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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.

Cryptozoic Entertainment has announced the first DC Deck-Building Game Organized Play Kit. Coming in late fall or winter 2017, this kit will give your FLGS instructions to run tournaments as well as promotional prizes. Cryptozoic plans on releasing new kits biannually, with the first kit releasing concurrently with the DC Deck-Building Game Multiverse Box. The premier kit is slated to contain 12 promo cards, 1 playmat, tournament instructions and a poster.

Bezier Games and Ted Alspach have announced The Palace Of Mad King Ludwig, the successor to the award-winning Castles Of Mad King Ludwig. In The Palace Of Mad King Ludwig, 2-4 players must all build rooms within a single gigantic palace, rife with different room types, water pieces and of course, swans. As rooms are completed, a moat forms around the outside, and when the ends of the moat connect, the game ends.  The player who contributes the most to the palace will be victorious. There is no auction mechanic in this new game, with players taking turns laying tiles in one communal palace. The swans act as a unique resource management mechanic, with multi-color swan tokens acting as currency, points and keys to new features and abilities.

The Palace of Mad King Ludwig is due to be released at Essen, in October 2017.

Action Phase Games has started a Kickstarter Campaign for Beeeees, a new real time dice rolling and placement game for 2-5 players. In Beeeees, players have 5 dice with a few custom sides, and a stack of hexagonal flower tiles showing dice values. In a manner similar to Fuse, players need to roll and place their dice on the flowers in real time. However, as in Between Two Cities, players can play on their own stack , or on the opponents’ stacks to their right or left. If a flower is completed, the tile is flipped to the honeycomb side, and goes to the player who placed the majority of the dice, expanding their ever growing honeycomb. Other players who also had dice on a completed flower receive eraser-type bee tokens good for victory points. There is a color matching element to honeycomb tile placement, and special helper bee and killer bee dice facings allow players to use wild dice and steal flowers respectively.

The Kickstarter campaign for Beeeees continues through March 23, and is expected to deliver in August 2017.

Plaid Hat Games has posted on their news forum some updates on the rules revision work and two new expansions for Isaac Vega‘s excellent card game, Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn.

Regarding the rules, Plaid Hat has been hard at work revising the rules set, especially the damage resolution process and the order of simultaneous effects. The new rules are in final updates and should be available before the War Within event series Spring 2017. Additionally, there have been some rumors about the second printing of the base game. Plaid Hat reassures fans that the second edition will be essentially the same with a few very minor changes. There are spelling and type changes for clarity, and the already established errata for the “Enchanted Violinist” will more clearly described on the card. Again, although some stores have listed this new printing as a “revised copy”, there is no need to buy the second printing if you already have the base game.

Finally, the next two expansions were introduced, Astrea, The Goddess of Ishra and Koji, The Boy Among Wolves.

“We lay down our worldly thirsts in pursuit of her enlightenment. We lay down our imperfect bodies to be reborn at her side. All praise be unto the Goddess of Ishra. Her enemies will kneel before her glory. We will peel back their veils. We will end their cycle of pain. All praise be unto Astrea.”

“Wild is the son the Spiral Jungle. Untrained, undisciplined, and ill-prepared for the trials that await him. Nevertheless, Koji Wolfcub walks boldly forward. His every step splits the earth beneath his feet. Out of the fissures grow the jungle’s verdant flora. Groping vines tear down the the gaudy edifices of man. Wild animals heed the boy’s call. The jungle rises up and joins the boy in his fight to restore the world.”

No release date for the expansions was listed, although Plaid Hat did say that it will be a while before another expansion is announced. Check the Plaid Hat announcement for details.

Looney Labs, the makers of such popular games as Fluxx (1997) and Pyramid Arcade (2016), has announced a commercial release of the popular print-on-demand game Nanofictionary, a story telling card game for 3-6 players. In Nanofictionary, players collect cards representing different story telling elements, such as characters, setting, problem and resolution. Once players have their hand, each tells a story based on the specifics of their cards. The players then vote on the best story to determine the winner. Read more about Nanofictionary here.

Expect Nanofictionary in stores on August 17, 2017.

Z-Man Games has announced the 10th expansion to Carcassonne, Under the Big Top. The circus is in town, and Under the Big Top adds several themed elements to the classic game. New circus tiles allow players to add a big top meeple and a face down numbered animal token, hoping to attract an audience of meeples. When the next circus tile is played, the animal token is revealed, and players score the number of their meeples on surrounding tiles multiplied by the animal value (1 to 7). Acrobat tiles allow players to form a meeple pyramid, stacking one meeple on top of a base of two of any color, scoring players 5 points per acrobat. Finally, Ringmaster meeples can be placedas normal, but in scoring gain an additional 2 points for every surrounding circus or acrobat tile.

Carcassonne: Under The Big Top will be released later in 2017.

Bellwether Games has announced a Kickstarter Campaign for Antidote: Lab Alliance, the expansion to their popular 2013 social deduction card game Antidote. In Antidote, 2-7 players are lab scientists when 1 of a possible 7 deadly toxins has spilled. The players need to scramble to determine which toxin is killing them and place the appropriate antidote card in their hand.  By trading and discarding cards, players use deduction to figure out what is the one toxin card removed from the game. The expansion adds 78 new cards and 5 new game modes, which add more players (up to 9), teams, faster game play, truth serum and even romance.

The Kickstarter Campaign for Antidote: Lab Alliance continues through March 21, and is expected to deliver in December 2017.

Pelta Games has started a Kickstarter Campaign for an abstract tile laying game, which loosely mimics gender and neural networks, PeltaPeeps. The PeltaPeeps are round wooden tiles with male and female jigsaw-like connectors of two types extending from some sides, and eyeball designs on the front. Players put one of their PeltaPeeps into the ever growing network of tiles, making sure to connect to an existing PeltaPeep. After placing, players can either move or flip an opponents tile. flipped tiles are blank and do not show the eyes, and therefore score less points. The game ends when one player has placed all of their PeltaPeep tiles, or when a player cannot play a tile. Players score points for each face up tile, for each connection on their tiles, and bonus points if they connect to their own color.

The Kickstarter Campaign for PeltaPeeps continues through March 14, and is expected to deliver in June 2017.

Garphill Games and Shem Phillips have started a Kickstarter Campaign for two expansions to the popular 2-4 player worker placement game, Raiders of the North Sea. Raiders of the North Sea, one part of the North Sea Trilogy of games (Shipwrights of the North Sea (2014), Raiders of the North Sea (2015), Explorers of the North Sea (2016) ) is a unique worker placement game where players receive an action for placing their worker on the board, and another action for picking up a second worker. The two expansions feature the same gorgeous artwork from Mihajlo Dimitrievski.

Fields of Fame adds a 5th player to the game as well as a township board with 3 new raid locations. New Jarl tokens are added to the plunder at raid locations, and players can either kill the Jarls or subdue them, possible taking wounds to their crew members. Players also now gain fame on the fame track for overpowering a raid, scoring additional victory points at game’s end.

Hall of Heroes also adds components for another player, and adds a quest mechanic to the game. New quests are added to the new Mead Hall board after each successful raid, and players will need to discard warriors from their hand to complete the quests. A new resource, mead, is also added to the game, which can help fuel and strengthen warriors on raids.

The Kickstarter Campaign also features a new limited edition collectors box which can contain the base game and both expansions. Pledge options also include purchase of the original base game, and the other games in the North Sea Trilogy. The Kickstarter Campaign continues until March 22, and is expected to deliver in November 2017.