Katy Perry might have the eye of the tiger and be a fighter dancing through the fire. But you’re going to be the one to Roar.
Roar: King of the Pride is an aggressive territory control game with resource management mechanics which gives players multiple paths towards victory. Each player controls a separate pride of lions made up of Male and Female Adults and Male and Female Cubs. During each players turn, if they have a male and female in the same territory, they can breed by rolling a die to determine how many cubs are born. As the pride grows, they can expand into new territories which will grant additional opportunity for hunting for food.
In Roar, as in nature, the lionesses are the hunters and are required to feed the pride. Different territories have different prevalence of zebras, er, I mean, food. Same thing, I guess. As the prides expand, they may have to start looking to war with neighboring prides for access to the best hunting grounds. Alternatively, a more powerful male might attempt to sway the females of a warring pride into joining his pride instead. Expansion is also the best way for each player to score their secret objective cards, which often rely on players entering a specific territory or controlling group of territories.
Throughout the game, players have the opportunity to sacrifice one of their male lions to gain ancestral strength. The sacrifice will permanently reduce the amount of male lions the pride can have but increase each male lions overall strength. This will ensure each lion is more powerful than a lion without ancestral strength, but the pride won’t be able to control as much territory, with having fewer males in the pride.
As the game progresses, the true villains arrive: humans. They begin to build settlements in the most verdant areas and will kill any lions in their area. Each player has a turn placing a human settlement and can use that to their advantage. If a settlement appears, lions in that area must move or face humanity at its worst. However, when a pride relocates, the cubs can not join. The migration is too much for them and they are left behind.
via IDW Games
In the wilds of Africa, lion prides rule over all beasts, but only one pride can rule over all the lions! In Roar: King of the Pride, three to six players compete to become the dominant pride of Africa. Managing your food supply, while expanding your territory and growing your pride size with cubs, will take strategic planning and key wits. Even the best-laid plans, however, can be interrupted by other prides’ secret objectives, or worse…the encroachment of a new and deadly threat.
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