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So – Day 1 – COMPLETE CHAOS!!  Remember, you can receive LIVE tweets as they happen by following @dicetower_news!!

The day started out calm enough, with the troup gathering for morning sustenance:


As many of you may realize, the hall opens at 9:00 for VIP guests.  This gives those that paid an insane amount of cash to get their first pick at their favorite releases.  THEN, 10:00 hits and BAM, the crowd enters:1408024935030


The boys manned the Dice Tower Booth:


And even the TARDIS couldn’t take me away from all the fun:


But I had to watch out for those pesky Daleks:


I was able to meet Ignacy Trzewiczek, designer of Imperial Settlers, this year’s popular card drafting, player power, and hand management game:


I was able to get pretty much everything I was wanting.  I ran them back to the hotel, but took time out to tweet open box pics:

King of New York

King of New York

Pathfinder Card Game Skull & Shackles

Pathfinder Card Game Skull & Shackles

Mice & Mystics Downwoo Tales Expansion

Mice & Mystics Downwood Tales Expansion

So Gen Con isn’t complete without a few staples like:



Long Lines

Long Lines

Balloon Sculptures

Balloon Sculptures

Game Demos

Game Demos



Gaming Statues

Gaming Statues

For more coverage, follow @dicetower_news on Twitter!!

star realms cards

It’s been a long wait, but after three rejections by Apple, the digital version of White Wizard Games’ deckbuilder Star Realms has finally been approved and released on the App Store! Much like the Android version, the game is free to download, but if you want to unlock all the content you’ll have to spend $4.99 on an in-app purchase (but that does unlock the content for all platforms, fortunately).

What are you waiting for? Head on over to the App Store and try it out!

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    You Won’t Need a Bigger Table to Enjoy Star Wars

    armada ships

    We all knew that this was coming. When Fantasy Flight Games started releasing the gigantic ships like the Tantive IV and the Rebel Transport for the Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures game, we knew the Empire was going to bring in even bigger ships. Think about it. Darth Vader never lets the Rebellion Alliance have nice things. The Rebellion finds its only hope of survival, Luke Skywalker, and Vader does nothing but try to bring Luke to the dark side. When he didn’t get his way, he had a temper tantrum and cut off Luke’s hand. There’s no way Vader would let the Alliance be the only faction with over-sized ships.

    The Tantative IV took up a lot of space (hah!) on the table, so of course there were questions about how massive ships like the Star Destroyer would be handled. We found out this week that the Star Destroyer would not be coming to the X-Wing Miniatures Game, but instead would be featured in the new Star Wars: Amanda. Although we don’t know much about the new game, we know it is a miniatures game much like X-Wing, but with miniatures on a much smaller scale. More details about the game will most likely be released during the next big gaming convention. Whenever that may be.

    Power, Wisdom, Courage, Real Estate

    Nintendo has been known for making some of the greatest games of all time. Just think about all of the classic characters they have. They’ve created Mario, Luigi, Link, Zelda, Star Fox, Samus, Donkey Kong, and Poo. Everybody loves Poo. It was announced this week that Nintendo’s next big hit will be Monopoly: The Legend of Zelda!

    Of course, there are always those Nintendo naysayers who say the Legend of Zelda is a children’s game. Have there been any new games announced for the mature video game fans? As a matter of fact, there was one more exciting video game board game announcement this week. The predecessor to Assassin’s Creed Arena is coming soon. The game’s title has been revealed; it will be called Monopoly: Assassin’s Creed. Preorders will be going out soon, but the game will only be coming to Europe. So get your Abstergo Credits ready, imported games can be expensive.

    Oh, and if you aren’t in the mood for Monopoly, Fantasy Flight Games announced XCom: The Board Game developed by Eric Lang (Star Wars: The Card Game, Kaosball, co-designer of Marvel Dice Masters). Fans of the video game series can take comfort in the fact that Fantasy Flight is pretty good about making games that feature aliens. Not much is known about the game, other than the fact that it is a 1 to 4 player cooperative game that utilizes an app. We don’t even know if Fantasy Flight artist Henning Ludvigsen is going to make the Chryssalids even more terrifying than they already are. More information may be coming in the near future. Call it a hunch.

