Red New York & Wielder By James Caunce

Red New York is a competitive board game based in an apocalyptic New York City when an other-worldly plague has invaded the city.  In this game, players must pick the enemies they must all fight. The goal of the game is to earn points from beating monsters in combat, the harder the enemy, the more points the player can earn from beating them. Red New York uses a “risk vs reward” method to encourage players to try and eliminate their opponents and earn more points at the risk of their demise. I added in more gameplay value and replayability by including item cards and character cards to encourage players to play differently and be more strategic.  
I like using the risk vs reward mechanic to influence how the players will play the game so basing a board game around this mechanic seemed like a fun project, it was just a matter of creating a weird and horrifying world for this game to take place in.  
Wielder is a top-down, point and click game, made in UE4, where you play as a flying sword that must destroy all robots. I wanted to make a game where I try to tie all the mechanics of the game together, as a result, the sword’s speed is their health and to increase their speed they must destroy robots. There are three types of robots, each increasing in difficulty and require the sword to move at a faster speed to deal damage. By connecting all the mechanics together, the entire game can be played with only the mouse, making it very accessible and easy to pick up. 

Red New York: Game Trailer


Red New York: Board Game


This is the printed board game. The scoreboard doubles up as a card placement area to help tidy up the playing area. Each player has a health board to keep track of their character’s health and there are four different card decks: Characters, Standard Enemies, Undead Enemies and Item Cards. To complete the set, there’s a Rulebook with a QR code on the back that takes the user to a helpful video guide.

Red New York: Board Game Image

Red New York: Score Board


Red New York: Score Board Image

Red New York: Health Boards


Red New York: Health Boards Image

Red New York: Enemy Cards


These are the designs used for the backs of the enemy cards. 

Red New York: Enemy Cards Image

Red New York: Character Cards


Each player starts the game with a character card that features a mission, the players can choose to complete their mission during the game for extra points.

Red New York: Character Cards Image

Red New York: Items


There are 20 item cards in the game. Each player starts with an item card and gets a new one after they’ve used one. This was to help encourage players to use their weapon cards.

Red New York: Items Image

Red New York: The Arachnoid


Red New York: The Arachnoid Image

Red New York: Big Sister


Red New York: Big Sister Image

Red New York: The Chosen


Red New York: The Chosen Image

Red New York: Necroborg


Red New York: Necroborg Image

Red New York: The Door


In the year 2032, a door appeared in the middle of Times Square in New York City. The door was opened, and the apocalypse began, an evil known as The Collective was released from the other side and spread like a plague across New York City.

Red New York: The Door Image

Wielder


Wielder Image

Wielder: Trailer


Wielder: The Sword


The Sword has two states: an idle state for when the sword is hovering and a moving state for when the sword is flying towards the player’s clicked location.

Wielder: The Sword Image

Wielder: Mining Drone


Wielder: Mining Drone Image

Wielder: Security Drone


Wielder: Security Drone Image

Wielder: Enemies


Wielder: Enemies Image

Wielder: Menu Level


I decided to use the game’s menu as a way of teaching the player the main mechanic of movement. The menu is a level, the player will click start, and when they do, the sword will fly to where they click. 

Wielder: Menu Level Image

Wielder: Gameplay


Wielder: Gameplay Image

Wielder: Gameplay


Wielder: Gameplay Image

Wielder: Gameplay


Wielder: Gameplay Image

Wielder: Furnace


Wielder: Furnace Image

Wielder: Drone Door


Wielder: Drone Door Image

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