Patrick Zoch

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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".

 

Stone Blade Entertainment and UltraPRO have teamed up again to produce another game designed by Justin Gary:  RingMaster: Welcome to the Big Top.  The trio have worked together on the hugely popular Ascension: The Deckbuilding Game and  Shards of Infinity.

In RingMaster, players compete to build the most successful circus by playing cards from their hands to gather the biggest stars and dazzling attractions to attract the largest audience. Players can also play cards to sabotage an opponent’s circus. The Big Top deserves big cards –  premium, thick, Tarot-sized cards illustrated by Rod Mendez.

RingMaster: Welcome to the Big Top plays 2-4 players, ages 13+, in about 10 minutes.  Contents include 34 Tarot -sized cards, a large carrying pouch, and rule sheet. RingMaster is available for preorder now, or look for the game at your friendly local game store in April 2019

New from Floodgate Games is Bad Maps, a programing game with a pirate theme.  In Bad Maps, players are pirate captains with hidden objective that award points based on where certain pirate minions are on the map in relation to the buried treasure on the island.  Each round, the players give instructions to the minions by playing a map piece from their hands.  Some map pieces are played face up and some are played faced down, preventing other players from knowing exactly where each minion will be on the island during that step.  Once all the instructions for the minion’s map have been given, the minions execute each step of their instructions on their maps, moving closer or further from the treasure, or falling victim to pits.  Once all the minions have completed their movement, the captains score their objective and the minions dig pits (looking for treasure). The second round begins with a much more hazardous island.  The captain with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.  Bad Maps is designed by Tim Armstrong, designer of Orbis and Kaiju Crush, and is wonderfully illustrated by Kristen Pauline, who also illustrated Stuffed Fables.

Bad Maps plays 3-5 players (but includes a 2 player mode), ages 13+, in about 40 minutes. Contents include a double-sides island board, 5 Captain player boards, 45 map cards, 40 objective cards, 10 blackout cards (shows which maps cards will be face up or face down), 10 spyglass tokens, 4 minion markers, 4 minion start tokens, a first mate token, a first player token, and 8 pit markers.

Bad Maps was successfully kickstarted back in September 2018 with a projected delivery of March 2019. If you missed the kickstarter campaign, it is available for pre-order now, or you can look for the game at your friendly local game store in March 2019.

 

IDW Games announces a new tile-laying game by HG Game Worx. In Amoeba, designed by Heidi and Greg Preslicka, players draw and place tiles in order to build the biggest amoebas then claim those amoebas by placing their nuclei markers on them.  But here is the twist, players can place tiles on top of completed amoebas to split them up and reduce their opponent’s score.  There are 12 unique tiles that will require pattern recognition and strategic thinking to grow the biggest amoeba. The game ends when all tiles are played, and the player with the biggest amoeba wins.

Amoeba plays 2-4 players, ages 8+, in about 30 minutes.  Contents include 84 Amoeba Tiles, 40 Nuclei Markers, 1 Custom Die, and a multilingual rulesheet.  Amoeba is scheduled for release in June 2019.

2019 marks the 15th season for The Dice Tower and it’s network of gaming reviews, news, and convention coverage. The Dice Tower has grown each year to bring more content at increasing quality, but only due to the generosity of you – all of our viewers and readers!  It is because of you that we are able to do what we love and give as much as we can back to the community. So it is once again time that we humbly ask for your support with the 2019 fundraising campaign.

Like the previous campaigns, this fundraiser is full of incentives ranging from gaming gear, exclusive Dice Tower products, and promos. There are decals, pins, coasters, tokens, card sleeves, component storage bins, games bags, dice pouches, and of course, dice towers.  Returning in the fundraiser are dice, including a metal pair, with the Dice Tower logo. Promos for some of the hottest games of 2017 including Champions of Midgard: Valhalla, Bunny Kingdom, Onitama, Time of Legends:Joan of Arc, Fireball Island, Alien Artifacts, Between Two Castles of Mad King Ludwig, Flamme Rouge, Spyfall, Suburbia, Roll Player, and so much more!

Video credits, custom voicemails, and even a custom video just for you are a couple of the unique perks to pledge.  There is even an opportunity to share a meal with the Dice Tower crew at one of the conventions or to come spend a day of gaming at with the Dice Tower crew at Mac & Cheese, a gaming cafe.

There is always the option to donate however much you want regardless of perks, as any and all support is greatly appreciated. If you’ve ever benefited from a review, preview, top 10 list, news article, or convention coverage, please consider supporting this Kickstarter campaign. On behalf of all of us in the Dice Tower Network, we value your many years of viewership and patronage, and we hope to continue serving you great content in the years to come. Thank you!

