If you haven’t heard, the gaming world has been attacked by a broadsword wielding Cimmerian and his friends in Asmodee and Monolith’s new 2016 release of the much-lauded Conan board game. The game will arrive at retailers on November 23rd but I was able to get a copy pre-ordered through CardHaus Games (http://www.cardhaus.com/) and my copy should arrive a week later on November 30th. The game debuted at Gen Con 2016, and while I was unable to get into a table to do a demo, I watched several and immediately fell in love with the detailed miniatures, gorgeously illustrated game boards and player aids, beautiful colored custom dice and the savage Ameritrash gameplay.
Following last month’s announcement about two other expansions in the works that are set to release in 1st Quarter 2017, including Crossbowmen and Yogah of Yag, news was released on Asmodee’s website on Friday, November 11th (https://www.asmodee.us/en/news/2016/11/11/swords-and-sorcery/) that two more expansions are being planned for release in 1st Quarter 2017. These two expansions include the Kushite Witch Hunters and Dice Pack, with each adding new options to the game for the Overlord and for players.
Kushite Witch Hunters
The Overlord gains more of both swords and sorcery with the Kushite Witch Hunters. Its four distinctive miniatures, each of which comes with its corresponding unit tile, allow you to push the heroes to their limits with powerful spells and precision strikes.
- As a powerful spell caster, the sorcerous Shubba can loose your vengeance upon the heroes with any spells you give him, and his concentration ability ensures that he’ll never find his spell casting hindered by the heroes’ interference.
- Shubba’s allies, Shafiah and Ghayoor, are skilled warriors whose attacks of two orange dice are deadlier than the heroes might expect. This is because they both have the precision strike ability which effectively allows their attacks to ignore the first point of a hero’s armor. Meanwhile, their loyalty to the sorcerer is unquestionable, as both are willing to sacrifice themselves in his defense, if such a sacrifice should ever prove necessary.
- The deadliest of the expansion’s three melee warriors, Afari pairs his solid defense and brutal attack with the ability to counterattack. Whenever he faces one of the heroes’ melee attacks, Afari can immediately retaliate by attacking with a single red die. While this attack isn’t as powerful as a swing from his wicked blade, it still benefits from Afari’s precision strike ability, and he can perform this counterattack multiple times in a turn—if the heroes are foolish enough to test themselves against his skills!
The Kushite Witch Hunters expansion is expected to retail at $24.99.
In order to make your battles more efficient, and to avoid having to wait for the dice to be passed across the table from player to player or from Overlord to player, the Dice Pack solves this problem by adding 2 dice of each type to the game. This addition of 6 dice will bring the number of dice in the game to 15, and that is a lot of custom dice goodness! And honestly, can you ever have too many dice?!?
The Dice Pack expansion is expected to retail at $9.99.
As expansions, the base game is required to play. Conan is designed for 2-5 players, ages 14 and up, and plays in 60-90 minutes, depending on each scenario. Once I have received my copy and had a chance to play several of the scenarios, look for a detailed review on the game in mid to late December with an unboxing video sometime the first week of December. Until then, enjoy life in the Hyborian Age, the Age of Conan the Cimmerian!