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Almost two and a half years ago, a little project named Kingdom Death: Monster hit Kickstarter. Now, nearly two years late, it has finally arrived at my doorstep. Is it late? Yes, very. Am I mad? Not in the least. The campaign went far beyond the wildest dreams of the people running it. How big? Well, it was originally scheduled to be a standard enthusiast board game box, 12″ by 12″ of plastic and cardboard. It ended up being twice that size because SO MUCH EXTRA GOODNESS got added thanks to the overwhelming support. Not only that, they spent the extra time adding more art and content as well. Suffice it to say, it is more than anyone expected when they chose to back the project.

Now, I have not dived into the rules just yet. It just showed up on September 21st. But, here are my unboxing pictures. Enjoy!

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The Box!

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First thing inside. Thank you…bakcers? Oops!

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The back of the Survivor box. I ❤ Poots indeed.

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And inside the Survivor box? Many models.

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The game in the box in the box in the plastic wrap. The flash reveals the glossy logo against the matte box.

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The box without plastic wrap. Can really see that beautiful cover art.

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The beautiful back art.

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First thing inside the box.

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The flat bits and chits.

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Tiles and counters.

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The board. Its a tri fold as long as the box! Its BIG.

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Under the board. So many cards and pads.

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Character and village sheets with dice.

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The instructions. Note that it is matte black. That yellow on the left is the spine. Its about 1/2″ thick!

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Showing off the glossy logo without flash.

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And the logo/text with a flash to see the glossy details.

Its an impressive box! Well worth the investment and the wait. Looking forward to digging into this MONSTER!

Krosmaster : Arena Review

Posted: November 25, 2013 by Kane Blaireau in Board games, Kane
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Krosmaster: Arena is a tabletop board/miniature game based in the Dofus/Wakfu universe. It supports 2 to 4 players (3 is doable but might be odd).  The game comes with 8 miniatures and a board as well as piles of counters and chits for damage counting, money counting as well as special items and spell effects.

Any combination of 4 of the characters in the boxed game composes a team. Expansion packs of 4 extra miniatures can also be combined into the mix, though they have different point values (called levels). The only rule of team composition is that you must have 12 levels of characters and no more.

Krosmaster Characters

Once each player/team of two has chosen their fill of 12 levels, the miniatures are deployed onto the spaces marked on the board as the starting zone. The player/team with the highest total Initiative (marked on each character card) moves their models and makes attacks in Initiative order from highest to lowest. Play then goes to the next highest Initiative team. However, before they active their models, they roll (called a Tension roll) two of the special dice included in the game and if two matching symbols are shown, both players lose a “Gallon of Glory” (I think its a miss-translation of Galleon, but we’ll go with it). More on Gallons shortly. If the dice do not match, they may assign the dice to their miniatures, giving them the special ability that the symbol corresponds to. Alternately, they may trade one or both dice in for money (Kama). These Kama may be used to buy Gallons from your opponent OR to buy special items on certain spaces of the board. These can be single use or ongoing buffs depending on how much is spent.

Krosmaster Dice

 

Image from BoardGameGeek.com

The core mechanics are also quite easy. Each attack has symbols and numbers showing range, where they may target, how much damage they do, etc. A basic attack is rolled on a single die and defended by a single die. Any Explosions rolled add damage. Any Shields that are rolled are subtracted. This makes things very swift as most characters have only 10 life or less. Special abilities may change the number of dice rolled. If you are in close combat and want to escape, once again, both players roll a die. Magnet holds, Foot runs. Special abilities add or subtract dice. The rest is up to the player.

Back to the Gallons of Glory, both players start with 6 of these and whoever loses all of theirs first loses. You both lose one when you roll doubles on a Tension roll. If a model is killed, the player responsible takes the targets level in Gallons from the target player. This can lead to a back and forth seesaw match…or a blowout if your key character is taken out early. It all comes down to team building and tactics.

All in all, I find it to be a deceptively deep tactical game. Well worth it even for a more experienced tactical/strategy gamer. Even if you just want some amazingly well produced chibi style miniatures, you will have a hard time finding nicer pre-painted models! Absolutely worth all the attention it has been getting lately.

If you want to take the plunge, they also have a Kickstarter going for the first English expansion that has tiers going all the way up to including the original game. Has some great tutorial videos as well, so if you are curious, check it out here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/370924922/krosmaster-arena-anime-miniatures-game-frigost-exp

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Krosmaster Arena

Posted: November 4, 2013 by Noccie in Board games, Noccie
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This game will make you want to learn French. A few years ago Kane and I ran into Wakfu and Dofus at PAX 2011 and 2012. These video games are a ton fun. For some reason the line at their booth wasn’t long at all, so both of us stepped right up and tried the game. I loved it. The characters were cute and creative. The art style was creative. The game play was easy to pick up and fun.

They turned their creation into a fantastic board game. We bought Krosmaster Arena at PAX 2013. The characters are adorable, chibi figures based on characters from the cartoon and video games. There are different factions in the game. I enjoy playing the Tofus. The Queen of the Tofus can summon little birds that look like Chocobos. They help her fight and she can summon up to three. There are the Gobballs and they are like little sheep. Fern Sock’em can summon a little doll that blocks a path. There are characters that can shoot guns, throw bombs, shoot arrows, use magic and everything you can imagine. They have vampires and healers. Some of the characters are fairies with different magically powers.

The game play is really easy once you play through the built in tutorials. They come in the big book they provide with the box. There are several different tutorials that start with very basic explanations of moving and basic combat. They take you through bigger and bigger scenarios till they have explained all the rules. So far I have beat Kane every time we’ve played but he just bought some new characters. Who knows what will happen next. Mwahahaha…

The game play is just like the video games though. So if you’ve played Wakfu or Dofus, you can pick up the rules for the board game really quick.

I have two criticisms. The first is the wings on the fairy models are cheap and fall off easily. We’ve had two models come out of the box without the wings attached. The second complaint is there is only one real objective in the game. Their are no variations at this time. I am sure after playing for a while you can create your own but the main objective is always to get rid of your opponents gallons of glory. They are these star cards. You start with six. You can either collect coins to buy your opponents gallons of glory or you can win them through killing their team members.

There is also a cartoon. It’s French and I don’t know if it’s been translated officially.  We found it online with fan subtitles. Subtitles sometimes don’t make sense. That is why you must learn French. You will love this game so much, you will play the video game and still want more! Just like Penny Arcade explained in their strip this week.

The cartoon is really well made. It has a feel similar to the original Full Metal Alchemist. The characters feel really well rounded and fully conceptualized. It’s also just great to watch your favorite figures walking and talking and interacting. They give you a real feel for how you should be playing the characters and help visualize what’s really going on in the battle arena.

If you want a well made game to play with friends or enemies… pick up Krosmaster Arena.