Choices for Gamers & Fans - Scott Pilgrim Miniatures The World's Upcoming Kickstarter

Scott Pilgrim Miniatures The World is coming to Kickstarter November 5th! We’re launching this Kickstarter at 10AM Pacific Time, with tons of choices for fans and gamers! 

Scott Pilgrim Miniatures the World Launching November 5

In this game, designed by Erica Bouyouris, and based on the Oni Press graphic novel series Scott Pilgrim, by Bryan Lee O'Malley, you’ll jump onto the tabletop to play as Scott and his friends or take on the role of an evil ex who stands in their way. You can see how the game plays in these videos from Geek & Sundry:

We listened to feedback and are excited to introduce more flexibility in the way you can get the awesome minis and expansions for this game!

  • All upgrades will be unlocked from the start! We want to give a top-shelf experience to everyone who chooses to support this project. Instead of unlocking stretch goals, every element of the project will be the full premium experience, including double-layered player boards, spinning life counters, upgraded 3D venue elements (like the grindable Casa Loma fountain and The Chaos Theatre’s Go Go cages), and miniatures like Wallace and Nega Scott.

  • Expansions will be available separately, broken down by Evil Ex battle! We’re instead making each expansion available by the battle, meaning that you can mix & match which Evil Ex expansion you pick up along with the base game! 

  • Choose between unpainted & painted minis! We wanted to make sure that fans and hobbyists could love the way their miniatures look on the table, whether that is with pre-painted versions true to the source comics, or personalized by you.

  • A fully painted miniatures-only option for collectors! For fans who want to just grab the painted minis, we’re making all the miniatures available by themselves. Collect them and enjoy them!


We’re really excited to get this game (and these minis) into your hands! We’ll be launching November 5th at 10 AM Pacific Time (1 PM Eastern Time) so be sure to join us! If you’re not already a part of the Renegade Society, sign up to get updates as soon as we go live!

 
 

5 Games Perfect for Halloween Ranked by Horror-Level

The pumpkins are carved, the costumes are ready to go which means that it’s time for the spooky (or spoopy) games to come out and play!

We’ve collected a selection of great games that are perfect to play during this season, no matter how scary (or not) you want your gaming to be. Check them out, and ask for these games at your friendly local game store!

B-Movie Horror - Fun, but not Terrifying

ClipCut Parks & Terror Below

These are two fantastic titles that bring the camp to the table, with the bravado that only B-movies can.

While it’s not horrifying in the traditional sense, ClipCut Parks is a delightful (and innovative) take on the roll & write genre: instead of writing, you’re cutting!

For many gamers, the idea of cutting up your game is a pretty terrifying one, so a game that includes 4 pairs of scissors with which you can cut up your game can be a pretty scary prospect.

Furthermore, the box cover does skew a little bit towards B-movie horror camp.
ClipCut Parks Horror Rating: 🎃 - 1/5

Terror Below goes deeper into B-movie fun, with all the hallmarks of the genre including: monsters in form of gigantic creepy-crawlies, secret government agencies, and heroes who have to save the day against the terrors that lurk below the ground!

While the theme hits campy horror well, the gameplay is driven by a roll-and-move engine that makes it really accessible, light and fun to play!

Terror Below’s Horror Rating: 🎃🎃 - 2/5

The Pumpkin Rapper Faces Off Against Super-Powered Teenagers -
Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid

Following up B-movie camp, the new monthly scenario for Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid brings terror to the tabletop by way of challenging cooperative tower-defense gameplay and a couplet-rapping pumpkin. Jonathan Ying not only introduces the scenario for you to preview, as well as did a playthrough (while defeating & eating pumpkin-shaped candy) on Twitch earlier this week:

You can learn more about the scenario, including how to get the Kickstarter-exclusive Deluxe Box containing Pumpkin Rapper and the terrifying Eye Guy right here!

Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid Halloween Havoc Scenario’s Horror Rating: 🎃🎃, plus a a bonus 🎃 point for having Pumpkin Rapper because his rhymes are terrifying - 3/5.

Face Your Nightmares In Lucidity: Six Sided Nightmares!

In Lucidity: Six Sided Nightmares, you’ll press-your-luck in a game of dice collection and manipulation. Whenever you close your eyes, you fall into the dream realm: a world of vivid hallucinations and dark monsters. You must use your wits to draw power from the dream realm and break its hold on you, before the monsters can track you down and consume you!

The game contains nightmare inspiring art and if you’re looking for a nightmarish game to pass time time while munching on treats, Lucidity: Six Sided Nightmares is the perfect game for Halloween! Check out how it plays with this video playlist:

Lucidity: Six Sided Nightmares’ Horror Rating: 🎃🎃🎃🎃- 4/5

Discover the Terrors you will Summon in Gates of Delirium!

In Gates of Delirium, you’ll straddle the border of sanity, as a sane investigator trying to get to the bottom of ancient and arcane mysteries of the gates which unleash horrifying monstrosities from another dimension into this world. The twist? You may well be the architects of these gates! The Top of the Table series on Game Informer described the gameplay:

In every round of Gates of Delirium, one of the players decides whether it’s a sane or insane round. You play the same characters, but with differing goals depending on your current state of madness. Your action cards depict two options, and you can only play the side that corresponds with your current perspective on the world. It’s an alluring and strange mix of gameplay conceits, and it’s great fun to effectively fight against your own machinations and compete against the other players for victory.

Want to learn more? Check out this video from BGG:

Gates of Delirium’s Horror Rating: 🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃- 5/5

All of these games are available at your friendly local game store! Ask for them today!

Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid Community Feature - Meet Louie Martinez!

In case you missed it, we’ve opened up late pledges for Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid Phase 2!

Through our fantastic community of backers, we were able to bring Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid to life, and expand it with this wave of Phase 2 releases. One of the ways we wanted to celebrate that amazing community is by featuring the Morphinominal fans in our Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid community on Facebook!

Our spotlight today lands on Louie Martinez, AKA Daddy Louie - a Power Rangers :Heroes of the Grid fan who has been making painting tutorials for the miniatures in the game!

Louie Martinez with Jason David Frank

Louie is an active duty military member and the Video Director for the Circle of Nerds, a network that includes a YouTube channel where he posts painting tutorials. As he describes the network, “Circle of Nerds is an all inclusive organization for nerds of all color, shapes, and sizes. We focus on Entertainment, Education and Empowerment through the use of social media, YouTube, and a weekly podcast.”

Louie has been a fan of Power Rangers for over 25 years! As he describes his fandom:

I love Power Rangers for so many different reasons. When it initially came out my cousin and I would watch the show, play with the toys, pretend to be the rangers...you name it. I was about 11-12 years old at the time and here were these amazing teenagers on screen (and I was in Karate at the time) that I could totally relate to. That fandom just never went away. Sadly I have not been able to make it to any Power Ranger specific conventions but I just got to meet Jason David Frank a few weeks ago in Boston MA and it was the most amazing thing ever!

A selection of some of Louie’s  Power Rangers  collection

A selection of some of Louie’s Power Rangers collection

Louie is also a seasoned hobby board gamer. “I love board games and table top miniature games. Some of my favorites include Catan, Ticket to Ride, Clank!, Arcadia Quest, and Relicblade. But my all time favorite is Love Letter.”

Some of the Rangers Louie has painted

Some of the Rangers Louie has painted

We asked him as a gamer and a fan why he chose to pick up Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid. “I was instantly attracted to Power Rangers because it combined two of my favorite things...Power Rangers and Board Games. Once I saw the minis though I knew this was a must buy!”

We’re grateful to all the Morphinominal Rangers out there! A special thanks to Louie for sharing his story (and photos) with us! You can follow his Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid content on the Circle of Nerds website, YouTube channel, Facebook page, and on Instagram.


