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Congratulations to Michael H, this week’s winner of a $10.00 gift certificate to Cool Stuff Inc. Just prior to posting this announcement, Michael was emailed instructions on how to claim his certificate.

Thank you to everyone that’s subscribed to our news! 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.

There’s an interesting take on castle building in Castle Dukes, a new game on Kickstarter from publisher Medieval Lords and designer Dominic Michael H. Castle Dukes is a Dexterity, combined with Euro, type game for 1 to 4 players that will play in anywhere from 25 minutes (single player) to 60 minutes (4 players).

The game is played over 9 turns with each turn being comprised of 3 phases: Room, Build, and Guest phases.

On turns 4 and 7, check the top right corner of the Guest card for a Fire icon. If there is one, the Dragon has appeared and will attack everyone! Draw 5 Dragon Damage Chits from the drawbag and choose to resolve an amount of it based on one’s castle Defence/ Offence. If the Dragon did not appear during turns 4 and/or 7, it will definitely appear the following turn (turns 5 & 8 respectively). On the last turn of the game (turn 9), check for 1 final Dragon Attack.

There’s a ton of reviews up on the Kickstarter page. Even better yet, the game has already funded with only, as of the time of writing this article, 11 days left in the campaign. There’s a bunch of KS exclusive content and a number of add-ons available. You can visit the Kickstarter page here to read more as well as fund the project.

 

USAopoly has teased the first expansion for Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle, The Monster Box of Monsters. This new expansion adds 150 new cards to the popular deck-building game. Included are monsters (of course) which each need to be handled in special ways, a new as yet unnamed player character, consequences for breaking Hogwarts rules, and “the most magical of wizarding powers”.

Although it brings more questions than answers, you can read the press release here.

Tasty Minstrel Games has been pumping out games for a number of years now. They’ve been behind such hits as Eminent Domain (via an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign), the US distribution of Orleans, and the popular Scoville (to name only a few). They’ve reported having raised over $2.5 million on Kickstarter to fund 26 individual hobby board gaming projects.

Well, you can now own a piece of the pie. Tasty Minstrel is offering investment opportunities via website Microventures. With a variety of different incentives offered to encourage people to invents TMG has also provided a shap-shot of the compay. Below are some of the perks being offered:

$150: TMG Certificate of Stock Ownership (Cardboard with embedded metal coin, not used for legal purposes)

$400: Two copies of Flip City and Harbour to share with friends (One of the benefits of owning a game company is easily giving gifts to your gamer friends, and TMG wants you to experience this)

$700: Hoodie featuring company mascot, Dargon

$1,000: One in-stock large box game of your choice

$1,500: An additional in-stock large box game of your choice

$2,500: One Deluxified copy of Crusaders after Kickstarter campaign

$5,000: Name included in a thank you with all investors at this level in the first game launched after the fundraise

$10,000: Producer credit on one future game of your choosing

$25,000: Executive Producer credit on three future games of your choosing, a copy of every game currently in the warehouse, and each game released for the next three years

To find out more you can head over to the investment page by clicking here.

The convention season is definitely in swing and the Dice Tower is there with all sorts of interviews and shows. Here’s some pics that Sam Healey was able to share.

New Arms for Age of Sigmar: Kharadron Overlords (coming in April)
       – completely new dwarven army
       – 3 different-sized airship units
       – regular infantry units
       – assault infantry units
       – HQ units
Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire
       – a board game that is “very different than anything we’ve done”
 
New Skirmish-level game: Shadow War: Armageddon (coming in April)
       -sets comes with scouts and orks
       -fully plastic modular terrain makes up the bulk of the volume of the box
       -basically a classic Necromunda rules set

Congratulations to Michael P, this week’s winner of a $10.00 gift certificate at Cool Stuff Inc. Just prior to posting this article we emailed Michael instructions on how to claim his prize!

Also, thank you to Cool Stuff Inc for providing the gift certificates. Cool Stuff Inc is the #1 place to shop for all your board gaming needs! You can visit there web site here.

Every week Dice Tower News will randomly select a subscriber to win a $10.00 gift certificate to Cool Stuff Inc. All you need do to subscribe is fill out the short form on the right. Not only will you be entered to win – you will also receive all the latest and greatest in board gaming news!

USAopoly Inc. has announced two themed versions of their highly acclaimed game Codenames inspired by Disney, Disney•Pixar and Marvel will be released this fall. Codenames is a popular party game in which teams compete to provide clues to cards to their partner(s). In this case, however, the clue-givers run the risk of having their team accidentally choose cards that belong to the opposing team. Additionally, a spy card needs to be avoided by both teams or the game is lost. Only the clue-givers know which cards belong to which team!

Codenames has won many different awards since it’s release and has spawned several different expansions including adult-themed Codenames: Deep Undercover and Codenames: Pictures.

USAopoly President and CEO John M. Davis had this to say:

“We recognized that Codenames was perfect for pairing with the Disney, Disney•Pixar and Marvel franchises. We are confident the Disney, Disney•Pixar and Marvel versions of Codenames will complement our extraordinary portfolio of game brands,”

Codenames has won a number of accolades including Dice Tower Gaming Award’s 2015 Best Family Game and 2015 Best Party game. In 2016 it also won the board game industry’s most prestigious award: the Spiel des Jahres.

Codenames  Disney  Family  Edition  will  feature  characters  and  locations  from  Disney  and Disney•Pixar  films throughout the last  90 years.  Codenames Marvel Edition will appeal to Marvel fans and will be more of a traditional party game. The game will incorporate many fan favorites, including Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel’s Avengers, Doctor Strange, and Spider‑Man.

Davis went on to say “We’re particularly enthusiastic about the artwork, as it includes a great mix of characters and locations that Disney, Disney•Pixar and Marvel fans will appreciate.”

Both Codenames Disney Family Edition and Codenames Marvel Edition will be available in Fall 2017. Both games are targeted for players 8 and up. They will be sold exclusively in North Americ

USAopoly, Inc. will be at Toy Fair in New York City, February 18‑21. For more information and details on some of the industry’s best games, click here.

Congratulations to Conor M, this week’s winner of a $10.00 gift certificate to Cool Stuff Inc. Just prior to posting this announcement, Conor was emailed instructions on how to claim his certificate.

Thank you to everyone that’s subscribed to our news! 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.

For those of you who love to chuck dice or pretend to be ninja, you will be green with happiness to know that WizKids and designers Mike Elliott and Eric M. Lang just brought us the next iteration of the collectible dice building game Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dice Masters.

Expanding on the original game, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dice Masters: Heroes In A Half Shell Box Set introduces 8 new characters.  The new set also contains game play scenarios supporting 2 to 4 players.

Play as new versions of Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello or Michelangelo or as allies or villains and each throw of the dice from this new box set will be sure to capture the imagination of Dice Masters rookies and veterans alike.

WizKids will be releasing two new games this August.

The first, Dungeon Hustle, is a dungeon crawling game where characters “hustle” through dungeon room cards with certain symbols on them.  The “hustle” ends when a character enters a room with a different colored symbol.  Symbols become useful by helping you fend off monsters, purchase trinkets and complete quests.  Also, by defeating monsters, players gain gold which can be used to increase their character level.  The player with the most victory points at the end of the game wins.

The second game is Approaching Dawn: The Witching Hour, a cooperative card game where missions determine the goal of the game.  In a world of demons, players play as witches where the actions of one witch affect other members of their coven.  Witches use Black and White magic to deal with demons, imps, fey, possessed animals and warlocks.  The use of Black magic corrupts while White magic can heal that corruption.