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Aeon’s End: The New Age is another great addition to the long-running series. Like the rest of the deck-building series, this standalone expansion can be played solo or with up to 4 players with a recommended age limit of 14+ for its slightly complicated mechanics. For players who are new to the series, Aeon’s End: The New Age is a great place to dive in. Experiencing this standalone doesn’t require any of the older games! Don’t worry, though. If you’re a veteran of the series, you can still use content from the older games, like Aeon’s End: Second Edition.
Many of the same mechanics are coming back in this installment. Players play as one of the Breach Mages, each with a unique playstyle. They build their deck of spells in order to defeat a variety of nemeses. As the game progresses, players will receive treasures that power-up their mages and spells. With the addition of the new Echo and Attach cards, dealing damage will be double the fun. But be careful! Nemeses get stronger, too! Now if you loved the story in Aeon’s End: Legacy, get ready for Aeon’s End: The New Age. This new installment adds a new game mode called “the Expedition System” that expands the lore of Aeon’s End with campaign-style gameplay. With a successful Kickstarter campaign and its recent full release this past September, let’s see what others are saying about Aeon’s End: The New Age.
The folks at Le Comboteur Fou participated in the last two waves of Kickstarter testing in February and they share their thoughts on the graphics of the game. Maybe it’s the focus on the narrative aspect, but Le Comboteur Fou describes the game’s art as feeling more alive than its predecessors. The mages and nemeses fit closer to the theme of the series and their dynamic art feels much improved from the older games. The mood changes with the artistic focus on action and vibrant outdoor environments and colours as opposed to the old underground tones.
But that was back in February. The full release has come, and Jayson Deare and Julie Charlton from Dice and Dragons are some is one of the first to review the game. The couple focuses on all the new mechanics of the game, including their thoughts on the Expedition System. The gameplay itself gives a different experience than Aeon’s End: Legacy as a campaign that can be played over and over again. Deare describes their experience with the system saying, “I like expedition mode. I think it’s a great expedition” (17:45). He expands on the lore aspect, suggesting that story expansions based on this new system could be made to flesh out the lore throughout the whole series. Hopefully, the developers have more lore planned for the future and we’ll be here to watch it unravel as the series continues to grow!
With all the new things to like about Aeon’s End: The New Age, here’s what attracted us most to this expansion:
- New mages, new nemeses, and new content for the long-running series
- A great immersive experience that focuses on the lore
- A new replayable game mode
- Highly compatible with the other installments in the series
- Can be played with original content
Will Aeon’s End: The New Age join your collection?
Thinking about buying Aeon’s End: The New Age? Why not bundle it with the base game, Aeon’s End: Second Edition? Any time you add three or more items to your cart, you can use the code GameNightBox to receive a 10% discount!