Ok. What. Is. THIS?
The good folks over at Gaming Library just received a very suspicious-looking package from Plaid Hat Games. And it seems like its not your ordinary shipment of games…
We can plainly see that the Raxxon logo is clearly stamped on the box. For those curious, Raxxon is the pharmaceutical company first introduced in PHG’s hidden-movement game Specter Ops, which then made it’s way into another well-known game Dead of Winter, where the brand made it’s appearance via a module in The Long Night.
In a nutshell, think of Raxxon as your Umbrella Corporation for boardgames.
Digging deeper, on the epicgamingnight’s instagram page we found what was concealed behind the letter:
So it looks like a new game. One that hasn’t been distributed to the mass market just yet. And PHG’s looking to have some fun with the gamers for a bit before it becomes commercially released.
Now the letter reads:
Dear Team Leader
Raxxon pharmaceutical has always had humanity’s best interest at heart, that has never been more true than today, as Raxxon invites you to partner with us and save the human race.
Those affected by the recently reported virus outbreak are turning violent, and infection rates are rising across the globe. Evacuation protocols have been activated. In crisis of history such as this, community leaders like you and benevolent companies like Raxxon must unite.
As you know, the outpouring violence and panicdue to the outbreak has left the government strapped for resources. For this reason, Raxxon pharmaceuticals has been authorized (to) take extreme measures wherever the disease has spread in order to contain the virus.
We’ve opened a quarantine facility in your area. Unfortunately, false reports and dishonest media have resulted in a suspicious public, and many are wary of Raxxon pharmaceuticals’ help. We can only keep people safe if everyone trusts our goodwill!
Therefore you’ve been selected for two roles: First, as a citizen liason, we need you to lead the evacuation of your own area. Second, you will be key in recruiting new teams across the world to our cause by helping us get supply to more teams.
We urge your cooperation and support. Without your contribution, your own city – filled with your own friends and relatives – may be lost Time is short! Raxxon can assure safety and security for all with your help.
Before proceeding to your first mission, be sure to sign in at MyRaxxon.com for further mission briefings, explanations and opportunities – especially to recruit more teams.
Sincerely and Urgently,
Upon checking the site there were a few entries that were logged, like the one you can see above. Much like the letter, it all goes back to Raxxon. It is clear that experiements for a certain “cure” were done and people suffered or died. You can only read a few entries on the site, as some of it requires some sort of access, so we now go back to that mysterious box.
What we know:
- This is a new game from Plaid Hat Games called Raxxon
- The game is set in the world of Dead of Winter
- They released it as a secret game to 50 different locations around the world
- The box is a special evacuation kit
- As of this post, there is no entry on the Boardgamegeek page, no reviews/videos, mechanics, nothing.
- Looks like recruitment/ referrals/ invitations for up to three people can privately be made
- For now, without the invitation, no one can get the game
That’s all that we have for now. Most of the details are all up in the air… Is it some sort of Legacy game that the first 50 people can have some impact on? Your guess is as good as mine. GenCon 2017 is not far ahead, so it’s safe to assume that we’ll get more details in the coming weeks.
I got the chance to play this last night. In a nutshell its a true co-op, no betrayer, set in the Dead of Winter universe. Your goal is to save all 30 survivors in the deck. The game gets extremely more difficult as there are less survivors in the deck and more zombies. The characters all have different themed based powers. You are limited by how often you can use these powers. After you use a power you must always take the secondary negative active on each if your turns going forward.
Crossroad cards have been replaced with Raxxon cards… IMO very nasty effects