burncycle is now available at The Wandering Dragon!
A puzzly infiltration game for 1-4 players, burncycle puts you in command of a team of robots in the far future. Their mission: taking down evil, human-run corporations responsible for subjugating AI under their heel. Your team arrives at each corporate headquarters and must sneak inside, shutting down the companies’ physical operations as well as their circuitous digital networks. As you search rooms and advance to the higher floors, you’ll be rewarded with new items and abilities, but you’ll also be challenged by threatening guards, fatal viruses and the architecture itself, which was built to fight off robotic intruders.
Key to this solo and cooperative experience is the idea of “creative action sequencing.” During each round of play, all players will contend with a randomly drawn set of programming directives, which tell them in what order their bots are allowed to take physical, digital and command actions. Players can choose to skip over directives at the cost of having an incomplete turn, or they can disobey the directions by paying costly action dice. The best players, however, find a way to work within the “burncycle”: essentially, organizing their actions so that they benefit the team while staying within the directive order.
Each of the corporate headquarters in the game use unique neoprene layouts on a larger mat, changing the geography of the game to suit your target. Each CEO also has at their disposal a special threat meter, which will trigger new obstacles for your robots as time runs out. If you don’t complete the mission quickly, you may end up leaving bots behind, the victims of immobilizing power drains or destructive counterhacking.
Your team wins the game if you complete your objectives on every floor without losing your captain or maxing out your threat level.
burncycle: BioDefend Corporation
To arms! BioDefend is the newest corporation to threaten the bots of burncycle, and it may be their toughest challenge yet!
With a focus on heavily-armed guards, BioDefend and its CEO, the ruthless Latipah Loong, will trap your bots in place with burncycle-destroying threat triggers and mobile enemies. Featuring its own special rooms, corporation layouts and objective/imperative cards, the BioDefend expansion can extend your burncycle campaign or serve as a formidable standalone foe.
burncycle: The Specialists Bots Pack
Every heist needs a specialist, and with The Specialists bot pack expansion, you’ll be getting four of them!
Featuring the acrobot Gyro, procurer Subroutine, driver Servo and decoy expert Firewall, The Specialists bot pack adds new variety and options for both players and command modules to your game of burncycle.
burncycle: Deluxe Lore Recruitment Portfolio
Put yourself in the shoes of the 404th’s bots with the Deluxe Lore Recruitment Pack, a collection of burncycle fiction presented as a recruitment dossier given to a new bot joining the robot resistance! While the final product is still taking form, it will feature several short stories and lore pieces likely arranged in a booklet form and packaged in a deluxe case meant to look like a found object from the world of burncycle. It also comes with an as-yet-undisclosed form of physical media with an interactive puzzle for intrepid players to solve.