A retired military veteran, father of five, and an avid wargamer, boardgamer, video gamer, and role play gamer. Now that his world traveling days are over, he spends his days working on training and education policy. In his free time (which is every other minute he is not working on the "Honey, Do" list), he draws his family, friends, and co-workers into the boardgame hobby. He can be readily found on BoardGameGeek.com as "pdzoch".
Plaid Hat Games has announced Battlelands, a fast and furious card game for 3-5 players designed by Jerry Hawthorne (Mice & Mystics) and Andrea Mezzotero (Crystal Clans). In Battlelands, players send fighters to seize key locations, collect resources, or recruit more fighters. There are five factions to play – Junkers, Scaled Ones, Bighted, Hoodies, and the Nocturne – each with their own special abilities. The player who secures enough resources is the winner. Like Mice and Mystics, Battlelands features factions made up of mice, rats, lizards and moles, but the game is set in a modern world in which the human beings have vanished. This will be the same world used in another game by Jerry Hawthorn coming out later this year, Aftermath. Little is known about Aftermath at this time other than it will be an Adventure Book game like Mice and Mystics but set in a modern post-human world.
Look for Battlelands
at your friendly local game store in July, 2019.
Stronghold Games has launched the biggest and most strategic expansion to Terraforming Mars on Kickstarter: Terraforming Mars: Turmoil. This expansion is not for the faint of heart. It is considered an Expert expansion delving introducing the struggle for political control of Martian society.
Players will have delegates they can assign to the various political parties. The party with the most delegates becomes the ruling party in the next generation, establishing its own policies for the generation and granting the first player in the party a Terraform Rating. Each party confers a ruling bonus to the party leader and the ruling policy effects everyone. Meanwhile, global events impact Mars, the terraforming corporations, and political parties. These global events can be forecasted, so players can plan ahead to influence the next rising political party to deal with the event. Politics can be brutal: despite the bonuses players may receive in the ruling party, everyone loses 1 Terraform Rating each generation.
Contents include 5 Corporation Cards, 16 Projects Cards, 31
Global Event Cards, 2 Reference Cards, a new Terraformer Milestone Tile, 6
Policies, a Global Events Boards, a Terraforming Committee Board, 35 Player Delegates
(7 in each color), 14 Neutral Delegates, 1 Dominance Marker, and rule book.
The Kickstarter comes with a number of Promo contents as funding
milestones are reached. The first promo
content, 5 Dual Layer Player Board, may be of special interest to those who
have not purchased upgrades to their game yet. Additional promo projects and corporation
card have already been announced.
The Kickstarter campaign for Terraforming Mars: Turmoil runs
through May 2 with a delivery in November 2019.
To learn more, check out the Kickstarter
Games announces Roam, a new game
sharing the same world as Near and Far,
Islebound, and Above and Below.
is set in the land of Arzium and features characters seen in the other games in
the shared world. In Roam, players seek out lost adventurers
scattered across the land, rescue them and add them to their party, increasing
their ability to find more lost adventurers faster. The area being searched is
made up of six land cards in the center of the table, and each character has a unique
search pattern players can use to search the lands. Each land card is divided into six squares to
be searched, some of which have coins that players can use to purchase upgrades
and tools to aid in their search. When a
land card has been completely searched, the player who did the most searching adds
the adventurer to their party. Each new adventurer
also adds a new search pattern the player can use. Both tools and found adventurers are worth
points. When one player has ten adventurers in their party, the game ends, and
the player with the most points wins.
Roam plays 2-4
players, ages 8+, in about 30 minutes. A release date has not been announced
yet. More details will be available when
the Kickstart launches soon.
North Star Games has launched Oceans, the latest game in the Evolution series, on Kickstarter, and it funded on the first day of the campaign. Oceans is a strategy game that recreates the building of a marine ecosystem through millions of years of evolution. Like the other games in the Evolution series, players create and evolve species in a growing ecosystem in an effort to survive and thrive. Species will be defined by one or more of the 12 traits found among sea life. At first, the only food source is plankton and predating species will be limited to few traits, but as life (and food) become more abundant, more complex creatures can evolve. But the ocean is a complex ecosystem and the deeper one goes in the ocean the stranger the ocean world becomes. Oceans includes this mysterious world with The Deep, where 50 unique traits create powerful and strange creatures of the deep ocean. Oceans features the same art style by naturalist Catherine Hamilton found in the other Evolution games.
Oceans plays 2-6
players, ages 12+, between 45-100 minutes.
