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Set in the high country of s North Carolina, Gods of Howl Mountain is a dark and compelling novel of family secrets, whiskey-running, vengeance, and love. She concocts potions and cures for the people of the mountains—her powers rumored to rival those of a wood witch—while watching over her grandson, Rory Docherty, who has returned from the Korean War with a wooden leg and nightmares of the Battle of Chosin Reservoir.
Rory runs bootleg whiskey in a high-powered car to roadhouses, brothels, and private clients in the mill town at the foot of the mountains—a hotbed of violence, moonshine, and the burgeoning sport of stock-car racing. With gritty and atmospheric prose, Taylor Brown brings to life a perilous mountain and the family who rules it, tying together past and present in one captivating narrative.
Hugely honored for Fallen Land to be selected as one of four finalists for the Southern Book Prize in the Literary category.
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Gifting on Steam The Steam Community. Support Forums Stats. All rights reserved. All trademarks are property of their respective owners in the US and other countries. The reason for the different colors is that many actions take place as a party and it is easy to differentiate what each character does with the different dice colors. Each faction is unique in that they have some starting technologies that other factions do not start with and they all have their own unique faction perks. For example, The Swamp Runners start with control of a resource location so they will start off generating more income and town health.
Over the course of the game, players will be moving around the board and having encounters, taking control of key areas, taking on and completing missions, and even combatting their opponents. Each faction has their own unique starting technologies and perks. Fallen Land is played over 4 phases for each round. The phases are detailed on a really nice First Player, where the first player directs the phase sequences.
The Effects phase resolves card effects from World Encounters and any other card effects. This is the time to also apply infected wound damage and to discard characters that have expired due to maximum damage or have incurred too much psychological damage, thus them succumbing to PTSD. During the Town Business Phase, players receive an Action card and generate their resources that will give them salvage coins and town health. Open bartering on Spoils Cards in auction houses takes place for all players. This is where players can wheel and deal to get the stuff they need to move their faction forward.
Players also will resolve town events by rolling a d10 and resolving the result. This is a time also where players can sell off spoil cards and action cards to the bank in exchange for Salvage coins. Players can purchase technologies and town defense chips and even hire Non-Player Character Mercenaries. Most of the Action takes place during the Party Exploits Phase.
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During this phase, each player has action points, designated as weeks in Fallen Land to assign to take various actions known as Deeds. This includes moving the faction party on the board, having encounters in different areas, attacking another party in the same hex, claiming or destroying a resource hex they occupy, healing party members, or taking on missions.
Each of these different deeds have different costs to perform. Finally, at the end of the turn, the turn marker chip advances and the First Player sheet passes to the next player on the left. This continues until the game ends. Faction Party Markers show the location each faction party occupies. Fallen Land presents itself with many opportunities to do many different things. Many of the actions and events are driven by cards. Action cards allow players to do different things, either to enhance their own faction, or to slow the progress of their opponents. Action cards….
The success or failure of different actions is determined by skill checks, much like role-playing games.
Results are determined by rolling a d10 die and comparing to stats on the various characters and their spoils. Spoils affect the different stats for each character. Other highlights include optional and advanced game rules to fit personal preferences and also there is a spot in the rulebook to add house rules as well. At the top of this article I mentioned I am always looking for a game that stands out from the rest of them and Fallen Land: A Post-Apocalyptic board game does that. The sandbox game play style coupled with the role-playing aspect lends to a unique experience every time the game is played, leading to a ton of replayability.
Sure there are games like Arkham Horror that use a skill check system but the modifications by spoils cards in Fallen Land give this game an edge up over the previously named game.
Starting with production value, this game offers a LOT for its price point. That is a lot of product. The game has a rulebook that is 42 pages long, full color with plenty of examples. The Rulebook does a nice job of giving a nice back story that sets the tone for when the game takes place.
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