One day, this blog will get back to face to face board gaming.
But in the mean time, the wonderful folks at Handelabra Games announced over the long weekend that Spirit Island, the cooperative game where players are the natives of an island trying to resist being encroached on by horrible colonizers, will be coming to Steam Early Access on April 16.
How do I know this?
Well, this showed up in my email box on Friday.
So I think I’m safe in saying that this is a thing.
I’ve only played Spirit Island once and I did enjoy it, but it wasn’t a game that really hit all of my “I must play this again!” buttons. It was a big hit when it came out in 2017 (by Greater Than Games and designed by R. Eric Reuss) and it’s still pretty popular. (Editor – “That’s an understatement, it’s #13 on Boardgame Geek!)
In Spirit Island, players are spirits of the land, helping their people survive and fight back as hordes of colonizing invaders spread across the land attempting to settle themselves and wipe out the native population.
When it first arrives on Steam, it will allow you to play the full game with 1-4 spirits and will include all of the power cards, scenarios, and 2 adversaries.
Later, as time goes by, they will add the following (all taken from the email):
An interactive tutorial (Go read the rules until then!)
More animations and visual effects
Extended music and sound effects
Card Library Screen
Thematic island boards
As with all Early Access games, there will be bugs and improvements needed, so definitely keep in touch with them about anything that you find.
The screenshots already look pretty good, but I’m sure Handelabra will be improving the graphics as well.
If you’re one of the many people who love this game (and judging by Boardgame Geek, there are a lot of you), then give this one a try when it comes out. What else do you have to do when you are avoiding going out and meeting other people?
I know I will be checking it out.
Also, during the first week, you will get a 15% discount off of its normal price.
No guarantee, though I think this is often the case, but even the “normal” price will probably be a discount off of what you will pay if you wait until it’s perfect and fully launched.