The tactical miniatures community is still going strong, and with that we have updates a new releases in order to keep the game fresh and balanced. First in line is a new supplement for the Kings of War game simply called the Clash of Kings Supplement. This book is the result of the work that the rules committee does over the course of the year, making sure that no units emerge as overpowered, or are discarded because they are not usable or wroth while. The list of units getting an update is lengthy so I won’t post it here, but this kind of tweaking for the game is what helps keep them alive and interesting for everyone. Also included in the book will be a “conclusion to the Edge of the Abyss campaign, new units, new formations, and new and updated spells“. So if you are a player of the game, be sure to check out Mantic’s blog post for the full list of units getting an update, as well as a link to pre-order the book. Then keep an eye out for more updates from their blog as they preview the changes up to the release of the supplement.
Warhammer 40k has been going strong for over 20 years now, and they continue to change and update, which was especially evident in their latest 8th edition rulebook. Games Workshop continues that trend with the latest supplement book, Codex: Adeptus Custodes, which updates and expands these elite units from the Golden Legion. Not content with just putting out the Codex, they have also released four new units to be available to use with these new rules. These units are going to be versatile with the ability to be equipped with various armor or vehicles, deadly with some big damage and even a double attack, and difficult to take down with high toughness and a good number of wounds. You can read more about these new units and their stats on the Warhammer 40K Community post, and find these new models and books at your local Games Workshop retailer.
And finally we have CMON and their minis game, Dark Age, not slowing down one bit in the new year. Dark Age is a d20 based miniatures game and touts the tag line, everything dies, and so is a fast and brutal game. And like all the other games like these, CMON is continuing the game by adding a new Secondary Objectives Deck, as well as many new miniatures for the Skarrd and Dragyri factions. Some of the highlights include Skarrd Decay Cult Faction Box which includes 8 new units, the Dragyri Air Caste or Shadow Caste Death’s Devices units, and the Dragyri Soul Wardens units. So while the Skarrd and Dragyri factions get a lot of new figures, everyone gets something in the new secondary objectives deck, which adds new cards for all the factions to help tailor your deck to the faction instead of your fighting force. All of these sets are available now so you can visit the CMON website to read the full release list, and then head to your local Dark Age retailer to pick them up.
I wouldn’t say Monopoly is the epitome of board games, but it is the game that everyone outside of the hobby thinks of when you say board games. Monopoly also has a long history of being “house ruled” (ie money under free parking anyone?).
“The cheating has gone on too long! With nearly one out of every two MONOPOLY players bending – or breaking – the rules, we knew it was time to put an end to the cheating, and what better way to reach our fans than by leveraging the innovative Facebook Messenger technology,” said Jonathan Berkowitz, senior vice president of marketing for Hasbro Gaming. “With MONOPOLY CheatBot, we’re empowering fans to ‘report’ their family and friends for corrupt and questionable game play – with customized consequences to hopefully end MONOPOLY feuds for good.”
However, according to a recent study of nearly 2,000 players, it also has a history of cheating. In the study nearly half of all the players confessed to have cheated at the game in order to win, and Mr. Monopoly just can’t have that. So starting January 16th through February 16th, you can hop on Facebook Messenger and directly message the Monopoly CheatBot and he will dole out punishments and settle disputes in real time. So cheaters beware, Mr. Monopoly isn’t going to play nicely with those who cheat. You can head on over to the Monopoly Facebook page for more info and to message the Cheatbot.x
Sabordage is the french term for scuttling, that is purposefully sinking a ship to either avoid capture or because it was engaged in illegal activities. Sabordage, the game, runs similar to it’s meaning in that you are trying to hastily build your ship, while making sure everyone else’s ship is sunk. In the game Black Beard is on his death bed, and so as a final act shares the location of his treasure with you, as well as with all the other pirates. So now it’s a race to build you ship, but no one wants to share the treasure so the fighting is already fierce by the time you get to the port. Over the turns you will be drafting tiles to add to your ship and figuring out when the best time to fight and when is the best time to build. Outsmart your opponents and get onto the sea with your ship in tact and you will be the winner of this quick and fun family game.
The game is designed by Romeo Hennion and boasts a play time of only 30 minutes for two to five players. You can find out more about the game on Renegade Games’ website, and look for it on store shelves in March of this year.