Contents for the standard game include 1 Rulebook, 1 Reference Guide, 2
Player aids, 1 Reef board, 3 Ocean boards (2 small, 1 large), 120 Surface cards
(10 of each type), 50-80 Deep cards (1 of each type), 25 Scenario cards, 35
Species boards, 215 cardboard fish (96 Light Blue, 42 Salmon, 30 Yellow, 18
Blue, 6 Midnight, and 23 White tokens), 6 Player screens, and 6 Bonus Score
tokens. The Deluxe Edition ugrades the
fish to acrylic fish tokens, custom printed bags for storing points instead of
player screen, and 220 custom Ocean card sleeves for both the core trait cards
and The Deep trait cards. The Kickstarter campaign runs through April 26 with
an expected delivery date of September 2019.
Check out the Kickstarter
campaign to learn more.
Fans of Lorenzo Il
Magnifico will soon have a new way to play their favorite game: via
Steam. While it is becoming increasingly
common for popular boardgames to receive a digital treatment for play on computer
and mobile devises, it is no surprise that the Kickstarter campaign for the
digital edition of Lorenzo Il Magnifico
was funded in a mere 22 minutes! Lorenzo Il Magnifico received the Seal
of Excellence from The Dice Tower and it remains one of the top-rated games on
Board Game Geek.
Backers have already unlocked numerous exclusive cards for the digital edition, but more have yet to be unlocked. Backers will also receive access to the game two months prior to its official release. The Pazzi Conspiracy, a new expansion for the physical copies of Lorenzo Il Magnifico, can also be supported through this Kickstarter. One of the unique touched to the pledge levels is the opportunity to have a custom-painted avatar in the final digital edition of the game. Backers who select this pledge level will also receive a high-resolution wallpaper with their portrait as part of the package. Sample custom portrait artwork features Dice Tower’s Tom Vasel and Eric Summerer in Renaissance clothing.
The Kickstarter campaign runs through April 13 with an
expected delivery date of Jun 2019. Check out the Kickstarter
campaign to learn more.
& Cards has three new releases this summer. First is Conflicting
Legends, which Indie Boards & Cards has picked up to publish a
second English edition. Conflicting
Legends is a fast-paced strategic card game based on rock-paper-scissors. The artwork on the cards depict a variety of
historical science, culture, and military personalities. Each card has a unique
ability. Conflicting Legends plays
3-6 players, ages 14+, in about 30-45 minutes, and will be released on May 15.
Next is Among Thieves,
a game of deception and greed. Players are criminals and blackmailers working
together to steal from the Dystopian Universe mega-corporations. Each round,
one player is the Heistmaster who chooses which other players to take on the
heist. Each player negotiates to get in
on the action and partake in the loot.
However, no agreement is binding and players may choose to be
dishonorable and take a larger share. Players win by having the most money but
risk elimination if they lose too much honor. Among Thieves plays 3-8 players, ages 14+, in about 30-45 minutes,
and will be released on June 26.
Lastly, Finger Guns at
High Noon is sure to be a fast-paced and hilarious game of a western
shootout. Its everybody against everybody unless players can convince others to
join in or they lasso up an ally Actions are played simultaneously by counting
down to draw finger guns. Different hand gestures show everyone’s actions and
targets. Use pistols, dynamite, and power shots to eliminate other players, heal
yourself at the saloon, organize a posse, or lasso up an ally. Once eliminated,
players are still in the game as ghosts who have fewer actions but can thwart
the plans of the living players. Last
player standing is the winner—unless the ghosts eliminate everyone. Finger
Guns at High Noon plays 3-8 players, ages 14+, in about 20 minutes, and
will be released on June 26.
Tomb Raider Legends gets a board game treatment, challenging
players to navigate dangerous and exotic locals to acquire the artifact. Over a dozen different areas can explores in
different combinations as the players make their way to the artifact. This
competitive game pits 3-4 players in an exploration race to the artifact while each
player attempts to avoid the constant threat of wounds, delays, and
misdirection caused by other players and creatures.
Raider Legends: The Board Game plays 3-4 players, ages 13+, in about 40
minutes. Contents include 4 Lara
miniatures, 1 main board, 4 player boards, 28 action cards, 41 raid cards, 1
starting player marker, 8 threat/experience markers, and 4 injury markers. The game is available for pre-order now and
expected to be released between Q2-Q3, 2019.
Are you ready Space Cowboy?
