Robert Searing


Gentres, designed by Stephen Risthaus, is being Kickstarted now by Tasty Minstrel Games and will be getting the Deluxified™ treatment.

Gentres is a civilization game for 2-4 players and will last around 90 minutes.  In this game, players take the role of an ancient people who are attempting to develop their society by building monuments and colonizing or founding new cities in the Mediterranean sea.

The game lasts 6 rounds with each round consisting of two phases.  During the Heyday phase, players will carry out their actions using two precious commodities (coins and time).  The more you spread out the time tokens, the fewer actions you can perform.  However if you combine time tokens, you can carry out more actions this round but fewer next round. Once all players pass, the Decline phase begins which is where clean-up and setup for the next round takes place.

Tasty Minstrel Games has listed the following upgrades to Gentes for the Deluxified™ treatment over the retail edition:  A Foil-Stamped box, Box Sleeve, 6 Oversized Silkscreened Meeples, 24 Normal-sized Silkscreened Meeples, 89 Metal Coins, 28 Stickered Wood Action Tokens, 20 Silk Silkscreened Lock Tokens, 60 Silkscreened Wood Hourglass Tokens, 4 Dual-layered Player Boards, and 4 Custom-shaped Score Tokens.

The Gentes campaign is running until February 17, 2018 and has already met the minimum level for funding.  A pledge of $45 will get you the Standard edition while a pledge of $59 will get you the Deluxified™ English Edition.  A pledge of $60 will get you the Deluxified™ Edition in either Dutch, French, German, Italian, or Polish.  Please check out the campaign page for more details on shipping costs.

Minion Games has announced the Kickstarter campaign for the first expansion to the 2015 release Dead Men Tell No Tales which is entitled Dead Men Tell No Tales: The Kraken.  Dead Men Tell No Tales: The Kraken is designed by Kane Klenko and the artists are Jason D. KingsleyChris Ostrowski.

In this expansion, players will face the dreaded Kraken.  Adding the expansion adds a few new conditions to the game such as requiring players to kill the Kraken before they can escape the ship with their treasure and lives.  If the Kraken pulls the ship down or destroys it, the players lose.

Dead Men Tell No Tales: The Kraken comes with 1 Kraken miniature, 15 tentacle miniatures, a new character with meeple and miniature, status tokens and board for the Kraken, 42 game tokens, 1 cloth bag, new cards, and 5 player aids.

The campaign also offers a set of 7 miniatures for the base game characters that can be purchased alone or as an add-on.  Finally a start board that is split apart so that it is easier to mark tiles exploded is available as an add-on.  This new start board can be used to replace older versions of the base game before the the start board was updated in later editions.

Dead Men Tell No Tales: The Kraken campaign is running now and will end on February 15, 2018.  Please see the campaign page for any information on pricing.

    Leder Games has announced three new expansions for their 2016 asymmetrical game Vast: The Crystal Caverns.  These expansions will be available on January 30th.

    First is Vast: Miniatures which adds over 30 miniatures including minis for all the characters and for some of the hazards and spoils that can be encountered.

    The second expansion is Vast: The Fearsome Foes.  This expansion adds three new player roles which can allow for up to seven players.  Each role comes with a player mat, miniature, wooden meeple, and card set.  The new roles include the following:

    • Ghost: Use telekinetic powers to manipulate objects or possess other players to do your bidding.
    • Ghoul: Relentlessly stalk and terrorize other players, growing stronger with each battle.
    • Nightmare Unicorn: Attack and use magic to bring down the cave on those still inside.

    The last expansion is Vast: Bonus Cards which adds new additional Side Quests, Treasures, Events, Secrets, and a Monster.  It will also add all-new Schemes for the Goblins, Scales for the Dragon, and Upgrades for the Thief.

    For more information check out Leder Games website or Facebook page.

    Scythe, designed by Jamey Stegmaier and published by Stonemaier Games, has been wildly successful since it’s 2016 release. It’s since been rated the #1 game by the people (Dice Tower’s 2017 Top 100 Games) and is currently ranked #8 on BoardGameGeek’s list.

    Scythe is an engine-building competitive game set in an alternative history of the 1920’s. It currently has two expansions – Invaders from Afar and The Wind Gambit.

    Well, Jamey has announced the upcoming, and final, third expansion called The Rise of Fenris.

    “While the exact nature of the episodes and modules will remain a mystery (some of these components are in secret tuckboxes), the components in this expansion include a detailed episodic guidebook, 13 plastic miniatures, 62 wooden tokens, 2 custom dice, 5 tiles, and 100+ cardboard tokens.”

    So it appears that this expansion will feature a “Legacy” aspect to it! For more details on the announcement, you can head over to Stonemaier Games.

    Hasbro and Amazon have announced a new interactive version of the classic trivia game Trivial Pursuit.  Trivial Pursuit Tap is the first game that will utilize Amazon Alexa and the new Amazon Echo Buttons.

    The Amazon Echo Buttons can be paired, using Bluetooth, to an Echo device and be used like buzzers and up to four Echo Buttons can be connected to an Echo device.  To answer a question in the game, simply press your Echo Button and the device will light up signaling that you can answer.

    The Echo Button can be programmed for multiplayer or single-player games through Alexa skills.

