Monday, January 25, 2016

Kickstart the Week 40: VENOM Assault

Deck building games have been all the rage for a couple years now. I think they are a cool change of pace from classic card games and their ability to mimic pretty much every genre keeps them interesting on multiple levels. But up until now, one genre seems to have been missing: cartoon inspired military action. VENOM Assault looks to fill that gap.

The game universe is clearly designed to mimic 80s era G.I. Joe, more specifically the comic stories of Larry Hama. The characters tactically aid the Freedom Squadron as they do everything in their power to work as a team to stop the threat of VENOM from taking over the world. Unlike some games, it is played cooperatively, with all the players working enforce to take down the threat VENOM poses. The Kickstarter page features a few different examples of gameplay as well as a complete copy of the current edition of the game rules.

The card art is all by Phil Cho, a name I have never heard, but he's got a great style perfect for four color military action. It emulates the work of modern G.I. Joe artist Robert Atkins on multiple levels.

Sample card art by Phil Cho. 
The game is still underfunded so if you're a G.I. Joe fan or a fan of deck building, I highly recommend checking it out on Kickstarter.

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