One of the best anime series has finally come to boardgames in the Cowboy
Bebop Boardgame Boogie from Jasco
Games. In Cowboy Bebop Boardgame Boogie, players assume the roll of one of four
misfit bounty hunters aboard the spaceship Bebop. Each player has a session, a series of tasks
drawn from the original anime series, that must be completed in order to
win. Completing the sessions requires
woolong (money) and fuel to travel, make contacts, and pay for goods and services. The struggling bounty hunters also need food! This is a cooperative game, so despite how
capable each of the bounty hunters are, they need help from the others to complete
their sessions. Meanwhile, villains and challenging events can appear to throw
the bounty hunters off their session. Players win when they complete their
session. The game features stories, artwork and characters from the beloved
Cowboy Bebop Boardgame
Boogie plays 1-4 players, ages 14+, in about 60-90 minutes. Contents include gameboard, 5 planet boards,
4 character boards, 7 standees, 1 Bebop token, 23 tokens, and 165 cards. The
game is expected to release in August 2019, and it is available for pre-order
Season 3 of the Exceed Fighting System brings us
Streetfighter! The Exceed Fighting
System is a fast-paced two-player card game that brings the head-to-head arcade
fighting games to your game table. Previous seasons feature the heroes and villains
Horizon and Seventh Cross. Exceed:
Street Fighter comes in three stand-alone boxes. The first is the Ryu
Box, which contains the fighters Ryu, Sagat, Akuma, and Zangrief. The M.
Bison Box contains the fighters Cammy, M. Bison, Ken, and Guile. Lastly,
Box contains Vega, C. Viper, Chun-Li, and Dan. Each of the player characters can be played
with all other releases of Exceed. Each box contains 141 cards and
rulebook. The Ryu Box is first to be
released in April 2019, followed by the M. Bison Box in June and the Chun-Li
Box in July. All three are available for
The collectible card game series Universal Fighter System is
adding Soulcalibur VI to its system.
The Soulcalibur VI CCG
will consist of 108 different cards representing twelve characters from Soulcalibur
VI: Groh, Ivy, Kilik, Maxi, Mitsurguri, Nightmare, Siegfried, Sophitia, Taki, Xianghua,
Yoshimitsu, and Zasalamel. Each 10-card
booster pack contains 6 commons, 3 uncommons, and 1 rare or ultra rare card.
There are 32 commons, 28 uncommons, 29 rare and 19 ultra rare cards in the set.
Booster boxes of 24 booster packs are available for pre-order now, or look for
them at your friendly local game store on April 5, 2019.
Fans of Street Fighter can expand their Universal Fighter
System collection with two new Special Edition Tins: the C. Viper & Juri
Tin and the Ryu Tin. Both tins contain a
Tin-exclusive Street Fighter foil card, 3 Street
Fighter booster packs, 1 Street
Fighter vs. Darkstalkers booster pack, 1 Mega Man: Battle for Power booster pack, and 1 Capcom Platinum Series booster pack. The Ryu Tin releases in April 2019, and the
C. Viper & Juri Tin released in June 2019.
Renegade Game Studios partners with Frosted Games to publish its first roll-and-write game, Hex Roller. Designed by Rustan Håkansson (Nations and Nations: The Dice Game), Hex Roller features a score pad with a hexagonal groupings of hexagons to record die rolls. Over the course of seven rounds, players will roll the dice, selecting two grouping of numbers to record on their scoresheet. There are numerous scoring opportunities on the scoresheet, so players need to think strategically when selecting and recording their rolls. Hex groupings are only scored when they are completed, and they are worth the predominate value recorded in the grouping. Each scoresheet does start the players out with some pre-filled numbers in each of the hex groupings. Connecting those numbers scores points also. The unique six-sided dice, numbered 3-8, help in providing higher scores, but the game also rewards filling the hexes with the largest array of values so long as it starts with 3, the lowest number. The simple rules and game play will appeal new gamers while the various scoring strategies will appeal experienced gamers.
Hex Roller plays
1-8 players, ages 8+, in about 15-20 minutes.
Contents include 8 dice, pad of game sheets and the rulebook. Hex
Roller is available for pre-order now or look for it in your friendly local
game store in May.
Though Forbes Magazine is not normally associated with board games reporting, it has published the occasional article on the hobby over the past couple of years. In the intersection of lifestyle, innovation, technology, and family life, Forbes has invested some time in getting to know the board game hobby better. Recently, it paid a visit to this year’s New York Toy Fair and discovered 30 new board games they felt should not be missed. Included in their report is a 50-minute video of the 30 games explained by the game presenters at the New York Toy Fair. Some of the games in the video were just announced at the toy fair and provides some of the first looks at the game. A few were older games that have been out for a number of years or were recently re-released. Of course, Villainous, which took Toy of the Year award to the New York Toy Fair, tops the list. Other great games such as Photosynthesis, Planet, Stuffed Fables, and Bunny Kingdom can be found on the Forbes list. Check out the Forbes article to see their full list and their video report from the 2019 New York Toy Fair.