Sunday update 13th August 2017

Hi all,

Welcome to the new weekly update where we’ll be showing progress on our free to play games available from our Patreon page, our playtesting updates and any other exciting news!

Firstly we have released two games for August, downloadable here.

  • Emotions is a family friendly matching game designed for families with cute custom artwork made specifically for it.
  • Cat Academy is another family friendly game, but this time competitive with players trying to score the highest points before every player has 5 cards or more. With no way to discard except passing cards it can become frantic fun.

Emotions cars and book shown

A new poll is up ready for September for Patrons too, let us know what you would like to see released for September. Currently were looking at Social Deduction September and we’ve got an awesome game being finalised for it – Mystery on the SS Sandbrook – a game that’s been in development for over 2 years and playtested over 200 times.

Two cards shown for the doctor, injure and kill

Playtesting – as you may know the club is closed over the summer break so little playtesting gets done – however we have been playing Village Life on TableTopSim quite a bit this week, which is coming along well!

Interested in a physical copy if any of our upcoming board or card games? Let us know here. Thanks!

Finally a massive thank you to Paul for helping us out by joining the Patreon! Every dollar we get each month helps to provide free resources and keep the tabletop club running as a space for kids to be safe and have fun. Keep up the good work!

Playing: Village Life; Explore, Expand,Elect

How to play – Version 0.4

Exploration

Cards are randomly laid out from the village centre outwards, with players exploring one connected piece each turn. 

Exploration map on the left – buildings on the right

Tiles showing unknown spaces and city centre

Latest version with proper tiles!

Players move one space from the village center each turn, and may build an appropriate building on their new land. Players start with 1 coin, so can only afford to build farms, foresters or mines.

Player turning over a forest card

A rare forest on the first turn – lucky! This player will build a forester, netting 1 wood every turn

Play then continues out with players exploring and building. 

Player 2 turning over a plains card

Plains cards are the basic card with no bonuses. Allowing early farms to be built

Player finds Iron

Mountains discovered – an easy way to get iron

Here players have been lucky – finding mountains and forest early. 

A little later, players still exploring but now building up their economy. On the right you can see the Council has also been started.

As players develop their economy and spaces for building runs out, players begin building more advanced economies, with upgraded farms (estates), and buildings that convert base materials into goods. Finally buildings such as the Keep will turn these goods into Honour, which is how you win the game.

In a short game the player with 15 Honour first is the winner.

Let have a look at some of the buildings:

A stack of cards for village life

Fresh from the post office

Estate card showing price and income

The Estate card is an upgrade from the farm, producing twice the food but at a cost to upgrade

Mill card showing price and conversion of food to goods

The mill costs 5 coin and 3 wood to build, but converts one of your food into goods every turn. Well worth the investment

Bakery card, an upgrade from the Mill

Fancy more goods? Got a booming economy? Upgrade to a Bakery and get 2 goods a turn!

Of course as some make legitimate profit, others make money in more illicit ways. Players can also invest in building up from a (not so) humble thieves den, to become robber barons with the Robbers Keep, which earns more money the more players that are in the game.

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A more legitimate way of earning may be through the market. In longer games there becomes a demand for an easy way to swap between food wood and ore. Once upgraded the market building allows the controlling player to swap between goods – giving them control later in the game. 

Trading post gives you some early honor

The trading post might not be an amazing investment early in the game, but its upgrade will be later – and theres only one available

Market building allows trade betwen resources

Building the market costs quite an investment, but you no longer have to rely on anyone else trading with you, and you can use this to your advantage over others.

Similaly finding and building the temple building gives a little regular income, but once upgraded later becomes a powerful regular way to get honour, to finding the temple early can swing the game later on.

Wonder buikding showing 10 goods upfront but 2 honour every turn

10 good is an insane investment. But 2 honour a turn means winning is almost assured

Elections

Players may also upgrade the town centre into a City with a little investment. This allows players to get involved in their political ambitions, gaining a steady income of money and honour and gaining other benefits such as charging leasing fees on other players – or just throwing them in jail.

Board showiklng the town council positions and jail

Everyone wants to be the Noble

Town council positions

Players vote for each other to get council positions – so a little bribery and friendship early on can becone very useful later

If more than one player goes for the same position, a vote is called and the winner takes the position. If a position is already taken and the applying player is not voted in, they return to their old position. If an incumbent player is voted out however, they return to Citizen position. So it’s dangerous to be at the top without the correct bribes!

The game ends when a player has 15 Honour for a short game and 30 for a longer game.

Patreons can get a print and play of the latest version right now – the full game is still in development for the end of 2017.

Ideas for expansions now available to take a look at – here!

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Game update: Village Life crossroads to exploration

We have come to a crossroads in developing Village life. Originaly the game is designed with a board in which the map is pre-printed and players add buildings onto it.

Game board

The current game map, which players add pieces to as their economy grows

However another (I think) more interesting idea would be to have a set of tiles that players explore, then claim and build on each turn. This would add another step to the game (meaning gamplay would take longer), but also add a lot of creativity to the game.

The benefits I see are:

  • Game board changes with each playthrough, making it more interesting.
  • Different tiles can be easily added, making exploration part of the game.
  • Tiles can have different bonuses, rather than the static board
  • I think the tiles look much nicer

However the challenges are:

  • Increased cost – tiles over a game board
  • Tiles on top of tiles? How are buildings done? Would placing smaller tiles on top of larger tiles become burdonsome?
  • Does the game need more complexity or would it be confusing?
  • Would the tiles interlink well together?
Sawmill game piece

A sawmill to be placed on a forest tile showing the cost and income

I also considered Hex tiles, but they seem to come out as twice the price of square ones, so will keep them as a backburner for the moment.

Playtesting update here

Please let us know what you think in the comments below or on our Patreon page where for just $1 you can get it when it is completed!

 

Challenge: Day 23/30

Day 23 of the 30 days, 30 ideas challenge where I create 30 ideas for games over the next 30 days. See other days here.

Defend the Castle!

A beautiful castle photo

Game type: board game

Length: 30-60 mins

Idea:

Players are knights who defend a medieval castle from outside attack. Players have to use tiles to build their castle and place defenders in strategic positions. As a cooperative game, players must work together to defend the castle.

The enemy pieces could also be player controlled, or played by bee-lining towards the castle each turn. Attacking forces could have d6’s on their cards to represent a simple number of troops left or hit points of the unit.

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