Toby Kraft

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Eclipse has been one of the stand out 4x games since its release in 2011, consistently rating in the top three of the type and always within the top 100 games on BoardGameGeek. Its closest peer within the class, Twilight Imperium, was released in 1997 but has benefitted from 4 major revisions since that time.  Eclipse has had several expansions, but no revisions since its release.  No more!  An new Kickstarter from Kolossal Games has been opened that will update and expand the original version to create Eclipse: Second Dawn for the Galaxy.

“Second Dawn”, as the name might indicate, will go well beyond an update or minor revision and is therefore being billed as a game of it’s own.  It will have game play and art that will be familiar to fans, but will include an extensive number of revisions to streamline play. The producers have kindly posted a list of the revisions to the game for long time fans that want to consider upgrading.

Just some of the components. Head to the KS to see them all at the various pledge levels

The Kickstarter includes quite the array of deluxe components, including special trays to organize play, and a larger number of modeled ships and minis than the original version.  There is also a Galactic Counselor level pledge that will provide additional upgrades for those  who are ready to make the investment.  Language throughout the page indicates that the offering is a ‘retail version’ of the game. At this time nothing  indicates any Kickstarter exclusives but that could always. It looks like those not ready to fire the plasma cannons will still be able to get the game retail some day.

Visit the Kickstarter page and Kolossal Games for more information.

Mars is hot… literally. Most of the time, except for when it is really cold.  But it is also hot as a theme in boardgaming right now, and Terraforming Mars is the leading the pack. Since its release in 2016, it launched straight to the top of the BoardGameGeek rankings and has stayed there, currently sitting in the #4 position amongst all other games.  With that popularity comes expansions, and a move out and away from the surface of Mars.  Terraforming Mars: The Colonies will be the fourth explansion for the game and will expand out into the rest of the solar system to put space stations in the void and on the moons of other planets. It follows the other Terraforming Mars games and will play with 1-5 players in 2 hours. It is currently scheduled to release 2018-10-15 with no word on if or when pre-orders will be available.

 

To celebrate the release of their new digital offering The Lord of the Rings Living Card Game, Fantasy Flight games is offering a limited edition version of the physical game that has been around since 2011.

The special edition is available now as a preorder directly from Fantasy Flight Games. An order for the collectors edition of the card game includes early access (August 28, 2018) to the new digital game on Steam including some in-game bonuses such as unlocked packs and avatars only available to those who pre-order this set.

The “The Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game Limited Collector’s Edition” physical bundle will include a complete starter set, a custom playmat, MP3 soundtrack, art prints and your very own One Ring (the power of invisibility is not included). To attract new and experienced players alike, the starter set will feature new artwork on all cards, but will retain complete compatibility with existing sets and expansions. There will also be two new heroes in the set,  Thorin Stonehelm and Gildor Inglorion, and two new quests. And for those who really like to set the scene, you’ll get a code to download the score for the digital game that you can use to enhance your game nights.

See the pre-order page for more information.

 

Renegade Game Studios will be releasing a new dexterity game in September that is all about cats and explosives… but has nothing to do with that other game about explosive felines.  A new addition to the collection of pet-themed games by artist and designer Aza ChenFireworks! pits one cute little Anime-style cat against another in an effort to create the best pyrotechnic display. To create the display, you ‘launch’ a die into the game box full of tiles using a cute decorative dice cup.  The die (hopefully) flips over several tiles and the pips on the die tell you how many of the revealed tiles you can take to place on your player mat. End game points are awarded based upon the number and completeness of the bursts that you have placed.

Fireworks! plays 2-4 players in about 20 minutes and is recommended for ages six and up. Fireworks! will retail for around $25 U.S and will be available starting in September, but the studio is taking pre-orders now for pickup at Essen.

For more information, visit the Renegade Game Studios product page.