I love it when new games show up in the mail and a few months back a top secret package dropped on to my door mat from Dogeared Games. It was a prototype deck for Stak Bots Purple, full to the brim with vicious little bots just itching to do battle. I’m pretty excited about this one, so let’s take a look inside the box and then I’ll tell you what I think. If you’ve never played Stak Bots before be sure to check out my original review for an overview of how the game plays. Unb
As you may recall last week I wrote a preview for Tom Norfolk's Lure, well now here's Tom himself to talk about the game and the countless sleepless nights he had while devising it! A design diary for ‘Colour Chess + Lure’ The first game I released, Stak Bots, was definitely not the first game I made. During its design it took many forms, several of which were completely different games. At the time, I kept leaving versions and moving on, always trying to make the game that l
Its been a while since we aired a guest post here but when Tom Norfolk asks if he can write something for me I can’t say no. Stak Bots Red which we reviewed last week introduces a raft of new and vicious little bots into the game and here Tom looks at how those bots came to be, whether it was through strange science, bio-engineering, darwinian survival or simply being in the right place at the right time. Take it away Tom… A Treatise on the Evolution of Stak Bots In the last
Stak Bots is a very simple but tactical game but I’ll talk more about that in a few weeks when I do my review. Before that though Tom Norfolk from Dog-Eared Games is here to talk to you, in his patented tongue-in-cheek manner, about the expansion and the process his team went through when trying to come up with 16 new bots to add to the game. Take it away Tom… Stak Bots, Battling Robots Card Game - The First Expansion After receiving numerous requests, I am very pleased to an
I recently spent an enjoyable evening playing board game prototypes with Tom Norfolk whom some of you might know is the creative mind behind Stak Bots, a robot battling card game. So when Tom asked me to take a look at another prototype I jumped at the chance… Then he told me it was Chess. Now... there is nothing wrong with chess, it’s a very good game that people from all over the world enjoy, I, however, am rubbish at it! I come from a wargaming background, so you’d think t
Today I’m going to be taking a look at a preview copy of the Red Expansion for Stak Bots from Dogeared Games. I’ve been a fan of this little card game now for a while, you can see my review of the base game here. It’s a small box that packs a mean punch and the designer, UK based Tom Norfolk, is a fantastic chap. Is the expansion worth getting? Lets take a look. Unboxed You get a lot more bots. My preview deck contains 60 cards however the final number will probably change de
Theme Humanity has been wiped out, leaving behind only sentient robots, programmed to kill, doomed to forever battle until only one bot remains.
Okay, so that’s not the official back story of Stak Bots. The game is a fast, light hearted, even tongue-in-cheek, combat game. Unboxed Stak bots costs £7 and it consists of a single deck of 60 cards. The cards are nice enough, they aren’t linen finished or anything, but they do the job. The artwork on the cards, for me, was initial