Darien – a fight for survival! Based on a real event in the last days of the 17th Century when Scotland was desperate to assume a place on the world stage like her close neighbour and rival England - to become a Power and generate wealth way beyond her tiny size.
1698: The hopes of a Nation set sail for the Isthmus of Panama. The Gulf of Darien promised much for the Kingdom of Scotland. Independence from England and a chance to stand as equals with the great trading countries of Europe. However, the fate of this New Caledonia would be beset by famine, pestilence, war and death. In under 18 months this brave attempt to carve out a new frontier would end in disaster. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse turned their eyes to Darien and found it an affront to the order of nature. Mortal sinews and stamina would not prove sufficient to overcome the visitation of inhuman wrath and by early 1700 the only remnants of this outpost of humanity were overgrown graves and derelict huts. The Horsemen had triumphed.
Can you do better against infernal forces ? Can you build a thriving community that defies the Four Horsemen?
In this game you will take the role of the Head of one of the families who made that arduous journey to Darien. You will attempt to survive all that the Four Horsemen can send against you. The game can be played cooperatively to stave off the Apocalypse that laid waste to Darien in reality or competitively to succeed against the Horsemen and your fellow adventurers – you choose. It will be an important choice – the fate of 2000 settlers rest in your hands!
We have begun work on the artwork for the map board - here is an early base image and a start on the compass rose plus one of the Character boards and our Horseman of the Apocalypse!
We wish to make this an impressive game not just in design but also in production - this may be our first game, our second quantum game, which has actual figures as well as card stock counters!
How does a unique sculpture of the Horseman of the Apocalypse sound?
Once we are satisfied that we have refined the game design sufficiently we will launch a Kickstarter campaign to fund the production - it won't be for a few months yet but keep an eye out for it.
Darien Apocalypse is the latest game design from Ragnar Brothers. We have progressed a long way towards a finished game and thought we should share some of our ideas with you - a demo copy will be at UK Expo 2017