Three weeks ago, in a post How to play Codenames over the internet, I mentioned that we are working on several things for you to survive social distancing more enjoyably. Two weeks ago, we released an update to the free print and play game Under Falling Skies – which now has official translations into Czech, French, German, and Russian. And today, it is my pleasure to introduce you to Solo Play DLC for Adrenaline.
Adrenaline is a game from Filip Neduk, which we published in 2016. It is our take on first-person shooters in board game form. It was a lot of fun to develop this one, and later we felt that it would be great to add the possibility for players to play as teams. So we developed and published Team Play DLC, an expansion where DLC meant “Discovered Leftover Cardboard.” And now we are introducing another mode for this game: solo. And this time, DLC in the name really means “DownLoadable Content,” as you just need to download these rules, and you can play it.
With an idea how solo game could work, Petr Čáslava came, who was the lead developer of Team Play DLC, and Czech people might know him as editor-in-chief of Deskofobie. Both Filip Neduk, the game’s author, and the CGE team, liked how it worked. So, Petr continued working on it. For some time, we were unsure if we would find a great way how to make the expansion without adding unique components, which were not in the game. We were working with a possibility that we will make some additional components for this variant and distribute them as a free bonus to players at shows and thru retailers. But in the end, we were able to find a way how to make it real DLC. It just required players to have both the Adrenaline base game and Team Play DLC expansion.
Before we actually released it to the public, COVID-19 happened. And at first, we felt that it is great that we actually have something for solo play ready and available. But then we realized that it requires to have an expansion. As always, there are significantly more people with just base game than with expansion also. And in current times, when many FLGSs (Friendly Local Game Stores) were forced to close, it might be hard to acquire Team Play DLC.
So we decided that it would be nice to work on it a bit more and try to find a way how to make it playable with base game only. Petr took this challenge, and he succeeded. How well did he do? You can see from the first comment by Filip Neduk after he finished the first solo game:
I just finished a game of the Solo Play DLC. I just loved it. It was a lot of fun. It was really clever how the programming works, and it’s really intense. I thought I was going to die all the time, but in the end, I actually won. The next bot turn would have killed me. It is fast, elegant, fun, dynamic, and well balanced. Great job!
Petr congrats on a great addition to the Adrenalineverse. Now that I’m hooked, I have to play with all of the other characters. I played with Sprog or Juancho, as he is known in the Spanish version. 🙂
When I tried it for the very first time, I was not that fortunate, and I lost by just one hit. But I enjoyed it a lot, nevertheless. And if you want to give it a try, you can download it here from our website. Have fun!