We’ll continue to find and highlight fans from within our Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid community. We’ve also started a Renegade Painters Facebook community, where painters of all levels are welcome to share photos of their projects, ask for and get advice, and inspire each other!

Check out Halloween Havoc - A New Free Scenario for Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid!

Yo, this is the story of a Halloween night and some foolish little teens are gonna put up a fight!

Another new free monthly scenario for Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid has dropped - just in time for the Halloween season! Let’s let designer Jonathan Ying introduce you to the horrors you Rangers will face:

Show us your photos of you playing this spooky scenario on social media and use the hashtags #PlayRenegade and #HalloweenHavoc! Bonus if you throw in your best Pumpkin Rapper style couplet to go with it!

This scenario requires the Green with Evil expansion from the Kickstarter Exclusive box. If you haven’t yet gotten your hands on it, there’s good news: we’re making it available through late pledges from our Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid Phase 2 campaign! It’ll only be available to order through the link below until November 1st!

Gates of Delirium Wallpapers are the Perfect Way to Spookify Your Desktop & Phone

It’s #ArtFriday for the Week of Delirium, where we’re featuring Gates of Delirium, a horror-themed board game perfect for the Halloween season!


The game features some beautiful art that creates an immersive and suspenseful game experience. You can download the bundle of wallpapers to dress up your phone or desktop!

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our Precipice of Sanity Giveaway, where you navigate through a narrative mini-adventure and can enter to win a bundle of games that includes Gates of Delirium!

 
 

Gates of Delirium releases October 16th! Ask for it at your friendly local game store!

WATCH: Gates of Delirium Live Playthrough on Man Vs. Meeple

Our amazing friends at Man Vs. Meeple will be joined by Gates of Delirium designers Jordan and Mandy today at noon Eastern Time (9 AM Pacific). You can watch the playthrough here:

In case you missed it, Gates of Delirium is a horror-themed board game releasing October 16th at friendly local retail stores everywhere! Check out this In Focus video of the game from Board Game Geek and learn about how the game to be with this interview with designers Jordan and Mandy!

You can learn more about Gates of Delirium here! Be sure to stop by your friendly local game store next week to pick up your copy!

WATCH: Paladins of the West Kingdom Unboxed!

Heidi Smith jumped in front of the camera earlier this week for a livestream as we unboxed the highly anticipated sequel to Architects of the West Kingdom. Paladins of the West Kingdom releases in friendly local game stores on October 9th so ask for it there!



Paladins of the West Kingdom
 is set at a turbulent time of West Francia's story, circa 900 AD. Despite recent efforts to develop the city, outlying townships are still under threat from outsiders. Saracens scout the borders, while Vikings plunder wealth and livestock. Even the Byzantines from the east have shown their darker side. As noble men and women, players must gather workers from the city to defend against enemies, build fortifications and spread faith throughout the land. Fortunately you are not alone. In his great wisdom, the King has sent his finest knights to help aid in our efforts. So ready the horses and sharpen the swords. The Paladins are approaching.

Game Artist Feature: Matt Frank - Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid Phase 2

Comic artist Matt Frank created a lot of the art in Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid Phase 2 (which is now on Kickstarter), and we chatted with him about his process and love of Power Rangers. 

We first talked a little bit about his fandom for Power Rangers. As he put it: “While Godzilla and dinosaurs were always my first loves, those elements coalesced when I saw the first commercial for Power Rangers back in 1993. A dinosaur-themed superhero team set my tiny child brain on fire. I was there at ground zero, and followed the Rangers pretty much all the way to today.”

We asked Matt about his process for creating art for the game, and some of the research he did before he started sketching. “When I got the email about working on the game I immediately dove in to studying both Power Rangers Zeo AND the Japanese counterpart, Ohranger. While Zeo was a major part of my childhood, it was a fascinating experience watching Ohranger; the series really starts out as a visceral, harrowing, and surprisingly mature war story more akin to Gundam than previous Power Rangers seasons.”

