Antoine Fortuin

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Bitten by a common house spider, Antoine emerged with the uncanny ability to buy more games than he had time to play. While living in the hills of Tennessee, USA, he tries to balance software development, family, and his multiple, competing hobbies. He hopes to someday discover a pocket dimension in which to store his games.

Arcane Wonders have announced the release of Senshi coming May 2018. Senshi is a strategy game, designed by Dan Manfredini (Burgoo, Island Siege, Monkey Lab), for 2-4 players which only takes 15 minutes to play.

“You are a Senshi, a warrior-monk studying diligently at the temple under the tutelage of the current master. You and your fellow students train vigorously every day to improve your mind and body, but your master is ailing, and only one Senshi will become the next master. To prove your worth, you must develop four attributes: Strength, Agility, Wisdom, and Honor. A true master must be strong in all of these, and weak in none.” [source]

Players are competing as warrior-monks to be the temple’s next master. Each player takes a Training Card which they place before them and can then perform either a study, train, or test action. When they use the study action they take an entire stack of tiles to place on their Training Card which is limited to 3 stacks. The train action allows them to take one tile off the top of any stack on the table (including on their opponents’ Training Card) then place this tile in their hand. During the test action the player takes the tile in their hand and places it in their score pile below the Training Card. Then every player takes all tiles matching this one on top of their stacks and places them in their scoring piles.

Play continues until the last stack is removed from the center of the table and all players have a final turn. After counting all tiles in each of the scoring piles the player with the lowest score is eliminated while the player with the highest score is the master and wins the game.

For more details regarding the game and a copy of the rulebook you can check out the product page at Arcane Wonders. Senshi will be debuted at GAMA Trade Show in Reno in March so expect more details regarding the game then.

Adam’s Apple Games have Kickstarted a unique board game called Swordcrafters which has you construct a 3D sword using 2D game tiles. This is the second game from the designer, Adam Rehberg, who also designed Brewin USA.

In the game players compete to build the best sword based on its length, quality, and magic. Each round players make a cut in a grid of sword tiles then choose which of those groupings they’ll use to assemble their sword. During scoring the more adjacent matching gems you have the better the sword’s quality, and the highest sum of two gem types is the magic score, while the total length of the sword also adds points.

The game caters for 2-5 players, and you can get the base version of the game for a pledge of $29. The campaign ends March 20th, 2018, while estimated delivery is May 2018. See the Swordcrafters Kickstarter campaign page for more details.

Gamewright are at the New York Toy Fair and have revealed Forbidden Sky: Height of Danger by Matt Leacock. The reveal was done on their Facebook and Instagram accounts as well. Unfortunately, the game’s box cover is all that’s been revealed but we do at least know the game will be for 2-5 players, aged 10+.

Steve Jackson Games have taken mosquito DNA from amber and fused it with Munchkin to create their next expansion. Munchkin 9: Jurassic Snark will include dinosaur steeds, carnivorous baddies behind those doors, and some primevil loot to get you to level 10 for the win. You can mix this set with any base version of Munchkin. The new expansion features 112 cards drawn by John Kovalic and will be released in October 2018. More information can be found on the Steve Jackson Games website.

Ascension: Delirium will be the latest expansion for Stone Blade Entertainment‘s popular deck-building game, Ascension. Ascension is a fast-paced game designed by Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour champions with artwork by Eric Sabee.

“A new portal into the Dreamscape has been opened! The world of Vigil is warped by dreams and nightmares come to life. You must wield the power of the Dreamborn to battle the forces of Delirium to save the realm.” [source]

A Delirium die has been added which appears to affect the heroes’ sanity as they’re warped by it into new forms. Players can also use Insight to access powerful new hero abilities. This expansion is playable as a stand-alone game for 1-4 players, or can be combined with other Ascension games to play with up to 6 players.

Asmodee has founded HeidelBÄR Games, the first German Studio to join the Asmodee family. They were originally founded as Heidelberger Spieleverlag in 1989 and brought their first successful game to the market in 1992. The studio then published several games and partnered with Fantasy Flight Games and Czech Games Edition to expand its sales network. Then, at the start of 2017, Heidelberger Spieleverlag merged with Asmodee Group as Asmodee Germany.

Carol Rapp, CEO of Asmodee Germany:

“We are very happy that the combination of Asmodee and the former Heidelberger Spieleverlag brings together the best of two worlds. The studio’s creative freedom combined with the strong marketing and retail efforts of Asmodee promises great potential for all sides. That HeidelBÄR Games is the first German studio in this family is a great step into the future of our group.”

The new studio is managed by Heiko Eller-Bilz who had this to say:

“For us it is a great honor to take a place among the other successful Asmodee studios like Fantasy Flight Games, Days of Wonder, Space Cowboys, and Z-Man. As a studio we want to focus on games that build a bridge between family games and hobby games. On games that have that special something.”

HeidelBÄR Games is based in Miltenberg, Germany and the studio is already working on its new games. Visit www.heidelbär.de for their new website to see a catalog of their games and upcoming projects.

Raiding. Pillaging. Longboats. Axes. Beards. Braids. What is it about Norse men and women that keeps us so enthralled with this theme? One can’t deny that Viking society has a rich history and culture which game designers can draw upon for games as simple as providing a feast for a god, or building longboats or even mythical, and fantastical combat as the world ends.

Renegade Games Studios have had enormous success with the games in The North Sea Trilogy. Explorers of the North Sea: Rocks of Ruin is an expansion for both Explorers of the North Sea and The North Sea Saga. Designer, Shem Phillips, is adding new ways to score with players able to salvage shipwrecks, build structures, and raid fortresses. Salvaging shipwrecks provides provisions for extra actions, or timber to build structures, or battering rams to make raiding fortresses easier, or gold which is worth Victory Points. This expansion also adds a 5th player and features art by Mihajlo Dimitrievski. It’s expected to release April 2018.

