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.

CMON has announced a new game of gangster car racing, shooting and loot collecting, Gang Rush Breakout. In Gang Rush Breakout, 3-5 players race cars over a 3D suspension bridge board, trying to be the first to deliver their money to the boss on the other side. Players use a special dashboard to track their speed, maneuverability and damage. Gangsters can force other cars into obstacles, or cause them to drop their precious cargo, all the while outrunning the cops. Play is through a set of 5 custom dice which determine available actions, rerolled in a Yahtzee or King of Tokyo type manner. Individual cars have assymetric special abilities, and you can spend money for upgrades along the route.

Expect Gang Rush Breakout in stores on July 28, 2017, and you can read the official press release here.

IDW Games has announced the first board game from it’s new partnership with Nickelodeon, Nickelodeon Splat Attack! Splat Attack will be an all-out food fight brawl between teams, using all of the classic 90’s Nickelodeon characters. Expect to see Rugrats, Invader Zim, Spongebob, The Wild Thornberrys, Hey Arnold, CatDog, Angry Beavers, Rocket Power, Aaahh Real Monsters, Ren & Simpy, and Rocko in this food filled splat fest. IDW will host a panel about the partnership at the San Diego ComicCon on Sunday 7/23/17, and expect Splat Attack! to come to stores in Spring 2018.

You can read IDW Games’ official press release here.

Erik Winkelman has started a Kickstarter campaign for his newest board game, 21 Days, a cooperative dice game about surviving on a raft awaiting rescue. In 21 days, 1-4 players must hold together a makeshift raft composed of 6 cardboard planks, while placing dice on board locations in order to perform actions.

A logbook dictates the events over the 3 weeks, building a story and driving required actions. Survivors are represented by stacks of 2 dice on the raft. Events can cause planks to come loose from the raft, and survivors may become lost, but these events can be mitigated by accumulating hope. To win, at least one survivor must live by the end of 21 days.

The Kickstarter Campaign for 21 Days will continue through July 24, and is expected to ship by November, 2017.

Although dice as we know them can be traced back for 5000 years, Cillian Joseph McMinn has started a Kickstarter campaign for truly ancient dice, carved from one of the oldest sources of wood known. New Zealand’s Kauri trees were toppled and buried into peat swamps during a Stone Age tsunami 50,000 years ago, and have remained preserved ever since. The Ancient Dice Kickstarter is offering intricately carved dice made from this rare and precious wood, sourced from Ancient Wood, Ltd.

The Kickstarter Campaign for Ancient Dice will continue through August 22, and the dice are expected to deliver in September 2017.

Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) has put the call out to fans of the classic board game Smash Up. Smash Up and its expansions are famous for having numerous crazy faction decks to pick from, including dinosaurs, bear cavalry, cyborg apes, and grandmas. The next expansion, Oops, You Did It Again, will consist of factions chosen by the fans, much like the It’s Your Fault! Expansion from 2016. Currently, AEG is taking nominations for new factions, the most popular of which will be put up for vote.

Oops You Did It Again is due for release in 2018. You can nominate your fantasy team for the expansion on the AEG website here.

Z-Man Games has released details about the upcoming game Majesty: For the Realm, a medieval themed card game by Marc André (Splendor) with art from Anne Heidsieck (Meeple War). In Majesty, 2-4 players play medieval rulers, using loyal subjects to produce goods, such as grain. Goods can then can be processed in different ways; grain can be sent to the Mill for flour, or the Brewer to make beer. Z-Man will be updating their website weekly with more information on the upcoming village builder.

You can read Z-Man’s press release here. Majesty: For the Realm is due to be released at Essen SPIEL 2017 in October.

Fantasy Flight Games has released details about their newest expansion for Arkham Horror: The Card Game, The Path to Carcosa. Fans of the Lovecraftian Mythos will love the exptensive references to The King In Yellow, the famous short stories by Robert W. Chambers, featuring the titular play which infects the mind and breeds insanity. Carcosa introduces new “hidden” keywords, causing terrors and abilities to a single player, which must be kept hidden. New concepts of Doubt and Conviction drive the personal nature of the game, changing the campaign line between stories.

You can read the full news story about The Path to Carcosa here, and look for the expansion in August 2017.

Grail Games has just announced that they will be releasing an English language version of the popular 2013 Kosmos game Kashgar: Merchants of the Spice Road by Gerhard Hecht. Kashgar is a 2-4 player open deck building game, where players keep three stacks of cards (caravans), the top card of which is available to play. Each turn, players can activate the top card of a single caravan then move the card to the back of the stack. Actions include gaining new cards either blind from the deck or from the discards, and gaining or exchanging various resources. Resources include 5 types of spices and mules, which players use to fulfill contract cards in order to gain points.

Expect Kashgar in early 2018, and you can read Grail Games’ announcement here.

Blue Orange Games has announced that they will be selling their newest big box game, Photosynthesis, at Gen Con 50 in August this year. In Photosynthesis, 2-4 players take turns first absorbing light energy, then using the stored energy to plant and grow new trees on a hex grid board. The sun rotates around the board each round, and trees will cast shadows preventing yours and other players’ trees from soaking in that delicious sunlight so needed to progress. Aimed for players 8 and up, Photosynthesis is a highly strategic, fairly cutthroat game with beautiful components and artwork.

Look for Photosynthesis at Gen Con 50, August 17-20, 2017. You can read the full press release from Blue Orange Games here.

Fantasy Flight Games has just put out a press release detailing some of the missions included in the new expansion for Dice Tower Award winner  Star Wars Rebellion, Rise of the Empire. Influenced heavily by the newest Star Wars movie, Rogue One, Rise of the Empire will include all new leaders, units and missions from that universe. Rebel troops can leave the safety of the hidden base to do reconnaissance, or infiltrate behind enemy lines. The Empire can show its might by discrediting the Rebel Alliance or using Rebel captives as bait. The new Death Star can even run on low power, destroying cities to remove troops without inciting the type of sympathy planetary destruction might bring.

Look for Rise of the Empire in August 2017, and you can read the full press release detailing new missions on Fantasy Flight’s website here.