He noted some of the remarkable design elements of the series: “Watching the Sentai also gives you an appreciation for the really specific design elements that Tsuyoshi Nonaka and the rest of the Japanese artists worked into the character and Mecha designs, like how Pink and Yellow’s zords are actually based on a Moa statue from Easter Island and a Dogu sculpture from ancient Japan, respectively.”

Matt using some references to draw some for the ZeoZords

As a fan of sentai and Power Rangers, he of course collected a number of toys from the shows that ended up paying off when making art for the game. “Luckily enough I had also recently acquired a bunch of classic Zeo toys at various Power Ranger themed events so I had plenty of references there too, like this killer Pyramidas!”

Matt using Pyramidas toy for reference as he sketches.

The game features a lot of Matt’s art, and even pulled in some help. “I worked on the project for just over a month solid...I even worked on the artwork, laying out pencils and then going over them with inks, while on my first vacation to Las Vegas! Josh Perez also came in to help with that tight deadline, providing some excellent colors for a good number of Ranger cards. Josh is a huge Sentai/Power Rangers fan in his own right so he was thrilled to be included!”

Josh contributed to much to Zeo Gold’s art, including these two pieces.

We asked Matt which of the pieces was his favorite to work on: “The zords are probably one of my favorite aspects, getting to play with all of their physical elements, showing off their powers and weapons, really trying to capture that ‘Zeo Majesty’ that the theme song conveyed.

A ZeoZord sketched by Matt Frank

But a few of the Ranger cards really stuck out to me. I loved drawing Tommy punching the Cog’s entire face off. Basically anything where the Rangers got to really abuse the Cogs!”

Tommy Oliver as Zeo Red punching a cog in black and white sketch and in color

When we asked Matt about what color of Power Ranger he’d be, and what his zord would be, he had the answer on lock: “My friends and I have come up with a couple of Ranger teams for fun or in various RPG’s, so that’s provided some inspiration. I would probably be a Green or Black Ranger, because I just like those colors and they tend to be either the edgy or dangerous Rangers (although greens also tend to be goofballs and THAT’S ME!). I would HAVE to be some kind of dinosaur, or something to that tune. A big carnivore, so my zord could TEAR INTO a monster! A T. Rex is a little overplayed, so maybe something like a Spinosaurus or Dimetrodon (not a dinosaur, I know, but roll with me here). Or maybe something weird and obscure like Therizinosaurus!”

You can find art from Matt Frank (and Josh Perez) in Phase 2 of Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid. You can also catch more work from Matt at Mattfrankart.net, on Instagram @mattzilla85, on Twitter @spankzilla85, and on DeviantArt as kaijusamurai!

What Gamers Are Saying About Time Chase - Review Round-Up!

Office politics can be serious business, especially when you’ve cracked the code to time travel and your colleagues are trying to use your invention to travel back in time and take the credit for themselves!

Time Chase is available in stores and is being heralded as an innovative trick-taking game. But don’t take our word for it!

Take a look at this review and overview of play by Chaz at Pair of Dice Paradise:

“I went into GenCon hoping beyond hope that [Time Chase] was going to be an innovative card game that lived up to my expectations. . . And it did not disappoint!” - Chaz

What’s Eric Playing? Well, he’s playing Time Chase and he is a sucker for a time travel theme. As he put it:

“This is a strong contender for my favorite trick-taking game.” - Eric

Considering Time Chase was Eric’s 504th boardgame review, that says a lot!

A hand of cards in Time Chase

Mike Hill of Tabletop Rebellion brought the game back from Gen Con and was one of the first to share his impressions of the game.

Despite his skepticism, he was won over by Time Chase:

“I will be bringing this game to all my game nights from now on” - Mike Hill

That is high praise, indeed.

