Yesterday DBB received an email from Monika over at Boomzap Entertainment to make us aware of their new game, Legends of Fire and Steel. Moreover, the Legends of Fire and Steel Kickstarter is underway and if you are into tactical turn-based games that are inspired by tabletop board games then this is one to check out.
Legends of Fire and Steel is a gritting looking tactical game that appears to take elements from well know board games such as Risk. By the way, I say “gritty” because the artistic style appears to have deliberately chosen a rather grungy looking reddish-brown colour palette for much of the game. Anyway, the good folks over at Boomzap were kind enough to prepare a press release for us, so it would be a shame not to use at least part of it to describe the game:
“Classic territory-capture game inspired by old school board and card games: Legends of Fire & Steel is an innovative turn-based single and multiplayer fantasy world conquest game mixed with board game and card game mechanics. It is inspired by large, epic strategy games like Civilization, Crusader Kings 2, and Heroes of Might and Magic, but with the shorter playtime and simple controls of a game like Risk, Lux, or FTL.
The game follows the war of three races – Human, Fae, Revenant – across the land of Callasia. Players create armies which are led by heroes and used to capture territories in strategic maps. The objective is to capture all of your opponent’s castles and rule the world.
Addressing the age-old problem of multiplayer strategy games: The multiplayer game uses a simultaneous plan and resolution cycle. It removes the tedium of hotseat-style gameplay where players wait for each other to finish their turn. During battle resolution, each unit has an attack type namely missile, melee, or magic. These go one by one in an auto-resolve order. Mixing and matching these with the heroes’ different abilities allows players to create different strategies in every game.”
Pay close attention to that last part. Legends of Fire and Steel uses simultaneous turns during which everyone plans out their moves and tries to guess what the other players will do. I have tried this sort of gameplay with Frosen Synapse, and I must say there is a certain appeal to this type of turn-based system. I should also mention that Legends of Fire and Steel has a lot more going on than in a simple board game. I highly recommend reading over the Legends of Fire and Steel Kickstarter page to get a better idea about the game.
Anyway, as always we are all about game testing, and the Legends of Fire and Steel Kickstarter does not disappoint in this regard. Beta testing access starts at the $25 tier, which is actually the second tier in which you get the full game. Keep this in mind if you help support the Legends of Fire and Steel Kickstarter. Check it out!
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