Kim Breeze

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She spends her days hanging out with her husband and dog while searching the internet for more games. Tile-laying games are some of her favorites but, she's expanded her horizons to include abstract games, deck builders, RPG's and more! Her happy place is at the gaming table.

For those of you anxiously awaiting the second printing of Jonathan Ying’s Bargain Quest, you can now also look forward to a brand new expansion, too! This fun little game of adventure and capitalism will offer even more must have items for heroes to choose from.

In Bargain Quest, players take on the role of shopkeeper trying to attract adventuring heroes to their shop over their opponents.  Each player will secretly draft from a deck of items to place in their shop windows and then help equip their heroes for an upcoming ad  kkiventure. Players earn money to upgrade their shop and hire employees based on how their hero fares in battle.

The Black Market expansion will offer players more heroes, employees, and play modes.  A new shipment of items will also be available to entice heroes to battle the new monsters.

Gather up to eight of your friends to see who can run the most successful shop with the most gold and prestige.  Renegade Games will be releasing the Black Market expansion in May 2019. Don’t worry if you missed out on the Kickstarter for the base game. It will be available through Renegade Games once the Kickstarter fulfillment is completed.

 

Bézier Games was excited to announce a collectors’s edition of their popular tile-laying game Suburbia will be released this fall. Players can expect the same fun hex-shaped tiles in a larger size with new three-dimension art. There’s also a giant tile tower which the company used images of to tease the game last week.

Suburbia Collector’s Edition will come with ALL previously released expansions, as well as a brand new expansion called Nightlife. In this newest expansion players will utilize buildings and locations that are more active at night.

To keep everything neat and organized, the game will also game with custom Game Trayz for easy set up and storage.

Keep an eye on Kickstarter later this month. Bézier Games plans to initially launch this game on crowd-funding platform January 14th, with retail copies expected to be available this fall.

Get ready for new and exciting adventures from Rio Grande Games as they announce New Frontiers, a new stand-alone board game in the Race for the Galaxy family. Designer Thomas Lehmann breaths life into this new addition as it offers different goals for each game adding to replayability and variety and brings it all to the table. Players will build galactic empires as they conquer worlds. As you gain new abilities you’ll be able to develop new technologies as you produce goods.

Get ready to explore new worlds and settle them with colonists, a new aspect to the game play. You’ll have to practice your diplomacy or find yourself in isolation.  Either way may lead you to victory, as you race to complete one of the four game-ending conditions.

New Frontiers accommodates 2-5 players, ages 14+.  You can expect the play time to run between 45-90 minutes. Be on the lookout for this hitting store shelves very soon as the announcement lists a release date of November 2018.

With the first rotation looming in the near future, players of Fantasy Flight Games hit CCG, Star Wars: Destiny, were anxious. The rotation removes all the cards from the original Awakenings set from standard play, including Star Wars’s best baddie, Darth Vader. Speculation and rumors were confirmed when FFG spoiled new cards from the upcoming Way of the Galaxy set in their most recent announcement.

A new and improved Darth Vader will come crashing onto the scene and he’s bringing quite a few thematic and synergized cards with him. Darth Vader’s light saber makes its first appearance in the game. It’s a long anticipated upgrade that appears to be well worth the wait. The spoilers also introduced Vader’s Fist, a support card and nod to the 501st Legion who served Vader throughout the Clone Wars.

While the Legacies block has introduced plenty of cards that rely on spotting specific characters, Across the Galaxy introduces several cards that are enhanced by the presence of Darth Vader. The Dark Lord of the Sith is already a terror to behold. With these new tools, who can possibly stop Vader from spreading fear across the galaxy?

No official release date has been announced from Fantasy Flight games but it is anticipated soon. Be sure to check out your local FLGS for more information and to get involved in your local scene!

For those of you, like me, who like to upgrade their game components, Renegade Games Studio has something just for you!

Starting with the release of Architects of the West Kingdom, you’ll now have the option to purchase metal coins to replace the cardboard bits provided in the base game. These are great additions that, while not integral to game play, add some fun to the experience. It will especially have some added value for individuals who may not have backed the Kickstarter version of the game or who want to also upgrade their Raiders of the North Sea trilogy. You can pick up a set of 50 coins to upgrade your entire set!

So prepare those coin bags, these will be available for pre-order online through the Renegade Store or at your FLGS now or look for these new coins on shelves starting in November!

Travel back to an old world, to a city nestled beside a canyon, like no other. Welcome to Petra, where traveling caravans enter the city through a narrow canyon called “the Siq.” Invite them to your market for trade as you grow your settlement and your reputation. The more you grow the more benefits you’ll reap as you set your sights on becoming the most powerful leader in Petra.

Renegade Games Studio brings the magnificent city of Petra to life in Passing Through Petra, a new tile pushing and influence spreading game. It’s designed by J. Alex Kevern, who brought you favorites like Prowler’s Passage, Sentient, and World’s Fair 1893, and illustrated by Jain Orban. This newest release will be hitting the shelves in October.