If you want to see how the game plays, check out this playthrough video from Gen Con featuring Becca Scott and Man Vs. Meeple!

Time Chase is now available at friendly local game stores everywhere!

Ask for it next time you visit your game store.

What is the time-travelling vessel of choice? A star ship? A phone booth? A groundhog? Sound off in the comments!

Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid Community Fan Feature - Joey Rubino

Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid - Back to the Grid coming to Kickstarter September 17th 2019

In case you missed it, we just announced the Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid Phase 2 Kickstarter is launching on September 17th!

Through our fantastic community of backers, we were able to bring this game to life. One of the ways we wanted to celebrate that amazing community is to by kicking off a periodic series where we feature the Morphinominal fans in our Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid community on Facebook!

Our spotlight today lands on Joey Rubino - a Power Rangers Kickstarter backer who caught our attention with this photo in the group when he received his backer bundle for Power Rangers; Heroes of the Grid:

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Joey describes himself as “a 30 year old nerd who loves comics, games, and all that goes along with those topics.” He’s loved Power Rangers for over 25 years, watching the first season when it came out. “My Dad would put it on for me, give me a toaster strudel and I would sit there peeled till it was over.”

His passion for Power Rangers runs deep: he collects replica weapons, morphers and the Power Rangers comic by Boom! Studios. “I love that you take ordinary kids and give them the ability to call upon an ancient power and time after time they risk it all to stop evil.” Of course, given his choice of costume, his affinity for the villains isn’t surprising: “I also have to admit that I love the villains! I have always been a fan of the bad guys!”  

Cosplay is a big way Joey expresses his love for Power Rangers. “Building and wearing my Evo 3 Lord Drakkon has been nothing but fun! To see people react to that costume the way they do is incredible and so flattering!” His Lord Drakkon costume was completely self-constructed, and he’s worked on a number of other Power Rangers costumes.

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There’s a lot of work that goes into these costumes as they’re hand-made. Joey uses a number of materials, including a PVC material that is heat molded by hand and sculpting clay. The fabric portions are custom dyed to match the costumes and the process is labor-intensive, but with his skill and passion, he can still create a costume in a short period of time, as he told us “I was able to knock out a Magna Defender suit in little under 3 weeks.”

A special thanks to Joey for sharing his story (and photos) with us! You can follow him and check out his cosplays on Instagram!

We’ll continue to find and highlight fans from within our Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid community, so be sure to jump in and share your passion for Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid with other Ranger fans there!

New Free Scenario Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid - Invasion

Power Rangers Fans: we’ve just released a new scenario for Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid! We’ll be releasing new scenarios every month for free for the community of amazing Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid players so they can continue to explore the game and it’s rich universe with these narrative-driven scenarios.

Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid - Scenario #1 - Invasion -  download it now   !

Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid - Scenario #1 - Invasion -download it now!

Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid Phase 2- Back to the Grid - Coming to Kickstarter September 17 2019!

To play, you’ll need Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid and it’s expansion, Shattered Grid! Both are available at friendly local game stores, through our webstore, and will be available in our upcoming Kickstarter!

If you get it to the table, be sure to snap a photo and share it on socials - use the hashtags #HOTGInvasion and #PlayRenegade and we’ll check it out!

Power Rangers; Heroes of the Grid, Shattered Grid, and the Scenario on the Table.

Which of the Power Rangers do you choose to play when you play Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid? Tell us in the comments!

How to Play Eternal: Chronicles of the Throne & Why You'll Love the Game!

Eternal: Chronicles of the Throne released to friendly local game stores this week. For fans who love CCG-style battling or deck-building game fans who love player interaction, this is a game you’ll want to have on your shelf! Check out how to play the game with Dan King (a.k.a. The Game Boy Geek):

This is a game that Becca Scott loves: not only did she tweet about it, but she talked about it on the Victory Points Podcast (timestamp 30:23) proclaiming, “My favorite game from Gen Con is from Renegade Game Studios and designed by [Dire Wolf Digital’s creative team and] Paul Dennen: ETERNAL: CHRONICLES OF THE THRONE!” (No, we didn’t add that emphasis - Becca did proclaim it with an enthusiasm that we can’t capture in text.)

