DreamHack is only 5 days away! We are so excited to be bringing livestreamed tabletop games to a whole new audience. We now have the official streaming schedule, so make sure to follow ahead of time so you can join in on the fun.
And to get you even more hyped: here is a spotlight on each of the games we’ll be playing.
It’s a war game starring animals! In Root you’ll be playing one of several different animals who all have very different styles of play. The evil Cats are all about engine building and crafting. The Woodland Alliance are all about sneaking tactics and making areas change their loyalties to support the resistance. The birds of the Eyrie start clumped up and must gain as much territory as possible. Lastly, the wandering Vagabond is a singular character, versus the other animals’ teams, who can wander around and affect the other players’ plans while trying to fulfill their own win conditions. Does it sound complicated? Well, it kind of is. There are a lot of rules in play here, and each role is like playing its own game, but that’s part of the fun of it. This is a strategy game in every sense of the word.
Perhaps you’re looking for that asymmetrical style of gameplay but are put off by the cute animals waging war with each other. If spooky is more your style, check out Vast: The Mysterious Manor. There are 5 different roles to play, including that of the Manor itself, and each role has a different win condition and play style. For example, the Warlock is trying to gain curses and avoid the other players lest they steal things from you. If you’re playing as the Spider, you actually have 3 separate play styles, as you can transform into different creatures. Each role has a board that walks you through how to play it, and a great feature of this game is that each of these boards have a “Play This Role if You Like…” section that summarizes what type of play style this role entails. For instance if you like hacking and slashing, or item collection, then the Paladin is the role for you.
This is the third entry in the Boss Monster game world. Like its predecessors, it is reminiscent of a side-scrolling 8-bit video game, and you play the big boss at the end of the dungeon. Each round you put new rooms in to your dungeon in hopes of creating a dungeon so deadly that the local heroes won’t be able to reach you. New to this version are minibosses, whom you can place in different rooms to provide different stats and buffs to make the rooms even harder. After you place your rooms and/or minibosses, the local heroes will enter a dungeon and try to defeat you, the boss monster! If your dungeon defeats them, you gain their soul. If they reach the room you’re in, you take a wound. Collect enough souls and you win! Take enough wounds and you’re eliminated. It’s a very easy to learn game, with a playtime short enough to play several games in one night.
So in Boss Monster you play the boss at the end of the dungeon try to defeat the heroes. In Bargain Quest, you play the merchants of the town providing supplies to the heroes. Apparently it’s boring to play heroes these days. Each round will present you with a wandering monster just outside the town, and a handful of adventurers ready to go defeat them. Each hero has a different amount of money, and you can sell them as many items as they can afford (heroes never ask for sales). If they are able to defeat the monster you get rewards. And if they die, you get some rewards anyway, because you still sold them stuff. There are a lot of variables in play, from hero qualifiers to surprise traits you’ll only find out about once the hero is in “combat” with the monster. Because of all these variables, this game has a lot of replay value. There are also several expansions out there, and APN will be showcasing the Acquisitions Inc. expansion at DreamHack.
Build the greatest city in all of the bunny land! Bunny Kingdom is a card-drafting, resource-gathering game in which you have to decide which cards to take and play, and which cards to pass to your opponents. Your goal is to collect resources, build up your cities, and create the most influence. And you’re doing it all with adorable little bunny minis! What more could you want? This game is a bit heavier than you expect, and is great for the main event of a board game night.
Fluxx is one of the most unpredictable card games I have ever played. The rules are literally written on the cards, and they change every time a new card is played. It’s a frantic dash to try to play the cards you need to win before someone changes the win condition; or you’re trying to play the card that changes the win condition, only someone is blocking you with a creeper that you have to get rid of before you can win, so there’s no point in playing the win condition now; or someone just changed the rules and now you can’t have more than 3 cards in your hand at a time, or someone else gets to choose a card randomly from your hand and play it. See what I mean? Marvel Fluxx has that same random and unpredictable feeling as other versions of Fluxx but now staring all of the popular Marvel characters and scenarios.
I really enjoy games that presents a strong theme, and Time Breaker is one of them. You are a time-traveling agent. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to capture the Time Breaker and return him to the Agency before anyone else does. It’s a race against time! I mean not literally, it’s not a timed game, but figuratively, because each tile represents a different point in time, and you’ll be traveling backwards and forwards trying to get close to the Breaker, and playing cards to either help you or hinder the other players. Who doesn’t love a good “take that” mechanic?
There’s a reason the joke exists that finding a time that works for an entire group of friends is the hardest part about playing D&D. Luckily, Wizards of the Coast released an official ruleset for 2 players: a Dungeon Master and a Player Character. They have rules for companion NPCs that can join and help, and variants for encounters. We’ll be exploring the adventure that comes in the Essentials Kit: Dragon of Icespire Peak using the 1-on-1 rules variant.