Originally published at: https://statelyplay.com/2019/07/09/become-a-blockhead-columbia-block-wargames-coming-to-your-pc/
While I’ve seen them in action at gaming events, I’ve never had the pleasure of sitting down and actually playing one of the ‘Block Games’ from Columbia. First of all, they look complicated. Secondly, tabletop war games tend to not be my go-to game type, and, most importantly, no one’s asked me to sit in and play. This will all change soon, as there’s a Kickstarter currently running to bring these games to PC/Mac. The first game on the list is Richard III and, best of all, it’s already funded.
If you’re not familiar with Columbia’s block games, think Stratego with historical accuracy. Fog of war is portrayed via chunky wooden blocks with troop type and strength only listed on the back where the owner can see it. It’s not until troops clash that you can see what your cavalry galloped into.
Richard III brings you the Wars of the Roses to your laptop, and not just the Xs and Os of battle. There are also political turns in which you’ll check to see if there’s a usurper to the throne, exile the weak players, and more. You’ll also have cards featuring all the major players from the era as well as a handful of events to keep the historical vibe flowing.
The digital version is being developed by Avalon Digital (who are also bringing the iOS-only hex-and-counter gem, Carrier Battles for Guadalcanal to PC/Mac) and is expected to land on our PCs this October. You can head to the Kickstarter page right now, however, and download an early demo of the game for either PC or Mac.
The Kickstarter page mentions robust AI more than is probably healthy but fails to mention any online multiplayer. Hence, I’d have to assume that this is a solo-only affair, at least as currently planned for this autumn’s launch.
We’ll have to see about that, but for now, we can bask in the glow of new wargames and not just Richard III. Avalon digital is setting up an entire series of digital games in a new series titled Blocks. Following Richard III will be gems like Crusader Rex, Julius Caesar, and Hammer of the Scots. Each will be Kickstarter at a later date, so head to the Kickstarter page and sign up for their mailing list if you want to be notified when those Kickstarters go live. Or, if you’re lazy, you can just wait for us to post it. You know how reliable we are…