Becca wasn’t the only seasoned gamer who is loving Eternal: Chronicles of the Throne.

Pep MacDonald (who you may have seen in past episodes of Watch It Played) also checked out the game and reviewed it positively.

Now that you know how to play, getting into the nitty-gritty of strategy is going to help you win! Dire Wolf Digital posted several designer diaries that give insight into specific game mechanics that can help you become a better player (and more dangerous foe!)

Warping Cards & The Eternal Throne

Two unique elements in the game are Warping and The Eternal Throne, which twist traditional deck-building and CCG mechanics, taking the best of both worlds!

Pep mentioned these to elements in his quick review, but this designer diary by Dire Wolf Digital’s Paul Dennen goes deeper into how you can take advantage of these two unique elements to conquer your opponents!

Understanding Eternal’s Skills & Battle Dynamics

There are nine skills in Eternal: Chronicles of the Throne. Skills are represented by bolded words, each of which carries a meaning defined in the rulebook and on reference cards provided with the game.

Seven skills create some interesting battle dynamics, so knowing how to take advantage is a key to victory on the table. Learn about all the skills and how they interact on the table in this designer diary!

Customizing your Starting Deck

Nine of the ten cards in your starting deck are the same as your opponents, but one card is unique to your deck: your basic unit card. Your basic unit card will help shape your deck and give you opportunities to capitalize on its uniqueness within your own deck!

Check out how basic units work and get some insight on playing with them effectively in this designer diary from Dire Wolf Digital.

Playing With at 3 & 4 Players at the Table

When it comes to CCG-style games, creating a game where 3 and 4 players can play without teaming up can be an interesting challenge to design for, but the team at Dire Wolf Digital found a solution:

You attack the player to your left, and defend against the player on your right. This multiplayer aspect keeps the the strategic integrity of the game and offers meaningful choices. Learn more in this designer diary!

Eternal: Chronicles of the Throne is available at friendly local game stores near you! Stop by and ask for it there!

Be sure to enter our Eternal: Chronicles of the Throne Watch & Win Giveaway!

Reflecting on Renegade's 5 Years: Scott Gaeta On the Victory Points Podcast

Early on, people would say, “What kind of games does Renegade make?” and I’d always say, “Fun. Fun games.”

- Scott Gaeta

This month, Renegade Game Studios celebrated its 5th anniversary! Scott Gaeta, Renegade’s President and Publisher, dropped by the Victory Points Podcast, hosted by Becca Scott and Jake Michels, to reflect on the company’s history, philosophy and its future, sharing fun stories along the way.

Here are a few timestamped highlights:

  • 3:00 - Scott’s storied history and journey through the game industry, including starting at a friendly local game store, and his work with publishers Decipher, Upper Deck, and Cryptozoic.

  • 9:03 - The driving philosophy for creating and designing licensed games, such as Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid.

  • 11:26 - The philosophy of Renegade Game Studios: We make fun games.

  • 12:30 - The funny story behind how Renegade Game Studios started publishing role playing games with Overlight.

  • 15:25: Some insight into our heavier board games, including upcoming release, Paladins of the West Kingdom.

  • 18:30 - The story of one of our first big titles: Lanterns and how we partnered with our friends at Foxtrot Games.

  • 22:23 - Reverse game pitching: Scott talks about being a publisher who pitches game ideas to designers, and Gates of Delirium emerged as a result of reverse pitching.

  • 26:05 -Strategically using Kickstarter as a game publisher, and how Renegade Game Studios has used Kickstarter.

  • 36:17 - Looking to the future of Renegade Game Studios, Scott reveals a little bit about Vampire: The Masquerade The Expandable Card Game

  • 42:29 - Scott talks about Clank!, our history with our friends and partners at Dire Wolf Digital, and a funny anecdote about how he first played the game as a prototype by himself.

