Death no longer means anything to you. You've mastered the ultimate power. But at what cost? Sure, you are effectively immortal, but who are you gonna spend your time with? Your average person isn't a big fan of hanging out with corpses. So... you gotta make your own friends. That's what's going on in Dead Man's Cabal, a new board game from Pandasaurus that's up on Kickstarter now.
From the campaign:
You’ve conquered death. You’re the master of all nine dimensions of space time. Reality bends to your every whim and desire. You are the absolute best there ever has been…a Necromancer at the top of their game. The only downside is no one likes you—on account of creeping around with dead bodies and the lack of sunlight. But who needs friends, when you can make them? You just dig up skulls and use the dark arts to resurrect their animated corpses. Easy-peasy! Besides, these guys are way more fun than the living anyway.
Dead Man's Cabal is a new strategy game from Pandasaurus Games (Dinosaur Island, Machi Koro, The Mind) from designer Daniel Newman with game development from Jonathan Gilmour (Dead of Winter, Dinosaur Island, Wasteland Express Delivery Service). Dead Man's is a mid-weight strategy game that plays in 60-90 minutes for 2-4 players. Already an elegant and smooth design, Jonathan has guided the game through 18 months of blind-playtests with hundreds of different game groups to make sure it was exquisitely streamlined and balanced. And now we need your help to make the game as good as it can be!
The way in which Dead Man's Cabal uses Variable Phase Order mechanisms reminded us of our favorite parts of Puerto Rico, Terra Mystica and Race for the Galaxy in a streamlined package designed to put the focus on player interaction. Combined with an amazingly fresh (and hilarious!) theme, fantastic character artwork (by Denis Medri) and an amazing Necromancer's lair board (by Henning Ludvigsen) Dead Man's Cabal makes for a fun fast-paced tense experience that is unlike anything else we've played.
For those unfamiliar with the mechanisms, Variable Phase Order simply means that the order that the different actions take place in will be determined by player choice. For Dead Man's Cabal the optimal scoring strategy is pretty simple. Get Ritual Cards, Get the Skulls needed to complete your ritual, get the matching Runes to score bonus points and complete your rituals!
The campaign's closing in on 2x funded with 17 days left to go.