Golem Arcana combines miniatures with mobile technology to deliver a tabletop game that’s easy to learn and fast to play.. Golem Arcana is a board game of tactical combat between giant Golems, the Mages that master them, and the Ancient Ones they call on for supernatural support.
This may well be the next frontier in board games where a physical board and pieces interact with the players and an app to create a virtual reality platform to play on.
Golem Arcana is a more modern form of chess, where you use different pieces to navigate around the board and beat your opponent, but in a more digital way. See with this game, you have different powers that allow you to attach your opponent’s pieces through close combat or distance attacks, depending on your pieces.
The game can be modified to fit different play levels but it is generally a one-on-one, chess type game where you go up against another player. The initial base set comes with two different groups of Golems but you can also buy expansion packs to play with more pieces or to play with different groups that have different powers and skills.
Here’s the fantasy realm that the game pulls you into:
The world of Eretsu is at war. Two empires, the Durani and the Gudanna, face each other across a barren battlefield. Golems-arcane titans crafted from bone, branch, stone, and blood-stand at the forefront of the rival armies.The latest game from Jordan Weisman, founder of FASA and WizKids, Golem Arcana leverages the power of a player’s smartphone or tablet to deliver an unprecedented and engaging boardgame experience. It offers the richness and tactical depth of other miniatures boardgames without any of the hassles; the free Golem Arcana App handles all the rules and record keeping, freeing up the players to concentrate on devising their strategies and having fun. The GA App also acts as a sort of referee, allowing players to discover role playing elements such as fetch quests and secret lore that are hidden within game scenarios. Golem Arcana is point-based army building game. Each player fields an army consisting of Golems, Knights (sorcerors who “pilot” the Golems) and Ancient Ones (powerful gods that might intervene on the army’s behalf), and Relics (powerful magical artifacts that can be carried and deployed by Golems). Each unit has special powers and capabilities. The key to victory is figuring out how to best combine these abilities to unleash havoc on the enemy. The magic of the Bluetooth-powered Tabletop Digital Interface (TDI) Stylus keeps the Golem Arcana App connected to the action on the gameboard. Players move their Golems and launch attacks by tapping the appropriate game pieces with the Stylus. To Move -Tap the base of the Golem you want to move.-Tap the square on the board you’d like to move to.-The App calculates movement costs, reminds you of the appropriate rules when necessary, and handles any necessary record keeping. To Launch an Attack -Tap the base of the Golem making the attack. -Tap the base of the target. -The App calculates line of sight, the chance to hit (automatically applying all the relevant modifiers), and expected damage.
Here is a quick tutorial for you to get a feel for the game:
Golem Arcana – How To Play
Here is a video of the gameplay and to watch two people try out the Golem Arcana:
Board Game Replay – Golem Arcana (Full Game Play)
Again, a quick recap:
- Best of Both Worlds: social and tactile magic of a boardgame combined with the accessibility and dynamic gameplay of an online game
- Easy to Learn and Accessible; No need to read or memorize complex rules; Tutorials allow new players to dive right in
- Gameplay Evolves in Real Time; The App regularly downloads new scenarios
- Living World; Players control the fate of the world of Eretsu; The results of each game are automatically tallied and applied to the greater conflict
- Major developments in the Golem Arcana story are triggered by the collective results of all the individual games
Golem Arcana is a digitally enhanced miniatures boardgame that leverages the power of a smartphone or tablet to deliver an unprecedented and engaging experience.
It is available now in the Philippines thanks to our friends from Gaming Library, who boast one of the biggest collections of international board games available to people in Manila and the Philippines.
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