Hello again folks, I know it’s been a while, but Kickstarter tends to flat line around the holidays and just after, but things are ramping back up so lets look at some worthy campaigns. First up is another in the line of solo fighter pilot games from DVG called Corsair Leader, an update to the original release in 2003. This is another entry in the Leader Series which has other air, sea, and ground based vehicle combat like Phantom Leader, Sherman Leader, and Gato Leader. In Corsair you are taken back to the beginning days of the US involvement in World War II, and it just shortly after the bombing at Pearl Harbor. You will pick either Navy or Marines for the campaign, and that will give you a selection of planes and armaments to choose from for your missions. Each mission will have you fighting either land or air targets and you will need to consider pilot skill and plan type as you ready for the mission. On the mission the dog fighting will be done through dice, so if you have some luck and good planning on your side, you will come out on top. A base pledge for the game runs $75 with the option to add on other games in the Leader series, check out the Kickstarter page for more information.
Next we have a new hidden role/social deduction game from Dog Might Games, makers of excellent wood carved dice cases, called Countdown: Action Edition. In this game you will have one person who is the action hero (or should I say, heroine), they are trying to figure out who are the hostages and who are the villains. The ultimate goal is for the action heroine to release all the hostages before the bombs goes off, thus ending the reign of terror of the villains and making sure no one got hurt. If a villain manages to escape or they don’t get all the hostages out, the villain’s reign continues until their next scheme. Each player will have a randomly assigned team card, which tells them villain or hostage, and a role card that they will have picked. Throughout the game the heroine will be drawing countdown cards, which is both a timer for the end of the game, and gives the heroine options for actions they can take. They get two actions per turn and vary from asking specific questions, asking their own questions, setting “hostages” free, and tying up the “villains”. There are action scene cards too that can throw a wrench into any plan, so pay attention, ask the right questions, and hopefully everyone innocent will make it out alive. A pledge of $29 will get you the base game, and there are upgrades to get a wooden carrying case shaped like a VHS tape, so check out the Kickstarter page today.
And finally we have another game and webcomic collaboration in the form of Last Stand, designed by 5 Color Combo Games and illustrated by Chris McCoy. Chris McCoy is known for his comedy webcomic, Safely Endangered, and his art style lends a more comical tone to a game which is all about knocking each other down. This game is all about taking out your opponents to be the last one standing, but there is a twist in this because as you take more damage, you become more powerful. How the game works is that you will start with all your cards out on the table, you will then roll 3 dice and use those dice to attack other player’s stacks of cards. But here is the twist, they will then pick up the cards you damaged, and they become usable on their next turn to gain more power. Some examples of powers you can gain include rolling more dice, re-rolling dice, moving cards around, and more. So that means that as you get hurt more and more, you get more and more powerful, but in the end someone is going to be the last one standing, and they are the winner. A pledge of $25 will get you this quick card and dice game, so head on over to the Kickstarter to check it out.
Tak has been getting a lot of good buzz. It’s a two player abstract strategy game with a ton of great reviews, landing it at number 16 on BGG for abstract games. One thing about the game though is that it’s not small, nor is it exactly cheap, both aspects which Cheapass Games has aimed to fix. In late February they will be releasing Tak: University Edition, which features the full game, but in a smaller and more affordable package. The game itself has a deceptively easy goal, just create a road connecting your side of the board to the opponent’s side. But accomplishing that goal is much more difficult because they can block you with walls, cover your pieces with their pieces, and even lock pieces in place. But manage to out smart your opponent and you can claim victory.
Next is an expansion for Dropmix, a game being talked about not so much because of how good the game is, but because of the cool technology involved in game play. The main component of the game is an electronic board that connects to your phone via bluetooth, and it’s on this board that all the magic happens. In the various game modes you will be playing down cards onto the board, and depending on where you play them you will pull in different aspects of that song into the mix. You might pull in vocals, the bass, the drums, and so on, all coming together to create a unique mix of music. So far there have been cards produced in the pop, hip-hop, rock, and electronic genres for use in the game, but now they are adding something new, country. This new pack will be like the others and include 15 cards along with one hidden track card, allowing you to pull your favorite country songs into the mix. Look for this pack to be on store shelves at the start of February.
That’s right folks, the Dice Tower Live Gaming Marathon has officially launched and will going on until 2pm on Friday the 12th. You will be able to watch the Dice Tower crew with special guests play through a whole bunch of different games into and out of the wee hours of the morning. Some of the highlights include Grimm Forest, Near and Far, Pie Town and more. But even more amazing is that they will be doing contests live throughout the marathon, but you have to be watching because the contest will be announced, and concluded within the live stream. So pull up a chair and have fun watching ‘da crew play all the latest and fun games. (Click here for a full list of links)!
