Review: Krosmaster Arena Frigost – spells on frozen soil

Krosmaster Arena: Frigost - packaging

Our whole land suddenly froze. Nobody knows, how it happened. One day, we just went to sleep surrounded by green grass and woke up into a completely white world. Neither the guards, who were on duty that night, did notice it. As if every one of them has closed their eyesat the same time. And when they opened it again, there was frost everywhoere. No snowing, nothing like that. Just there.

We are gonna get cold too soon. There was a great cooling in the world of Krosmaster Arena (review). We will be again lead into the arena in expansion subtitled Frigost. Each and every krosmaster will want to be there. Game was published already in , but we managed to get it only now. Authors are and with illustrations by Alexandre Pope. Publishers are companies Ankama Games and .

Low square box is again under control of heroes. They are guarding game board, which is two-sided and represents two new snow-covered arena. And then, there are plastic bins, that hold firmly one new miniature, Count Harebourg. He is portrayed also on the only two cards, that are located inside the box.

Krosmaster Arena: Frigost - board detail

Neat package of news, however, starts with cardboard components. There are 72 new demonic rewards, but also fifteen new summons to call. Because its frost everywhere, there are also tokens for injuries, action points or movement, all carved from ice. And then there is nature. Specifically, trees and shrubs, that players will have to carefully put together and these new plants are covered with snow, just as a new set of crates.

You may remember our article on Krosmaster Arena from last year. Game disarmed us with its visual aspect, but it was also great fun and hit in our playroom. In Krosmaster Arena, players are in control of several characters and lead their team towards victory. They fight together, use abilities from cards and attack. Only one of rivaling parties may survive. There is a lot of small rules in the game, that make it pleasantly complex. Their exploration will last long after first unpacking.

And now, Frigost is here to even expand this gameplay with its icicles. So what new does it add? Thus, besides the obvious, arena and new characters? There is a lot of news and first concern is eponymous feature – frost. Heroes are fighting under new rules, because they can receive frost damage from their opponents, because new spells are just focused in this direction. Such injuries can not be healed so easily. Overall, it is much harder to get rid of the damage, because you can use a new thawing action for two action points.

Krosmaster Arena: Frigost - miniature

Then there are demonical rewards. Specifically a huge pile of them and most of them deals with magic tricks of ice. But there is also new equipment and also a brand new level of ruby improvements, that will turn your warriors into unstoppable machines. Just discovering these new tiles and their combinations is fun for a truly long time.

But that is not all, because new arenas are a lot different and definitely not for beginners. They have a different layout of elements and put more tactical demands on players. Thanks to this game, your options are again postponed another bit further. But it is never at the expense of length, which remains similar.

Overall, gameplay is near basic game. While there are some small new rules in there, but these are clearly drawn on the back side of the rules. Thus, a user needs to read them only once and for experienced krosmaster fighters, there is nothing to hide or deceit. Game works exactly as before, only with new knacks. If you introduce newcomer to combination of basic game with Frigost, they would probably not even recognize it. So much it all fits into the gameplay.

Krosmaster Arena: Frigost - tokens

Processing is precise. And especially with a miniature, but cartons are also strong and building all the physical elements for map is easy and maintains its shape well. Perhaps there might be a little more of components overall, because visually you might be disappointed about the contents. On the ratio of new gains in entertainment, there would certainly be no sad „ohh“ there.

is a very good expansion. Disappointing for fans is the fact, that it contains only one new miniature. In light of the truth, these figures are the main deal of Krosmaster Arena, but Frigost still offers a pile of new entertainment, that can easily be recommended to all those, who have this game at home. It is an excellent addition to your collection.

DesignerNicolas Degouy, Édouard Guiton
ArtistAlexandre Papet
PublisherAnkama, Ghenos Games, Japanime Games, Pegasus Spiele
Year Published2013
# of Players2 - 4
User Suggested # of Players Best with 4 players
Recommended with 4 players
(7 voters)
Playing Time60
Mfg Suggested Ages12 and up
User Suggested Ages12 and up
(5 voters)
Language DependenceSome necessary text - easily memorized or small crib sheet
(6 voters)
CategoryExpansion for Base-game, Fantasy, Fighting, Miniatures
MechanicAction Points, Push Your Luck, Variable Player Powers
ExpansionKrosmaster: Arena, Krosmaster: Quest
FamilyAdmin: Better Description Needed!, Crowdfunding: Kickstarter, Game: Krosmaster
Primary NameKrosmaster: Arena – Frigost

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Review: Krosmaster Arena Frigost – spells on frozen soil
Final word
Krosmaster Arena: Frigost expansion is really cold, but it ignites a fire at your table. It succeeds in bringing plenty of small innovations, that mainly enhance versatility of the game. An enormous amount of demonic rewards ensures long discovery. New miniature will please all, but there could be more. It is fortunately balanced out by quite cold feeling, that permeates through entire game and is utilized to the smallest detail. A new kind of injury adds another level of complexity. Krosmaster Arena: Frigost is well-done extension, which could be even a bit better (and possible more expensive at the same time).
Reader Rating0 Votes
Pros
new miniature
frost element through entire box
an enormous amount of new rewards
excellent replayability
equal gameplay
two new tactical arenas
Cons
only one miniature
feeling, that expansion could contain more material
3
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