Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn Pre-Order Available, Humble Origin Bundle, Convoy Release Date Announced
Ashes: Rise of the Phonixborn
I’ve made no secret in the past that I am a huge fan of Plaid Hat Games, generally. I actually just got my copy of Specter Ops (I always want to spell it ‘Spectre” for some reason. Which is wrong.) in the mail, and already I’m giving them even more money. This time it is for their expandable card game Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn. While I love ECGs (or LCGs or whatever) that bring something really unique to the genre (Android: Netrunner and Doomtown: Reloaded both come to mind), Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn (which is now available for pre-order from Plaid Hat) appears to be similar cloth to the king of the CCGs, Magic: The Gathering, although it certainly brings its own unique twists, like using dice pools to generate energy for cards and players alternating taking an action (instead of taking their whole turn). Most exciting for me, however, is the promise of being able to do a two player (or more) draft right out of the box. I have – in the past – bought ECGs without anyone to play them with, which means you have to build decks for everyone. I really love the idea of being able to have that be part of the game. As always with Plaid Hat, the production looks great.
Humble Origin Bundle
Man, I know some people have whatever against Origin, but if you are generally okay with it as a distribution platform and you missed out on some EA games over the past several years, the Humble Origin Bundle is worth a look. The base, pay what you want, price includes Dragon Age: Origins, Peggle, Dead Space 2, Medal of Honor Allied Assault War Chest and Command and Conquer Generals. By paying over the average (currently $4.67) you also get Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare, Dragon Age II, Bejeweled 3, and Mass Effect 2. I think pretty highly about Dragon Age: Origins, Mass Effect 2 and Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare (which is a surprisingly competent and easy to get into class based shooter). All of the games unlock on Origin and several unlock on Steam as well.
Convoy Coming April 21
Convoy was on Kickstarter late last year, and will now be releasing on April 21. I remember thinking that it looked pretty rad back when it was first announced, and I’m still thoroughly intrigued now. Instead of a convoy of big rigs, however, you are captaining a convoy of upgradable combat vehicles and encountering random events as you go. Being a rogue-like-like, your death in convoy is permanent and it also promises tactical combat. You can get more about Convoy over on the official web site.
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