Back in the days of WWII, Berlin had been famously split between east and west, and West Berlin was controlled by the allies, but completely locked in by the Soviets. This meant that land delivery of food was impossible, and so Operation Candy Bomber was launched to supply the city with enough food to survive the winter. In the game Operation Candy Bomber, you and your fellow players are working together to accomplish that very goal.
In this game the board will start out seeded with food, but every round you will flip over a card to indicate where food will be eaten. Now it’s up to the players to take their limited actions in the best way possible to resupply the people with food and candy. As typical with cooperative games there are lots of ways to lose, but only one way to win, and that’s to complete all your missions and keep everyone fed. At the start of the game you will flip over a mission/quest card, this will tell you where you need to go in order to complete the mission and any other special rules. Now it’s time to go and deliver food and candy to the hungry people, all while trying to complete the mission. Every once in a while a card will come up that moves the storm track closer to winter, and when it hits you will be grounded because of the cold weather, ending the game. If you take too long to deliver supplies to the people then they will start to go hungry, if they get too hungry they will starve, also ending the game. But if you can keep everyone fed and complete all your missions, then you will win the game. Think Pandemic but in reverse.
The game is included in the $49 pledge and also comes with a poster to display on your wall if you so desire, you can even pledge to get the 70th anniversary edition of the book, The Berlin Candy Bomber. So if this family weight historical game sounds interesting to you, head on over to the Kickstarter page.
The X-Files was a long running sci-fi style TV show about Agents Mulder and Scully investigating outlandish claims that were classified as X-files. In the show they often found the outlandish claims were in fact true, but when reporting to their superiors, Scully would take the side of science while Mulder would always tell the truth, no matter how crazy it was.
In the game X-Files: Conspiracy Theory – Everything is Connected, you will play as Mulder as you try to explain the crazy things to your superiors with the evidence you collected. On a player’s turn they will pull a prompt card from the deck, and with that prompt and the different evidence cards in your hand, try to weave together a story that the rest of the players will believe. The rest of the players will be playing their superiors and will vote, not according to if they believe the story or not, but according to how they think everyone else will vote. That’s because “the only thing worse than being an outlier is being a nut-case like Fox Mulder“.
Look for this game to arrive on store shelves in the later half of March, and then ask yourself, do you believe?
BANANAGRAMS has launched it’s 2018 in school challenge this year for 4th thru 6th grades, and it’s even bigger than before. The Bananagrams Challenge is a tournament held each year in schools across the country, and this year they will be even bigger with them giving out free tournament kits for 1,500 schools. Each school that enters in the contest will get two free copies of the game Bananagrams, as well as additional resources and materials to be able to hold the competition, and even a medal for the winner. Each school will then hold their own tournament in an elimination bracket to determine who the Top Banana is for that school. From there the organizer will submit the winner’s name and story along with other stats from the tournament including longest word, number of people who entered, and room with the most banana decor. Out of the winners of from each school, one will be chosen to receive $1,000 for their school, and additional prizes will be given for the longest word, best banana decor, and the highest school participation.
Now you might be asking, why is Banangrams doing this? Well because it’s great advertising, but more importantly it’s to help make learning vocabulary and spelling skills fun, as students will readily bone up on new words in order to win. So if you are a teacher or administrator of your school, head on over to the Challenge page in order to register and find out more information. And even if you are past the initial 1,500 schools, you can still participate, but you will have to bring your own copies of the game to play.
EPIC is a two to four player card game by White Wizard games, makers of Star and Hero Realms, where you duke it out as gods to see who is the greatest. This game brings back the play and feel of trading card style games that have been around for years, but without the costly need of buying randomly packaged booster packs. EPIC comes ready to go out of the box, and only adds cards in an LCG style where each pack has the same cards as every other pack of the same name. Previous packs have added new characters you can play as called Tyrants, or just added new cards to the game in Uprising. Well now they are adding new characters to play as in the form of a Pantheon. The first of the two packs features Furios, Father Nature and Maligus, the Dark One, each coming with 12 cards and 3 token cards in the pack so you can play as either deity. Furios is revered by all in the forest, except for Maligus that is, and he seeks to overthrow Furios. But when Furios summons you to his defense, you obey.
The second features Helena, the Valiant and Zaltessa, the Huntress, each also with 12 cards and 3 token cards in the pack. Zaltessa will hunt anything and everything under the sun, includes the other gods, but Helena has the bravery and courage to stand up and hunt Zaltessa instead. Look for both of these packs to be on store shelves in January of 2018. You can click here for details on pre-ordering.
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