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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!”

Some of you may have been familiar with Game Start and their recent Kickstarter for Fantasy World Creator, a complete environment to enhance your fantasy role-playing experience. Fantasy World Creator was comprised of 140 tiles and hundreds of character, status, and monster tokens for use with role-playing. With over 1,600 backers it massively over-passed it’s 8k Euro goal raking in over 136k Euro.

Fantasy World Creator

Fantasy World Creator was a unique system that allowed one to enhance their Dungeons & Dragons / Pathfinder / Insert Fantasy RPG Title experience by allowing for so many different combinations of maps along with creature and character tokens to help in mapping out dungeons as well as helping with the tracking of combat. Well, Game Start has done it again are proud to announce the launch of their Kickstarter for Future World Creator. Future World Creator will up the ante in all that it will provide for your Space/Sci-Fi RPG needs.

Future World will provide tiles for four different environments including an alien planet, post-apocalyptic, spaceship, and city. There will be over 50 re-writable interlocking tiles with over 20 different building tiles as well.

There will be 330 different character pawns with 4 different colored stands to use. There will be hundreds of status tokens AND 16 different ship tokens….and lots, lots more.

Ok, so this looks great, right? But how does it tie to the board game world? Well, Game Start has announced that they have concluded a collaboration agreement with Jon Gilmour (Dead of winter series, Dinosaur Island series and Wasteland.

“We offered our products to him and he found them very versatile to write a set of rules. He will collaborate with us creating a “rogue experience” game using the contents of the Core box and the expansion of Future World Creator. He was looking for a product that would allow him to brush up one of his very first successes, “Pocket dungeon” and to evolve it. He found this opportunity in our “World Creator” series. The set of rules will be associated only to Future World for now and presented during the campaign as a paid addon.”

So head over to Kickstarter and get in on this now to enhance your RPG experience. And anyone that pledges during the first 48H will be able to obtain this cool mini. Be sure to also check out the app that can be viewed here.

Z-Man games announced a new category of games, an official “Pandemic System” category. This term will represent any game that has, at it’s core, the Pandemic engine.

This comes as a result of confusion that was discovered to surround the Pandemic Survival World Championships. There seemed to be questions that would continuously be raised about what comprised the competition such as what games would be played, the meaning behind the term “Survival’ and why certain themed games were used and others not.

With all of that in mind, I’m excited to announce that we’re defining a new category of Pandemic games. Going forward, games whose foundations are rooted in Pandemic’s gameplay will be known as Pandemic System games. We want players to know that the engine under the hood is based on Matt Leacock’s award-winning co-op mechanics, while the setting—be it historical or fantastical—allows us to adapt gameplay to create a more nuanced, thematic experience. “

Head over to Z-Man Games’ web site for more info regarding the future of the Survial Games series.

There’s definitely been an onslaught of gaming accessories on the scene within the past couple of years and board game bags are among some of the best getting attention!

Game nights are an important part of every board gamer’s routine and there’s definitely a need to come up with a way of transporting them to the fun. Games, as you know, come in all shapes and sizes from the traditional sized box of something like Arkham Horror to that of the large-sized Gloomhaven. But don’t forget your board game fillers such as your typical Roll-and-write or something simple like Jaipur or Tea Dragon Society.

Enter – GeekOn!

“GeekOn! was created in 2018 when a group of like-minded people came up with a better way to transport a hoard of games to game night. Along with the highest quality boardgame bag on the market we pride ourselves in creating the most innovative and useful gaming accessories matched only by our first rate customer service! “

GeekOn makes a variety of game bags and game bag accessories in not only a variety of colors, but with unique features you won’t find anywhere else right now! Pictured on the left you can see the size of the bag without being expanded – large enough to fit several games back-to-back. However, with their unique zippering system, you can expand the pack to hold much more if you have the need (pictured on right and below).

Additionally, there are quite a few pockets to fit smaller games on either side as well as a really nifty compartment on the top of the bag.

The bag system comes with quite a few extras as well, including game mat cases, wrist straps, and dice trays (check them out here).

GeekOn has a Kickstarter campaign planned for 4th quarter of 2019 with some new carrying solutions as well as several really cool accessories that complement their current line of accessories! They probably have the most innovative bag on the market right now!

Pandasaurus Games has announced two new upcoming family-weight games to be released in fall 2019: Wayfinders by Thomas Dagenais-Lespérance (Decrypto), and Silver & Gold by Phil Walker-Harding (Sushi Go!, Imhotep & Barenpark).

Wayfinders is a route-building game in which 2-4 players will take the role of explorers racing to chart new paths through the skies, outfitting their planes with the right gear, and building hangers on islands to stock with parts. The game will feature 3D molded airplane and hanger tokens.

Silver & Gold is a roll & write game with no set turns in which 2-4 players will simultaneously (and frantically) attempt to complete and close out island cards and hit the right bonuses before they can jump to the next card. To do so, players will need to “rain down X’s, rapid fire.” The game will include 60 wipeable playing cards and 4 dry erase pens.

Congratulations to Brandon 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.

While at Gen Con, I had the pleasure of meeting the folks over at Playdek & GMT. I met with Gary Weis , the lead developer for Labyrinth: The War on Terror – designed by Volko Ruhnke, the creator of the COIN series of board games and ex-CIA analyst. Many of you may already be familiar with their development of the app for Twilight Struggle. Well, I got to witness a development copy that was near it’s completion with an upcoming release on the PC and iOS/Android later in the year.

Labyrinth plays very similar to Twilight Struggle however is set in the 2000’s at the peek of the terrorist threat. Additionally, Labyrinth supports
hand management, crisis mitigation and card effects based on actual events!

“Labyrinth features distinct operational options for each side that capture the asymmetrical nature of the conflict, while the event cards that drive its action pose a maze of political, religious, military, and economic issues. In the parallel wars of bombs and ideas, coordinated international effort is key — but terrorist opportunities to disrupt Western unity are many. The Towers have fallen, but the global struggle has only just begun.”

I was able to head over to the Mondo Games booth (3061) who, along with Restoration Games (booth 355) have published Unmatched (a re-theming of Star Wars: Epic Duels). Unmatched is a streamlined asymmetrical battle game in which you pit two different characters (anyone from Bruce Lee to dinosaurs) against one another.

“Unmatched is a highly asymmetrical miniature fighting game for two or four players. Each hero is represented by a unique deck designed to evoke their style and legend. Tactical movement and no-luck combat resolution create a unique play experience that rewards expertise, but just when you’ve mastered one set, new heroes arrive to provide all new match-ups.”

Available at the con was the base game which comes with King Arthur, Medusa, Alice (in Wonderland), and Sinbad. Additionally there were two expansions – the Bruce Lee and Jurassic Park add-ons. There are additional IP expansions slated, such as a Buffy the Vampire expansion pack. Unmatched is a very simple and fast-playing game that will appeal to a variety of players.