Release date Oct 25
You awaken with a splitting headache and no idea how you got here. The wilderness stretches in every direction, and something howls in the distance. Your quest for answers will have to wait; first, you need to survive.
Just Games is proud to announce Fantasy Flight Games’ newest game, Discover: Lands Unknown, a Unique Board Game of exploration and survival from Corey Konieczka!
Whether you’re playing by yourself or with up to four players, your ultimate goal in Discover: Lands Unknown is to survive—but your adventure holds many of its own secrets. As a Unique Game, every copy of Discover: Lands Unknown is unlike any other in the world. The unique mix of environments, characters, storylines, items, and enemies in each copy of Discover means that your own adventures will play out very differently than your friend’s copy of the game. No matter where you find yourself, you’ll need to survive and uncover the reasons why you’ve awoken, trapped in the wilderness. Whether survival means cooperation or competition is completely up to you!
Matt’s Take: I spend a lot of time outdoors, whether it’s working or recreation, the themes of this game have always spoken to me. I remarked once that in films and stories, the phrase “our heroes have come to a dangerous land” describes perhaps every piece of media that has ever moved me. I got a chance to take an early look at this game, and I have to say, it gave me chills. It’s as though Corey was making this game for me. From the unboxing, where you literally “discover” your game components, to the actual game play which is a solid engine that doesn’t feel random at all. I really like this one, and I think a lot of you will too.
You can pre-order below. Pre-payment earns double points, and a reservation that is pre-paid on or before the release date will also get double points.
What Makes Discover: Lands Unknown Unique?
Discover: Lands Unknown is a new adventure for Fantasy Flight Games, joining KeyForge as one of our first Unique Games. What is a Unique Game? In a nutshell, it’s an entirely new type of game! Unique Games can take many different forms, but they share one thing in common—every copy of the game is unique. The copy that you pick up off the shelf will have different components than the copy your friend gets at their store.
While mechanics and some common components like meeples will be the same in every copy of the game, the vast majority of the cards, tiles, and tokens in your box will be randomized, selected from a vast pool of possible components. When you open your copy of Discover: Lands Unknown, you can never be sure what you’ll find inside, and the combination will be different from every other copy in the world. In other words, Unique Games aren’t like Legacy Games, which start with identical components, but become unique through gameplay. Unique Games have their own distinct mix of components in every box!
Everything that you encounter on your adventure, from your pool of survivors, to the enemies that you encounter, to the tools at your disposal, to the very environment itself, can be changed, with every copy of Discover: Lands Unknown presenting an experience unique to you. While some groups will find themselves marooned on a desolate island with mysterious creatures roaming the night, others may be trapped in the mountains, just trying to stay warm enough to survive.
In the spirit of this sense of mystery, this announcement article and future previews will show as few components as possible while still diving into the mechanics of the game. Just like your survivors embarking on a mysterious adventure, you never know what fate awaits. Still, if you want to go into the game without any hints of what you’ll find within, it’d be best to turn back now!
Your Story Begins
Like the survivors you’ll be playing as, you know that you need to escape… you’re just not sure how. In each game of Discover, you’ll play a scenario in your own evolving story, drawing your next objectives from quest cards. These quest cards will give you short term goals essential to your survival—the longer you survive, the more likely you’ll find a way home.
Working together with other players, you can complete objectives quickly, but when water is short and creatures stalk the night, isn’t it every survivor for themselves? Every copy of the game comes with multiple scenarios, so like many of the components found in Discover, you never know what quests you will find in your adventure!
Explore to Survive
If you’re going to survive the terrors of night in the wilds, you and your companions will have to gather resources, craft items, and search for a way home during the day. During the safety of the day, you’ll spend stamina on your turn to perform different actions. You may wander across the wilderness, gather resources, collect water, fight enemies, discover new areas, and more!
Survivors can explore as much as they want during the day, but every action drains your survivor’s stamina, and if your survivor can’t continue on, your turn is over, right where you stand. You must carefully weigh the consequences of your actions: exploring is important, but if you end your turn away from the safety of a campfire, you leave yourself exposed to the harsh conditions of the night.
You must explore the wilderness to escape, but danger waits around every corner. While you may find items essential to your survival during your adventure, but you may also find dangerous enemies, ready to attack! The call of the wild is alluring, and even more so when survival is on the line. Do you have what it takes to find a way home?
Who Are You?
Like the very environment around you, the group of survivors included in your copy of Discover: Lands Unknown is also randomized, so you won’t be sure who your heroes will be until you open your box. Each survivor brings something new to surviving in the wilds. Perhaps one of your survivors is Biff O’Bannon, a lumberjack who can easily gain more wood. Or maybe you’re surviving with Jasmine Limjoco, a mountain climber who can traverse difficult terrain with ease. Your decision of which survivor you play will dramatically change how you approach your escape.
Find a Way Home
Like the survivors of Discover: Lands Unknown, you don’t know what awaits. Lost in an unfamiliar world, can you survive and find a way home?