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dungeon fighter expansions

Dungeon Fighter has two expansions releasing soon from Fantasy Flight Games, The Big Wave and Fire at Will.  There have been two previous previews on these expansions for the dice, dungeon, and dexterity game.  The first preview gave us a look at Fire at Will and the second provided a look at The Big Wave.

In this new preview from FFG, we get a look at the bosses that will be protecting these elemental themed dungeons, Bullrog and The Great Cthulhu.    You can also find rule books for both expansions at the game’s site in PDF format.

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Over at Oakleaf Games, designer Nathaniel Levan discuss the ‘Pros and Cons of an Upkeep Phase’ referencing the “feed your people” mechanism.  “At its root,” states Levan, “an upkeep phase is a way to balance growth; you can’t grow too fast or you won’t be able to support yourself, but you can’t avoid growth or you won’t advance.

Levan has a new project hitting Kickstarter later this year, New Bedford from Dice Hate Me Games.  New Bedford will be a city building, worker placement game for two to four players.

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Pixel Lincoln Expansion 2-2: New Challenger

This 5th player expansion for Pixel Lincoln requires the base game to play.  Components include 5 custom character cards, 30 item and enemy cards, 13 player 5 cards, 1 secret item card, 1 mini-boss card, and 1 boss card.

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Legends of the American Frontier

In this adventure game set in colonial America just before the Revolutionary War, players unfold the history of their characters through adventure as they seek status, fame, wealth, and happiness.  Designed by Richard Launius (Arkham Horror, Elder Sign), the objective is to score the most points by completing adventures and purchasing rewards.  At the end of the game, these will tell a story of the character, based on your course of play.

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Wok Star (2nd Edition)

Initially released in 2010, this is the second edition of the real-time, cooperative, Chinese restaurant, tycoon style game.  Customers must be served within 20 seconds or they eat free and each of their orders requires a different combination of ingredients to make.  Components include a game board, electronic timer, 32 dice, and over 100 cards.

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In this negoation and party game designed by Sam Liberty and Kevin Spak, players will throw combatants into a ring and change the dynamic of the fight in some way using cards.  Players will bet on the outcome and a judge will decide the winner of each fight.

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Monsters & Maidens

In this dice game, players are heroes trying to rescue maidens from monsters.  Players roll the dice and determine success or failure of their mission.  You can press your luck and attempt to roll again for better results but will fail if over taken by monsters.

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The Great Snowball Battle

In this card game that brings a snowball fight to your table, players “throw a snowball, run for cover, or use an item. Get hit, lose winter gear. No gear left? Then Mom calls you into the house. (Loser.)”

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Meeple Dice Tower, Knockdown, Green

Now available in Green, this put together/take apart dice tower stands at 14 cm tall and 14 cm wide.



In this two player game, you manage resources and workers to complete goals and score the most victory points.  A common worker pool represents the town’s workers and players manipulate them to build various structures that will in turn generate resources.



This is a hard cover science-fiction role playing game.  Mindjammer lets you play as hardened mercs, cunning traders, steely-nerved pilots, intrigue-filled spies and culture agents, aliens, divergent hominids, artificial life forms, and even sentient starships. It’s a standalone game with everything you need to play, including innovative new rules for alien life, planets, and star systems, organizations, culture conflict, hypertech, starmaps, background material, virtual realities and techno-psionic powers.


Villagers & Villains: The Borderlands

This expansion to Villagers & Villains, a humorous fantasy game, adds 26 new cards that will bring cards back from the discard pile, cards that pair with other cards for bonuses, and some “take that” cards to annoy your opponent.

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Treasures & Traps: Expanded Realms 2

Expanded Realms 2 adds 26 new cards to the base game.  Some added features include: Time control spells to affect the next few rounds, poison traps, the deadly monk dojo, the surprise mimic trap, locations like the wishing rock and retreat to help you power your hand and your defenses, the duel event to challenge another player, and the dimensional box to hold your goodies.

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Treasures & Traps: Random Encounters

Random Encounters is another expansion for Treasures & Traps that will add 13 special cards, 2 custom dice, and a larger box to hold the entire Treasures & Traps collection.

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Temple of the Red God

An Amazing Adventure adventure RPG, Temple of the Red God is set tens of thousands of years into the future.  In the mythic Turian Age, a power sweeps across the world called the Blood Imperator and answers need to be found.

The following are coming in October:

Metamorphosis Alpha: Deluxe Collector’s Ed.

This over-sized, hardcover collector’s edition of the science fiction RPG released in 1976, contains 136 compilation of the original material plus supporting articles from Dragon Magazine.  It also features modules and introductions from Tim Kask, Jon Peterson, and James Ward.

Dungeon Crawl Classics #82.5: Dragora’s Dungeon

A level 1 adventure by Harley Stroh featuring cover art by Clyde Caldwell.

Dungeon Crawl Classics #83: The Chained Coffin

Gold Foil Ed. – This limited edition gold foil cover is a level 5 adventure module by Michael Curtis.

