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Author: Ian Vance

Barbarian Kingdoms fundraising campaign, Jester Games

In short
Number of players: 3 to 6
Duration of the games: 10 to 15 minutes per player
Recommended age: 12+

10-Minute Barbarian: Just the good stuff from RTS games

The theme
In the 5th century, the Roman Empire dominated the Mediterranean periphery. When the Horde des Huns smashes over Europe, it forces the Germanic tribes to flee towards the borders of the Empire. After decades of wandering, looting and war, these “barbarians” peoples end up sedentary and founding autonomous kingdoms inside the Empire which will eventually lead to the fall of it.
In Barbarian Kingdoms, each player plays a barbaric kingdom (Huns, Ostrogoths, Vandals, Visigoths, Francs and Saxons) and competes for supremacy on Western Europe.

The specificities

  • An original fighting mechanics: “pots-of-the-vine” (hidden auction).
  • Asymmetry: each kingdom has a specific position, power and king
  • Simple and intuitive rules: 10 minutes of explanation of rules
  • Fast parts: 10-15 minutes per player, with one action per turn
  • Replayability: thanks to asymmetry and scenarios (combinations of kingdoms)
  • Little chance: only the implementation of “chests”
  • Up to 6 players
  • A single unit per maximum province

The battles are resolved by the majority of battle points. Battle points are allocated according to which controls the province at war, for the units engaged and for the “pots-of-the-vinza” paid.
Concretely, after the units’ commitment phase, the two players who compete will each bet secretly (in a scholarship) part of their “treasure”. The scholarships are then exchanged. This money, paid to his opponent whatever the outcome of the fight, will allow the battle points to be won. This original mechanism brings a dimension of bluff and creates tension, because it consists in sacrificing the future (by becoming poorer and enriching his opponent) on the altar of the present.

Hearthstone: Legend in three days

Jeremy Wang Aka Disguised Toast is sometimes known from the first days of Hearthst1. At that time he made attentive with crazy Twitch Plays-Hearthstone videos and illuminated regularly the most serious bugs in the game . After a long Hearthstone pause and a stopover on Facebook Gaming, the Twitch Streamer has recently shown that he still has it.

Within three days he was the new Metagame of Hearthstone and climbed in standard mode on the legend rank! He did not take the Legend Climb so seriously.

The old toast is still on it

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“Damn! Less than a week,” he said excitedly after defeating his opponent. “I’m back in Hearthstone Constructed and I am the 5999th best player in the world!” Well, at least in North America.

For the long-standing fans of Toast this is a comeback, of which many thought it would never come. “I just played Hearthstone ironically. There was nothing serious, but I had to come back and let myself a bit.” He also said that the game feels much faster than earlier and described the pace as “crazy”.

Disguised Toast reaches Legend playing Hearthstone for 3 days after 3 Yrs Hiatus | Time to Rank 1?

Five years to comeback

You can hardly believe it, but on March 11, 2022 Hearthstone will be eight years old. Until about five years ago, DISGUISED TOAST was one of the best players from Blizzard’s collecting card game and participated in tournaments around the world. Since then, a lot has happened to today’s Variety Streamer and Member of Offline TV.

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