    What’s New with the Dice Tower?

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    Was it mentioned that one of the biggest gaming conventions is taking place this week? You can expect nonstop updates from Tom Vasel, Eric Summerer, Ryan Metzler, and the rest of the team about all of the new games being released and demoed at the convention. Tom and Zee Garcia recorded a run of five videos detailing what to expect from each individual company attending the convention. Rob Searing of the Dice Tower News will be delivering written updates throughout the week. And don’t forget to tune in to the Dice Tower’s YouTube page to check out the long awaited review of Richard Garfield’s King of New York.

    Image courtesy of Upper Deck’s Twitter account

    Fresh out of Gencon 2014, Upper Deck has announced that they’re bringing back their 2004 collectible card game ‘Vs. System’, except this time as a Living Card Game (LCG). The previous incarnation of ‘Vs.’ featured superheroes from both Marvel and DC universes (as well as a Hellboy set, which is a Dark Horse imprint). Details about the LCG are scarce at the moment, but as soon as we know more, you will too.

    Stay tuned to this blog for more breaking news from GenCon!

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    So, the entire DTN crew will be bringing you constant coverage of Gen Con this year.  The quickest way to receive updates is to follow @dicetower_news on Twitter.  You will receive Tweet alerts throughout the day of many exciting events and news. All of the pictures that you’ll see in this, and many future articles, can be seen first on Twitter, live, throughout the day.

    So today was setup day.  Many of the Publishers were setting up in the Convention Center and many had their demo play rooms set up.  I had the luxury of play testing, along with Eric Summerer and Dan King from The Dice Tower, City Hall by Tasty Minstrel Games.  Designer Michael Keller set up a game that we were able to play through.  Unbelievably, I came in second – behind Michael himself (go figure, right?)


    Michael Keller - Designer of City Hall

    Michael Keller – Designer of City Hall

    A stop at the Tasty Minstrel room wouldn’t be complete without Michael Mendes himself (owner of TMG).  Holding up a copy of Scoville – an exciting new game from designer Ed Marriott.


    Michael Mendes - owner of Tasty Minstrel Games

    Michael Mendes – owner of Tasty Minstrel Games

    One of my favorites, that I actually got to play test, is Downwood Tales, the newest expansion to the popular dungeon crawl – Mice & Mystics, from designer Jerry Hawthorne (Plaid Hat Games)

    Downwood Tales - Mice & Mystics expansion

    Downwood Tales – Mice & Mystics expansion


    Here were some items on display at the FFG booth:


    Last Banquet

    Last Banquet

    New Flight Template for Star Wars Armada

    New Flight Template for Star Wars Armada

    New X Wing Wave Ships

    New X Wing Wave Ships

    Just a few familiar faces:

    Tom with Designer Richard Launius

    Tom with Designer Richard Launius

    Rob and a Happy Tom

    Rob and a Happy Tom

    Tom with Scott w/Arcane Wonders

    Tom with Scott w/Arcane Wonders

    Tom with Sheriff of Notthingham

    Tom with Sheriff of Notthingham

    Dice Tower Crew

    Dice Tower Crew

    Rob Searing & Zee Garcia

    Rob Searing & Zee Garcia

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    Currently Available From Cryptozoic

    Coming Soon

    lone wolf

    Fans of 80’s Choose-Your-Own-Adventure style books take note: Joe Dever’s “Lone Wolf” universe is getting a newly revised and expanded RPG – The Lone Wolf Adventure Game. Cubicle 7 has launched the project on Kickstarter, with an aim to hit their pledge goal by the middle of September (SPOILER: they’ve already succeeded).

