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Kickstarter Spotlight: Masque of the Red Death

Edgar Allan Poe’s Masque of the Red Death board game Kickstarter will be launching January 10th! We are excited for this campaign, featuring fully illustrated game art from renown artist Gris Grimly and award-winning game design from Adam Wyse. We took some photos with our early production copy, talked with Adam about some designer play tips, and wanted to share a sneak peek as we get closer to the campaign in January. The rulebook has also been uploaded on the Masque of the Red Death Page on BoardGameGeek, so be sure to check it!

Masque of the Red Death is a deduction and movement programming game set in the grim world of the short story by the Edgar Allan Poe. Players are nobles attending an extravagant masked ball while a plague ravages the country. Players are trying to do what nobles do – feast, dance, celebrate –become as popular as they can. But rumors swirl as the night goes on, and everyone feels oddly nervous each time the clock chimes. The nobles might be wise to spend some time listening to these rumors. It is becoming increasingly clear as midnight approaches that something sinister awaits.

At midnight, a horrible figure in the guise of the Red Death appears at the masquerade! It stalks amongst the rooms of the abbey, killing the nobles it comes across. The most popular noble wins… but that only matters if you survive the night.

Designer Play Tips

Masque of the Red Death is all about the balance between gaining popularity (to win) and gaining information (to survive). You can’t have one without the other. If all you do is Flirt and Laugh and Dance around all night, odds are you’re going to die after midnight. If all you do is Discuss (to take rumors), you should be able to survive but if anyone else survives they will likely be more popular than you.  You must strike a good balance of both. Not knowing for sure if you will survive is what makes the game so tense.

It is very important to not fall too far behind in popularity. Players who take advantage of the ability to jump over others on the popularity track will consistently get extra popularity each time they take a popularity action.

The unique personality card each player gets at the start of the game can be quite powerful, and no one knows which card other players will have. Time it right to benefit as much as possible from your personality card.

Movement over the course of the night can be very important. Prince Prospero will be flitting around the abbey from round to round, but players get to see which room he will be in at each time, from the very start of the game. Try to move in a way that gets you near the prince as much as possible. You may sometimes want to bunch up with other players so you can play cards on them, or you may want to get away from the pack so that others cannot play cards on you.

Some action cards allow you to lower or raise other players’ popularity or even steal or look at their rumor cards. But be careful about making enemies; they may be looking to get you back later.

Stealing rumor cards can often be very effective. If you know nothing about 12:30 for example, when you steal a rumor you are allowed to request a particular time. This is obviously more effective than simply playing a Discuss action to draw a random rumor from the deck.

Masque of the Red Death Kickstarter will be launching on January 10th! For any questions about Press and Media inquiries, contact Ross Thompson – ross@idwpublishing.com -. Stay tuned to our social media as we get closer to the campaign and join us for another exciting IDW Games Kickstarter.

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The Legend of Korra: Pro-bending arena board game is Live on Kickstarter! 

The Legend of Korra: Pro-bending arena board game is Live on Kickstarter!

THE LEGEND OF KORRA: PRO-BENDING ARENA is board game set in the Avatar universe from Nickelodeon’s global smash hit Avatar: The Legend of Korra. A miniatures board game designed by Sen Foong-Lim and Jessey Wright, The Legend of Korra: Pro-bending Arena pits 2 players against each other in a sports game that features deep, strategic, head-to-head gameplay, highly detailed and dynamic miniatures, deck crafting and building, and team customization.

The game play of The Legend of Korra: Pro-bending Arena is closely modeled after the popular Pro-bending sport featured in the first season of Avatar: The Legend of Korra. As such, the game is designed for 2 players, each controlling a team of 3 benders: earth, fire, and water.

Based on the events of Avatar: The Legend of Korra, Pro-bending Arena focuses on the championship match between the fresh-faced Future Industry Fire Ferrets and the sneaky and brutal White Falls Wolfbats.

The objective of the game is simple: be on the other team’s side of the arena when the game ends and you will be victorious, or dominate the competition, pushing all their benders off the back of the arena to end the game immediately and claim the championship as yours!

Check out the Kickstarter Campaign here! 

The Legend of Korra: Pro-bending Arena Kickstarter campaign features NO STRETCH GOALS. That’s right, no dollar amounts need to be met, no struggle to hit the next cool goal. Instead, you are GUARANTEED the following upgrade to your core game by backing the deluxe edition:

  • Exclusive, Limited Deluxe Edition Packaging
  • A limited edition championship promo-poster.
  • 7 mystery expansion teams, totaling an additional 15 miniatures.
  • 30 trick cards separated into 5 themed packs. Tricks are usable by all teams in the game.
  • 30 punch-to-plastic upgrade components.

We will reveal a new item for your pledge almost every day during the campaign. These revealed items are guaranteed as part of your pledge. Each day we’ll invite you to return to our campaign page to learn which team, trick cards, or component upgrade we’ve unveiled. 

The Legend of Korra: Pro-bending Arena Deluxe Edition is exclusively available through Kickstarter. Make sure you back today to guarantee your access to all the incredible rewards!  

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Legend of Korra: Pro-bending Arena Kickstarter Launching September 13th!

Welcome Pro-bending fans!

The Legend of Korra: Pro-bending Arena Board Game Kickstarter will be launching on September 13th at 10am PST. IDW Games and Nickelodeon are excited to bring the Legend of Korra to the tabletop with The Legend of Korra: Pro-bending Arena Board Game.

Previously, it had been announced that the Kickstarter campaign would be launching today, September 6th, but as there have been some exciting additions to the game, we are moving the campaign to September 13th to create a much more compelling crowdfunding experience.

We are looking forward to sharing Pro-bending on the tabletop with fans and gamers, and will be previewing more as we get closer to the new launch date. So please stay tuned to our social media and sign up for the newsletter to receive the announcement for the campaign launch next week!

Thank you for your understanding and get ready for some Pro-bending!

IDW Games Team

 

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