With LOKA leaving the warehouse at high speed to wing its way towards waiting Kickstarter backers around the world, it only seemed right that I should crack a copy open and let you have a look at the lovely contents! Everyone seemed to like the DreadBall Ultimate unboxing I did a while ago, so let’s what you make of this!

First up, it's worth mentioning the box. River Horse have done a great job with this, and it would look perfectly at home on any board game shelf!

First up, it’s worth mentioning the box. River Horse have done a great job with this, and it would look perfectly at home on any board game shelf. I’ll be getting one!

Cracking open the cover, you're greeted by the LOKA gameboard. Again, it looks great.

Cracking open the cover, you’re greeted by the LOKA gameboard. Again, it looks great, and is printed on high-quality heavy cardstock.

Fancy playing regular Chess? Easy! Just flip your gameboard. The design goes right to the edge,

Fancy playing regular Chess? Easy! Just flip your gameboard. The design goes right to the edge, so you can combine multiple boards for epic games!

Lift the board and you're greeted with a bounty of components. (As a bit of a board game nut, I'm particularly happy with the fact that everything has a set place. More of this, please, board game industry!

Lift the board and you’re greeted with a wealth of components. (As a bit of a board game nut, I’m particularly happy with the fact that there’s a place for everything, and everything is in its place. More of this, please, board game industry!)

The rulebook is clear, concise and well-written. You'll be able to digest it in no time and get playing within minutes of opening the box!

The rulebook is clear, concise and well-written. You’ll be able to digest it in no time and get on with playing a game within minutes of opening the box!

Like the board, the terrain tiles are on quality cardstock, and the artwork is really evocative.

Like the board, the terrain tiles are on quality cardstock, and printed with evocative artwork that brings the world of LOKA to life.

Dice! LOKA's dice system is really easy - when you want to capture a piece, you must beat the controlling player in a dice duel. The more advantages you have, the bigger the dice you roll!

Dice! LOKA’s dice system is really easy – when you want to capture a piece, you must beat the controlling player in a dice duel. The more advantages you have (charging, being a more powerful piece, etc.) the bigger the dice you roll!

Prithvi - The Earth Kingdom. As you can see, the pieces look great, with plenty of crisp detail.

Prithvi – The Earth Kingdom. As you can see, the pieces look great, with plenty of crisp detail. I’m really looking forward to getting a set painted!

Jala - The Frozen Waters. You get all four factions in this box, with enough pieces for each to make up half a full chess set.

Jala – The Frozen Waters. You get all four factions in this box, two Good and two Evil. You can play regular chess by pitting the Good factions against the Evil ones.

Agni - The Lands of Fire. A big part of LOKA is the ability to customise your force. Will you go with an elite army of a force of Pawns?

Agni – The Lands of Fire. A big part of LOKA is the ability to customise your force. Will you go with an elite force or an army of Pawns? The choice is yours!

Vayu - Home of the Wind-Kin. If you'd like to add more variety (and play bigger games), you can call on reinforcements with separate faction sets.

Vayu – Home of the Wind-Kin. If you’d like to add more variety (and play bigger games), you can call on reinforcements with separate faction boosters.

So there we have it! Having rooted through the box, I’m really impressed with the quality of the miniatures and other components, and I can’t wait to get some games in! Unfortunately, I’m really not very good at chess, but I’m bound to get some practice in now. That’s all it takes, right? If that’s tickled your fancy, head over to the Mantic store and order your copy now!

 

My Bishop’s Got A Bendy Staff

We’ve had a couple of emails from backers who have pointed out that a couple of their pieces (usually the Bishops) have been a little bit bent out of shape during transit. Good news, though – it’s the easiest thing in the world to fix! Being the helpful sort that I am, I thought I’d post a little guide so you could see how easy it is.

Oh dear. You won't be swaying the masses with that...

Oh dear. You won’t be invoking the wrath of the gods with that…

You want to get a bowl or mug of hot (not boiling) water. It probably needs to be a little hotter than what comes out of the hot tap, but not by much. (I boiled a kettle for about half as long as it normally takes.) Dunk your model in for three or four seconds. Yes, it really is that quick!

Dunk your model in the water for three to five seconds. Be careful not to burn yourself - use a spoon or something to retrieve it if you drop it in!

Be careful not to burn yourself – use a spoon or something to retrieve it if you drop it!

When you take the model out, any thin parts that have been in the water (like the bishop’s staff) will be slightly malleable. They won’t lose their shape or detail, but you can easily straighten out any bends. (Magic!) Just hold the piece at the correct angle for about five second and it should cool sufficiently to stay in that shape. Sorted! Told you it was easy.

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Ta-da! Now he’s ready to face the thronging masses of enemy warriors.

Incidentally, this technique also works for restic (the “sprueless plastic” that most DreadBall figures are made of), so it’s definitely one worth knowing about.

While we’re on the subject…

Alessio’s put a lot of work into building the world of LOKA, and he’s followed up this game with a new Kickstarter project!

Live on Kickstarter

The Tarot of LOKA – Now live on Kickstarter!

The Tarot of LOKA  is a new card game inspired by medieval tarot and illustrated by industry legend Ralph Horsley. If you like LOKA, and you want to see more, you’d be crazy not to back this project! At just £18 (about $29) for a deck, it’s an absolute steal. If you’re quick, there are even some Early Bird packages left, where you can get the deck for as little as £16!

Help Alessio reach his target - and if you can't back the project yourself, spread the word!

Help Alessio reach his target – if you can’t back the project yourself, spread the word!

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