The creators of Shadowrun, Crimson: Steam Pirates, and Strikefleet Omega have returned to the table top arena with Golem Arcana… Almost. The digitally enhanced war game is currently a Kickstarter project by Harebrained Schemes with only hours left to be funded.
Golem is a fantasy game world where powerful wizards create, command, and battle with giant constructs made from stone, blood, bone, and life. Kingdoms and tribes compete for power with the colossal monsters and now so can you.
It plays something akin to Heroclix or Heroscape where you have to purchase expansion miniatures and board pieces to play with a friend. The catch is now you can use a digital stylus and your smart devices to interact with game.
No more wondering if you used your power correctly or if you did damage right--the game’s app does that for you. It is like having the interaction of a Warhammer game without bickering over the rules. Better yet, just like with Warhammer you can order the golems unpainted and made out of resin (or in painted plastic if you prefer).
As of the writing of this article, the game is only about 90% funded and has less than a day left. As an incentive, Backers of the game can purchase the full game with everything needed to play for about $10 cheaper than the game will be if released (about $65 instead of $75).
In addition to being able to purchase the game on the cheap, there are also Backer levels where you can have your image used as a character in the game, become part of the lore, and even have your ideas used to create models in upcoming releases.
In practice, this is the future of war gaming. It is history in the making as technology combines with old school modeling to make a whole new kind of gaming. Board gaming of the future today! Join the future by supporting Harebrained Schemes and Golem Arcana.
To back the project you can go to: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1613260297/golem-arcana?ref=category
For Harebrained Schemes other titles: http://harebrained-schemes.com/
For reviews of other games see: http://www.examiner.com/review/review-of-shadowrun-returns?cid=db_articles