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Vengeance: Director’s Cut is an expansion to 2017’s Vengeance, a game in which the players are downtrodden heroes seeking to get revenge against those who have wronged them. In Vengeance: Director’s Cut, the players are movie directors, shooting a film about the heroes attempts to confront their nemeses – in fact, the expansion is billing itself as “A revenge movie in a box.”

In the Vengeance: Director’s Cut expansion, a new gang is introduced as well as a new hero. The expansion also introduces Hero Perks and Story Missions, which are specific to each hero and add more narrative to the base game.

Through the currently running Kickstarter campaign, which has funded, those interested can get the base game as well as the expansion. For further information, be sure and check out the Vengeance Kickstarter campaign here. The campaign only has about a week to go!

Chronicles of Drunagor: Age of Darkness has now been launched on Kickstarter. The game is designed by the team of Daniel Alves and Eurico Cunha Neto, who are also responsible for such titles as Masmorra: Dungeons of Arcadia and The Towers of Arkhanos. Chronicles is being published by Creative Games Studio.

Chronicles of Drunagor: Age of Darkness features a campaign mode with around 40 hours of game play for 1-5 players, depending on the player count. If the players do not or cannot immerse themselves in the campaign, there are also adventures that can be played as one offs. The game is a fully cooperative strategic game with a 60 page adventure campaign book and a 30+ page adventure interactions book so there is plenty of material to choose from!

Chronicles of Drunagor: Age of Darkness has about 3 more weeks left in its campaign. It is already fully funded with many stretch goals already unlocked. For further information on the game, including game play videos, be sure and check out the Kickstarter campaign here.

Cosmodrome Games has announced a new family game coming soon, Squire: The Collector of the Glorious Rarities. The game is designed by
Pavel Atamanchuk, who also designed 2018’s Architectura. The game is for 2-4 players, ages 12 and up, with a 40-60 minute play time.

In Squire: The Collector of the Glorious Rarities , the players take on the roles of anthropomorphized animals in the world of Victorian England who are buying relics, holding exhibitions and participating in auctions all with the goal of achieving more success than the other players.

One of the features of the game is variable difficulty with an easy mode designed for players new to the game and a hard mode for those with more experience. The game also features an interesting take on engine building and dynamic pricing in its market.

For further information on the game, a look at the artwork and the rules, check out the Cosmodrome website here.

In one of the first big announcements coming out of Essen 2019, Portal Games has announced that Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game is being reimplemented as Detective: Season One. Like the original game, Detective: Season One is a fully cooperative game for 1-5 players.

However, unlike the original game, Detective: Season One is more family friendly, featuring only 3 cases (the original game features 5), and has a shorter play time of 90 minutes, as opposed to the 2-3 hour playtime of the original game. Portal is billing the game as “perfectly tailored for a mystery game night” with each of the three cases set in a different setting.

Detective: Season One will be hitting your friendly local game store’s shelves in the second half of 2020. For those who are unfamiliar with the original game, more information can be found on the Portal Games website here.

Races of New Era, otherwise known as Rone, is a post-apocalyptic card game for 2-4 players which plays in less than an hour. The game was designed by Štěpán Štefaník with artwork provided Rastislav Kubovic. The latest edition of the game, Rone: Complete Edition, contains the base game and its previous expansions. The new Kickstarter project features not only the Complete Edition, but a new expansion, Last Stand, as well.

Rone is a strategic card game that prides itself on being easy to learn, but hard to master as players join in a global war, recruiting soldiers, battling machines, and equipping their troops, all in an effort to become ruler of the new order. The new expansion to the game, Last Stand, introduces 2 new game modes, Radiation Mode and Environment Mode. Radiation Mode adds more cards to each players deck and Environment Mode introduces new environments to which the players must adapt.

The Kickstarter campaign for Rone has about 3 weeks to go and at the time of this writing, is about 1/3 of the way to its funding goal. If the game or the new expansion sounds good to you, be sure and check out its Kickstarter page here.

