Posted by James (admin) on 18th September 2012
Couple of new games that have taken my interest recently. (I’ve combined all the Spiel games on my radar on my Essen 2012 page too.)
Desperados (Argentum Verlag)
I like Argentum Verlag as they have released the extremely funny and backstabby Lifeboats as well as the excellent eurogame Hansa Teutonica. This year it’s the Wild West and the game is Desperados. All the players but one are the villains working together against the player who is the marshal and controls the sheriffs. The players move their villains using a secret movement system by laying location cards face-down – this includes the marshal player too. That element reminds me how Dracula moves in Fury of Dracula.
When 5 moves have been ‘programmed’, they get resolved. An outlaw player in the same location as a marshal gets arrested, is in jail for the remainder of the round, and losses that location card for the rest of the game. If there are more outlaw players at a location than sheriffs then they can fix a poker game, rob a bank or hold-up a stage coach if there is one. The two stage coaches move along pre-programmed routes. The outlaw players win if they net $4,000 per player or more. I’m not sure about the win condition as it sounds a bit plain; however, Desperados sounds like a great mix and is definitely one I want to try. The rules are online on their web site.
Check out the details and rules at Argentum Verlag’s web site: bga.me/desperados
Crash’em (Wacky Works)
A demolition derby game with players programming moves in a similar way to RoboRally but only programming 3 moves ahead. I always liked the idea of RoboRally but the execution was always a bit disappointing as it took so long to resolve the moves and any one hiccup (like being pushed by an opponent) could destroy your race. However, Crash’em only has 3 programmed moves each move, which should make it more controllable, plus the whole idea is to bash into people (rather than RoboRally being a race requiring accuracy) so should be much more suited to this type of gameplay. No rules out yet but it’s another one I want to try out.