    If you’re not familiar with Dever’s world, the “Lone Wolf” series of books launched in the early 80’s as “gamebooks,” inserting readers into the story by giving them the power to make choices for the main character during his adventures in Magnamund, much like the “Choose Your Own Adventure” line of books with which most of us are familiar. Dever’s series persisted through 28 gamebooks, eventually being adapted into video games, several versions of RPGs, and most recently an interactive gamebook series for iOS and Android devices.

    lone wolf map

    Cubicle 7 states that their goal with this RPG is to “produce a game accessible to new and younger gamers – the perfect first roleplaying game – that develops and grows as the players progress. The advanced options in the boxed set, and the richly detailed supplements, will deliver a depth of gameplay that we’re sure will satisfy more experienced gamers.

    Feeling that old school nostalgia? Looking for a new roleplaying game that takes place in an original yet established world? Even though the Kickstarter is funded, you can still get in on the early access rewards until September 16th.

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    Conquest of Speros

    In this fantasy, territory building game designed by Aaron Belmer (Sanitarium), each player is a General working to expand their race and dominate the kingdom.  Using area control and resource domination, each race will scour the landscape and take control of powerful Artifacts buried among the land.

    Conquest of Speros was funded on Kickstarter in May 2014 for $36,143.  The game is for 2 to 4 players, ages 10 and up, and a play time of 30 minutes.

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    Conquest of Speros: Lost Treasures Expansion

    Lost Treasures expands Conquest of Speros, providing four new Generals with new abilities, twenty-four new locations, and 2 Ancient Artifacts.

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    Till Dawn

    Till Dawn is designed by Richard Launius (Arkham Horror, Elder Sign), Jason Maxwell (Agents of SMERSH), and Mike Wylie (Hold the Line, Victoria Cross) and comes in a thematic coffin shaped box.  In this card game, players are vampires hoping to acquire the most blood tokens before retiring to the safety of their coffin.  The deck of cards contain feeding cards, vampire hunters, and events that jeopardize each vampire.  Each turn a player reads the card aloud and pass the rest to the next player, resolving the card.

    The game was funded on Kickstarter in April 2014 for $46,703.  Components include 100 tokens and 120 cards, is for 4 to 8 players, and a play time of 20 minutes.

    draco magi

    Draco Magi

    Designed by Richard Launius and Robert Burke (Battle for Souls, Cartoona), this fantasy card game will have players competing to acquire gems for their “Spell of Succession.”  In each round, players will send some of their dragons from the deck to the battlefield.  At the end of the round, the player with the most dragons on the field will claim the gem.

    Draco Magi was funded on Kickstarter in February 2014 for $95, 564.  Components include over 120 cards, the game is for two players, ages 12 and up, and a play time of 30 minutes.

    metallic dragon pack

    Draco Magi: Metallic Dragon Pack

    This expansion for Draco Magi features 24 Foil Metallic Dragon Cards.

    empire vs rebellion

    Star Wars: Empire vs. Rebellion

    Announced in June, this new two player card game will continue the struggle between the Rebellion and the Galactic Empire.  This is a fast-paced, strategy game of card and resource management.  Players will use resources and their heroes to control the outcome of key events.

    between the shadows

    Star Wars LCG: Between the Shadows Deluxe

    Also announced in June, this deluxe expansion will contain twenty-six new objective sets and two special, “Limit 1 per objective deck” sets.

    star wars dice bags

    Star Wars Dice Bags

    Previously announced as well, these themed dice bags are 6.25″ x 9″, each featuring Star Wars imagery on black velour and seals with a polypropylene drawstring.

    mayfair games logo

    Mayfair Games reports that they will have the following Designer Demos running this year at GenCon 2014.  You can find them in the Mayfair Booth (#117) in Hall J.


    5-6pm – James Ernest – Lords of Vegas / Lords of Vegas UP!


    1-2pm – James Ernest – Lords of Vegas / Lords of Vegas UP!
    1-3pm – Kane Klenko – Mad City


    10am – 2pm – Phil Chase – Theophrastus
    1-3pm – Kane Klenko – Mad City
    1-4pm – Nicholas Trahan – Villainy
    3-4pm – James Ernest – Lords of Vegas / Lords of Vegas UP!