I love goblins. This traditional fantasy villain race just has a bad reputation. Sure, they’re a chaotic band of miscreants bent on mischief, but they can be so much more. Goblins of Elderstone is a city building game, taking this often abused group and painting them as the protagonists. It’s about time they got to shine, too.
I’ll admit, it’s been a while since I’ve played a game of this type. However, Goblins of Elderstone has a certain charm that may get me back into the genre. In addition to building up your village and making sure your tribe is kept in good spirits, you can pursue several social angles. Want to be a conqueror? Go out and pillage. Want to be a mercantile powerhouse? Send out your traders. It’s up to you how you want to play.
Good and Evil
Goblins are generally seen as obnoxious pests out to ruin your life. That is a role played by the other races in Goblins of Elderstone, but they can also be staunch allies and possible trading partners. You can even follow the tenants of one god or another and go on a “faith based” win. Just make sure you treat everyone you meet with respect or they’ll probably end up trying to conquer you.
What I like most about Goblins of Elderstone is the artwork. I just think the goblins themselves are so adorable. I want to see them in action and how they interact with the world. As a fan of goblins, I really would like to see this one succeed.
(Ed: We’ve added the very promising Goblins of Elderstone to our curation page on Kickstarter, check out the full list at http://kickstarter.com/cliqist!)