RISE: A Game of Spreading Evil + complimentary PDF via online store
RISE: A Game of Spreading Evil is the evil sister of DELVE: A Solo Map Drawing Game.
RISE: A Game of Spreading Evil is a map drawing game that puts you in control of a monstrous dungeon as you seek to reach the surface and take over their puny kingdoms. As long as you can keep your mutinous minions under control that is.
This 41 page zine has everything you need to generate natural formations, forgotten ruins, enemies, magics, artefacts, and heroes. It has a simple turn-based combat system, rules for building your dungeon and optional challenges for a harder experience.
Inspired by games like Dwarf Fortress and Dungeon Keeper, RISE aims to capture that feeling of building and ruling a dungeon, dealing with mutinous minions, and proving that you are the One True Evil.
All you need to play is, a pencil, paper (preferably 1" grid), and a deck of playing cards.
Having awoken a thousand years after an embarrassing defeat, you must build your dungeon from scratch, whip these mewling minions into line, and take the surface once and for all!
Each round your minions will mine another square of the grid, you draw a card from your deck of playing cards and see what they found. Hearts ♥ and Diamonds ♦ are resources and trade goods that you'll use for building and hiring units while Clubs ♣ and Spades ♠ are natural formations and forgotten ruins. From dwarven outposts to mysterious portals, these subterranean locales will become part of your dungeon's unique layout and may provide unexpected benefits. Or you might just unleash a horde of pixies in which case, you'll need to fight.
Combat in RISE is designed to allow for forward planning and strategic thinking without weighing you down with book-keeping. Enemies follow a tower-defense style path towards your Dungeon Heart while you move your units in simple turn-based tactical combat. Utilise traps, ranged attacks, and special units to face deadly foes or chronicle the collapse of your dungeon for use in a story or RPG.
RISE will also be supported with ongoing updates and expansions which bring new features such as hunger and farming, competitive dungeons, surface domination, and more. Or you can check out DELVE (a dwarf stronghold variant that started this whole venture) or UMBRA (a sci-fi variant which challenges you with colonising strange alien planets).