Episode 173: Auztralia, Aristeia and a Short Topic Extravaganza

Happy Holidays Cabalists, It's our Christmas Extravaganza! Today the gang celebrates the holidays by reviewing Martin Wallace's newest game Auztralia from Stronghold Games and looking back at the arena combat sports game from Corvus Belli, Aristeia. Tony T spins up the news feeds to out together the best damn news segment in all of tabletop gaming. Then the Founders give you another short topic extravaganza with topics including Stretch Goals, liking games you guy vs ones you didn't buy, starter miniatures games and our favorite comic book series. And sprinkled throughout the episode we give you a ton of holiday songs written by the Cabalists and sung by the Founders.

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Episode Timecodes:

  • Games Played 00:15:17
  • Games of Yesteryear 00:43:30
  • Playin Games While Sittin On The Can 01:02:00
  • Auztralia Overview 01:03:55
  • Auztralia Review 01:08:40
  • Aristeia Look Back  01:40:20
  • The Founder's 12 Days of, Christmas 01:46:35
  • Founder's Update 01:50:18
  • News with Tony T 01:52:05
  • Analysis Paralysis Christmas 02:39:55
  • Short Topic Extravaganza 02:40:40
  • Secret Santa 03:20:55

Opening Banter and Reviews

Games of Yesteryear

Feature Review: Auztralia

AuZtralia is an adventure/exploration game for 1-4 players set in an alternate reality 1930s. The theme is inspired by Martin Wallace's A Study in Emerald. Following the Restorationist war, the northern hemisphere lands lay poisoned and starvation was the norm. Intrepid adventurers set out to explore and settle new lands. Little did they know, after the war, the surviving Old Ones and their remaining loyal human armies made their way to the outback of Australia to lick their wounds. Build a port, construct railways, mine and farm for food. You’ll need to prepare for the awakening. You’ll need to fight. Everything you do in the game costs time, which is one of AuZtralia's most valued resources. At a point in time, the Old Ones will wake up and become an active player. They begin to reveal themselves and move, with potentially devastating outcomes. You’ll need to prepare wisely for the awakening and may have to co-operate with others to defeat the most dangerous Old Ones. Military units will help you to locate, fight and defend against the nightmarish beings that may be lurking on your doorstep. As well as hardware, you’ll need to recruit some Personalities who have the skills and resources to help you. Riches from the land, mixed with darkness and insanity await you in the outback. Will humanity prevail or will the Old Ones wreak their revenge?

Designed by Martin Wallace

Published by Stronghold Games

BoardGameGeek.com Entry

Lookback Review: Aristeia!

175 years into the future, humankind has reached the stars. As the hyperpowers vie for influence in the shadows, citizens use their permanent connection to Maya, the interplanetary data network, to revel in a bespoke deluge of thrills. Of course, no form of entertainment is as sought after as Aristeia!, the Human Sphere’s favorite extreme bloodsport. Aristeia! is the new sports game by Corvus Belli that allows two players to take the role of a competition team manager in the greatest visual show of the Human Sphere. The game will come in a basic box including everything necessary to play: 8 character figures with their exclusive cards, 8 Initiative cards, 52 Tactics cards, 3 booklets (Access Guide to Human Sphere, How-to-Play instructions, and Reference Guide), a reversible board (the HexaDome), dice, counters, and tokens. Aristeia! will allow players to choose their team and jump into action in the HexaDome, the arena where the definitive blood sport of the Human Sphere takes place. Players will enjoy the dynamic and spectacular nature of Aristeia! thanks to the exclusive character cards and Tactics cards representing incredible combat feats. In little more than one hour, players will enjoy a fun game that will immerse them in strategies and tactics that promise to become addictive. Furthermore, for the most competitive players Corvus Belli will arrange a special organized play program for Aristeia!, with an international ranking and tournament kits including promotional material and prizes for the winners. Aristeia! will have regular expansion packs with new characters, each of them featuring their own special skills and new combos that will improve the game experience. These expansion packs will be independent and completely optional.

Designed by Alberto Abal, Jesús Fuster and David Rosillo

Published by Corvus Belli

BoardGameGeek.com Entry

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