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.

Sierra Madre Games has announced a second edition of their award winning game, Bios: Genesis (2016). Sierra Madre, and it’s founder Phil Eklund, are known for making very smart, strategic, science-related games with well deserved fanbases, such as Neanderthal (2015) and Greenland (2014). Bios: Genesis is right in line with this trend; 1-4 players start as primordial soup, and through strategic card and token play, try to develop life. Players can turn life into bacteria, evolve into macroorganisms, such as trilobytes or velvet worms, or even become a parasitic species. Bios: Genesis is the first in a planned series of games: Bios: Megafauna (2017) and Bios: Origins (2018) will bring the development of life through dinosaurs and out into interstellar travel.

The Kickstarter for Bios: Genesis is set to continue through May 10, and the game is due to deliver October 2017.

Fortune Magazine has announced that Hasbro will be offering a subscription model for their games. Consumers will be able to choose between Party Games and Family Games, and will receive 4 games a year under the service. This business model, dubbed the Hasbro Gaming Crate, has been successfully used for razors, beauty products and meals, but this is the first major toy manufacturer to use subscriptions. The Hasbro Gaming Crate will be available in Summer 2017.

Games Workshop has announced the Deathrattle Sepulchral Guard, a new faction for the upcoming Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire. Joining the previously announced Bloodbound and Stormcast Eternals, the Sepulchral Guard adds a more devious, strategic play to the game. Like most undead, this warband has numbers on its side, but in addition they can bolster and inspire undead warriors around them. The new miniatures are amazing in every detail, and are clip-together models, allowing play minutes after opening the box.

Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire is expected towards the end of 2017, and you can follow the announcements on the Facebook page here.

Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) has just announced a player survey, open to the public, in which you could win Mystic Vale Promo cards! Mystic Vale (2016) was AEG’s smash “card building” hit, in which players use clear cards and sleeves to create their own cards in a deck-building environment. AEG is interested in what the community thinks about Mystic Vale and Kickstarter campaigns. By answering a few simple questions (it took me only about 5 minutes) every participant will receive “three enhancements, the Sunshard Glebe, one for each of three card slots”. AEG will be mailing out the Promo Kit towards the end of 2017.

For more information about the AEG Mystic Vale Survey, click here.

Uwe Rosenberg and Mayfair Games have announced Caverna: Cave vs. Cave, the long anticipated 2 player version of Caverna: The Cave Farmers. Along the lines of Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small and Le Havre: The Inland Port, Cave vs. Cave takes the core mechanisms of the original, and trims them down into a streamlined, 20-40 minute, 2 player experience. Players use worker placement to mine for precious materials, explore deeper into their cave, and build a cozy home using grain, flax and building materials. Cave vs. Cave comes with 24 room tiles, 12 action tiles, 12 goods indicators, 7 walls, boards and tokens for 2. Cave vs. Cave is due to be released June, 2017.

Cover art illustrated by Brian Hurtt with Bill Crabtree

Oni Press has announced they have teamed up with Plaid Hat Games, and are publishing a comic book based on everyone’s favorite zombie tale, Dead of Winter. Described as “a hilarious mix of The Walking Dead and Air Bud”, the comic will follow the adventures of Sparky the Stunt Dog, and features the talents of writer Kyle Starks (Rick and Morty) and artist Gabo (The Life After). Dead of Winter #1 will be on shelves August 2, and will be available from ComiXology.

Eagle Gryphon Games and Flightless Goat Workshop have teamed up to bring the 13th game in the E.G.G. Series to Kickstarter Chimera & More. Chimera & More is an update to the 2014 card game Chimera, a shedding and climbing game similar to Tichu or Haggis. 3 or 5 players work in teams to shed their hand of cards by playing tricks of increasing value. Lead is determined by bidding points, which are either gained or lost depending if the lead ends up winning the trick. The leader of a trick defines the type of trick played, such as a single card, a pair, a triple, a sequence of pairs, etc. Subsequent players may add to the trick by playing the same type, but with cards of higher value. The goal is to lose all of your cards, while collecting the specific cards with point values. Chimera & More adds interesting team combinations, bidding for lead and less dependence on your partner’s skill, to the base model of shedding and climbing.

The Kickstarter campaign for Chimera & More continues through May 8, and is expected to deliver in October 2017.

Barnes & Noble has announced they will be hosting special gaming events at 225 select stores in celebration of International Tabletop Day on Saturday, April 29, starting at 6pm.  Participating stores will host games, and will feature 20% off select games, with an additional 10% for members. Fans should call their local Barnes & Noble to see if they are joining in the festivities. Featured games include Quartz, Kodama, Potion Explotion, One Night Ultimate Werewolf, New York: 1901 and You Gotta Be Kitten Me. Giveaways, including Promo materials for Kodama and One Night Ultimate Werewolf, will be available while supplies last.

To find the Barnes & Noble Store near you, and to check their event schedule, click here.

Good & Evil Games is soon starting their first Kickstarter campaign for the fantasy euro trading game Trade & Troll. In Trade & Troll 2-6 players work to expand their trading company, controlling collection of resources, production of goods and the selling from market stalls.  Market stalls can be combined into larger conglomerates by building cobblestone roads, but be careful as other players can take advantage of your new connections. Things get more interesting a troll moves into town, as players can hire the troll to block their opponents’ movement. Players need to make decisions about how to most efficiently connect their color coded stalls and markets, and can even rent other players’ resources and stalls.

Trade & Troll is coming to Kickstarter on April 25, 2017.