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".

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.

Isaac Asimov’s three laws of robotics was never like this. 3 Laws of Robotics from Floodgate Games is a new social deduction game for 4 – 10 players. Each player is a robot in a holding cell who can see everyone’s rank and faction except their own.  Each round, players may ask another player a question to determine their own rank and faction while complying with the robotic laws in play.  Once all the robots from one faction have given their keycodes to the highest-ranking member in the faction, they are free.  The game is easy to set up and teach, plays in about 30 minutes, and has no player elimination.  The variety of rule combinations permits high replayability.  3 Laws of Robotics is available for pre-order in is expected to be released at the end of March 2019.

Bezier Games is releasing Cabo with all new artwork.  Cabo is a hand management and memory card game designed by Melissa Limes and Mandy Henning.  Players are dealt four cards face down and only get to see the values of two of them.  The goal of the game is to have the lowest value of cards in your hand.  Players takes turns trying to lower the total value of their cards by swapping out their cards for cards from the deck or discard pile.  Some action cards allow player to peek at their own cards, spy on another player’s card, or swap cards with another player.  The Bezier Games edition include new artwork while keeping to the same whimsical style of the original version.  Cabo is available for pre-order now and is expected to be released in March 2019.

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Popular Mechanics, a longtime publication about popular science and technology, has often covered features that would interest the intellectual and creative minds of its readers, so it should be no surprise that the magazine has published a list of 50 best new board games for the past three years. While their list is not as comprehensive as the Dice Tower’s Top 100 Games or the numerous lists of Top Ten GamesPopular Mechanics has been a champion of the boardgame hobby to the uninitiated.  Popular Mechanics’ latest list comes just in time for the holidays and includes a wide variety of games to appeal to every type of gamer.  While only a handful of popular games from 2018 make the list, such as Rising Sun , Everdell, and Root, the majority of the list is comprised of great games from the past several years.  Gloomhaven, Pandemic Legacy: Season 1, Terraforming Mars, Star Wars: Rebellion, Scythe, Gaia Project, and Great Western Trail all make the list. Check out their list to see Popular Mechanics 50 Best New Board Games.