Reiver Games newsletter

Jackson Pope has just published news on BGG about what he is currently up to at Reiver Games. Reiver Games have published two games so far (Border Reivers and the fun bodyparts game, It’s Alive) and more is on the way in 2008. Here is what Jack has to say:

“It’s an exciting time for Reiver Games, I’ve quit my day job to concentrate on Reiver Games. Our third game, Carpe Astra should be available in July and I’ve received loads of submissions in response to a request for designs.

This year we’re hoping to attend Beer & Pretzels in Burton-on-Trent in May, the UK Games Expo in Birmingham in June – where I’ll be a judge for Game of the Year, and Spieltage in Essen, Germany in October. In addition, we’re hoping to get along to a number of smaller UK cons, more details when I have them.

Carpe Astra – Seize the Stars
Reiver Games are proud to annouce their third game: Carpe Astra by Ted Cheatham (Silk Road) and Jackson Pope (Border Reivers :-) ). It’s a medium weight game for 2-4 players, and lasts 20-60 minutes. It will feature artwork by R H Aidley again (he did the artwork for It’s Alive!), and will be professionally manufactured, meaning I can sell it through shops and distributors. I’m offering a 30% discount to customers who pre-order a copy. Pre-orders will be shipped before I send out copies to distributors and shops. If you’d rather buy from a shop, please contact you local game shop or favourite online store and ask them to stock it.

Here’s some blurb about the game:
10,000 years in the future, humanity has claimed the stars. But all is not well. The Emperor is weak, and without strong guidance the Empire is crumbling. Powerful guilds within the empire are squabbling, positioning themselves for their own gain. If the Empire is to survive, it needs a strong leader – that means you! You must build a powerbase throughout the Empire by connecting with important guilds: the military, traders, priests, engineers, expansionists and politicians and then claim the throne. Time is running out though, others also struggle for the throne. You must form a network of support with powerful guilds and slandering your opponents. Each connection gains the support of some guilds, at the end of the game the player with the most support grasps the Galactic Throne. Take advantage of events that occur for further gain. Be careful though, as each slander you receive reduces your support.

It’s Alive!
It’s Alive! is nearly a year old, and it’s still proving very popular with an average rating of 7.0 and ranking in the top 1,000 of the 35,000 games on BoardGameGeek. I still have some copies left, so if you’re still after one order now before they are all gone. I estimate there is between three and six weeks stock remaining.

What’s Next?
I’m hoping to get three games published in the next twelve months. I’ve received in excess of fifty submissions from designers, some of those will be coming out over the next few months – watch this space!