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Dave thinks board games are pretty cool! You can find him on BGG at dharriman0329 and on Instagram @luckmitigamer.

Dig Your Way Out, a 2-6 player game published by Borderline and currently live on Kickstarter, puts players in the depths of a prison from which they are competing to be the first to escape. To do so, they will move around the prison to perform actions, and equipping themselves with tools and weapons which they can acquire through crafting, buying with cigarettes, or extorting other players. Players can also get help by joining a gang and using their unique skills and connections from their previous life.

Artwork in Dig Your Way Out is from Mihajlo Dimitrievski (AKA The Mico) whose art has been featured in games such as Raiders of the North Sea, Architects of the West Kingdom, and Viral. The game will be available in English and French, and Kickstarter campaign comes with an exclusive Officer Buster mini expansion.

To find more information about the game, visit the official Kickstarter campaign page here.

The OP (USAopoly) announced on June 12th that they will be releasing two Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story-licensed games this coming fall: a cooperative deck-building game, and a collector’s chess set.

In Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story: Obstacles and Adventures, 2-5 players (ages 8+) will take on the role of iconic toys from the film (Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Bo Peep and Rex) as they work together to overcome hazards and progress through a progressing storyline. The game will come with six boxes of cards, which will each be based off of a different movie in the IP. As boxes are unlocked, elements of each respective movie or short will then be introduced into the game and bring new characters, antagonists, and challenges for players to explore.

The OP also revealed a Toy Story-licensed Collector’s Chess Set featuring full-color figures of both familiar and new characters alike.

For more information on the games, visit The OP’s official site here.

Last Aurora, a competitive post-apocalyptic game designed by Mauro Chiabotto and published by Pendragon Game Studio, is currently live on Kickstarter.

In a world where radioactive dust of the Last War has turned the northern countries into a frozen desolate landscape, 2-4 players in Last Aurora will work to manager their crew to gather resources, recruit survivors, improve their vehicle, fight their enemies, and make challenging ethical choices, all while they race to reach the last beacon of hope before it’s too late: the icebreaker ship Aurora, which is looking for survivors.

Last Aurora takes place over 6 rounds broken into 5 phases in which players will explore locations to perform actions, decide to let exhausted survivors rest for one round or spend food to immediately recover them, fight dangerous enemies, and attempt to reach Aurora as it moves along the coast.

For more information about the game, be sure to visit the Kickstarter campaign page here.

Nauvoo Games has just launched a Kickstarter campaign for Illicit Investments, the latest expansion for Stockpile, a popular economic game designed by Brett Sobol and Seth Van Orden which received the Dice Tower Seal of Excellence.

The Illicit Investments expansion adds a new phase to the beginning of the game in which players draft a starting hand of Investment Strategy Cards. During each Action Phase, players then have the opportunity to play one Investment Strategy Card to help “control the chaos of the stock market” by providing a wide range of unique actions.

The expansion also includes a new First Player Card variant in which players can bid for turn order, a new Investor Card, and some upgraded component upgrades such as wooden stock tickers and a 2P reference sheet.

The campaign also has the option for an all-in Epic Edition, which includes the base game plus expansions and promos in one single box, as well as a Cosmic Tier which includes both the Illicit Investments and Continuing Corruption expansions along with 2 promo packs.

According to Nauvoo games, they do not plan to re-print the game any time soon following this Kickstarter campaign, which you can find here.

Board & Dice has announced Trismegistus: The Ultimate Formula, the newest heavy euro from designer Daniele Tascini (Tzolk’in: The Mayan Calendar, The Voyages of Marco Polo, Teotihuacan: City of Gods) & Federico Pierlorenzi, to be released in October 2019.

In this game, 1-4 players will try their hand at the mysterious art of alchemy and compete to prove their infinite wisdom and become the successor of the greatest alchemist ever: Hermes Trismegistus. Over three rounds, players will draft dice of three different colors from six different dice pools, and then use the potency of their drafted dice to transmute metals into gold, perform experiments, invent artifacts to move up on four mastery tracks.

According to Board & Dice, Trismegistus will be about as heavy as Teotihuacan, perhaps even with “a bit more crunch,” and will play in about 90-120 minutes.

To learn more about this upcoming release, visit Board & Dice’s page here.