  • 48: 14 - What Scott looks for in a game, and what drew us to ClipCut Parks

  • 53:20 - A little insight about the internal development process and how Terror Below went from a game about meteors falling from the sky to a game about terrifying W.O.R.M.s coming from below.

A special thanks to Becca Scott and Jake Michels for having Scott as a guest on the show! Listen to the entire podcast and be sure to subscribe for more fantastic chats with people who love board games as they talk about board games!

What was the first Renegade Game Studios game you ever played? Tell us in the comments!


The Fantastic Games That Premiered at Gen Con - Renegade Recap Day 2

Mandi and Becca in front of the Renegade Event Room

Gen Con 2019 is wrapped and on the books, and we had a hell of a time with our biggest and best Gen Con yet!

Check out the recap for Day 1 here, featuring Terror Below!

In case you missed some of the exciting things we showcased and announced, here are some highlights to catch you up, even if you couldn’t be in Indy with us! Check back every day this week with highlights from each day of the convention!


Fantastic Games Premiered at Gen Con - Renegade Recap Day 2


Gamers at Gen Con were able to get their hands on a number of exciting games (which will all release in friendly local game stores over this month!)

ETERNAL: CHRONICLES OF THE THRONE

Hundreds of gamers got their hands on Eternal: Chronicles of the Throne throughout Gen Con by way of  demos, learn-to-play events, and picking up copies!  Designed by the same brilliant creative team who designed the Clank! family of games (Dire Wolf Digital),  Eternal: Chronicles of the Throne combines deckbuilding games and strategy card battlers into an intense strategic experience.

Even Becca Scott got in on the action, playing games with Dire Wolf Digital’s Paul Dennen for a playthough video and tweeting her love and excitement about the game!

Becca Scott and paul Dennen playing Eternal

Gamers also had the chance to get their hands the newest game from J. Alex Kevern. In ArtSee, you are the curator at an art gallery that is expanding.  While you have fine tastes, it is important to be able to provide the experience that your customers are expecting.  During the game, you will build out the art gallery with new exhibits among the four wings of your gallery.  With enough prestige, you will earn the right to display prominent works, drawing in even more visitors.  In the end, the curator with the most prestigious gallery will win! 

Both Becca and Mandi Hutchinson got their hands on the game and each had a fantastic time hanging out with game’s designer, with Becca interviewing Alex for a designer spotlight video and Mandi playing with Alex (and trying to beat him) the game for an upcoming playthrough video. (Be sure to subscribe to the Renegade Game Studios YouTube channel to catch the videos when they go live!)


Gamers also got a chance to get their hands on the highly-anticipated game Time Chase, which twists the trick-taking genre by allowing players to go back into the timeline and change the card they played into a trick, or even go back and change the trump!

A few amazing folks from Man vs. Meeple played the game with Becca Scott for a video playthrough coming soon!

Becca and Man VS Meeple playing Time Chase
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Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid became available to the wider public with its premiere at Gen Con, and Ranger fans were so excited! Not only did fans come to meet Jonathan Ying (whose other game premiering at the show, Bargain Quest sold out at the Renegade booth) but to share their Ranger Pride and paint miniatures at our fan meetup!


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The anticipation for the game was high as every Icarus event sold out at Gen Con within hours of being posted (our friends at Hunters Entertainment even added more, which also quickly sold out)!

Game designer Spenser Starke came and signed copies and met with fans, and even jumped into a few games himself.

If you need a reminder of how fantastic Icarus meld the tangible and tension-building kinetic element of tower building to roleplaying storytelling, check out Geek & Sundry’s Game the Game and How to Play videos!


