(1995) is a classic designed by one of the most influential people in board
games, DOCTOR Reiner Knizia, and is the
distilled pure essence of an auction game. Players bid their points on
collections of goods, some they want, some they don’t, earning more points by
set collection of those goods. Period. End of story. Medici inspired an excellent card game version
in 2016, and now Grail Games has
announced the third in the family, Medici: The
Also designed by the good
doctor, Medici: The Dice Game is a dice drafting, roll and write game,
which retains the simple elegance of the original. 2-4 players will spend their
turns over 3 rounds filling the hold of their ship, trying to collect the most
valuable goods, as well as majorities in each good type. Once again using the stunning
artistic talents of Vincent Dutrait, Medici: The Dice Game is scheduled
to hit Kickstarter in November 2019. For more information, check out Grail Games website here.
“Hey everybody, it’s time for MATCH-O-RAMA™! Trade in
the usual dice-rolling routine for a game night that will have you looking for
lights and cameras—can you dig it?”
Publisher theOP, previously known as USAopoly, has announced the hilarious new game-show-style party game, Match-O-Rama from lead designer Pat Marino (Die Hard: The Nakatomi Heist Board Game). In Match-O-Rama, 4-8 friends come to the table armed with a dry erase board and a prediction wheel. A category is chosen from the deck of cards, such as “local sports teams” or “classes you hated in high school”. Everybody then writes down answers they feel other players are likely to pick. The prediction wheel allows you to decide if your answer will come up within the next 2 players, or the next 4 four players around the table. The tighter your prediction, the more points you earn. Everybody reveals their answers and points are given. The first player to 35 points wins the whole shebang in Match-O-Rama.
Match-O-Rama is available now exclusively at Target stores. The game comes with 8 dry erase boards and prediction wheels, 100 category cards, and 60 scoring tokens. For more information, check out theOP’s website here.
Exploding Kittens has recently announced that it has
received investment capital of $30 million from the TCG Capital Management to finance its continued
growth. Kittens has said the investment will be used “to develop more games for
its fans, expand its IP into live events, build out its team, control more of
its production and distribution, and continue to experiment with innovative
ideas around gameplay to help further build the community.”
One of the big hits from GenCon
2019 was Matt Leacock’s spiritual successor
Through the Ages, the roll-and-build game Era: Medieval Age.
People loved the tactile nature of gathering buildings and walls, and creating
a city to score on their peg board. The one criticism people had about the game
was that the yellow player boards were difficult to read.
has heard the mandate of the people, and is now offering sticker sheets for the
game to make the labeling more clear. By visiting the Eggertspiel
webpage here, players can have these sticker sheets mailed to them for the
cost of postage. The company wants to make it clear that retail versions of the
game will be coming with sticker sheets attached, so please only request a
sheet if your copy did not come with one supplied.
Additionally, when Era was displayed at GenCon,
the buildings and pieces were neatly organized on a custom mat. People were so
enamored with this mat, that Eggertspiel has now made it available in neoprene
through their web store. For more details on the mat, please visit Eggertspiel
In Beach-a-Palooza, 3-6 players take on the role of Steven.
Well, alternate versions of Steven from different timelines, to be exact. Each
player’s Steven is battling in the Beach-a-Palooza to put together the best
band and win the whole show. But beware, because both corrupted and homeworld
gems are crashing the party and want to ruin the show. Players draft cards to
recruit both their band and their audience, and to generate energy and other
effects. Use your fusion powers! Attack and bubble the corrupted gems! Play
your cards right, and your band might be the big winner!
“Your hands are dirty, the back is aching and the clothes are sweaty, but your work for today is finished! The new mill looms proudly in front of you and the soft groaning and fluttering of the blades sounds like a choir of angels in your ears. Soon the golden wheat of your fields will be ground to valuable flour which will earn you a fortune. “
In Expedition to Newdale, 1-4 players each take control of a
starting coal mine, a player board, and have a hand of 5 cards. Each turn starts by revealing an event, which
not only alters the play for the round, but also dictates how many workers
minimum a player has for the round. Workers come in 4 colors, making planning
for actions tricky. Players then place action tiles on action spaces, both on
the main board and on their personal board. These tokens are numbered from 1-4,
and set the order of actions their workers will execute. After planning the
turn, more workers are drawn from the bag, which could make previously
impossible actions completely doable, adding a push your luck element to the
game. Finally, players execute their planned action tokens in order from 1 to 4,
spending workers if they have them. However, if not enough workers became
available during the random draw, some actions may go uncompleted.
Players will need to plan ahead, push their luck, and set up for a plan B to be successful in Expedition to Newdale. The game itself comes with 3 double sided boards, 4 player boards, one communal action board, over 220 cards, and tons of tokens. Look for Expedition to Newdale to debut at Essen Spiel in October, with full release to follow at the end of the year. For more details, check out Lookout Spiele’s webpage here.
