Z-Man Games has released information on several upcoming summer releases: Apocalypse Chaos, Code of Nine, Dragon Farkle, The Voyages of Marco Polo and the Tragedy Looper Extension Pack.
Scheduled for debut at Gen Con, Apocalyse Chaos is a cooperative space survival game designed by Florian Fay. A hostile alien race surrounds the ship, and players must work together to fight enemy forces, recover scientific items of interest, rescue innocents, escape alien imprisonment, and destroy the alien leader. The game includes a campaign of scenarios, or players can use the modular components to craft their own missions.
The box contains 4 Player Boards, 10 Room tiles, 8 plastic pillars, 31 Enemy/Equipment cards, 90 various tokens, 5 Standees and 20 6-sided custom dice. The game is for 1-4 players, ages 13 and up, and plays in an hour. MSRP is $49.99.
From Japanese publisher BakaFire (Tragedy Looper), Code of Nine is a mystery and deduction game in which players take the role of automatons wakening to the ruins of the world after the fall of humanity. Each player holds fragments of the will of the human race in their fading memories, and players must piece together the fragments to determine the final will of humanity and be the first to fulfill it. The scoring rules change each time, allowing for good replayability. There are also expert rules to vary the game’s difficulty.
The box contains 12 player pawns, 4 Will markers, 31 item tokens, 28 cards, 4 player sheets, 4 memory lists, a round marker, a board, score sheets, and a rulebook. The game is for 3-4 players, ages 13 and up, and plays in 40 minutes. The game is scheduled for July release. MSRP is $39.99.
From the design team of Simone Luciani and Daniele Tascini (Tzolk’in: The Mayan Calendar) comes The Voyages of Marco Polo. The historical board game traces the route of the great explorer who traveled with his father and uncle into the uncharted East. Players roll dice to determine what resources they have, then attempt to travel and trade as they make their way to the lands of Kublai Kahn. Victory points are earned for having reached cities, including Beijing, fulfilling orders along the way, and other goals determined by secret cards revealed at the end of the game.
The box contains 10 characters, 16 city bonuses and city attributes, 26 dice of various color, 40 coins, 44 different contracts, 53 cards (City and Goal cards), 123 wooden pieces, 4 player aids, 4 player boards, a start player marker, a game board and a rulebook. The game is for 2-4 players, ages 13 and up, and plays in an hour. Release is scheduled for June 24, and MSRP is $59.99.
Dragon Farkle is a press-your-luck battle game of army recruitment and dragon slaying. Players must destroy the evil dragon that has been terrorizing the locals, by recruiting a group of assorted companions and equipment, and then slaying the dragon in his keep.
The box contains 30 soldier dice, an event die, 10 companion cards, 20 magic item cards, 5 player mats, a dragon, 5 damage counters and rules. The game is for 2-5 players, ages 13 and up, and plays in 30 minutes. Release is planned for August and MSRP is $29.99.
Z-Man will also release a new expansion for BakaFire’s time-travel detective game Tragedy Looper . The Tragedy Looper Extension will include three new Basic Tragedy Scripts and nine scripts for two new Tragedy Sets: Midnight Zone and Mystery Circle. The expansion is planned for July release, and has MSRP of $39.99.
Originally posted on ICV2