    Jonathan Berkowitz, senior vice president of marketing at Hasbro Gaming, said that this new technology “will make Trivial Pursuit more animated and exciting than ever.”

    Scott Van Vliet, Director for Amazon Alexa, said “We’re excited that customers can now play the iconic Trivial Pursuit game with Alexa.  With Echo Buttons, game night can feel like a game show – and Alexa is the host. We can’t wait for customers to start playing.”

    To learn more about click Trivial Pursuit Tap.

    Restoration Games has announced that they plan to release an expansion for their game Downforce.  The expansion is entitled Danger Circuit.

    Danger Circuit will include a full-size, six-fold, double-sided board and six new player powers.  The art for the expansion comes from Tavis Coburn.

    From the official Press release:

    Sunrise, FL – December 14, 2017. Restoration Games announced plans to publish an expansion for Downforce, their critically acclaimed game of high stakes F1 racing. The expansion, entitled “Danger Circuit” includes a full-size, six-fold, double-sided board and six new player powers. It features new cover art by returning artist Tavis Coburn, who is also doing the art for the tracks this time around. The “Switchback Pass” track includes “dangerous spaces”, which can only be used to pass other cars. “Crosstown Speedway” presents players with split tracks and crossover “loops”, where trailing cars can block cars in the lead. Powers include “Defensive”, which lets players move their cars when they wouldn’t move at all, and “Ambitious”, which lets players advance their cars when the cross a betting line.

    “From the moment it released, Downforce has been an absolute hit for us. The number one thing the fans kept shouting at us was: ‘More tracks, more powers!’ We heard you,” said Justin D. Jacobson, president of Restoration Games

    Restoration Games has not announced an official street date but the plans are to release it in the summer of 2018.

    Additionally, Restoration Games and IELLO have announced a deal to distribute Downforce to the world.  Downforce, a critically acclaimed game about F1 racing, was released in 2017 at GenCon after being restored by Rob Daviau.

    Justin D. Jacobson, president of Restoration Games, has said

    We are committed to bringing the very best we have to every game we release. The finest art, components, and play. Naturally, when we began looking for a partner for foreign-language publication, we were adamant that it be an organization equally committed to those ideals. We know IELLO is just that company, and we’re delighted to be working with them.

    IELLO, under the agreement, will have the rights to publish the game in every territory outside of the United States.  Plans are already in place to publish a French version 2018 and other versions are being looked at as well.

    Romain François, of IELLO, said

    IELLO is proud and excited to add a new title brought by Rob Daviau to its catalog. Thanks to our strong
    partnerships on all continents, we are ready to bring new buzz and love around this game outside of the

    Days of Wonder has announced that they will be releasing two Small World expansions.  These expansions will bring five of their existing expansions into accordance with the latest expansions of Small World such as River World and Sky Islands.

    The first expansion will combine all the races and powers of Be Not Afraid and Spider’s Web and will come with a tray to store them.

    The second expansion will combine all the races and powers of Grand Dames, Cursed!, and Royal Bonus and will also come with a tray to store them.


    Wizkids, publishers games such as the D&D board games series and Dice Masters, announced a partnership with Games Workshop today. Looks like it’s focussed on the 40k Warhammer license.

    “We’re thrilled to be working with Games Workshop and the Warhammer 40,000 license,” said Justin Ziran, president of WizKids. “This beloved franchise is known the world over and our partnership will allow us to create amazing products and experiences for fans everywhere.”

    The multi-year deal will span numerous categories and include the most iconic Warhammer 40,000 characters and more. WizKids will create two new board games, along with dice games based in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, with additional plans to republish classic board games Fury of Dracula and Relic.

    To read the announcement in its entirety you can click here.

    NSKN Games has announced some of the lineup that they will show off at Essen Spiel 2017 (October 26-29), and the games look fantastic.

    Dragonsgate College is a new dice drafting and action selection game from the wondrous team of Thomas Vande Ginste and Wolf Plancke, authors of the award winning Yedo. 2-4 players take on the roles of fantasy school students from different houses, trying to develop into the best wizards, rogues and warriors. Build unique buildings, hire professors and assistants, and test yourselves in the training dungeon, in this gorgeous game, available for sale at Essen.

    Teotihuacan: City of Gods is Daniele Tascini‘s spiritual successor to his 2012 hit Tzolk’in: The Mayan Calendar. This time 2-4 players will manage dice in a time-sensitive rondel, while worshipping the Aztec gods. Dice gain power over time, and players are given two choices with each placement – an action and worker upgrade, or a powerful bonus without upgrade. Players can develop new technologies, climb the famous temples, build houses for the citizenry, or construct the famous temple of the sun. Teotihuacan is due for release later in 2018, but will be shown at Essen.

    Mistfall, Chronicles of Frost is a fast deck builder set in the fantasy card game universe of Mistfall. 2-4 players explore the familiar lands of Valskyrr, and can even play as one of the beloved characters from the previous games. Players are randomly assigned adventure chapter quests, which they then race to complete. Fight enemies, hire adventurer, explore lands to gain the most points. Players use deck building mechanics to gain new abilities, items and allies, while trimming the deck by retiring cards into your personal journal for fame. Chronicles of Frost will be featured in a Kickstarter Campaign early this November but will be shown at Essen.