Hello friends! Welcome back to another Fund It Friday! Today, we are looking at asymmetrical card based dungeon crawler Beneath Nexus.
Beneath Nexus takes players to the ancient city of Nexus in one of two roles – Hero or Blight lord. The Blight Lord, played by a single character, is the BBEG (Big Bad Evil Guy) of the fallen city, and continues to plot and scheme deep within the citadel. The remainder of the players assume the mantle of heroes, and must attempt to breach the inner sanctum of the Blight Lord to bring about their downfall.
Play seems to be relatively simple, which was a goal for developer Silverclutch Games. The game takes place over 3 encounters. During each encounter, a number of cards are drawn to see how the game environment’s rules will change and to determine other settings for that encounter. Once that is done, the Blight Lord draws a number of monsters as determined by the encounter settings, and does battle against the heroes, in an effort to corrupt them or drive them from Nexus. Number of actions on each side is determined by the number of players, and the battle system seems similar to another of our favorite games, Sentinels of the Multiverse, with the obvious difference being that a player controls the enemy rather than having the enemy conduct itself based on a set of simple rules.
Each hero player has their own deck that corresponds with their hero character (with 6 heroes and 4 Blight Lords available in total). Assuming the heroes are successful, they will receive treasures to augment their abilities before the next encounter. If the party makes it all the way to the third encounter, the Blight Lord will reveal it’s monstrous form and combat the heroes directly. If at any time all the heroes find themselves with zero hit points, the Blight Lord claims victory.
The artwork on the cards presented is stylish, and seems to draw influence from a number of cultural backgrounds. This is especially apparent in the Heroes, who span a number of different roles, ranging from traditional fantasy classes to more obscure characters from assorted cultural lore. The Blight Lords, monsters, and hero abilities receive similar treatment.
The folks at Silverclutch seem honest and earnest in their pitch to include non-gamers in the fun that can be had in more traditional pen and paper RPGs. Their ask is modest, at only $20k, a total that should be easily attainable for the team. As of this writing, they are a bit over half way there with a few weeks to go. What’s really great here is the team’s distribution schema. For a $5 pledge, you can net yourself a full color print and play version of the game, along with all the necessary files to play Beneath Nexus on Tabletop Simulator. Talk about forward thinking! For those who prefer the standard deployment, complete with beautiful storage box and hero life counters, can be secured for a $35 pledge, and still comes with the Tabletop Simulator files!
So, what are you waiting for? Assemble your heroic party, wield your mighty wallet, and pledge for victory at their Kickstarter page!