In the latest board game TheWolves, you can pack and dominate a hex grid wilderness

In the latest board game TheWolves, you can pack and dominate a hex grid wilderness

As you hunt prey, recruit lone wolves, and prevent rival packs from moving into your territory, guide a pack of lupine hunters in a quest to control a diverse landscape. In The Wolves, an upcoming board game that prioritizes action selection and dominating opponents areas.

Players take control of a pack of wolves they must strengthen through hunting, recruiting, and territory building to achieve enough victory points. The landscape is represented by pieces of a hexagonally gridded board with five distinct wolf packs tundra, desert, forest, rocky hills, and grasslands but will need to range beyond the comfort of the home to develop.

The Wolves touts an action selection technique that allows a player to make two decisions per turn. Each tile is used to a terrain type, plus a second one in their preferred biome. Moving your wolves, establishing a den, or dominating, requires flipping tiles matching the affected hex. This is revealing the other side, but requires reducing possibilities simultaneously.

The game clock is characterized by a set of moon phases, and interstitial scoring rounds will take place throughout the game and lead up to a final tally when the whole moon rises.

At the end of the game, players will earn points for basically any action taken - increasing pack size and speed, establishing lairs, hunting prey, and the strength of their abilities all award their own vices. Conflict is inevitable, and cutting off opponents from vital territory or delicious deer might be critical to surviving in the lead.

The Wolves is a new design from Funko Games designer Ashwin Kamath and Clarence Simpson who worked on Merchants of Magick: A Set a Watch Tale last year. Pandasaurus Games is working with the pair to publish the board game, and illustrator Pauliina Linjama is creating artwork.

The Wolves support a maximum of five would-be Alphas in pre-orders, according to Pandasaurus, and the publisher intends to sell early copies at this year Essen Spiel. The full game will be available on October 26th of this year, with a MSRP of $49.95.

This fall, Pandasaurus is dipping heavily into animal-themed games, which include The Fox Experiment, a board game based on domesticating foxes designed by Wingspan''s Elizabeth Hargrave and based on real-life scientific events.

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