What is Desolate?
Desolate is a solo-play card and dice game. You have many choices that will ultimately equate to your survival or your demise. Do you explore the first room you reveal, or press-your-luck and skip it to move on to another, and be forced to resolve the second? When you encounter an alien you must decide how much ammo you want to spend (Each ammo equals 1 die roll) in order to defeat it. Do you over-spend for a certain victory, or take a chance a spend less? When you defeat a foe and open a crate, do you take the larger more valuable resource, or the lesser valued resource that may be more useful now? Do you use a powerful one-use item early on in the game, or wait?
There are many choices per game, and when you die, and you will often, you will not be able to blame the roll of a die or the draw of card as much as you will have to blame yourself. You will be invested. You may yell at the dice before rolling. You may jump to your feet when you find that final power cell and fire up the escape shuttle for a sweet sweet victory.
What are the expansions for Desolate?
Each of the Dark Matters booster packs add 18 cards including playable characters, new rooms to explore, items, all-new nasty affliction cards, and more. Each booster is only $5.99.
The Insurgence Expansion is a bigger expansion that comes with a glorious new larger box to house the base game and all the expansions. The main feature feature is the ability to play with up to 4 players! Also included are a bunch more items, rooms to explore, and other items. Insurgence is just $16.99.
Dark Matters Pack 1
Dark Matters Pack 2
You can now download and play a digital text-based version of the base game of Desolate! And it is free! You will be prompted to give an optional tip to the coder, which would be a kind gesture, before downloading. This was a passion project for him as a fan of the game and a highlight of my design/publishing career.