Amy Phelps-Lucas

Newspaper worker by day, gamer by night. Mom of a blended family and wife of a fellow board game addict. Love Euros and worker placements.

Get your brain working with the tile-matching puzzle strategy game Project L on Kickstarter now!

Reminiscent of Tetris, in Project L you complete puzzles with your pieces, starting with a single basic piece, and building a pool as you go through the game. Players will compete to get the most points for completed puzzles. Each puzzle earns you points, as well as pieces back that you used, and a bonus piece for completing the puzzle, which can in turn help with more difficult puzzles.

This is a 3-D game experience, with acrylic pieces that fit in triple layer tiles.

Each turn, you can complete three actions, taking a new level 1 piece, upgrading a piece, taking a puzzle tile (you can have up to 4 unfinished puzzles), place a piece on your puzzle and only once every round, players can put a piece on all their puzzles.

Once the black puzzles are gone, players rush to complete their remaining puzzles in the last round.

Depending on pledge levels, you can receive the base game, Ghost Piece Expansion or Ambassador pack.

More information about the Kickstarter can be found here.

You are not a special snowflake – but you can pretend to be Tyler Durden in the soon-to-be released Fight Club: The Home Game from Mondo. The two-player competitive deck-building game takes you deep inside Tyler Durden or his roommate as they fight for control.

The game comes with more than 140 cards, such as sleep/insomnia, fight and Marla, an instructional foldout poster, a ‘Slide’ tracker board and a Soap Tracker piece. Remember what the soap is made out of?  The cards are dual-use and in a shared draw row, with the characters competing to become complete or hit bottom.

So grab a friend and get ready for some mayhem! You can find out more here

From Fantasy Flight Games, The Game of Thrones board game gets a new expansion with Mother of Dragons.

With a brand-new sideboard, the game brings the Free Cities of Essos to the fight for the Iron Throne. The board fits alongside the Westeros board.

The House Targaryen has a new goal for the game – to uncover the remaining Targaryen loyalists and rally them against the current holders of the Iron Throne. The House does not earn victory points by capturing castles and strongholds, but tracks the number of territories loyal to their House. If they have 7 on the victory track, they win the game.

Daenerys’s three dragons come into play in the game as a new unit type. The dragons cannot be mustered normally, and they remain in play from the beginning of the game until they are killed. Each dragon acts as a single land unit, attacking, defending and obeying the same rules of supply. They have the ability to fly nearly anywhere in Essos or Westeros. As the game progresses, the dragons grow in strength, starting at zero and ending with  a strength of 5.

With new character cards, an overlay of the Eyrie, two new Houses and matching map pieces, increases the maximum number of players in the game of thrones to eight. A new vassal system allows fewer players to play with unused Houses as neutral parties that each player can command and manipulate.

Find out more about the game here 

Coming soon to a game store near you, is Munchkin Warhammer 40,000, from Steve Jackson Games and Games Workshop.

Munchkin line editor Andrw Hackard and illustrated by Munchkin artist John Kovalic team up with Games Workshop to produce the 2019 deluxe-format game that will feature a level tracker board, character standies and 168 cards.

Players will take their army – Ultramarine, Necron, Aeldari, Ork, Death Guard or Tyranid – and make a pilgrimage to Holy Terra. Weapons like a lasblaster and critters like Sloppy Bilepiper will be found along the way.

Munchkin Warhammer is combinable with all of the Munchkin games, so players can mix and match to their heart’s delight.

“I have never seen a game store without a Warhammer 40,000 section,” said Hackard. “It’s a pleasure to get to play around in a setting that has such a rich history and so many dedicated fans around the world!”

Two 112-card expansions for the edition are planned, also to launch in 2019.

Find out more here.

From Fantasy Flight Games comes the Jabba’s Realm digital campaign for the companion app for Imperial Assault, Legends of the Alliance. It will be a free download available Aug. 8.

The campaign will be a digital retelling of the physical campaign. The Legends of the Alliance app is also free, and allows players to play Imperial Assault with an Imperial player, allowing for a team up with three other plays in campaigns on the app.

In the game, players will be Rebel operatives that are trying to get refugees to the Outer Rim, when they crash land on Tatooine, the domain of the infamous Jabba the Hutt. Will players be able to survive?

The Legends of the Alliance app is available on several platforms, including Apple, Google Play, Steam and more.

A digital game that is set to make its debut at GenCon at the Nauvoo booth from developer Digidiced is also ready for beta invites.

Stockpile, an economic board game with stockholding strategies of buying low and selling high, is combined with other mechanisms to keep players guessing.

Players act as investors hoping to strike it rich, with whomever makes the most money at the end of the game as winner, using both insider information and the stockpile.

Each round, the players are given insider information that will dictate how a stock’s value will change by the end of the round, helping them to decide when to buy and sell.

Players will purchase their stocks by bidding on the stockpiles – that is, piles of cards with a mixture of face-up and face-down cards placed by others. Trading fees can mess up the piles by making players pay more. Players will interact with one another by putting stocks and cards up for auction.

This is a heavy strategy execution game, with players deciding when to sell and when to hang on in hopes of being the majority shareholder.

The game will be available on PC, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android. It will feature online play as well as pass and play and 3 different computer opponent levels. It will also be available in a variety of languages worldwide.

More information can be found out here.

For fans of the Rick and Morty TV show, a new licensed version of Risk will be out that takes strategic conquest to a whole new world.

From USAopoly, This Risk edition has factions of beings from the show – Mythologs, Robot Dogs, Gazorpians, Post-Apocalyptic People and the U.S. Government – all trying to gain control of Planets and Locations along the Central Finite Curve. Each faction has its own Leader that will give more power to the territory the Leader occupies.

The game is for ages 17 and up and 3-5 players.

More information can be found here.

Steve Jackson Games has just announced a few new expansions for Munchkin!

First, booster packs for the Munchkin Collectible Card game are available with Grave Danger. Each booster pack of 12 contains one card that is rare or better! The base set of the game is for 2 players ages 10 and up, with a playing time of 20-40 minutes.

Next, you can throw a party with the Munchkin Party Pack. This box contains a 15 card expansion players can use with all of their Munchkin games, as well as 3 copies of 5 new cards that can be given out to friends as party favors.

These new sets are planned to be released in November. More information can be found here.

The Ninth World, set to be released soon from Monte Cook Games, takes players to a billion years in the future. This card game invites players to explore the world as clever Jack, courageous Glaive or powerful Nano. Along the way, players can improve characters  with treasures of prior worlds.

The card game blends technology tree advancement, bidding and deckbuilding. It can be a solo game, and played with up to 5 players competitively or cooperatively.

The play time is between 30-60 minutes and for ages 14 and up.

The base game comes with 12 modifiable heroes, 45 region cards, 48 town cards and 60 wilderness cards, 2 special dice, 120 skill cards, 1 monolith, hero tokens, quest tokens, bid shields, the innovative valor board and map and the gamebook.

Find out more here

Have you ever wanted to be an architect? Out on Kickstarter now, Supertall, a quick card game for 2-3 players, brings the big city design life to the tabletop.

Each turn, players will draw a card of a floor plan and will either add it to their tower, pass it to another player or use it for special abilities. Once all of the plans have been built, players score points based on the amount of Residential, Business, Entertainment and Natural amenities in their towers. And look out, because City Hall is going to heavily tax one of those amenities, making it worthless!

An expansion has already been unlocked for the game, which adds new buildings and plans.

You can find out more about the Kickstarter here