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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.

The makers of the Fidget Cube, Matthew and Mark McLachlan, have a new cooperative game out on Kickstarter, Fidget Factory. The game plays 2-5 players, ages 10 and up, in about 20 minutes.

Fidget Factory bills itself as “a fast-paced, chaotically fun co-op game.” In the game, the players have to a Fidget Cube before the deadline to ship it. They do this by collecting 3-of-a-kind sets and completing tasks in several different categories. The players win if they beat the deadline. The players will lose if they fail to deliver before the deadline or if they run out of coffee.

This Kickstarter project features both a base and deluxe edition of the game. The game has already funded and several stretch goals have already been unlocked. If interested in the game, check out the Kickstarter page here.

Starling Games has launched a Kickstarter for 2 new expansions for its popular game, Everdell. Both expansions are designed by the original game’s designer, James A. Wilson. The artwork for both expansions is supplied by the game’s original artist, Andrew Bosley.

The first expansion, Everdell: Spirecrest, allows the players to go beyond the borders of their beloved Everdell to explore the world outside their own. Adventure awaits the players who dare to go beyond – allies to acquire, weather to survive, ancient ruins to explore, and more awaits as players encounter the Spirecrest Mountains.

The second expansion, Everdell: Bellfaire, sees Everdell celebrating the 100th year since its founding. This expansion allows for 5-6 players, rather than the 1-4 of the base game. It also introduces variable player powers, Special Events, new end game goals and more.

If you are interested in Everdell, this Kickstarter has you covered, allowing players to purchase the base game, the first expansion Everdell: Pearlbrook, plus the two new expansions. You can take a look at the Kickstarter page here.

North Star Studios has announced its next release, Paint the Roses, designed by Ben Goldman, who was also on the design team behind North Star’s Oceans. Paint the Roses, which was originally web published, plays 2-5 players, ages 11 and up, in less than an hour.

Paint the Roses is a cooperative deduction game with a Wonderland theme. The players are gardeners in the Queen of Hearts garden attempting to figure out how to decorate the queen’s garden, but she really does not care. All the Queen cares about is beheading people! The players must avoid losing their heads by figuring out what the Queen wants. The designer is working on tweaks to the game where the players will be able to solicit help from the White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, or Cheshire Cat to escape the castle.

North Star Studios will be demoing the game over the next several months at the following conventions:

  • SHUX: Oct 4th – 6th
  • TableTop Network: Nov 18th – 19th
  • BGG Con: Nov 20th – 21st
  • PAX Unplugged: Dec 6th – 8th

No official release date for the game has been announced, but for more information on the game, take a look here.

Paul Dennen, the designer of Clank!, is following up that hit title with Eternal: Chronicles of the Throne, also being published by Renegade Game Studio in conjunction with Dire Wolf Digital.  The new game promises to combine both deck-building and a strategy card game in a tabletop game that replicates the world of the digital game.

Eternal: Chronicles of the Throne plays 2-4 players, ages 12 and up, in about 30-45 minutes. The players are trying to gain control of the Eternal Throne by recruiting allies, attacking their enemies, researching spells, building up their defenses, and acquiring relics.

If it sounds like this game is up your alley, further information can be found here. The game is available for purchase now at your friendly local game store or online.

An expansion for the highly regarded Gùgōng is now being funded on Kickstarter. The expansion, Gùgōng: Pànjūn, is designed by the same designer as the original game, Andreas Steding with the artwork for both being provided by Andreas Resch. The game is being published by Game Brewer.

The Kickstarter features deluxe versions of both the base game and the new expansion. Both are set in 16th century China as corruption reigns supreme. The players represent influential families trying to gain more influence by wending their way through the intricate bureaucratic system. The expansion adds 4 different modules to the base game that give the game more variety and new locations for the players to visit.

If you are interested in learning more about this already funded Kickstarter campaign, be sure and check it out here.

Ankama Board Games announces Treasures of Cibola, a family-style board game that plays in about 15 minutes. The game was designed by Romaric Galonnier. It is for 2-4 players, ages 8 and up.

In Treasures of Cibola, the players are exploring the ancient temples of the city using a betting mechanism, pitting their team of explorers against the teams of the other players. Be careful though! Every time the temple is explored, it becomes less and less stable. The game ends after just 8 turns and whoever has rescued the most treasure, i.e. scored the most points, wins.