The land is in turmoil. A coup has taken place in Eleysia, and the puppet government battles the Resistance. Meanwhile the mysterious Sect, with their biomechanical servants, works towards their own ends. Which of the three armies will take control of the land?
What is it?
Riese: Battle for Elysia is a card-based combat game based on a steampunk web series that was recently purchased by SyFy for broadcast. Players collect and manage decks and do battle against other humans or the AI.
How does it work?
The player has a deck of up to 20 cards, representing units and effects. In addition to attacking and defending, some units have special powers (the Doctor will head adjacent units, scouts can move extra spaces, boltmen can fire at non-adjacent enemies). Effects are like spells, they have short term effects on several units (blocking healing, increasing attack or defense powers).
After putting your deck together (choosing one of the three factions in the game), and choosing a territory from a large map, you enter the battle map for that territory, made up of hexagons. You move your units on to the map, and around the map, using deployment points. Any points you don’t use in a turn roll over to the next, allowing you to bring in more powerful units and perform more actions.
You take control of a map hex by moving on to it, and preventing enemy units from doing the same. Control 75% of the map, and you win the battle. Control 75% of the territories, and you win the game.
Is it contagious?
Riese: Battle for Eleysia is a fun enough game that crashed again and again until I managed to get a game saved, then it was stable. You’ll want to create several decks for different territories: larger ones will give you more time to bring in more expensive units, while smaller ones will require small, quick units that can capture territories before they’re all filled up.
The gameplay is simple, but the randomization of the decks and the territories makes each game an interesting experience.