Silver Foil Ed. – This limited edition silver foil cover is packaged in a complete boxed set with a gazetteer of the Shudder Mountains and other materials.

Dungeon Crawl Classics #84: Peril on the Purple Planet

A level 4 RPG adventure by Harley Stroh. The Purple Planet: Where tribes of man-beasts wage an endless war beneath a dying sun.

Fifth Edition Fantasy #1: Glitterdoom

A Fifth Edition Dungeons & Dragons level 3 adventure module is fully compatible with the fifth edition of the world’s first fantasy RPG, and ready to play in your home campaign!

Fifth Edition Fantasy #2: The Fey Sisters’ Fate

A  Fifth Edition adventure into the Briarwood for Dungeons & Dragons.

Maximum Xcrawl

Based on the Pathfinder Universe, this RPG can be incorporated into any Pathfinder game.  Players are superstar athletes taking their chances in a pay-per-view death sport.

The following are coming in November:

Noble Treachery

In this card and dice game for 4 to 6 players, the five great noble houses vie for the throne.  Players form alliances and use armies, knights, spies, witches, thieves, and all sorts of resources to support their noble house.

Space Junk

In this board game for 2 to 6 players that is set in the not to distant future.  Players maneuver their ships around the Earth crashing into each other and picking up space junk.

Legends of Adventure

Legends of Adventure is a cooperative fantasy board game that streamlines the role-playing experience for newcomers to the genre, people who have limited time for gaming, and those who just want to play a lighter style of game. Players attempt to cooperatively complete 10 adventures in order to become Legends.


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WizKids have announced their first annual open tournament event.

From the WizKids press release: “The WizKids Open is WizKids’ first ever officially sponsored regional gaming event. This year’s event will be hosted at seven stores, spanning from coast to coast.  Most will support regional championships for HeroClix, Dice Masters and Attack Wing as well as smaller events and the ability to buy product that was typically only available for purchase from conventions.”

Locations listed are:

  • Austin, Texas
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • San Diego, California
  • Littleton, Colorado
  • Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Rochester, New York

For more information check out the official website.

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    Reviewer and blogger, Tom Randell, has some fantastic updates on games coming out of Gale Force Nine.  Firefly: The Game will be getting some new resin ships and custom dice.  There have also been announcements about Sons of Anarchy: Men of Mayhem and its new expansions.  Other updates include a exclusive look at an upcoming game based on the television show, Homeland, and a hint at an expansion for Spartacus: A Game of Blood and Treachery.

    Check out his article at

    Coming Soon from Upper Deck

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    Legendary: Guardians of the Galaxy Small Box Expansion
    Coming in October

    In this 100 card set, players can create their own powerful combos on the fly, combining their heroes’ awesome abilities to take down nasty Marvel Masterminds like the Kree Supreme Intelligence.


    Firefly Dice Game
    Coming in November

    In this three round dice game, players compete to complete missions and score the most points.  Components include 15 dice, a play mat, 75 cards, and victim/bystander tokens.

    Coming Soon from Portal Games

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    Neuroshima Hex: Mississippi

    In this army pack for Neuroshima Hex, the Mississippi army are ready to lay waste to their opponent’s headquarters with their toxic bombs.  This faction also has a noticeable resistance to attacks and ability to bypass the enemy’s defense. However, the army’s disadvantages are a low number of Warriors, low mobility, low toughness, as well as a complete lack of armor.  Pack contents include 35 army tiles, 5 wound markers, 2 HQ markers, 1 toxic bomb marker, and 5 venom markers.


    Neuroshima Hex: Mephisto

    In this army pack comes Mephisto.  Mephisto is a giant worm, a unique synthesis of flesh and steel, which can be a serious threat to even well-armed forces. The contaminated crater, Mephisto’s territory, is a tempting shortcut route and a source of resources but it often becomes a graveyard for newcomers.


    Neuroshima Hex: Sharrash

    The main advantages of the Sharrash army are: mobility of HQ, the ability to blow up even the fastest enemy units and to paralyze the slower ones, and also bypassing enemy’s defense lines thanks to the mortars. Another advantage of the Sharrash is a difficult to eliminate Foundation Tile (Hole), which can easily thwart the enemy’s plans.

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    Boardgames That Tell Stories

    A group of the finest boardgame designers answered Ignacy Trzewiczek’s invitation to take part in creating this 268 page book. They shared their anecdotes, tips and memories, making the book a unique trip over different designing styles, and a engaging guide through the world of boardgame creation.  Featured guests include Bruno Cathala, Mike Selinker, Vlaada Chvatil, Antoine Bauza, and Michal Oracz.

    268 pages


    IELLO‘s King of New York will be releasing in September, with a limited number of copies available at GenCon 2014, reported by Eric Martin.

    Designed by Richard Garfield, this relative to 2012’s King of Tokyo is a standalone game that builds on Tokyo’s game play and offers new ways to play.  You can read more at our previous report, here.

    Above is an exclusive look at one of the new power cards, Diva.