Kickstarter – The Apocrypha Adventure Card Game
A role-playing card game.
Pathfinder the Adventure Card Game for grown ups?
Publisher – Lone Shark Games
Designer – Chad Brown, Tanis O’Connor, Paul Peterson, Mike Selinker, Liz Spain, Gaby Weidling
Minimum Pledge to get Game – $109 (£23)
Best Value Pledge – $144 (£95)
Kickstarter Link – The Apocrypha Adventure Card Game
The Apocrypha Adventure Card Game allows you to play it as a cooperative card game, or with a game master as a role playing game. The game takes place just before the Apocalypse, when the world is on the brink. Game play is story-based, and features deck construction and character growth. Over time, characters will unlock repressed memory fragments that will add new powers. Each scenario has a unique set-up and goal, which often involves hunting down a Master True Threat hiding among the cards at the Nexuses that characters investigate.
I really enjoyed Pathfinder the Adventure Card Game. But… after a while it did get a bit repetitive. Flip a card, play cards, roll dice. This, sadly, is exactly the same but with a more appealing, horror theme.
As they are so similar I’ll just compare the two.
Pathfinder had a card (or print off sheet) to mark which skills had been gained as the game progresses. Apocrypha does this by placing cards around your character card. They show this by having the character card in the centre of a 9 pocket sleeve sheet with the skills added in the 8 spaces around it. From what I can tell, where a skill is placed will effect things around it which is a great idea.
Another difference is table position is important. Some abilities help in (or stop you) assisting players depending on where you sit at the table. There are also some abilities that switch table position for players… Could be annoying? I know space is tight around several of the tables I game at.
You can also play vs the game or with a game master which is a nice addition.
Did I Pledge?
Yes, for now. At the time of writing there is plenty of time to cancel this pledge. It is very similar to a game I don’t have any feelings for and no longer own. It is different enough to keep me interested but similar enough to feel I’ve played it already. It’s also quite expensive. ($45 just for shipping, but I would say it’s VERY heavy)
Also, there are no Kickstarter extras so I can maybe wait for retail.
Update: I cancelled my pledge.