In June, 2018, IELLO are releasing Raids. This viking themed game seems more combat oriented as players compete against each other as they try to retrieve treasure and earn glory. Players have ships which they sail from island to island to collect Vikings, Viking related paraphernalia, and fight monsters for points. Vikings can even board each other’s ships to attack one another. The game is designed by Matthew Dunstan and Brett J. Gilbert (who both designed Professor Evil and the Citadel of Time) with art by BibounRaids will support 2-4 players, aged 10+, and will play in roughly 40 mins.

Plaid Hat Games have had a great reception to their Stuffed Fables board game and have already made a Stuffed Fables Coloring Book available for free. This coloring book adds new Stuffies which can be added to the adventure. Now they’ve also released a stand-alone adventure for Stuffed Fables which can be added between chapters 3 and 4 and downloaded for free. In this adventure, players battle on the streets of their town against the dreaded Dollmaker.

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Looney Labs has partnered with Gale Force Nine for two new Star Trek Fluxx Games. The first will be based on Star Trek: The Original Series while the second will be based on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Each Fluxx will feature popular characters like Captain Kirk and Captain Picard. Fluxx is a card game with ever changing rules where play starts out pretty simple but the rules change over time as the players play their cards.

Andrew Looney, CCO of Looney Labs:

“I’ve been watching Star Trek since 1972, when I was 9 years old, tuning into the animated series on Saturday mornings. I’ve watched every series since, so it’s safe to say I’m a pretty big Star Trek fan. I’m VERY excited about working with this license!” [source]

Both Star Trek Fluxx games will support 2-6 players, aged 8+.

A new standalone expansion with 165 new cards called Boss Monster: Rise of the Minibosses is being released in July 2018 from Brotherwise Games. The bosses are back but this time they can added Mini-bosses to their dungeon which permanently modify Rooms. Players can now also earn coins, a new mechanism, through effective use of their Rooms and Spells. Those coins can be used to upgrade rooms or power up Mini-bosses. Also included are new bosses, spells, and heroes. The game will support 2-4 players, aged 13+, and plays in about half an hour. This expansion can also be combined with the original Boss Monster game.

Keep Exploring Games has announced that The Dutch East Indies board game is now available on their website and in retail stores. It was originally released at Essen in 2017 but it is now more easily obtainable. The game is designed by Martin Looij, with art by Sebastián Koziner, and Shaz Yong. It supports 1-4 players, aged 8+, and plays in 45-90 mins depending on the number of players.

In The Dutch East Indies you are a captain with two ships and a clear mission … to collect desired spices before any other country can. You could also attack your competitors to steal their spices or try to sell the spices grown in your own country to the locals. To improve your trade capabilities, you can also upgrade your ships to carry more spices or sail faster or be stronger. Pirates are also out on the seas looking to sink your ships. Whoever collects the 8 desired spices first wins.

The game will be available in a Standard Edition as well as a Deluxe Edition, which adds 3D plastic miniature ships and crates, metal coins, and wooden spices. Upgrade packs from Standard to Deluxe Edition are also available so you can try the Standard version and then upgrade if it suits your fancy.

Stronghold Games LLC, publisher of Terraforming Mars, Core Worlds, Space Cadets, and many other great games, has moved from Somerset, New Jersey to their new location in Boynton Beach, Florida. While they’re currently in temporary offices in this city they’ll be in their permanent HQ by the end of March.

Their new logo was designed by Bill Bricker, which is an evolution of the original design from the company’s inception in 2009.

Stephen Buonocore, President of Stronghold Games:

“This is an important moment in Stronghold Games history, as we exit our most successful year. With the continuing growth of the company, it is time to add new talent with both an eye toward diversity and insider/outsider industry knowledge. We mark this moment as well with a new logo – a new representation of Stronghold Games.”

There are also two, new full-time staff members. Bill Bricker will become the new Director of Art & Marketing and Pauline Milano will become the new Director of of Administration.

More details can be found in their press release on the Stronghold Games website.

FTW Events, a non-profit organization which hosts charity tabletop gaming events in the Seattle area, is hosting their third, annual Gaming for Good event on March 2nd, 2018, from 6pm-1am.

This will be an evening spent with fellow gamers atop Seattle’s Columbia Tower playing board games and enjoying a buffet dinner with an amazing view. VIP tickets are available for a more upscaled experience with a private dinner room with other VIP and honored guests, including designers, producers, and other members of the board gaming industry. There will also be other festivities and fun events such as a raffle with prizes donated from various board game companies. All visitors also get a swag bag at the door as a thank you gift for supporting the cause.

Your donations will be going to the Imagine Guild in support of the Seattle Children’s Hospital Uncompensated Care program. This program eases the financial burden of parents who need to focus on their kids health. To learn more, visit their website.

Visit the Night of Board Gaming for Good on Top of the World, ComiCon Edition full event info page.

Ticketing information can also be found here.

 

 

USAopoly Inc. will soon release a game inspired by the upcoming live action fantasy film, Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time: A Daring Adventure Game. It will be an educational experience immersed in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) academic principle.

USAopoly’s Creative Designer, Kami Mandell:

“This is all about working together as a team to come up with a great discovery. It’s all the things that you want as a [mentor] to instill in your children, which is how to work together and how to respect other’s opinions.”[source]

Players will have to work together as a team, as the main characters in the movie, to solve skill-focused puzzles across all the STEM spheres. Some of the games are aimed at children 8+ while others are aimed at young adults and fans of party games. Game pieces will feature scenes of the movie and will coincide with the movie’s release on March 9th, 2018.