The Malted Meeple hopes that you and your loved ones are staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. While we are all practicing vigilance and safety when it comes to our physical health, we believe it is equally important to protect your emotional well being. One great way to do that is to find ways to spend quality time with loved ones in a safe way. At the Malted Meeple, friends and family come together to enjoy time over a great board game. We want to take this opportunity to help you do the same thing from the comfort of your own home! While you may not have an extensive library of games, there are actually quite a few games available online, in what is known as Print & Play.
This week we are highlighting Expedition, a roleplaying card game that expedites character creations and combat. So… what does that mean? That means you and your team of adventurers can jump right into the action! All you will need is a copy of Expedition (which can be accessed and printed from http://cards.expeditiongame.com/), 20 sided dice for your team, a handful of tracking clips, and a smart phone, tablet, or computer to access the free Expedition app. Your tracking clips can be paperclips or clothes pins – these will be used to track your health (as well as your enemy’s health) through the duration of the quest.
Don’t worry – if you don’t have access to the app, there is a printable sheet for offline rules. The only difference is that it will return to a more traditional RPG with one character acting as GM.
Once you have all your materials, you can begin setup. Luckily, setup for Expedition is not only fast, but easy as well. You will split out the cards into their specific decks: adventurers, ability types, enemy types, and loot. Each player should be given a helper card at this time. Afterwards, players will select their adventurer – it is said that players should choose the adventurer that speaks to them the most. Players will then choose their starting abilities, use their tracking clip to indicate full health, grab their d20, and open the app!
From there, players select the quest they would like to play and pass the phone around to read sections of the story. Here is where you will be faced with decisions to make and it is up to the group on how you best think these should be handled. You will occasionally be rewarded with loot throughout your adventure and it is also up to players how they wish to divvy up their treasures.
For a quick run through on the basic rules for Expedition, check out the following YouTube video. This short, quirky 4-minute video will go over a lot of what was said here as well as show how the app integrates combat.
We hope that you try out Expedition and let us know what you think. Keep an eye out here for more Print & Plays – be safe, friends!