New to me: Tomorrow, Navajo Wars and Hillfolk + Blood on the Snow

It’s been a while since I did a New to me post, but it’s not from wanting to buy new games. I’ve been trying really hard to keep my purchases to a minimum and catch up to my monumental stack of older, unplayed games (it’s now under 300, make of that what you will). While the willpower has been strong, it didn’t stop Kickstarter rewards and P500 from coming in, which is not a bad thing, really.

So, all this to say that while I haven’t been buying new games, I’ve still acquired new ones and can’t wait to get them on the table, to the detriment of the older games that I haven’t played. *Sigh*, at very least, the pile is going down… pic1464496_tFirst up is Tomorrow (Conquistador Games) by Dirk Knemeyer, a game that I backed a little less than a year ago. The subject matter of the game caused quite a bit of controversy when it was first announced, with many decrying the “dark” subject matter, calling it tasteless and morbid. I for one found it interesting and quite gutsy to tackle such a subject. The game revolves around the fact that, as it stands, the planet cannot sustain the current population level and as such if nothing is done, we as a species are doomed. So the 4-6 players each represent one of the superpowers (USA, EU, Russia, China, India and the Arab Caliphate) and must, by using viruses, reduce the global population. The game is mostly one of negotiation, unleashing viruses, invasion or nuking each other (although that’s usually a bad move), with everyone trying to reduce the population, but keeping their own alive. At the end of the game, either everyone loses or a single player emerges as the new superpower. Grim, but to use an old movie catchphrase “Ripped from today’s headlines!”

Hillfolk_Cover_reduced1Another Kickstarter reward I received was a pair of RPG books, namely Hillfolk and Blood on the Snow (Pelgrane Press) by Robin D. Laws. As I said before on my blog, I used to be a big RPG player but haven’t really played or kept up with the hobby in the last 5-10 years although this seems to be changing now. My main reason for backing Hillfolk is the main man behind the project, namely Robin D. Laws, who has made some of the most interesting RPGs ever so when I found out he was

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designing a new system, I had to back it just to see where he took the medium. In addition to the main rulebook, a book of settings (Blood on the Snow) was also published at the same time, with a veritable who’s who of modern RPG design doing “Series Pitches”, which are small setting notes intended to spark the imagination and take the system in wildly different direction. There’s also LARPing rules in there, but somehow, I don’t think I’ll ever use those.

 
pic1758569_tThe last game I received was a pre-order I had made some time ago, namely Navajo Wars (GMT Games) by Joel Toppen, a card driven solitary game of the history of the Navajo people. This is a time period that I do not know much about so I’m looking forward to learning a little bit more about it through the game. The name on the box helped convince me as well, as Joel Toppen has done a lot in the past for wargaming and I can’t wait to see what he can do as a designer. It looks to be a fairly unique experience and I can’t wait to try it out.

That’s all for now, but there’s a bunch more Kickstarter rewards coming soon, with Hegemonic, 1862 and Freedom: The Underground Railroad topping my list of games I can’t wait to get and play.

Happy gaming!

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