Jim Berry

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Dallas area resident. Married to the perfect woman and parent of two insane dogs. Retired from Texas Instruments and now working more on the board game hobby.

Catacombs Cubes is on Kickstarter now and is being brought to you by Elzra Games with illustrations by Denis Martynets. Rather than flicking as in previous Catacombs games, players will be building 3D structures with wooden resource cubes.

Catacombs Cubes takes 30-60 minutes to play and accommodates 1-5 players. Yes there is a solo mode. And the game is fully kid friendly as well.

Players gather resources in the form of wooden cubes of various shapes and sizes. These are then used to build actual 3D structures each specific to a different building to be added to the village grid. Completing a building rewards players with victory points and other rewards. Additionally players can spend coins to perform special actions and unleash combos. When the town is complete, the player who contributed the most to the town is declared the victor.

Play options include either rolling dice or using tiles to draft resources and including or removing take that mechanics.

Visit the Kickstarter page for a look at the completed manual, how to play animations, and previews/reviews. Both English and German editions are part of this Kickstarter project. Backer level options include the base game, an expansion, an additional player character, plus backer exclusive tiles! A playmat of the town of Stormtryne is even available as an add-on.

The Kickstarter campaign runs through Friday 9/6 12am CDT. So check it now.

Skybound Games, the makers of Superfight, have joined forces with Cyanide & Happiness, the makers of Joking Hazard, to bring to you the party game of moral dilemmas and trolley murder…Trial By Trolley.

While one player takes on the role as conductor, the remaining players split in to two teams each with their own track.  Both tracks start with a random “innocent” card and teams plays an additional innocent card on their track.  Each team then sabotages the other team’s track with “guilty” cards.  Modifier cards can then be played on either track and finally each team argues to spare the lives on their track forcing the conductor player to choose which track to murder.  Each player on the murdered team collects a spooky death token and after every player has been the conductor once, the player with the fewest death tokens is declared the winner.

The Kickstarter campaign has funded and includes numerous Kickstarter exclusives. Included in the campaign options are a retail edition, a Kickstarter exclusive expansion, a Kickstarter exclusive Derailed Edition which includes a “murder trolley” miniature as well as exclusive cards for Joking Hazard.  Plus there is a 10-card “thank you” pack for all backers.

See the Kickstarter page for more details from Tram Sam and Trolley Tom, several support videos, and a copy of the rulebook. The Kickstarter campaign ends Wednesday August 7 at 6:20PM CDT so hurry up and hop on board and get off the tracks!

Following on the heels of Monsters & Minions comes Fiends & Familiars, a second expansion to the wildly successful Roll Player base game.

The Kickstarter campaign is active now and runs through July 16 with an estimated delivery of April 2020.

While the Fiend cards bring new obstacles, the Familiar boards are added to players’ character sheets and each bring their own unique goals and special abilities. In addition to these brand new game elements comes a variety of additions to the market, monsters, alignments, backstories, and character classes. On top of that…more custom dice.

For those backers that want to be able to fit the base game and both expansions in one box, the campaign offers Big Box backer levels. The rules are available as well for those that want to see how these new elements change the game.

IDW Games is announcing Naruto Shippuden Village Defenders card game for a November 2019 release.

While most of the ninja are out are away, Leaf Village is attacked leaving a handful of ninja and friends to defend the village. A team of 1-4 players take on the roles of their favorite TEAM 7 characters and are the last line of defense against classic villains. Players must cooperate to create powerful combos to fight back the invaders in a fast-paced game lasting approximately 30 minutes.

In a game of Hats 2-4 players compete to have the highest score by having the most outstanding hats and being declared the maddest. Hats is designed by Gabriele Bubola and illustrated by Paolo Voto.

Each turn a player has a choice of actions to add a face-up hat to their collection in front of them by exchanging a card from their hand with one on the tea board which is either of the same card type or alternatively of a lower number. Otherwise a player can add any card from their hand directly to their collection in front of them by turning it face-down as a black hat. Each black hat is worth one point at the end of the game while all of the face-up hats’ scores are determined in a dynamic manner by which positions the matching hats hold on the tea board at the end of the game.

And there is one final scoring twist at the end of the game. Each player’s last remaining card in their hand determines their favorite type of hat. All of the hats in their collection of this type score the value of those cards minus the value of the final card held in their hand.

Plus there is a chocolate cookie worth 5 points to the owner of the greatest variety of hats!

Stay tuned for future games in the new Made in Wonderland series.

For further details on the game, including the cookie, and to download a copy of the rulebook visit the publisher’s site here.