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Originally released in 2012, The Convoy was an asymmetric card game for two players set in the Neuroshima universe and designed by Ignacy Trzewiczek. The superstar designer’s company, Portal Games, have just announced a new edition of the game due to release in Q4 this year. The new edition is titled Neuroshima: Convoy and features streamlined rules, while updated graphic design sees the original’s plethora of confusing icons replaced with text. Although not one of Ignacy’s more famous designs, he’s clearly enthusiastic about its return:

“I am so proud of this design. It is only 35 cards per player…In Convoy I managed to put huge replayability and lots of fun and meaningful choices in only couple of cards. It’s like a micro game for me. I am damn proud of this game.”

For the full details of the announcement, head to the Convoy page on the Portal Games website.


The Harbinger is the latest expansion for Talisman 4th Edition, and Fantasy Flight have shared more details of its contents in their latest preview article. This preview concentrates on the new characters and the new alternative endings.

The Armageddon Crown alternative ending makes the coveted Crown of Command into an agent of doom, while the  End of Days ending sees players face off against the four horseman of the apocalypse. And they’re just for starters:

They all must be vanquished before any character can enter the Inner Region. There in the Valley of Fire awaits the captain of these Horsemen and the most terrible demon of all, The Beast, arisen from the pits of Hell to wreak misery and devastation across the world. You must fight this nearly omnipotent fiend and defeat him to win the game, or else fall dead at his gargantuan cloven feet.

Meanwhile the new characters include the angelic Celestial, who remains good no matter what trials they face, and the mutated Possessed, who is irredeemably evil.

Roll on over to the FFG preview page for more details.

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Arrrrrrrrre you ready for a new miniatures game from Cool Mini or Not?  Described as a MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) style game, Rum & Bones pits 2-6 pirate crews against each other to battle for Davey Jones’s legendary treasure:

Rum & Bones is a miniatures board game where players control fantastic pirate crews engaged in fierce combat. Inspired by MOBA style video games, Rum & Bones’ gameplay is deep, fast-paced, and highly strategic. The game pits two pirate factions, controlled by 2 to 6 players, whose ships are locked in combat, with each crew attempting to board the enemy ship and disable it.

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Each ship’s single-minded crew of Deckhands and Bosuns charge headlong across the gangplanks to attack key deck features on the enemy ship. These lowly crewmen are not directly controlled by the players. They form a constantly-replenishing mob of pirates charging towards the enemy, but the crews are evenly matched, so it’s up to the player-controlled Heroes to shift the tide of battle!

The game funded successfully in only 30 minutes after launching and is well on its way to blowing through its  stretch goal.  Included in the game are 70 miniatures, 20 base inserts, 8 dice, over 70 cards, over 100 tokens, and 15 tiles.  Cool Mini or Not has successfully funded over a dozen Kickstarter projects  in the past, including Xenoshyft, Zombicide, Kaosball, Super Dungeon Explore, and more.

To learn more about the project, as well as fund it, you can visit their Kickstarter page here.

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As the 2014 BGG Con wraps up in Dallas-Fort Worth Texas, the organizers have announced that next year there will be a 2nd BGG Con held over Memorial Day weekend – May 22-25, 2015.  This new event is being promoted as a family friendly version of BGG Con and will provide discounts for active-duty military and veterans.

While registration is not yet open, there is basic information available as well as link to reserve hotel rooms in the announcement on the BoardgameGeek website.

BGG Con was first held in 2005, attended by 250 people gathering to play games.  Over the last 9 years it has grown to over 2500 people and includes gaming, a Puzzle Hunt, a Game Show, Vendors, a Poker tournament, and more.

The new convention will actually be the 3rd major event held in 2014 for BoardgameGeek; they previously announced a cruise to celebrate 10 years of BGG Con.


Roughly how I feel when I play Netrunner


“Try on this definition of “mature” and see what you think of it: Maturity means running toward new things, to see what you can learn, where before you ran away from them,” writes Leigh Alexander for Shut Up & Sit Down, in an absolutely essential and excellent long-form piece detailing one woman (and her mentor friend, Su&Sd’s Quinns) journey as she waded into the murky and vast world of Android: Netrunner.

Alexander takes a good, long look into learning what is arguably a very hardcore game with a strong, and ever-shifting meta, as well as a personal take on struggling with learning a fairly technical style of game in the face of a learning disability. The article marks both an impressive journey from struggling newbie to self-assured gamer for the author, and a friendly glance into just what Android: Netrunner is really all about.


