Corey Thompson

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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.

Zafty Games has started a Kickstarter Campaign for Pixel Glory: Light & Shadow, the standalone sequel to Pixel Glory (2015). Pixel Glory: Light & Shadow is a light card driven dungeon crawler with beautiful 16-bit retro style art where wizards compete to vanquish monsters and save the village by learning the best spells. Additions to this expansion from the original are new spells and monsters, and this time around the monsters fight back. Additionally, Pixel Glory: Light & Shadow can be played competitively or cooperatively, solo or with a hidden traitor mechanic. Players can even become a ghost after death.

Pixel Glory: Light & Shadow is available in two different versions (Light and Shadow) each with its own secret pack of cards. The Kickstarter Campaign continues until March 14 and is expected to deliver December 2017.

Grail Games has started a Kickstarter campaign for King’s Road, a re-implementation of the difficult to find game Imperium, a light area control card driven game from designer Reiner Knizia with art from Vincent Dutrait.

In King’s Road, 2-5 players each have an identical hand of 11 cards. Players each play three cards face down dictating their next 3 moves in order. If the cards show a region, the players place one control marker of their color in the denoted area. Special cards include the Knight, which allows players to place an additional control marker, the Dragon, which increases the number of areas which score, and the Wizard, which allows the player to pick up and re-select some of their cards. After card play, the area where the King pawn resides is scored, and the King then moves to the next area numerically. Areas score according to their banner, with the highest points going to the player with the most control markers. The Kickstarter campaign for King’s Road will continue through March 23, and is expected to deliver in August of 2017.

Cryptozoic Entertainment is releasing the DC Deck-Building Game Multiverse Box, a large 3 channel card storage box to store all of the DC Deck-Building Games released thus far. The box will fit cards with standard sleeves and comes with foam blocks to hold the cards in place. Included are 20 tabs to organize all sets through the Crossover Pack for Birds of Prey, due out later in 2017. 33 new cards will be included in the Multiverse, including Braniac, Telos and Deimos. Cryptozoic is being a bit… cryptic about which DC event this expansion will be themed around, but they do say that rules for creating multiverses will be available in a few weeks. The DC Deck-Building Game Multiverse Box is due out in mid-2017.

Stronghold Games is releasing Ghost Catchers, a unique card game where players use see-through cards to match ghosts up with their shadows. Sharp eyes and fast hands will help a player achieve victory. The game includes many variations to scale the difficulty from children to adults. Ghost Catchers is due to be released in June 2017.

Cottage Garden, the popular tile laying game by Uwe Rosenberg, is seeing a US release by Stronghold Games. Cottage Garden uses a similar mechanic to the 2 player Patchwork to have players place various shaped flower tiles from the market efficiently into their two garden beds. Players receive a new flower bed whenever they complete an old one, and once a certain number of tiles have left the market, the player with the most points from their completed gardens is the winner. Cottage Garden is due out in June 2017.

 

USAopoly has announced the first expansion to Donald X Vaccarino’s Nefarious: The Mad Scientist Game, Becoming a Monster. The expansion has 20 new inventions, 25 new twists and 3 new roles for use with specific twist cards. There are new inventions that can be used repeatedly, spies and even twists that insert three new action card types – Develop, Experiment and Produce. Becoming a Monster is scheduled to be released May 2017.

Several promotional cards and games have been announced for International Tabletop Day 2017 on April 29. Make sure to contact your FLGS for availability.

Two promo cards for Aeon’s End were announced. The “Drown in Flames” spell card deals 4 to a minion or nemesis, and can be repeated by losing 2 charges. The “Glyph Enigma” minion card has a persistent effect where gravehold suffers 1 damage, with 2 more damage if the nemesis tier is 2 or higher.

There will be a mini-expansion for Biotix, containing new adaptive and hyper-reactive microbes. Additionally a new mechanic allows players to pass a Biotix at a time of their choosing. Finally, Eureka cards replace the pen and paper endgame rules with a more elegant solution.

A new promo for Castle Panic adds a new Tabletop Day 2017 Tower, which allows players to draw up and trade when it is destroyed.

The Snack Table promo card for Clank! is a device which allows other players to pay you gold in exchange for healing.

Fuse will have a new promo bomb, holding 4 dice – two of equal color which much then be greater than two of equal value.

Grey Fox Games and Geek & Sundry bring Lucha Jefe, a promotional micro game in which players become luchador managers. Limited edition Tabletop Day versions will come with a cloth bag and a promotional character.

Finally, Master of Orion will have a promotional Fuska advisor card, which will set your loyalty to 6 until the final scoring.

Wizkids has announced Sidekick League, an organized way to get new players into HeroClix Dice Masters and Star Trek: Attack Wing. Selected stores can host Sidekick Nights, where veteran players can bring in novices and play side-by-side with another pair, offering advice and instruction. Limited edition prizes will be available to players who attend 2 events in 3 months. Sidekick Nights are not meant to supplant or replace the already existing competitive scene.

For more information on Sidekick League, click here.

Strawberry Studio and Chris Costagnetto (3 Wishes) have announced a Kickstarter Campaign for Strawberry Ninja, a cooperative card memory game for 1-4 players of all ages. In Strawberry Ninja, players place field cards face down in a grid pattern, then shift two cards in the manner of a sliding 15 puzzle. The second card moved is revealed, giving the player an action. Players then move the kitten tile according to a random deck. The goal is to find the hidden Strawberry Ninja card in time and pounce! The game features beautiful cards with art by Magdalena Markowska (What’s Up , 3 Wishes), round tracker and token, and a kitten pawn.

The Kickstarter Campaign for Strawberry Ninja continues through March 24, 2017 and is expected to deliver in August.

Greater Than Games and designers Chris and Suzanne Zinsli (Tessen) have announced a Kickstarter campaign for Dubai: Rebuild the Ruins. Dubai is a resource collection and tile laying game in which players rebuild a post apocalyptic city of Dubai as one of 4 unique factions. The interesting mechanic of the game is the concept of a worker rotation on one of 3 rondel tracks. A player will place one of his workers in the next spot clockwise on either the ruins, engineer or port rondel. All players then can bid for actions around that rondel in counterclockwise order. Finally, the player who has the last spot on the rondel moves his worker and leads the next turn. This system offers a very dynamic turn order and keeps all players engaged each turn. The port rondel is for resource collection, the engineer rondel for collecting money or purchasing one of 5 types of structure tiles, and the ruins rondel is for receiving secret goal cards, building collected tiles or trading resources. Each rondel is a 3 dimensional attractive cardboard tower, and the campaign has options for upgraded resource pieces and metal coins. As players build tiles, they uncover additional bonuses by removing crystals from their faction board. Players earn victory points for area control, money, and achieving secret goals.

The Kickstarter Campaign continues through March 24, 2007 and is expected to deliver in March 2018. You can visit the campaign webpage here.