The game is designed for 2-4 players, ages 14 and up. You’ll have around 60 minutes of game time to build your influence. The components add depth to the theming within the game and include: pre-painted Merchant Pawns, recessed Player Boards, and plastic canyons walls.

To learn more, check out the full press release from Renegade Games Studio here!

Fantasy Flight Games announced their latest character expansion, The Chewbacca Operative for Star Wars Legion allowing players to bring their favorite Wookie to the Rebel’s aid.

Inside the expansion you’ll find a single, unpainted miniature of Chewbacca along with three upgrade cards. Players will be able to pair him with existing units or alongside his own Wookie Warriors Unit Expansion another new addition to the Galactic War.

Chewbacca’s abilities balance best with those he’s built relationships with. Players will find benefits to pairing him with Han Solo or even Leia Organa and Luke Skywalker.

Chewbacca brings a new level of ferocity to the battles of the Galactic Civil War, and he doesn’t like to lose. Soon, you’ll be able to tap into this untamed power during your games of Star Wars: Legion.”

You’ll be able to add Chewbacca and the Wookie Warriors to your army starting fourth quarter 2018. Time will tell if your opponents will let the Wookie win. Want to know more? Read the full announcement from Fantasy Flight here.

Challenge friends to travel throughout the city with your apprentices, make transactions, and collect rubies, all from your mobile device. You can play Istanbul anywhere!

Acram Digital announced a digital version of the 2014 Kennerspiel des Jahres winner is now available for iOS and Android. The app features 100% of the original rules, a pass-and-play option, cross-platform online multiplayer options, and preset or randomly generated game boards.

You can play on the go against friends or an AI with three different levels of difficulty and individual strategies to unlock 70 different achievements. Right now, only the original version of the game is being offered but we can hope to see features from the expansions to be added in the

There are a variety of options created with this app including eight different languages English, German, Dutch, Polish, French, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese Simplified. It also offers a color-blind mode to make the game available to even more players.

Istanbul is one of the best 100 board games of all time. We have used our experience, working on Eight-Minute Empire and Steam: Rails to Riches, to provide you the digital edition of this great game.

You can get it on IOS here and the Google Play store here.

Hot on the heels of Asmodee Digital’s announcement to bring popular board game titles to the Nintendo Switch™, Nomad Games announced they had acquired the rights to bring more of your favorite board games to the digital world.

Exclusive digital rights to Mystic Vale, Cat Lady and Space Base were acquired from Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG), in an effort to increase the number of games they’ll offer on a digital platform.While no dates were provided as to when you can start downloading these titles, they’ll join Smash Up (AEG), Talisman: Digital Edition (Games Workshop), and Fighting Fantasy Legends (Livingston & Jackson) for development on PC, mobile devices, and consoles including Nintendo Switch™ & and PlayStation® 4.

Nomad Managing Director, Don Whiteford:

“ This is an exciting year for us, building on the success of our established titles, and it’s a key point in our plan to bring together the growing worlds of cardboard and digital gaming. We are fortunate to have found excellent partners who share our vision. As well as classic franchises like. Fighting Fantasy and Talisman, we will be working with new cutting-edge game designs that are breaking new ground in the tabletop world. ”

For more information, head over to Nomad’s website.

Fasten your seatbelt and get ready to shift into high gear! Getaway Driver will put you in the hot seat of a high speed chase. In this two-player, asymmetrical game, take on the role of the getaway driver and pull out all the right moves to outrun the police. Or, save the day as you coordinate the police effort to stop that crazy driver in her tracks.

From the creative minds of Jeff Beck and Ryan Goldsberry, who brought you Word Domination and Hardback, this fast-paced game lets you build the city by placing tiles as you play. Prepare yourself for all new art work from Ryan Goldsberry from the Burgle Bros universe on each card and tile. Getaway Driver sets up in as little as 3 minutes, plays in 30-45 minutes, and is easy to take with you on the go! This game is looking for drivers aged 12 and up.

Uniqueness and Fun in One Little Package

Getaway Driver can be played anywhere and takes your natural location into account as you build the city. Your coffee mug becomes a lake. Don’t get too close to the edge of the table or you’ll fall off a cliff. As the driver, you fly around the city trying to collect stash scattered around. But watch out, the police could be tailing you, and they’ll move as you move and set up barriers to stop you from escaping the city. Use stunt cards to jump a ramp and land just out of the police’s reach or lead them straight into a hazard!

Getaway Driver is a tense and strategic game. Each turn, the Police secretly build out the city and move their vehicles, working to corner the Driver and steer them towards the areas of the city that expand the police force…  If the last city tile is placed, the Driver escapes out of town. However, if the police increase the pursuit meter to its final space, the Driver is caught.”

So what are you waiting for? Hit the gas and head over to this Kickstarter now!