Brett J. Gilbert
Professor Evil and the Citadel of Time — Funforge / Passport Games
This is the third in a series of articles previewing the eight families of cards in Elysium and the game itself. Take a look at the earlier articles to find our more about Zeus and Hades.
Stoking the Forge
Gold is the most important currency in Elysium — a blessing bestowed upon you by the gods themselves! — without which you cannot hope to fulfil the heroic destiny of your allies.
Each time you transfer one of your cards into your Elysium, you must spend gold equal to the numerical level of the card: 1, 2 or 3. Each of the game’s five Epochs ends with a ‘Writing the Legends’ phase, during which you will have an opportunity to transfer one or more cards and so create the legends that will gain you the all-important Victory Points at the end of the game.
One way you can gain gold is by completing a Quest. At the start of every Epoch, the same 4 Quest tiles are placed in the Temple beside the main display of cards, and during the Epoch you must always take exactly 1 Quest.
During the Writing the Legends phase, all players gain the rewards of the Quest they took.
First, the turn order discs are reassigned depending on the large numerical value of the Quest. This in itself can be quite a boon, as the player who goes first will have his pick of all of the new cards available in the next Epoch. You are then rewarded with gold, VP, and a number of transfers that you may make during this phase.
Choose your Quest wisely: Do you seek favourable turn order, wealth or plentiful opportunities to add to your Legends? No player can have it all!
Although Quests may bring you all the gold you need, you may desire more! Perhaps, then, you will choose to call upon the aid of Hephaestus and his allies to fill your coffers?
Hephaestus, God of Fire
Hephaestus — the ugly, deformed child of Hera and Zeus — is almost universally disliked on Mount Olympus. While he may walk with a cane, he is anything but weak, and uses his command of metal and fire to fashion magnificent artifacts and powerful weapons.
Sometimes Hephaestus simply aids mortals in their own work, imbuing his special powers into their creations. If you are fortunate enough to blessed by his Divine Aid, you immediately gain 2 gold — a valuable and often timely gift!
The gifts of Hephaestus are also prized by the gods, who might request such riches and weapons from mortals. And in return, the gods grant their favour.
Sacrifice lets you immediately exchange any amount of gold for VP — or vice versa. This might give you all the gold you need to write a truly impressive Legend, or allow you to surprise your opponents by transmuting the fabulous gifts of Hephaestus into Victory Points!
Few can withstand the harsh conditions found within the vast forges of Hephaestus. Luckily, he has the talent to craft living machines to do his work for him. Not only are these metal wonders resilient to the incredible flames and smoke, but they then are able to make yet more machines!
Automaton is one of a cycle of cards, one in each family, that represent the most powerful artifacts and allies of the gods. They reward you with additional gold whenever you acquire or transfer a card of the same family — including when you eventually transfer the card itself — and can offer great riches to a player who is truly loyal to a single god.
Come back soon for the next instalment, in which we continue our journey beneath the waves and visit the watery realm of Poseidon...
— Brett J. Gilbert & Matthew Dunstan
I love the art and theme of the game and it seems to me that they mesh well with the actual gameplay.
When is this coming out?
March in the United States...