Dice Tower Newsletter

Corey Thompson

A retired veterinarian and ex-cell biologist, Corey spends his time with board games, computer history, banjo music and general useless frivolity. Corey can be found as doccabet on BGG.

Vlaada Chvátil’s fantastic civilization building game Through The Ages now has a digital version available. Through the Ages is easily considered one of the best board games of recent history, having its newest edition ranked at #2 on BGG. Czech Games Edition has made the mobile app available for both iOS and Android. You can read the full press release from CGE here.

Along the same vein, Temple Gates Games and Rio Grande Games have announced a digital version of Roll For The Galaxy. The popular dice game version of Race For The Galaxy hit the board game world by storm in 2015, and has consistently been at the top of the charts. The digital version will be made available for iOS, Android and Steam, and is being designed by Keldon Jones, who was responsible for the AI on the Race for the Galaxy app. You can read the full press release here.

Z-Man Games has announced the new 2018 Season of Pandemic Survival. Pandemic Survival is the competitive team version of the award winning cooperative classic, pitting teams of 2 against the same scenario: same roles, same cards, same infected cities, same situation.  Tournaments are held across the glode, leading up to the World Championships, with the grand prize being a trip to any city on the Pandemic map. For more information on the 2018 Survival Series, read the full press release here.

Eagle-Gryphon Games has started a Kickstarter Campaign for Titan Dice: Limited Edition. In this fast paced dice roller, players frantically roll 6 custom dice trying to cage five mythical creatures. Each turn, players need to decide whether to roll all active dice, all spent dice, or all active and spent dice. But once three wounds are rolled, that player is out for the round. Creature dice gain the player special ability creature cards when spent, allowing them to manipulate the rolls. The Limited Edition of the game comes with UV Spot creature cards and player mat, as well as marble texture dice.

Titan Dice will continue on Kickstarter through October 9, and the game is expected to ship September 2018.

Looney Labs has announced Dr Who Fluxx, the latest in the make-your-own-rules series of Fluxx games. Play with regenerations of the good doctor, Gallifreyn tech and even K-9. Dr Who Fluxx releases on November 23, 2017.

The good Master and Madam Looney also have an expansion in the works for the popular card game Just Desserts. Just Coffee adds 6 new edibles and 4 new customers to the game. Together with Better With Bacon, players can now host a sweet and savory extravaganza. Look for Just Coffee on September 21, 2017.

Those of you lucky enough to attend GenCon 50 know full well that it was a shopping extravaganza full of hot products that sold quickly. Paizo, Inc. has announced that Starfinder, the space based followup to the role-playing staple Pathfinder, was in fact the fastest selling product they have ever released. The core Starfinder book sold out in 6 hours, selling more copies than any other Paizo product, during all 4 days of previous years’ conventions. The entire Starfinder line is currently back-ordered, but stocks are expected to come back in October 2017.

Look for accessory products for Starfinder, such as miniatures from Ninja Division, and even an official soundtrack from Syrinscape.

Portal Games has announced the newest expansion group for Neuroshima Hex 3.0, the Iron Gang. Iron Gang specializes in chain attacks, spreading webs of iron across the battlefield. Units can cast a chain attack, drawing a line of destruction between units and damaging those in between. Additionally, units can cast ranged nets, which can hinder enemies, although are not very durable. Finally, who can resist the “chick on the bike” unit, riding across the battlefield wreaking destruction, and increasing the initiative of her allies.

You can read the full press release from Portal here.

Z-Man Games has announced details about the latest iteration of the award-winning Pandemic series of games, Pandemic: Rising Tide. In this new cooperative game by pan-legend Matt Leacock and Splotter Spellen great  Jeroen Doumen (Food Chain Magnate, Roads and Boats), players must battle the incoming seas instead of disease, to prevent flooding in the Netherlands. Blue cubes represent water coming inland, and players construct hydraulic engines in connected regions of water to pump the cubes out to sea. Take control of hydraulic engineers, sanitation workers or builders, building and repairing dikes to control the movement of water. Construction of massive hydraulic structures can earn great reward, as you make one of the seven wonders of the modern world.

Read more about Pandemic: Rising Tide on Z-Man’s press release here. The game is due to hit game stores in late 2017. It should be noted that for each pre-order of Pandemic: Rising Tide, Z-Man will be donating to hurricane relief efforts.

River Horse Games, publishers of the Labyrinth the Board Game, have announced Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal, an adventure board game set in this unique cinematic universe. 2-4 players take on the roles of either one of the Gelflings or one of the Skeksis, trying to complete their objectives in the land of Thra before the 3 suns align. Dark Crystal comes with 4 miniatures of the main characters – Jen, Kira, skekSil and skekUng. Also in the box are 6 dice, 4 character sheets and special ability cards, 7 NPC character standees, cards, tokens and a turn track.

The Dark Crystal is expected to hit stores in Q4 2017.

Fantasy Flight Games has announced Battle for Rokugan, a new strategy board game set in their recently aquired Legend of the Five Rings universe. 2-5 players take on the roles of Rokugani Daimyō battling for control of the 7 honorable clans’ territories, as well as the mysterious Shadowlands outside their borders.

Players gain honor with each province claimed, and a special ability if they manage to claim all the provinces within one territory. Battle is waged through secret placement of combat tokens, determining defense, diplomacy or battle. After 5 rounds, players score points for hidden objectives and add together all the honor earned through the game.

For more details, you can read the entire press release from Fantasy Flight here.

Steve Jackson Games has announced a number of games coming this December, both Muchkin and not, in their newsletter, the Daily Illuminator.

Super Kitty Bug Slap is a new card game for 3-5 in which players play cats trying to slap bug cards as quickly as possible. The player with the most claimed bugs wins.

The Munchkin Valentine’s Day Monster Box holds over 2000 of your favorite Munchkin cards, along with some extra goodies. The box contains a Level Playing Field, some seals and dungeons, and features cute artwork by Katie Cook.

A new themed Munchkin playmat is coming, The Flower of Love. Not only does this playmat organize your Munchkin game, but also includes a bonus rule for play. Once per game a monster can be played as an ally, adding its level to yours by discarding the number of treaasures printed on the card.

Heaven and Ale from Michael Kiesling and Andreas Schmidt is a new 2-4 player game which takes place in a monastery, pitting players in fierce competition to see who can brew the best beer. Players need to keep their cloister garden fertile and well manned, in order to collect enough resources to fill their barrels.

Michael Kiesling has also teamed up with his long time partner Wolfgang Kramer to bring Reworld, a card and tile game set in a terraforming future. 2-4 Players claim tiles from the board, and the values of neighboring claimed tiles allow the play of specific numbered cards from their hand. Players score fir picking up terrabots, developing their cities, deploying satellites, and for meeting goals set at the start of the game. Rounds end once all players have emptied their hands of cards, and a game lasts five rounds.

Look for both these games from Eggertspiele in October 2017.