10 October 2017
Amber Mines headed to Ryan Laukat’s Above and Below sequel next spring
Ryan Laukat’s follow-up to Above and Below, Near and Far, is getting its first big expansion, which crams four different modules for the beautiful storytelling game into a single box.
Near and Far: Amber Mines has already made more than $163,000 (£124,000) on Kickstarter, with the set of optional variants due out next April.
The deadline portion of the add-on introduces a replacement mine tile for the game, which is placed over the existing section on the town board. A deck of 43 Amber Mine cards open up the titular setting for players to explore and search for treasure.
Combined with the mine is the Mystic’s Hut, which accompanies 30 spell cards and a magic track tile to add single-use incarnations and abilities to each playthrough. Players must return to the hut to recharge their magical power.
Another replacement tile covers over the existing general store with a revised version complete with different actions, such as refilling hearts and gaining a coin, and alternative ways to set up camps during the game, including by buying an advanced artifact.
Lastly, there’s a module of updated threat cards, replacing the deck found in the base game. The set includes new monsters, plus more varied rewards for defeating them.
A few more stretch goals have been unlocked by the campaign so far, which will run until November 4th. Amber Mines is $28 (£21) including postage to the UK, or can be grabbed with the deluxe version of Near and Far for $110 (£83).