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New Game Round-up: Fight in BattleLands Until Daylight

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• I'm not sure how many global disasters we'll encounter in the next few decades, but if they do occur, we'll have had plenty of practice surviving their effects thanks to all the co-operative post-apocalyptic games on the market.

Until Daylight is yet another title in that genre, with Canadian publisher Flyos Games having funded this Thomas Filippi and Gary Paitre design on Kickstarter in October 2018. Asmodee North America has now picked up this title for distribution, with an expected retail release date of July 2019. Here's an overview of this 2-6 player game:

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Until Daylight is a co-operative survival card game. During the game, you can find and exchange objects, weapons, and ammunition with other characters and build traps or barricades to protect yourself and ensure your survival as a group. Your reflexes, your sense of strategy, and your ability to survive will be tested. Players might disagree on which strategy to adopt, and in these circumstances, the group leader — that is, the player wit the most experience points — decides which action will be carried out for the party. Every character you may embody is unique and has its advantage and drawback that will enhance the game with strong and intense moments. "Search, fight, survive" will quickly become your motto.

Your first games should be difficult, and you will probably die. Don't worry — it's normal because surviving the apocalypse is anything but easy. Every attempt will teach you a little more about the game mechanisms and strategic priorities. Until Daylight is a game in which every action counts and where time will be very cruel. In some phases you will have only a few seconds to react before the horde falls on you. You win the game if the following three conditions are met:

—All characters survived the ten rounds of the game.
—All enemies revealed in the game were eliminated.
—The group saved at least one survivor.

• It's war amongst the animals once again in BattleLands from Andrea Mezzotero, Jerry Hawthorne, and Plaid Hat Games, with this post-apocalyptic game having no humans at all. Consider this July 2019 release preparation for situations in which our descendants are all mutated into four-legged critters:

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BattleLands is a fast and furious game of turf warfare for 3-5 players. Send your fighters to seize key locations, or recruit even fiercer warriors who can help you turn the tide! Use your faction's abilities to play dirty and keep your opponents guessing your next move!

Set in the world of the upcoming Adventure Book game ''Aftermath'', in ''BattleLands: Aftermath Edition'' the animals of the world try to survive by competing for territory, food, and precious technology.

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