I’ve been playing Cardhunter a lot for the past few weeks and it has proven to be a fantastic game. It allows players to assemble a party of adventurers and then lead them through scenarios, much like those that you might play through during a typical game of Dungeons and Dragons. Fighting goblins, skeletons, zombies, kobolds, and oozes of various consistencies is made a bit more difficult by the game’s combat system. Moving, attacking, and the use of special abilities requires you to draw and play cards from each of your character’s decks. It plays like a strange amalgamation of Dungeons and Dragons and Magic the Gathering.
One of my favorite things about the game is the art style which depicts all of the characters as miniatures battling it out on a map. If you look at the edge of the map you can see dice, snacks, and other gaming supplies laying on the tabletop. You also get to assemble you team from a wide selection of options. Humans, dwarves, and elves all make appearances and each race can be used to make a wizard, a fighter, or a cleric with plenty of options to customize the look of your characters.
Aside from the individual stories tied to the modules there is an overreaching story following the growth of your GM and his struggles to find his own way in the world of Cardhunter.
The Jewel of Yavin
Up until now I’ve resisted the urge to try Star Wars Edge of the Empire, largely due to the price tag attached to the rulebook which is a bit high for my budget. Then I saw the cover art for The Jewel of Yavin and I knew that my resistance would be waning in the near future. The Jewel of Yavin is the first adventure module that’s been released for Edge of the Empire, except for adventure that was included in the beginners box. Instead of trying to liberate the galaxy from the tyranny of the Empire or trying to master the force the storyline focuses on a heist with a precious gem as the prize. You’ll also have the chance to participate in the Cloud City Grand Prix, and to rub elbows with the social elite of Bespin. I’ve loved Cloud City ever since the first time I saw The Empire Strikes Back so the idea of playing an adventure that takes place on Bespin is really appealing, getting to race starships and steal stuff is just icing. I’m going to get my hands on this as soon as humanly possible.
Cloud City, Bespin
Gather a crew and steal a priceless gem