If you didn’t back Hardback on Kickstarter, then you may not have heard some of the really exciting news about the next big spelling deckbuilder: we are bringing co-operative play to word building.
Yes, you and your friends can face off against a single dastardly opponent, combining your wordsmith skills to score the biggest points. But don’t think it will be a walk in the park; you will have to think strategically if you are going to come out on top.
Your AI opponent will be collecting points from cards falling off the purchase array between every player’s turn. You will be forced to make a choice: do buy cards that suit your deck or do you pick up that high-point card so that it doesn't boost the villain. There are even 4 different villians to test your collective mettle against.
This points race has proven incredibly popular with playtesters and around the office. The game turns into a fun tortoise-and-the-hare race as players desperately try to catch up to their AI opponent, who often gets off to an amazing start. Your deck will really start humming as you reach the end of the game. But will it be enough?
We have also been working on the box art and the book meeples for the final release. These will be some amazing components for you to hold in your hand while playing Hardback, and hopefully provide that much more of an immersive experience for our players.
Hardback is the sequel to the deckbuilding word game Paperback. Buy cards on the board to spell larger and larger use, and then use them for their special powers to rocket ahead of competition. But be careful to collect letters you will be able to use in the future.
If you want to check out Hardback but didn’t get in on the Kickstarter, don’t worry. You can pre-order it from the Fowers Games website.