Sneak peek at ADV550
The air fills with tension, and there is a subdued crackling sound. A blue aura forms about your lantern, and small sparks jump from the lantern to the ground. The aura fades away after several seconds, and your lamp is once again shining brightly.
Good Monday morning to everybody!
The comments page has been busy lately, due to my soliciting suggestions for stretch goals in the last update. I decided to respond to some of these comments over on my BGG Designer Diary (this post), since my responses tend to be huge walls of text. That post is about the mechanics of light and darkness in Colossal Cave: The Board Game, and what else I might do with light and darkness in the expansion.
Speaking of the expansion, with only two weeks left in the Kickstarter campaign, it's time to roll out some photos of the ADV550 prototype. These cards aren't part of the base game; they're part of the expansion, which you can get by pledging at the $55 level and higher.
Here we see two new Magic Words (the expansion contains four); a new Treasure (the expansion contains eleven); and an entertainingly nasty new sort of Reaction card. We also see the Secret New Mechanic! That mechanic is a new type of card, the "Location", which is added to the map when it's played. In this way the deepest rooms of the cave are often inaccessible for the first half of the game... until you've explored the cave deep enough to discover them. To compensate for making the cave deeper, there are some additional means of traveling quickly from A to B — some of which are not Magic Words!
The cards in the ADV550 expansion are based on Dave Platt's Adventure 550, also known as Adventure 3. Sorry, I don't know of anywhere it's playable online, although I will probably be trying to change that soon.
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