There is one thing I am concerned about with this. It bills itself as a dark game. Now, I can totally see why it would do that. And I expect that it will be a fairly dark game because werewolves basically being beasts. I wonder how that translates into the story though. Because while I am fine with dark, if it is a dark for the sake of being dark versus for the sake of the story, that is a concern. It should be dark as the story requires.

What I’m Excited About?

Speaking of the story though, I am excited for that. Vampires: The Masquerade – CHAPTERS has around 750,000 words. If Werewolf is even close to that, that is a ton of story. And just in the base box, it promises 30+ booklets of story, between 40 to 60 pages. What I saw from CHAPTERS, some were over that, so that is a ton of story for the game. And if they pull the story off well, it has elements that I love in a game.

It is going to have that story to the game with choose your own adventure. But at the same time, you get tactical combat. And you are going to be leveling up and building out your character, which I like as well. I like that you can pick those three different forms, wolf, chrinos, and human. It isn’t that you grab a human and get the other two forms. You can mix and match however you like to get your character which I think is awesome. It means less presets and more playing how you want to play.

Who Is It For?

Well, I think there are two things to consider before you buy it. Firstly, it is going to be a darker story. I haven’t experienced it, but that is what they are billing it as. Without knowing details, I am guessing that is the case mainly from a violence perspective. But it could mean a lot of things. So ask yourself, do you want to play a very dark campaign?

The other thing is that this is a campaign game. 30+ scenarios, and if a scenario takes 3 hours, I don’t know how long they will take, but even 2 hours, that is a lot of content to get through. So ask yourself do you want or need another campaign game. And if this is your first campaign game, what is drawing you in. I don’t think it looks like the most complex campaign game I have seen, but also not the easiest.

Why Back Now?

Firstly, Flyos Games is a small indie publisher. So supporting them to help them get a dream project off the ground is a valid reason. Now that has already happened. The game has funded and it’ll be happening. So another reason can be to help unlock stretch goals.

But, the main reason is that it’s unlikely to get a retail release. I know that more campaign games are getting some sort of retail release. But often those come from bigger companies will more connections. But they are hard for retailers to carry for multiple reasons. Mainly, though, it eats up a ton of shelf space so they can have less product out. And it costs a lot, so it tends to sit longer. So I wouldn’t expect to see too many copies of this in the wild.

Back or Brick – Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Retaliation

I look at this two ways. Firstly, I think that this is probably going to be your main way to get the game. Yes, it might show up in some retail locations but it won’t be there consistently. The other thing, though, is that Vampire: The Masquerade – CHAPTERS is being boxed and getting ready to ship now. While I didn’t pledge it, I am getting a copy through a retailer who pledged it. But I don’t know what I think of that game yet, other than watching some game play.

So part of me thinks this should be a Brick until I can get my hands on CHAPTERS. But right now, it is a Back for me. Why, because I’ve watched game play of CHAPTERS and it looks great. This is also the chance to get it now and werewolves are very underdone compared to vampires. Plus, I could do what I did with CHAPTERS, get it from a retailer who pledge it, but it is definitely cheaper to back it on the campaign than likely what I’ll pay later for it.

How about for you, is Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Retaliation a Back or a Brick?

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