Scott Almes is adding to the “Tiny Epic” series from Gamelyn Games, this time with Tiny Epic Dinosaurs, a worker placement/resource management game for 1-4 players which plays in about 30-60 minutes. The game is funding on Kickstarter now.

In Tiny Epic Dinosaurs, the players are ranchers trying to run the most successful dinosaur ranching farm. They do this through 6 rounds, each of which contains several phases during which they will harvest resources, put their ranching team to work buying new dinosaurs, tending those dinosaurs, improving the ranch for those dinosaurs, and hopefully breeding those dinosaurs. The player who most successfully accomplishes all that – scoring the most victory points – wins the game.

Tiny Epic Dinosaurs has already funded and unlocked several stretch goals. The game has about 3 more weeks to go in its Kickstarter campaign. If you are interested in further information about this campaign, check it out here.

Rome & Roll, a “roll and write eurogame” as it bills itself, is now available on Kickstarter. The game is designed by Dávid Turczi and Nick Shaw and being published by PSC Games.

The game supports 1-4 players and plays in 60-90 minutes. In Rome & Roll, the players use a dice drafting mechanism to perform a multitude of actions, including gathering resources, making conquests, and creating political alliances, just to name a few. The goal of the game is for the players to have the most influence by game’s end..

Rome & Roll has already funded, but about 3 weeks remain in the Kickstarter campaign. If you are interested in more information, check out the Kickstarter page here.

Tickets for Dice Tower East are on sale now! The tickets went up for sale on October 8th at 12pm EST and are selling briskly, so you do not want to miss out!

Next year’s convention will be the first run in Orlando exclusively by the Dice Tower. There are approximately 1800 tickets available for the event. By comparison, this year’s Florida convention had over 3000 tickets sold, so the upcoming East convention will be a bit smaller and more intimate than the one held in 2019. The event dates (around July 4th week) will remain the same as in previous years.

The 2020 convention is being held in a different hotel than in previous years, The Florida Hotel (check out the link here for photos and other information on the hotel.) The hotel is very close to the Orlando airport.

If nothing else, you surely want to investigate the Dice Tower library, right? Tom has been adding to the library to ensure it is one of the best gaming libraries in existence. One of the reasons that the number of tickets being sold was lowered is so that the emphasis of the convention will be on gaming – hopefully with more of the Dice Tower crew.

Please come and join in the fun! We would love to see you there!

Codenames, the wildly successful party card game designed by Vlaada Chvatil, is getting yet another theme applied to it, following in the footsteps of Codenames: Disney and Codenames: Harry Potter, to name a couple. The new edition of the game is Codenames: The Simpsons.

Codenames: The Simpsons uses both words and pictures as up to 8 players (split up into teams) work together cooperatively to locate secret agents hiding among many of their favorite Simpsons characters including the entire Simpson family, Mr Burns, Krusty the Clown, and a host of others. The game will be available during the 2019 holiday season.

If you are interested in the latest Codenames incarnation, check out the information on OP’s website here.

Eagle-Gryphon games has announced that Rococo, a long out-of-print title, is coming to Kickstarter in the spring of 2020. The new, deluxe edition of the game will feature all new artwork and graphic design by Ian O’Toole.

Rococo, which was originally published in 2013, was designed by Matthias Cramer, Louis Malz, and Stefan Malz. This euro game played 2-5 players, ages 12 and up, in about 2 hours. In the game, the players are tailors, seamstresses, and dressmakers charged with preparing dresses and jackets for the people of the court to wear to the king’s latest ball.

The game utilizes deck building and area control as its primary mechanisms. Each player begins with an identical deck that is comprised of master tailors, apprentices, and journeymen, each of whom can be replaced when the player chooses to pay for an upgraded version of these cards. The area control mechanic comes through as players place the newly dressed patricians into the multiple halls of the king’s palace. They player will control the area if they have the most people in that particular hall.

Be on the lookout for this Kickstarter in 2020. Eagle-Gryphon will be making announcements about the game over the next 2-3 months and have started up a Facebook Launch event for those interested here.