Martin Wallace’s Moongha Invaders Relaunching from Treefrog
I’m a pretty hardcore boardgamer, at least so far as keeping up with the scene, such as it is. I tell you this not to beat my chest about my totally awesome indie cred with niche board games, but to admit that I completely missed Moongha Invaders from Martin Wallace back when it was initially created in 2010 in a limited run of 650 copies. Wallace, of course, is one of the best-loved board games designers in the modern board gaming scene, with credits like Struggle of Empires, Age of Steam, A Few Acres of Snow, and Prices of the Renaissance to his credit. However, Moongha Invaders is considerably zanier than any of the games I’ve listed (I mean, I’ve never played a wild and crazy game of the classic Age of Steam). Moongha Invaders is about giant monsters attacking the Earth, and Treefrog would apparently like to gussy it up with plastic figures and whatnot (the Treefrog games I have are beautiful, but more Spartan in design) befitting that theme and, well, we have Kickstarter now. Moongha Invaders has players choosing from one of five actions each turn (three of the actions involve monsters, one involves using a hero, and one involves using the military). Over the course of the game, players amass victory points for causing the most damage to an individual city (second most also gets points) and players get points for protecting cities that they are secretly assigned at the beginning of the game, as you can see in the full rules. Moongha Invaders was originally designed for three or four players, although it looks like a two player version is in the works as well. Of course, to go with the new version, brand new art is in place, replacing the very low key black line art look of the original with full color renditions of the monsters and units in question. It’s nice to see a game that originally was only seen by a small handful of people get a chance to get into the hands of all of those that missed it the first time around. You can get additional information on Kickstarter.