Paul and Joanna Signing Overlight Ivory Mausoleum

Co-Designer Paul Alexander Butler and artist Joanna Barnum made time  during the hectic Gen Con schedule to meet with Overlight Fans and sign copies of the newest adventure in the Overlight series: The Ivory Mausoleum.
Our event featuring the new adventure sold out at the convention, with players taking their kaleidoscopic fantasy heroes into this adventure that can be played as both a standalone one-shot or as part of a larger campaign.


A happy gamer with their copy of Teens in Space and Kids on Bikes

The first copies of Teens In Space were made available at Gen Con, and fans were excited to grab a copy of the sci-fi roleplaying game powered by the Kids On Bikes system, with happy gamers grabbing getting copies ahead of its retail release on August 28.
With the game’s premiere at Gen Con, the amazing folks at HyperRPG launched their new Teens In Space show!


Mandi and Becca Jumping for Joy in front of the Renegade Game Studios event room

If you want to know more and stay in the loop, be sure to join the Renegade Society newsletter and Facebook Group!

We also had Becca Scott and Mandi Hutchinson join us at Gen Con, where we filmed gameplay videos and designer interviews from Gen Con!

Be sure to subscribe to our
YouTube channel to get notified when those videos get posted!

Terror Below's Solo Mode Brings Narrative Immersion For A Unique Gameplay Experience - Designer Diary from T.C. Petty III

Terror Below on the Table

We love solo gamers, here at Renegade Game Studios, and many of our games feature solo modes, or are specifically designed for solo players, like Proving Grounds, the first of our Solo Hero Series game lineup.

T.C. Petty III, designer of Terror Below’s solo mode and developer for the game, was kind enough to share some thoughts on the approach to the immersive and solo mode of Terror Below, and why it brings even more gameplay value.

Check out his thoughts!


T. C. here. Developer on Terror Below and unapologetic solo gamer. 

Hopefully everyone is trembling with anticipation for Terror Below, a game where you get to explode sandworms by launching a Snowplow with a Potato Gun. However, if you aren't yet quaking with the intensity of the upcoming release, I'm here today to talk about the development and features of the solo mode that is included in every box.

I love a good solo game, but taking a pulpy action game made with multiplayer in mind and adding a solo variant carries with it some challenges. How do you simulate the ultimate randomizer (human beings), while also ramping up the excitement to create an engaging single player experience? And not only that - how do you do that in a way that players don't have to read and learn a ton of new rules?

Many solo players use the solo game as a way to test drive the main game before teaching and playing the game with their group. So, a big goal for most solo modes is going to be minimizing rules changes to core gameplay. If you could change one rule and have a fantastic solo experience, that'd be the best. Which is exactly why Terror Below solo creates the "Terror Turn" - basically a turn for the bad guys - which consists of rolling two dice. It makes resolving the enemy turn easy and quick, so that you can get back to the best turn (your turn) as soon as possible. And a worm is guaranteed to attack every turn! It adds some tense moments and a dynamic timer to the game, but also is familiar as an opponent's turn so that once you've played solo, it should be easy to jump into the standard game.

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But, on the flipside, when I play a solo game, as an extremely discerning game consumer, I demand something special! If it's simply the same game as the multiplayer game, well then why would I play the inferior version and instead just play with all my friends. That's why Terror Below has several scenarios for players to attempt, each with their own difficulty level. It gives you a thematic story introduction and a special challenge that only happens when you play the solo game. I wrote them too, so I think they're very well-written and amazing. Each new story is a race against time to complete objectives; whether it's killing every type of worm (for research of course), or delivering worm eggs before they hatch. 

I'm really excited to see players take on a new Squad of characters with each scenario and see how the different special abilities and items really shine when you're forced to puzzle out your situation. You'll discover some sick combos that will devour the competition in the standard mode too!

Sometimes you gotta hunt worms alone. I hope when you crack open your copy of Terror Below, you take a chance to brave the desert sands in the solo mode and truly test your mettle. It's been a rough ride, and it's about to get rougher.

TC

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