Deciding between Great Western Trail vs. Maracaibo? Add CloudAge to the Mix

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#CloudAge is the latest title from designer Alexander Pfister that will be published by Capstone Games! Why is this a big deal?

1. Excellent track record - Pfister is renowned for creating some of the best mid to heavy weight eurogames out there such as #Mombasa, #Great Western Trail, and #Maracaibo. It's also published by Capstone Games, a publisher that has been on the radar among all eurogamers due to coming out with a series of hits with top notch production value.

2. Non-controverial theme - Pfister's otherwise highly rated games have been marred by their choice of theme, namely around colonionialism. CloudAge will feature a sci-fi theme that will help the designer tell his usual stories without grounding itself in a subject that will immediately put off some gamers.

Here's the theme of the game:

"Fifteen years ago, the anarchic collective “Cloud” sabotaged countless oil production sites around the world in a coordinated attack. The resulting environmental catastrophe had disastrous effects on the entire planet. Now, years later, you travel above the dried-out landscape in your airships, searching for a better life. You visit cities, send out drones to collect resources, and battle Cloud militia."

3. An innovative mechanism? - Sure, the promise of an "innovative mechanism" is common among publishers, but it still sounds exciting! According to the publisher, "An innovative sleeving mechanism makes a new, more immersive, form of resource gathering possible. Players try to predict which cloud-covered terrain will contain the desired amount of resources, or where additional actions are possible. Resources allow players to develop useful upgrades for their airships, or attract new crew members." This game will also feature engine-building, deck-building, resource management, and a campaign system.

4. Solo potential - #Maracaibo is one of the top solo gaming options out there for its campaign system, and #CloudAge will no doubt be on solo gamers' radar upon release.

 

So... What does this mean?

If you're someone like me who has yet to play a game by Pfister and has been pondering the age old question of Great Western Trail vs. Maracaibo, looks like this will throw in another option that will complicate your decision-making! To be honest, the theme alone is making me lean heavily towards #CloudAge.

 

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Supporter3 months ago

I was reading about this game and I pretty much wanted to go buy it immediately. 

Owner3 months ago

Yeah I could see this being right up your alley. Alexander responded to my tweet saying that it's medium weight (much lighter than #Maracaibo) and it'll play at 90 min for 4 players. That's perfect for me.

Edit: And there it goes into my wishlist.. haha

Supporter3 months ago

Yes, I'm definitely interested, as I am in most of the games Pfister puts out. But, I think that, from what I here, Maracaibo is thethe Pfister for me. I'm a little worried that this might be a little bit lighter than I prefer. That being said, I'm definitely keeping an eye on it. 

Supporter3 months ago

This is cool news. 

Supporter3 months ago

I love the sound of this theme!  I will defintely be following it closely.

I've been strongly drawn to a game that allows for ship upgrades and the hiring of new crew members.

Owner3 months ago

Agreed! I once looked into Ryan Laukat's games that have some of that going on but in the end, the overall gameplay didn't seem like my cup of tea. At least, not at first glance.

Supporter3 months ago

While I have an initial draw to his games because of the art I've found (outside of #Empires of the Void II) that I don't have a strong desire to pick any of them up.

3 months ago

So glad to hear someone go with a sci-fi theme to avoid the pitfalls of historic settings. Just go nuts with sci-fi people!

Owner3 months ago

I like the choice of theme too. The designer also replied to me on Twitter saying that it's not a classic sci-fi and that it's more of an alternate world without oil. I like that even more because I like sci-fi that's more grounded on reality.

3 months ago

I have only played #Great Western Trail out of these, but it is one of my favourites, will for sure be reading more into this one.

2 months ago

 

I was just listening to a podcast that talked about this today.  I am very curious to see how the sleaves and hiding information plays out.  Will it be something where you start to learn details of cards?  How hard/long will it take to do the actual sleaving?  Are my initial questions.

But thank goodness for no troublesome theme...no one has time for that nonsense nowadays!

Owner2 months ago

Hahaha agreed and I'm very curious about the sleeving mechanism since it'll be my first. I actually pre-ordered it a while back so that we can cover it on our channel too. So far I still know pretty much nothing about the game but it's high up on my interest since I've always wanted to try out a game by Pfister and because this won't have any of the baggage related to the theme

Owner2 months ago

Here's more info on CloudAge:

Picture of components

Alexander Pfister and the publisher added in the comments section that:

  • Deck-building is a very small aspect of the game
  • There's no race happening on the modular board
  • Cities and fields become more valuable from start to end

2 months ago

Resurrecting this thread, haha. These components certainly look neat. I love the screen printed airship meeples!

3 months ago

Interesting, the sleeving sounds similar to #Dead Reckoning but I may have read that wrong!

Owner3 months ago

Looks like I need to read up/watch games have that mechanism in it. Sounds cool!

3 months ago

It is an interesting take on a deck builder, you dont add more cards you just get to upgrade the cards you have with new abilities. It is really quite clever. Jongetsgames is always great and he did a tutorial!

Premium User3 months ago

Looks like a must try. Sleeving makes me think of #Mystic Vale. I wonder if it uses some type of card crafting.

Owner3 months ago

I have no idea what this sleeving mechanism will be like. I've never encountered it before!

3 months ago

Love Pfister's work – easily one of my favorite designers, if not my favorite. #Great Western Trail has been my #1 game for a long time, but have also enjoyed #Maracaibo, #Broom Service#Blackout: Hong Kong, #Mombasa, #Expedition to Newdale… needless to say, I'm very excited about this announcement! 🙂

Owner3 months ago

For those who are on the edge, looks like pre-order is available at a lower price right now: https://capstone-games.com/board-games/cloudage/

Also, I just got a copy so that we can review it! I will also try to contact Capstone Games to see if they'd like to promote the game through a giveaway.

3 months ago

Nice! Can't wait for the review. 🙂

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