EXPLORERS OF ICY LANDS! ❄️
It’s only been a week since our last update, we know — but in case you didn’t hear, our “ICE Limited: This Way to the Future” campaign funded! 🥳 🥳 🥳 🥳
There’s only 48 hours left! So if you haven’t picked up the ICE Companion Set mini-expansion, you still have 2 more days to get it!
A HUGE thanks to all of you who helped us out with this support campaign. 😊🙏🏻
What does this mean for you, our first backers? The good news is that your games are on their way and will arrive within 3 to 6 weeks, depending on your location. *
MINI-EXPANSION: A CLOSER LOOK
The ICE Companion Set mini-expansion (two 16-card booster packs + one new Edifice tile)really makes an impactful change to the game. Besides the incredibly useful Edifice cards (and 1 new Edifice tile), 5 Requests & 1 Decree (for new scoring opportunities), and two new Logbook event cards (that specifically work with these new booster packs), there is also the new Card Type: Guild Favors!
These Guild Favors comprise only 7 of the 32 cards in this Set, and yet… what a difference they make to games of ICE! Guild Favors contain new actions that can allow your character to move around better, get out of sticky situations, excavate quicker, or accomplish an objective much faster.
There are two ways to use these Cards:
— “First Steps” (when playing for the first time): Players simply choose a new Guild Favor card each new Day (round), and can play their chosen card during their turn to get an extra free action.
— Regular game: Players begin the game with 2 extra Renown points, in addition to their character’s Starting Renown. Every Day, all Guild Favor cards are displayed on the table. During players turns, they can place a Renown Point token on any Guild Favor to activate that action. If there are already Renown Points on the cards, they must also pay that additional Renown.
What does this mean for the gameplay of ICE?
Well now every Day in regular games, there are 7 new possible actions you can perform. Other than needing the Renown to pay for the actions, there’s no other limit to how many of these actions you can take in a Day or turn. A whole new deep strategy of gaming comes into play, as you balance the Renown that you have, with how much further in the game that Renown might take you if you use it for these new actions.
Just these 7 new cards alone really super-powers ICE and offers so many more possibilities! And a new Logbook (event) card we’ve added for this pack will allow you to use these Guild Favors more easily for that Day. The Guild Favor booster pack is rounded out with the new Request and Decree scoring cards.
But there is so much more to what the Companion Set has to offer!
A new Edifice tile (the “Mystical Rock” — featuring an alternate version of an image you’re all familiar with), has a fun new variant that we’ve already been using during convention demo games. You’ll have to discover it in the game to know its secrets, though! 😉
The Edifice Booster Pack features the now-13 discoverable Edifices in ICE, and makes the soft-legacy part of using Edifices a lot more enjoyable and manageable. (And of course the cards show off the lovely art of Léonard Dupond in a new way). There are many useful ways to use them:
— As a displayed reminder of which Edifices are currently in effect in your current games, since the Edifice tiles go back on the bottom layer each time. There will also be a “Discovered Edifices” separator card, which you can use to know which Edifices you’ve discovered.
— A way to randomly choose which discovered Edifices you may want to play with.
— If you happen to excavate an Edifice you’ve already discovered, now you can decide to randomly choose one of your undiscovered Edifices to be in play for your next game instead.
— A new Logbook (event) card in the Edifice booster pack will trigger a new Edifice effect in your game (randomly chosen), in addition to any that may already be in play!
This mini-expansion is available to back on Gamefound for the next 48 hours only, so act quickly!
By backing the ICE Companion set you will be really helping us out a lot with our support campaign! Yes, we reached our funding goal which was the absolute bare minimum we needed to ensure ICE would now be delivered to you backers, but any additional funding will make us breathe a lot easier about all of our future endeavors — so any support is greatly appreciated!! Let’s try raising it to 200%🙏🏻
We’ll be back again for when shipping starts to commence!
– Team This Way