A few weeks ago was Peachstate Hobby’s Speed Gaming event in Dallas, Texas. Peachstate (or PHD) is one of five distributors we use in the United States to get you your games, especially if you live in the South. These closed trade show events allow publishers such as Cryptozoic to play games with owners of Friendly Local Game Stores (FLGS) across the nation, and boy do we play a lot of games!
The game I had on my table at this particular event was Antoine Bauza and Ludovic Maublanc’s Attack on Titan: The Last Stand, which we are publishing alongside Don't Panic Games this summer. You might have first heard about this game back in 2015 when we first started demoing it at our Gen Con booth. Well, now it's 2017 and we’ve gone through a ton of testing, refinement, and polish. After playing it over 100 times at the Speed Gaming event, I have a feeling this game will be huge!
If you aren't well versed in the world of Attack on Titan, the anime follows Eren, Mikasa, Armin, and the rest of their squad as they defend the last bastion of humanity against the ravenous and massive Titans, who have only one thing on their minds: destruction. Intrigued? Check it out on Netflix now. Don't worry: I'll still be here when you're done.
--One binge session later--
Back? Pretty good, no?
Attack on Titan: The Last Stand puts up to four players in the role of a squad of Heroes. Just like in the show, you must work together using your unique abilities to take down a Titan. You do so by rolling your own set of five custom dice that allow you to move up and down the Tower and Titan, attack with Cannons or swords, and even dodge devastating blows. What's even cooler is that you can re-roll these dice as many times as you want, with one caveat: Every time you roll a Titan symbol, you lose that die.
But the dice with the Titan symbol don’t just disappear. Instead, they are given to the Titan player. That’s right: Not all players are playing as Heroes! One person becomes a terrifying Titan, who tries to take down the Heroes using everything he can, including the dice with Titan symbols. That player can be either a Basic, Destructive, Deviant, or Voracious Titan. Either the Hero players will win as a team or the Titan player will succeed in wiping out humanity!
After countless play sessions, it’s clear to me that Antoine Bauza and Ludovic Maublanc have truly made a fantastic game. Because the dice are used by both the Heroes and the Titan, the player count scales amazingly well. The bigger the team of Heroes gets, the more destructive the Titan is. Also, because many abilities give players the opportunity to exchange dice and players can re-roll dice, random chance is heavily mitigated.
Because of the one vs. many nature of Attack on Titan: The Last Stand, teaching the game is a breeze. The person most familiar with the game should choose to be the Titan and help guide the first few rounds for the other players, going a bit easy on them. Once that warm-up game is over, you’ll want to play over and over again. With eight different Heroes and four Titans—each with a separate oversized card and deck—every game will be different.
Attack on Titan: The Last Stand breaches the walls of a game store near you this summer! Not only that, it will be played by Geek and Sundry on Tabletop Day (4/28) at 7:20 pm PDT. Like what you see? Don’t forget to pre-order at your FLGS or wherever you purchase games now.
Will you aid humanity or work toward its destruction? For more news on this and other exciting games based on Attack on Titan, keep scouting Cryptozoic.com or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.