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Announced just recently,  Cyrpozoic Entertainment and Valve Software have joined forces and will be producing a board game based on the wildly popular, meme-spawning, cake-veracity-doubting video game series Portal.  Cryptozoic is no stranger to licensed products, having released games based on The Walking Dead, the web-comic Penny Arcade, and Joe Hill’s comic book Locke & Key.  Valve is no stranger to quality, having brought about the black hole of money and time that is Steam, as well as many of the highest-regarded games of the past fifteen years, including, of course Portal and Portal 2.

Over at Polygon, you can find an article with some insight into just how the project came about.  Interestingly enough, Valve, who famously eschews any internal corporate structure, and simply allows their employees to work on what they want, had been working on the project for almost a year before approaching Cryptozoic.

There’s a lot to be optimistic about here.  This is an excellent IP, and instead of a  blatant cash-in, you’ve got a project already well into development, being honed by a company with a little more experience in the medium of board games than the creator, and one that is no stranger to licensed games.


BoardGame Geek member Zopper-Alf’s Expedit-ed Collection


You’ve probably heard by now.  Bad news has issued forth from the land of Sweden, and the future is bleak for obsessive, storage-conscious board-gamers across the world.

That’s right, IKEA has cancelled the EXPEDIT.  First hinted at on the company’s German Facebook page, confirmed by the Huffington Post, and having spawned plenty of furor/sadness/randomness on BoardGame Geek and even a Facebook group to save the wonderful little shelving squares.

Thankfully, the EXPEDIT will be replaced in April with a new shelving unit called KALLAX.  Whether or not this lives up to the legend, and the exacting standards of the board gaming enthusiasts everywhere remains to be seen.

Let it be known that the EXPEDIT will remain on sale until they’ve sold out completely.  Considering the great gnashing of teeth that has issued forth from the hallowed halls of Twitter, however, you might want to empty your trunk and make way to the land of Billy the Bookcase and strange Swedish food.


Games in the Main Stream:  Klaus Teuber, the creator of Settlers of Catan

Bringing up the hobby with a stranger can probably elicit one of two reactions:  “You mean like, Monopoly?” or “You mean like, Settlers of Catan?”  This is, of course, a vast generalization, but a good example of the two worlds of board gaming.  In what appears to be an ongoing segment here at Dice Tower News, we will once again bring your attention to an excellent article profiling one of the major names in our hobby.  In this case, the creator of Settlers of Catan, one Klaus Teuber.

The New Yorker gives an interesting and in-depthlook at Mr Teuber and his many accomplishments, profiling both himself and the creation of his biggest game to date, as well as offering an insight into the financials and sales generated by the biggest game around.

While many gamers these days would argue that Catan has transcended the niche hobby of board games,and is in and of itself a main-stream game; it is worth noting that for a lot of people, it was the gateway to a wider world, beyond Parker Bros. and the like.  Looking past the fifty or so different expansions, licensed versions, and digital editions, this game, and the creator, remain a keystone in an ever-expanding hobby.

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Recently the Washington Post published a fantastic article profiling game designer Volko Ruhnke.  In the process of bringing a good amount of attention to a very niche, and hard-core branch of the board gaming world, the Post offers up a good insight into the man responsible for the creation of such highly regarded titles as LabyrinthAndead AbyssWilderness War, and his latest release: A Distant Plain.  Ruhnke, a CIA analyst, and apparently quite a the old-timey gun enthusiast (just look at the pictures, you’ll see what I mean) talks about the culture and process as well, and the writer gives a well-written account of just what playing one of his games is like.

Frankly, this is a style of gaming that I’m not terribly familiar with, but reading the article certainly stoked my interest.  The complicated styles, and very interesting and non-traditional themes of his games (Andean Abyss, for example, is about the 90’s insurgency in Colombia of all things), again, all very thoroughly addressed by the author, are painted in a very intriguing light.


By now, most everyone in the board game world is familiar with Mr Wheaton and his series TableTop.  Well, a very motivated forum member over on BoardGame Geek has actually laid out the effect on the sales of the games Mr. Wheaton and company have featured on their highly successful YouTube series.  The findings are surprising: the effect is quite pronounced in some cases.

For the whole thread, and all the info, you can follow this link right here.  For a taste of what you can find in the thread, I’ve included a few of the graphs below.

For the latest episode of TableTop, featuring Fortune and Glory, click here.

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