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Well, if there was ever a theme that screamed “worker placement” I guess it would have to be “worker bees”! Honey Buzz is a new game being Kickstarted by Elf Creek Games, who brought us the second edition of Atlantis Rising and End of the Trail.

Honey Buzz is a “worker bee” placement game where you’ll expand your own beehive, forage for nectar and pollen, make different varieties of honey, and sell your honey at the bear market. But there’s only so much nectar to go around, and finding the right combinations to fulfill the woodland creatures’ wants-as well as the queen’s orders – will keep you buzzing”

Honey Buzz has tripled it’s funding goal already and has several more weeks left in the campaign. It sports some gorgeous artwork with some deluxe upgrades available (including thick acrylic tiles and bee meeples. Honey Buzz is certain to delight families. You can check it out on Kickstarter here.

Well, if you missed their previous Kickstarter, back in 2018, you’re in for a treat now. We reported on this premium board game bag solution during their first campaign and were excited to find out that they had more in store in their current Kickstarter campaign.

There are several cool new products in GeekOn’s latest offering starting out with their new pak, the SpacePak. The SpacePak can hold up to 50 pounds and is composed of 500D ripstop nylon material. The zippers are sturdy and made of a durable rubber for easy and fast opening. What’s super cool about these bags is just the pure open storage capacity that they provide. I found it excellent for not only board games, but those with role playing needs (it held nearly all of my D&D 5e books along with tokens and mini cases.

But that’s not all! Also available in this Kickstarter is their ShuttleTote. Now this was intriguing as I’ve never quite seen a design like this. The ShuttleTote not only provides a large capacity for your board gaming needs but it also will “wrap” up around your items – eliminating any possible additional space.

ShuttleTote open

Above you can see just the huge capacity that the tote alone provides. Below you can see how it not only zippers up, but allows you to roll up the top and buckle it in – making your tote compact. It also features a huge front pocket for additional accessories. It’s super comfortable to carry and simply a fantastic design, in my opinion.

In addition to the game bags, GeekOn is providing quite a few additional add-ons. Probably the two coolest are their new (and “Huge”-ified) dice tray. It is very similar to their first design, but almost quadruple in size. What’s great about their dice solution is that the bottom of the box is easily removed and serves as a dice tray itself. The main portion unzips and allows for storage of dozens of dice sets – all while providing a nice foam bottom layer to protect them.

New to this Kickstarter, however, is their innovative dice tower. The tower folds up into a flat accessory that can actually be stored within the XL dice tray. It folds out quite easily into a tower as pictured above. It will also work with their original dice tray.

There are many different board game bag solutions out there. After years of trying different bags I was lucky enough to come across GeekOn and purchase their latest solution at GenCon. I was happy enough with that offering and had no idea that this was just the start of a line of innovative products. In my opinion, they’re quite affordable and a must have for any board gamer that has need of a carrying solution! You can find out more over at their Kickstarter page here.

Congratulations to Adam G, this week’s winner of a $10.00 gift certificate to Cool Stuff Inc. Just prior to posting this announcement, instructions were emailed on how to claim his certificate.

Thank you to everyone that’s subscribed to our news (each week we’ll award a $10 CSI gift certificate to a random subscriber)! We hope that you’re enjoying the content provided and that it’s been informative.

We’d also like to express our gratitude towards Cool Stuff Inc for providing the gift certificates! We’ve given away hundreds of dollars so far! You can visit Cool Stuff’s web site here.

Undoubtedly, Speil ’19 (Essen) is one of the hottest yearly board game conventions to attend. With so much to do and see, we thought we’d share some news from one of our favorite game publishers, Pegasus Spiele.

“For 29€ attendees will get their ticket as well as a Goodie Bag which is amongst others filled with an exclusive Fog of Love promo, a promo for the new Portal Games Family Plus Game Prêt-à-Porter and the Super Power pack with one Super Power for 30 Pegasus Spiele titles, including novelties like Kitchen Rush and Tricky Druids as well as classics like Great Western Trail and Port Royal. Furthermore it contains the games nimble and Gamer over! as well as the UNDO promocase Versunkene Träume. In addition, the Goodie Bag designed only for this occasion contains a linen dice bag with a D50 from Dice4Friends, a XXL Kingdomino meeple, an Evidence scoring sheet as a rewritable postcard, the Werwölfe dog and cat promos, the kangaroo as a new animal for Krasse Kacke, a Pegasus Spiele magnet, a The Dwarves Artbook and a set of dice for The Dwarves, a new Imperial Settlers: Roll & Write village sheet and a Cthulhu notebook “

Among those that will also be attending are Michael Kiesling, designer of Azul, winner of the „Spiel des Jahres“ award and Matt Leacock with his novelty ERA – Das Mittelalt.

