Zodiac curse brings high-tech chills
It looks like a new tabletop game developer is set to make a splash at this year’s Essen Spiel convention. This is where developer Xplored will launch their first game: Bad karmas and the zodiac curse.
According to them, The curse of the zodiac is a co-op boss fighting board game. Twelve gigantic demigod creatures called Zodiacs have appeared and threaten to destroy mankind, and only you and your motley group of heroes can stop them. On paper, it’s a relatively straightforward experience where teamwork around the table wins out.
But it is there The curse of the zodiac big unique selling point comes into play. According to Xplored, this board game will be the first of a new game system called Teburu: a media-rich experience with narrative twists and recurring characters, remote multiplayer for players to enjoy. remote friends can try it. and an AI game director who keeps track of everything on the board. For this reason, no rulebook or manual is required.
It is a bold statement of intent. While The curse of the zodiac will include pieces like models, a game board and dice of the promotional art look, part of the allure of a tabletop experience is the physical tactile feel of the game pieces and learning how to operate them. Some board games have used smart device apps to help with more complex experiences, but there have always been analog alternatives.
We contacted the developers about this approach to The curse of the zodiac. The first question immediately was what made this tabletop experience “media rich”. Game Creative Director Davide Garofolo was happy to explain. A free app for Android and iOS devices will be downloaded to players’ device of choice. The app will then connect in real time via Bluetooth LE to the game pieces. This includes the dice rolled, the miniatures and even the game board itself, all of which have been fitted with various sensors. Through this connection, contextual music and sound effects will be played as the characters move or certain events occur. Additionally, there will be “surprise visuals” for events hidden on the board, as well as fully vocal narrative sequences that will fit into the game’s campaign.
Garofolo’s passion for the project continued to shine through our correspondence. Appropriately, his inspirations for the project were diverse. He said: “Over the years, we have accumulated hundreds of board games in our collection, and we have games sessions a few times a week in our tavern. In addition to a lot of cool inspirations based on board games, we wanted to create a Netflix / Amazon style Setup and IP. Bad karmas is a larger-than-life, 80s-style B-movie, brought into modern times and played as an interactive, narrative, epic tabletop game. “
But because of all this level of Bluetooth media integration, Garofolo has dashed any hope of a more conventional analog experience. He said no compromise would be made. If you want to experience The curse of the zodiac, you will experience it through the app and the Teburu system.
If you attend this year’s Essen Spiel convention, you can see if that kind of experience is for yourself. Xplored will have its own dedicated booth during the event from October 14 to 17,