While Hasbro doesn’t have the greatest track record, they are responsible for some great games like Heroscape, Battleship Galaxies, and Risk Legacy. The man responsible for Risk Legacy, Rob Daviau, is now working with Plaid Hat games to bring the next game in the Legacy series, SeaFall.
SeaFall is a 4X game (explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate) set in an age of sail world that is reminiscent of our world. In SeaFall the world is just starting to claw its way out of a dark age and has just begun to rediscover seafaring technology. Players take on the role of a main land empire who each consult with a consortium of advisors to discover new islands, explore those islands, develop trade, send out raiding parties, take part in ship to ship combat, and more. In fact that ‘and more’ may be the biggest understatement I’ve ever made. Just as in Risk Legacy, SeaFall will evolve as player play it. Players will become personally invested and the game will remember their grudges. The narrative will swing as players open up the world. Unlike Risk Legacy it does all of this without being tied to the Risk license and gameplay engine. SeaFall will be a medium-heavy weight gamer’s hobby game with original game play systems. Expect the epic. The game is slated for release in 2014.
The cool thing about Risk Legacy is how the board changed depending on what happened during each game. It was quite the change, as the board got written on, cards could be ripped in half. Those gamers obsessed with keeping their game pristine couldn’t fathom this concept. However, it truly brought something new to the table. I’m very curious to see what they come up with setting this game in the sea instead of on land, but I’m sure it will be something unexpected.