For all those wanting to give back, and happen to be in
Germany, publisher Board and Dice is
sponsoring a special charity event for those attending Essen Spiel. Called Walk the Halls,
the event is a simple one, taking advantage of the single thing most attendees
are doing too much of anyway – walking. Anyone interested should first purchase
the 10 Euro Charity product from the company here.
Then, while at Essen Spiel (October 24-27) use any app or product to count
steps, something a lot of you are already doing. Finally, during the last day
at Essen, visit Board & Dice at booth C112, Hall2, to pick up a special
“At the EFC Foundation, we deal with education. Our aim is
threefold: we strive to create equal access to education, to promote creative,
innovative ways of thinking about education in the light of the challenges of
the XXI century, and to broaden its definition to include social responsibility
and civic engagement.
We believe that non-governmental and nonprofit organizations
have a specific obligation to constantly question the means chosen to achieve
their statutory ends. It is hard to come by constructive criticism in
philanthropy – there is no market verification or disenchanted voters. A
grateful recipient is always at hand. Yet it is precisely the financial and
political independence of NGOs that should oblige them to incessantly question
how they spend their money. In any subcategory of human interaction with
one-another or the environment there is a scale of the good, which can be
achieved for one dollar. Yes, it is a subjective scale and yes, its extremities
are an ideal, but this does not mean we should not work with this scale always
on our minds. Constantly striving for the most good is what makes philanthropy
the true ‘love of man’. “
Anyone wishing to spread word about Walk the Halls through
social media is encouraged to do so, using the hashtag #WalkTheHallsForCharity.
For more information on the event and the EFC,
please visit Board
& Dice’s webpage or their Facebook
Dark Souls (2017) is a cooperative fantasy board game based on the popular computer and console game of the same name. In Dark Souls, players take on character roles, fight minions for souls, level up and collect new equipment, trying to get powerful enough to defeat a giant boss. The game was noteworthy for having beautifully large, detailed miniatures, a detailed and programmed boss A.I., and, like its namesake, for being hard. Characters will die, and if too many succumb, the players will lose.
Steamforged Games has
announced 3 new expansions for Dark Souls, each expanding a specific area of
the game. The Characters
Expansion introduces 6 new character types to the game, each with new
equipment, actions and stat progressions. The Characters Expansion comes with
16 new miniatures, cards and boards to support the new characters. Vordt
of the Boreal Valley is a new boss, originally tasked with standing
sentinel over the gates that lead from the Undead Settlement to the Castle of
Lothric. Now a savage and mindless beast, the boss Vordt comes with two
behavior decks, one for movement and one for battle. The Vordt expansion also comes
with a new boss board, and new level 4 encounters, making it a difficult
challenge for experienced players. Finally, The Darkroot
Basin and Iron
Keep expansions come with 9 new double sided tiles for use in any game.
All three new expansions to Dark Souls are expected
to deliver to retail on November 22, 2019. For more details on Dark Souls the
Board Game, and its previous expansions, check out the Steamforged website
Games today announced the first expansion to Elizabeth
Hargrave’s mega hit Wingspan. Wingspan
took the gaming world by force when it hit in early 2019, combining a huge
variety of gorgeously illustrated cards with simple, elegant gameplay. Wingspan
was quickly the most talked about game, unfortunately making it frequently out
of print, and difficult to find. Winning the illustrious Spiel des Jahres
Kennerspiel award probably did not help matters either.
The European Expansion, also designed by Elizabeth Hargrave, still contains the fantastic art by Ana Maria Martinez Jaramillo, Natalia Rojas, and Beth Sobel. The new birds included in this expansion will use a variety of new abilities, including round-end abilities, more player interactions, and birds that benefit from excess resources. The plan for this expansion, and future additions, it to be seamlessly shuffled into the original cards, creating a larger, more varied game.
Stonemaier has also announced that future copies of Wingspan will include a “swift start promo pack”, which includes a first round walk-through, using specific new bird cards to demonstrate how to play. The back of the Wingspan box will clearly show whether the promo pack is included. This promo pack will be also available for separate order directly from Stonemaier. For more information on the Swift Start Promo Pack, check out Stonemaier’s website here.
The European Expansion for Wingspan will contain a new tray for holding the tremendous quantity of cards, 15 more eggs (purple!), more food resources, and a new scorepad. Pre-orders for this expansion will begin on November 6, and look for the game to hit shelves November 22, 2019. For those lucky enough to attend, limited copies will also be available at Essen in October. For more information, check out Stonemaier’s website on the European Expansion here.
Almost A Game has announced their second game, Space Chase, a cooperative escape game for 1-6 players by designer Robert Fowler. Almost a Game and Fowler previously released the bluffing and memory game Wicked Apples (2016). In Space Chase, the players are being chased by an AI Hunter through the galaxy, all while looking for the elusive Extraction Gate.
In Space Chase, replayability and variability are key. The galaxy is made up of a random 7×7 grid of colorful exploration tiles, adjustable in difficulty. The Hunter can be selected from 3 different AI styles, each with its own abilities and movement patterns. And finally, each player picks a crew from a roster of 11 different crew members, each with its own abilities.