Handelabra Games, who is behind some classic digital ports such as Sentinels of the Multiverse and One Deck Dungeon, announced via Twitch their next TWO upcoming games! This is a bit out of character for the company as they typically work at a more measure pace. Sentinels was their first board game port and they spent a few years backing that up with improvements and numerous expansions. They released Bottom of the 9th last year which was a bit out of their wheelhouse, but naturally delivered a quality game. They were kind enough to answer some questions for us last year, take a look here. Both games fit in line with Sentinels and One Deck Dungeon, and digital board game fans everywhere should be very excited about both.
Special shout-out to our reader Aaron who tipped us off to this news.
The games were announced as "game 4" and "game 5", in the following order, no word on platforms yet. Without further ado...
A cooperative deck building game! Sign me up! Aeon's End is set in a fantasy world as they attempt to defend their town from an unspeakable evil, appropriately named The Nameless. The game throws in a variety of mechanics on top of normal deck building. Player turn order, along with the enemy's, is randomized each turn. The enemy has a feel of Lord of the Rings The Card Game, including a two wheel hit point tracker. Cards are drawn from the enemy deck which build up attacks. Players build up their decks and attempt to load up spells to generate more powerful attacks and combos. The deck building aspects are familiar, including five card hands, but the decks aren't shuffled.
The game contains multiple enemies, each with their own unique decks, along with a handful of different characters for players to use. The game has high ratings on Board Game Geek and looks to fall in the medium weight category. Interestingly enough, a common comparison to Aeon's End is none other than Sentinels of the Multiverse.
Handelabra is currently working on Aeon's End, which might mean a late 2018 or early 2019 release.
Oh boy, this is a big one. Spirit Island was just released in 2017 and is one of the heaviest games to get the port treatment. Like other Handelabra Games, Spirit Island is a co-op. Players are attempting to save their land from The Invaders who work their way across the island map board, colonizing your land by exploring, building, and ravaging your land. Players take the role of powerful spirits, each having their own unique powers to held fend off the attacks. Players must form a strong strategy early on to have any chance at all in defeating this slowly crawling Invaders. Spirit Island is known for its extreme complexity and difficulty, it sounds like one that will have us glued to our screens for a long time.
Handelabra has the digital rights to make Spirit Island and will begin work in late 2018 or early 2019.