Fans of the classic Stephen King novel, 1990 miniseries, and recent 2017 remake alike will be pleased to discover that Pennywise and the Losers’ Club are making their way to the tabletop space with IT: Evil Below, coming this fall from The OP (USAopoly).

IT: Evil Below is a 2-7 player cooperative game in which players take on the role of the Losers’ Club as they traverse their neighborhood in Derry, ME, tempting fate in numerous encounters and using their character-specific abilities to take down the menacing clown and stop the child abductions once and for all. But if just one player runs out of health, the objective fails and Pennywise continues to wreak psychological havoc upon the citizens of this quaint New England town for years to come.

For more information on the game from The OP, click here.

Daily Magic Games has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Pharaoh’s Pyramid, an expansion for Sailing Toward Osiris, designed by W. David MacKenzie and illustrated by Denis Martynets. In Pharaoh’s Pyramid, players will work together to construct a pyramid in time for the arrival of the Pharaoh’s funeral barge so that the fallen king may stand before Osiris.

The expansion adds four new distinct mechanisms to gameplay: Debens, a new form of “I.O.U.” payment which players can trade back in for resources; Pyramid Blocks, a major new mechanic in which players first plan a block by paying resources and then build a block by moving it onto a valid space on a pyramid grid; Temple Donations, a one-way transaction for earning Debens; and Palace Guards, which players can use by sending into an occupied city space.

Components in the expansion include a double-sided game board extension (one side for 2-3 players; the other side for 4-5 players), 40 Pyramid Blocks (16mm x 16mm x 12mm; made of wood with screen-printed player icons), 30 Deben Chits (2mm punchboard), 5 Palace Guard Tokens (wood with white screen print on both sides), 10 City Cards, and 5 Boon Cards (cards are 310gsm black-core with a linen finish).

For more information, visit the Kickstarter campaign page here.

Those anxiously awaiting the successfully Kickstarter-funded Starcadia Quest from CMON have something more to look forward to than just the game — IDW Publishing has announced a three-issue comic miniseries by James Roberts, author of Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye and Lost Light.

The mini-series will take readers, along with Starkid and his Freelance Adventuring Crew, deep into the Frontier. According to Roberts, “There’s lots of world-building, lots of emotion, lots of shocks — but, ultimately, the story carries itself forward on a wave of old-fashioned heroics. It’s old-school science fiction with a modern twist, a mash-up of classic space opera tropes and gleefully weird twists and turns. Most of all, it’s fun!”

Furthermore, each issue of Starcadia Quest will include exclusive playable game content as a way for readers of the miniseries to incorporate elements of the comic’s storyline into their tabletop gameplay.

You can learn more about the Starcadia Quest comic miniseries on IDW Publishing’s site.

The newest installment in the popular EXIT: The Game series of one-time use escape room style games, The Catacombs of Horror, is coming soon from Thames & Kosmos by returning designers Inka & Markus Brand (Village, Rajas of the Ganges, The Rise of Queensdale) and Ralph Querfurth (also worked on EXIT: The Game – The Sinister Mansion and The Mysterious Museum).

In the Catacombs of Horror, you and up to 3 of your friends will scavenge the puzzling catacombs of Paris, searching for clues within the gloomy crypts in order to try and solve a mystery surrounding the disappearance of one of your friends.

The Catacombs of Horror will be 4.5/5 in the EXIT difficulty scale, and is a double-sized edition presented in two separate parts.

For more information on this upcoming release, click here.

Indie Boards & Cards has launched their Kickstarter campaign for Kodama 3D, designed by Erica Hayes-Bouyouris (Bosk) and Daryl Andrews (SagradaCity of GearsBosk), and featuring artwork from
Kwanchai Moriya (Dinosaur Island, Cryptid, and Catacombs). Kodama 3D, a follow-up to the popular award-winning Kodama: The Tree Spirits, takes familiar elements of the original game but introduces a three-dimensional game space and new twists on mechanisms and gameplay.

The game will include tree trunks for up to 4 players, 38 goal cards, 64 branch tiles, 8 Kodama player tokens, and exclusive to the Kickstarter campaign is a stretch goal promo pack. The campaign also has the option for add-ons including a neoprene playmat and a promo pack from past Kodama Kickstarter campaigns.

Find out more details by visiting the official Kickstarter campaign page here.