The 3 games in Triad innovatively use 1 deck of 54 custom cards, all set in the steampunk-themed Aether Captains game world. Games are designed to share components and be able to be played quickly by 2 players in a compact space. The deck includes all cards to play each game, cards which become the game boards, and rules.
Intrigue: a 2 player game of area control across the city states of Arkady, using 24 eurocube style markers per player. Players take on the role of Grand Council members, vying for influence in the city states. Players use groups of matching cards to place 1-3 markers in each city state during their turns, trying for a majority, or can use cards to remove an opponent's influence. The game is played in 2 rounds, scoring each round, and takes 10-20 minutes.
Zeppelin Derby: a simple 2 player race game in the skies over Thoia. Players roll 5d6 and use cards as roll modifiers to race across a 3 card course. Cards include Dirty Tricks and Engineering bonuses. 5-10 minutes.
Celinian Trader: a pick up and deliver style game of trade on the Celinian Sea for 1 or 2 players. Needed are 14 eurocube style markers per player and 5d6. Players fill their holds with different types of goods - copper, glass, coal and linen - as they sail from port to port buying and selling goods, amassing their fortunes. The game is played over 4 rounds whose length is determined by a series of events both players are subject to. Different values for buying and selling are set by a Trade Market that changes prices from round to round. Competing for victory points, players may also purchase upgrades to their ships. This game is also suitable for solitaire play and takes 20-30 minutes.
All three games are designed to be quickly learned, easy to play and fun. Read more over here.
The Rules: To enter, simply post a comment here telling me what Aether Captains games you've played (and it is ok if you are new to the games and have not yet played any), what you've enjoyed about them if you have played them, and what you'd like to see in my next game design. From the comments posted I'll randomly pick a winner on May 1st, so be sure to check back then for the announcement. If you've won something on my blog before that is ok, you are welcome to enter this contest as well. Good luck to all.