Wizkids announces an ultimate edition of Quarriors!, a fast-paced dice pool game where your dice summon creatures, cast spells, and captures more powerful creatures to add to their pool, all in the quest for the most Glory. Quarriors! Qultimate Quedition! Is truly an ultimate edition.  It includes all four expansion: Quarriors! Rise of the Demons, Quarriors! Quest of the Qladiator, Quarriors! Quarmageddon, and Quarriors! Quartifacts.  If that was not enough, it also includes every promo card ever produced for Quarriors! (including the never-before-printed Ghost of X-Mas Past, Present, and Future!). Contents include 340 custom dice, 211 cards, a double-sided glory tracker, 4 glory markers, 4 quest markers, 4 felt dice bags, and rulebook. Look for Quarriors! Qultimate Quedition! at a friendly local game store near you soon.

USAopoly announced a new game based on the forthcoming theatrical release of Marvel’s Captain Marvel. Captain Marvel: Secret Skrulls is a social deduction game where players take on the roles of the characters from the film, each with their own special powers.  Incorporating the mechanics from Bang!, players will also have a hidden role as either an ally or as shapeshifting Skrull or a Skrull defector. While Captain Marvel is known by all, each other player will have to deduce who their allies are and attempt to defeat their opponents before being exposed.  Colorful graphics on the cards and player boards are in keeping with the Marvel art style in the comics.

Captain Marvel: Secret Skrulls plays 4-7 players, ages 8 and up.  Contents include 7 Alliance Cards: 1 Captain Marvel, 2 Ally, 3 Skrull, 1 Skrull Defector; 13 Character Identity Cards; 80 playing cards, 7 reference cards, 7 player cards including a double-sided card for captain Marvel, 46 health tokens, and rules.  Look for Captain Marvel: Secret Skrulls in your friendly local gaming store soon.

Bellwether Games, best known for their tabletop games Antidote and Coldwater Crown, took their talented team to join many other game designers, artists, musicians, and publishers at the Global Game Jam last year.  A fun little project they started at the jam turned into a functional electronic game about connecting transmission lines.  What’s more, they discovered that this was a fun idea worth developing further for the next ten months to create KV Connector, the company’s first mobile app game.

KV Connector is game about connecting power lines across various levels of terrain to light dark houses. Players score points from connecting houses and lampposts as well as from birds that land on long powerlines. Players earn more points by using fewer towers.  KV Connector features groovy music from Musivational, including a tune, Ramps (Up and Down), by Dice Tower News Tweeter, Ben Gerber.

KV Connector is available now for free download for Android.

 

Stephen Buonocore of Stronghold Games was a recent guest on the Board Game Gumbo podcast when he was asked by a viewer if Terraforming Mars was going to receive the Legacy treatment.  Stephen confirmed that Jacob and Issac Fryxelius are 100% working on the Legacy version of Terraforming Mars.  Now, Stephen cautions that the project is still very early in the works and it might not be seen until 2020 or 2021. What a legacy game of Terraforming Mars looks like is anyone’s guess, but the generations will undoubtedly have a more personal feel. We will just have to wait and see.

Dice Forge delighted fans with its customizable dice and thus provided a game that offered a different play experience each game.  Fans could not get enough of the dice customization and deck building the game offered and longed for more.  Wait no more for Libellud has announced Dice Forge: Rebellion, an expansion for Dice Forge.

Dice Forge: Rebellion provides several additions to the game.  The expansion box will set against the main game box and expand the Temple with a Titan expansion containing five new pools of die faces to forge.  The expansion box will also contain a labyrinth that heroes can explore and gain bonus the further the delve until they reach the Minotaur in the center.  Lastly, the expansion will contain 30 new exploit cards for heroes to add to their deck of feats and change how they play the game.

Dice Forge: Rebellion is available for preorder now and is expected to be released in February, 2019.

 

Galactic Raptor Games has just launched their new game, Animal Kingdoms, on Kickstarter.  In Animal Kingdom, players are house leaders seeking to gain control of the five animal kingdoms by placing more animals under their control in a kingdom than any other player. Animals are represented by numbered cards in eight beautiful suits.  However, each kingdom has decrees that determine how players may place animals in the kingdom.  The game is played over the course of three ages, providing several opportunities to establish control over a kingdom.  Later victories are worth more, but earlier victories provide an advantage in controlling the kingdom if they claim the capitol city and thus a permanent seat on the council for the kingdom.  Points are earned for second and third place control in the kingdom, and points are also earned for being the first to withdraw from an age.  The player with the most influence points at the end of the third age is the winner.  The game includes several variable elements to ensure that it lays differently every time.  The kingdom decrees are randomly selected from a pool of 30 different decrees each game.  Additionally, the point values of a kingdom are also randomly selected for each age every game.

Animal Kingdom plays 1-5 players, ages 8+, in about 45 minutes.  Contents include 64 noble beast cards, 30 decree cards, 15 first place tokens, 4 first to withdraw tokens, 90 influence cubes, game board, scoreboard, 5 player scoring markers, and rulebook.  A deluxe option available on Kickstarter only upgrades the influence cubes to custom wooden animal meeples and includes 64 custom printed card sleeves. The Kickstarter campaign was funded on the first day and runs through 1 February with an expected delivery of November 2019.