Tabletop games have become the underground of gaming, buried beneath the digital world we’re in. Video games have cast a shadow over tabletop gaming, keeping them in the darkness causing the endangerment of these games and making them irrelevant to those who enjoy their entertainment by pressing buttons. I credit tabletops with helping in the evolution of gaming, a lot of imagination goes into making games. Going from cards, dice and tokens to the digital delights we have now. So what can we do to save an endangered species? Disconnect.
There are times when you have to just disconnect. Get away from the technology, get away from screens but what can drive us to do such a thing? It can be a level in a game which has you stumped or maybe raging out at dying repeatedly in multiplayer games. Sure the academic side in me is saying read a book to be productive but where is the fun in that? Why not bring out the table tops instead? Now I’m not talking about your traditional games like checkers or chess. Even though those are great games and I’ve had some great times playing them, today we’re playing something else, the game is called Castle Assault.
I have been slacking on my board game grind. Castle Assault refreshed the way I see tabletop games. It’s a combination of styles, board games meet card games. Protect your castle! Roll the die to determine your momentum. Do you go into battle with a charge or will the enemy have the upper hand? Once you find out whose side luck stands on we send our soldiers. You have elves, humans, vampires, werewolves and more to choose from. Depending on which class you choose, your deck will have abilities and attributes to help you tactically bring down the opposition. They each have their own ups and downs, it’s just a matter of learning what works based on what is on the board.
The objective is to overthrow your opponent’s castle by having your minions attack directly. Each player starts with 10 health and have 3 slots to place their troops. The way you progress through the game is by building your castle resources and establish a solid unit and move them forth. Each playable character has a variety of points for movement, damage, and armor. You summon them by using resources (unused cards you discard from hand). As mentioned earlier you have different focus depending on the type of deck you wield. Vampires have good damage but lack defense. Elves have great mobility and strike distance but lack damage. No worries, it’s not that black and white. There are different creatures with effects and equip cards that can improve your stats. The game plays very well and is quick paced. The box reads that play time should be roughly 30 minutes. The gameplay goes so well that I forget that it is a board game and honestly makes me lose track of time.
I have truly become a victim of the digital world. All of my board games and cards accumulated dust as they wait for me to come up with a reason to play. It’s hard for a busy individual to get into board games as most consume a decent chunk of time. The attention span of a human cannot be measured by time but by entertainment value. So was Castle Assault worth our time? Let’s just say it’s not in the dust-filled collection. Instead it awaits for the new challenger in my living room’s coffee table.
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