Dice Tower Newsletter

Robert Searing


The 2017 Spiel des Jahres award nominees have been announced. The “Game of the Year 2017” will be selected on July 17, 2017 in Berlin. There were several other games that made it to the jury’s “recommendation” list and they can be viewed on the official announcement here.

Game of the Year 2017 (Spiel des Jahres)

Kingdomino by Bruno Cathala
Publisher: Pegasus Spiele
Prestigious tile laying for 2 to 4 crowned terrain planners
Magic Maze by Kasper Lapp
Publisher: Sit Down !, Distribution: Pegasus Spiele
Cooperative shopping house break for 1 to 8 hectic heroes
Race to El Dorado of Reiner Knizia
Publisher: Ravensburger
Deck building in the jungle for 2 to 4 fast treasure hunters
Children’s Game of the Year 2017 (Kinderspiel des Jahres)
Captain Silver  by Wolfgang Dirscherl & Manfred Reindl
Publisher: Queen Games
Fast-paced treasure hunting for 2 to 4 sensitive pirates from 6 years
ICECOOL  by Brian Gomez
Publishing house: Amigo Interlaced snips for 2 to 4 ice-cold schoolchildren from 6 years
The Mysterious Forest  of Carlo A. Rossi
Publisher: Iello, Vertrieb. Yikes! & Friends
Adventurous journey for 2 to 4 clever scouts from 6 years
Connoisseur-Enthusiast Game of the Year 2017 (Kennerspiel des Jahres)
Exit – The Game * by Inka Brand and Markus Brand
Publisher: Kosmos
Congenial Knobeleien for 1 to 6 (our recommendation: 1 to 4) creative cryptologists
* “The Abandoned Hut”, “The Secret Laboratory”, “The Grave Chamber of Pharaoh”
Raider of the North Sea by Shem Phillips
Publisher: Schwerkraft-Verlag
Plentiful plundering for 2 to 4 walkers-worshiping Vikings

Image from the English 2nd Printing

Terraforming Mars by Jacob Fryxelius
Publisher: Schwerkraft-Verlag
Planetary project development for 1 to 5 climate changing corporate boards

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Roxley Game Laboratory has given Martin Wallace’s Brass (2007) a beautiful makeover and is offering this popular gem, now known as Brass: Lancashire, along with a new sequel, Brass: Birmingham, on Kickstarter. Brass is well known as one of the best economic strategy games, consistently ranking in the top 25 games on Boardgamegeek. This new edition sports fantastic new artwork, high quality components, and new improved rules for lower player counts. The sequel, Brass: Birmingham, takes place during the Canal Era, has a dynamic board setup, new industries, actions and mechanics.

The Kickstarter Campaign for Brass continues through May 11, and is expected to deliver in January 2018.

The first shipment of Chip Theory Games’ cooperative Dice-builder RPG, Too Many Bones, has already sold out! Awarded a 10/10 and the Dice Tower Seal of Excellence, Too Many Bones stock didn’t even last long enough to be offered for direct sale. Chip Theory is currently taking preorders for the second print run on their website.
Critics and gamers alike, including The Dice Tower’s own Mark Burke (The Chubby Meeple), are falling in love with the unique dice mechanics and original fantasy world. Players assume the role of a party of Gearlocs as they attempt to take down one of seven unique Tyrants who have taken up unwelcome residence in the land of Daelore.  New skill dice are unlocked after each successful encounter, allowing you to build your characters in almost endless ways. Don’t like the luck involved in dice games? The game employs a unique Backup Plan mechanic that allows you to put your bad rolls to good use. Store up your “misses” and unleash them for powerful alternate attacks and abilities.
Too Many Bones uses super high-end components, including die-cut neoprene mats, 11.5g chips, and PVC plastic cards to create an experience that looks and feels as great as it plays.  Because of the high manufacturing costs of the game, it is only being produced in small print runs. The second print of 2000 copies will ship in July with an undisclosed number being reserved specifically for sale at GenCon. This print will sell out before long before it arrives, so get your preorders in now at chiptheorygames.com.

Have you ever wonder what it would be like to fuse Crokinole with Golf? Well so has John Klassen and he has done just that. Klassen started out just trying to build a Crokinole board of his own to play with family and friends. However during the process is idea shifted to fusing Croikinole with Golf to create the new game that he calls Golf Board.

“Everyone talks about doing something, making something new. I figured, ‘what can it hurt?’,” said Klassen.

After letting some of his friends play test his new creation, not only did his friends want it but due to their enthusiasm and enjoyment of the game, he made 50 copies and started selling them locally in the area of Pembina Valley which is the south-central region of Manitoba, Canada.

Many changes have been made to his design from that original to its current form. According to Klassen sales have been good which he attributes to the popularity of Crokinole. Interest is has been sparked not only in those that have played Crokinole for 50 years, but also in the younger generation. Klassen has stated that “Everyone’s on the same level. All you need to know is how to flick the disk, so anybody can do it.”

Since 2000 when Klassen started his creation, he got married and started a family. This put a temporary stop to production, however he recently has picked up where he left off.

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The Dice Tower Convention recently announced they were down to less than 100 tickets available for attendees. The Orlando-based convention happens July 5th-9th this year and is the fifth iteration of the event. Featuring Guests of Honor Ignacy Trzewiczek and Eric Lang, the show promises five non-stop days of gaming and is geared for a more laid-back, family-friendly experience.
Visit the website for more information, or register now before tickets are all gone

Games Workshop and Warhammer unveiled a new tactical arena combat game at Adepticon: Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire.  The game will be played with dice and card decks unique for each faction.  The decks of cards used in the game will also be customizable, meaning that the same faction can be played in a myriad of ways.

The rules of the game were designed with competitive and tournament play in mind.  Matches can be played in around 45 minutes.  and on a smaller surface than Warhammer’s larger scale games.  Warhammer also plans to support an organized play system from the beginning.

The game is set in the ancient city of Shadespire, cursed to sit eternally in between the realms of light and shadow.  You can choose from forces in this game that are drawn from different races from all across the Mortal Realms universe.  The first two available factions are the Eternals Liberators and the Khorne Bloodreavers – iconic adversaries.

There were some lucky folks that got to play the game at Warhammer’s Studio Preview at Apeticon earlier last week.  However, the rest of you will have to wait until later this year to play Shadespire.

IELLO Games just released a teaser video of their upcoming battle game, Arena of the Gods, designed by Maxime Rambourg.

Welcome to the Arena of the all-powerful! With Arena: For the Gods!, dive into a universe in which heroes from 6 different mythos fight together for the entertainment of their Gods. Hand-picked by a divine hand for a battle to the death, you’re assuming the role of a powerful fighter.

Use your life points to bid for the best weapons and use the dice wisely to activate the most powerful attacks. The first player who dies puts an end to the game – and the surviving hero with the most life points left wins.

The plethora of equipment and choices in the game will bring a new experience to each replay!

Arena is due to release June 14, 2017

Gamestax’s newest game 5ive: King’s Court is ending this week on Kickstarter.  5ive is a set building game where the goal is to have all 5 members of  your King’s Court in play.  The game takes inspiration from the chessboard with your five court members being one each of a King, Queen, Bishop, Knight and Rook.  Each court member has a specific purpose.  The King can draw cards, the Queen can make others discard, the Bishop can recover cards from the discard pile, the knight can destroy others’ cards, and the rook can block other players from playing their cards.  When one player has played all five members of their court, they win!

5ive: King’s Court is for ages 6 and up and can play 2-4 with the base game, up to 6 with the expansion.  The Kickstarter ends this week on Friday and plans to fulfill rewards in July 2017