You can click here for more details.

Congratulations to Justin b, this week’s winner of a $10.00 gift certificate to Cool Stuff Inc. Just prior to posting this announcement, instructions were emailed on how to claim his certificate.

Thank you to everyone that’s subscribed to our news (each week we’ll award a $10 CSI gift certificate to a random subscriber)! We hope that you’re enjoying the content provided and that it’s been informative.

We’d also like to express our gratitude towards Cool Stuff Inc for providing the gift certificates! We’ve given away hundreds of dollars so far! You can visit Cool Stuff’s web site here.

Congratulations to Troy C, this week’s winner of a $10.00 gift certificate to Cool Stuff Inc. Just prior to posting this announcement, instructions were emailed on how to claim his certificate.

Thank you to everyone that’s subscribed to our news (each week we’ll award a $10 CSI gift certificate to a random subscriber)! We hope that you’re enjoying the content provided and that it’s been informative.

We’d also like to express our gratitude towards Cool Stuff Inc for providing the gift certificates! We’ve given away hundreds of dollars so far! You can visit Cool Stuff’s web site here.

Congratulations to Raymond C, this week’s winner of a $10.00 gift certificate to Cool Stuff Inc. Just prior to posting this announcement, instructions were emailed on how to claim his certificate.

Thank you to everyone that’s subscribed to our news (each week we’ll award a $10 CSI gift certificate to a random subscriber)! We hope that you’re enjoying the content provided and that it’s been informative.

We’d also like to express our gratitude towards Cool Stuff Inc for providing the gift certificates! We’ve given away hundreds of dollars so far! You can visit Cool Stuff’s web site here.

Congratulations to Christopher P, this week’s winner of a $10.00 gift certificate to Cool Stuff Inc. Just prior to posting this announcement, instructions were emailed on how to claim his certificate.

Thank you to everyone that’s subscribed to our news (each week we’ll award a $10 CSI gift certificate to a random subscriber)! We hope that you’re enjoying the content provided and that it’s been informative.

We’d also like to express our gratitude towards Cool Stuff Inc for providing the gift certificates! We’ve given away hundreds of dollars so far! You can visit Cool Stuff’s web site here.

Half Truth is a trivia game that is live on Kickstarter! This game was created by Richard Garfield who is known for some famous card games and Ken Jennings who is a historical Jeopardy player.

It is a game for 2-6 players that comes with 500 trivia question cards. Each card contains a category with 6 possible answers. The trick is, 3 of them are right and 3 of them are wrong! Players will bet on which answers they think are right. The game is designed to make people feel smarter than they think they are.

“A question card is drawn and read aloud, then placed so everyone can see it on the Half Truth square in the center of the board. Questions are all multiple choice, with 3 correct and 3 incorrect answers. The die is thrown to see how many spaces will be moved if a player answers the questions correctly. Each player simultaneously chooses an answer that they think is correct, by secretly selecting one of their answer tokens. All tokens are revealed, and stacked in the corresponding circles by the card. The card is then flipped over, revealing the 3 correct answers. “

For more information, check out their Kickstarter campaign here.

The Dice Tower is pleased to welcome Sharon Madden as Director of Dice Tower East. Sharon brings a wealth of experience in event planning and administration to this position and is excited to tie-in this event with her love of board games. She has been playing board games actively for the past 20 years, with games ranging from heavy Euros to party games. In addition to board-gaming, Sharon enjoys cooking, reading, yoga, and traveling. She also speaks German and Czech.

Tom Vasel, President of the Dice Tower, says “I’m thrilled to have Sharon and her team on board.  They are already working hard to put together a fantastic event next July, and I can’t wait to see what happens next!”