The Darkest Night board game has been around for a number of years, slowly increasing its presence via a number of small expansions. This fantasy adventure game sees your team of heroes co-operating to try and stop the evil necromancer who is bringing darkness to the kingdom, and he does this by putting out varied blights into the seven areas of the board representing different locations of the small world. Heroes have special powers which they use to destroy this evil directly, but can also chain effect with one other to help defend the realm. Clever co-operation will help you beat the rising darkness track, and it has some similarities in this regard to Eldritch Horror, which i really enjoy.
Darkest Night is now on kickstarter as a second edition, which brings all the previous content together into one package, massively improving the components and artwork and making it have a deluxe feel. The game will be self contained, and is playable from solo up to 4 heroes, and variants will now exist for using two heroes in a game instead of previously always needed four. The package now being presented is quite costly, but it is also stunning and the gameplay itself is already highly regarded by its edition one owners, so is not an unknown quantity. You can also optionally purchase miniatures for all the 29 heroes.
I have looked at this game before, but the previous gameplay requirement was to control 4 characters, and this always slightly put me off. However this new game looks like it is just what i want right now, a mechanic that enables me to take on the game itself, many different heroes to select from and all with different power combinations, superb looking board and artwork, loads of events which will bring you a different game each time, and then some dice rolling and decision making on how best to combine the heroes. In fact upon viewing the new demonstrations, even using 4 characters doesn’t look as onerous as i previously thought. It does look like a game i would really enjoy both solo and with others. The kickstarter can be found here > Darkest Night 2nd Edition