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On July 3rd, Days of Wonder announced the upcoming release of Deep Blue, a family-weight push-your-luck and engine building game designed by
Asger Harding Granerud & Daniel Skjold Pedersen (co-designers of 13 Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis, Copenhagen, and A Tale of Pirates).

Having acquired a fabled map pointing the right way to the most ancient, legendary, and extravagant underwater wrecks, players in Deep Blue will take risks and compete to become the most wealthy diver. They will do so by collecting the right crew of divers, sailors, and archaeologists, racing to the best wreck sites, and searching the seas to discover new wrecks.

According to the game designers, “Deep Blue is one of those games that took 6 years on and off, to get just right. It is a passion project and a game we are immensely proud of. And we are very happy to announce this as our first partnership with Days of Wonder, one of our grail publishers.”

Days of Wonder expects Deep Blue to be available in Europe and North America in October. To find more information about the game, including the full rule book, visit the game’s official site here.

The return of Fluxx to the digital gaming space was announced on July 3rd by Playdek, mobile video game publisher, in partnership with Looney Labs, tabletop game publisher. The app will be available for Android and iOS on July 18th, and will also available for PC and Mac via Steam later this year.

“Fluxx is a wonderful game for digital adaptation, and we are happy to be able to bring it back to iOS as well as finally get it in the hands of Android users,” said Joel Goodman, CEO of Playdek. “It plays great against your friends online and is a perfect fit for pass-and-play games.”

The Fluxx app will feature offline and online play against human or AI opponents, a local pass-and-play multiplayer mode, full asynchronous support in the online multiplayer mode, online player stats, and a tutorial. Languages supported in the app will include English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Dutch.

Playdek has developed and published digital versions of popular board games such as Twilight Struggle, Lords of Waterdeep, and Ascension (winner of Best Digital Board Game in the 2011 Dice Tower Awards). You can find more information about them on their website.

The physical version of Fluxx by Looney Labs has sold over three million copies worldwide and has won the Mensa Select Award. For more information on Fluxx and Lonney Labs, you can visit the publisher’s official site here.

Renegade Game Studios has just announced ClipCut Parks, a 1-4 player game designed by Shaun Graham and Scott Huntington (co-designers of Jolly & Roger) which will take scissors the roll & write genre.

By using their snipping talents, players in ClipCut Parks will be attempting to beautify an urban landscape and will compete to build the most beautiful park, ultimately trying to be the first player to complete 5 Park cards. Players will take turns rolling, cutting, and building their way to victory.

Dan Bojanowski, Senior Game Producer at Renegade Game Studios said, “We love roll and write games, and we hope gamers will get hooked into the unique gameplay and the delightful physicality.

ClipCut Parks will be released in October 2019, and you can find more information on Renegade Game Studio’s website here.

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Keep Exploring Games has announced the upcoming release of Old Masters, a 2-4 player painting-themed game by first-time designer Nicolas De Oliveira. In Old Masters, players will take on the role of talented painters participating in a competition held by Le Bateau-Lavoir,a Parisian painters’ studio in the Montmartre district, to see who will be the named the top painter, and (hopefully) become as renowned as the preceding legends, such as Monet, Renoir, and Van Gogh.

Old Masters is a worker placement engine building game in which the board moves one space each turn. Players are allowed to leave a worker on the board between turns, and they are faced with the challenge of predicting what other players need while thinking ahead to what will be available on the next and future rounds. Players will be trying to fulfill orders while also building up and improving their tools and technique.

The game will be released in late September 2019, and you can find more information on Keep Exploring Games’s official page here.

Set in another dimension filled with alien life, Darwinauts, designed by Chris Bryan (Lanterns Dice Game, Favelas, and Dragon Ball Z: Perfect Cell) and illustrated by the prolific Vincent Dutrait, puts you and up to 3 other players in the role of brave researchers tasked with venturing through a portal into this new land to discover, research, and record new species of life.

In Darwinauts, which the publisher describes as a “light-to-medium weight Euro-style game of tile-laying, worker placement, set collection, and action selection,” players take 2 actions on their turn; they can place an explorer, place a tile, replenish tiles and remove explorers, discover a species, or record a species (which then triggers one of five possible bonus actions). Gameplay will continue in this manner until The Rift Tile is revealed, after which the new world will become unstable and players will dismantle the landscape they built and race to complete their tasks and return home before the game draws to a close.

The campaign includes a Standard Explorer pledge which includes just the game and stretch goals, as well as a Decorated Explorer pledge which includes a playmat in addition to the game and stretch goals.

For more information on the game, you can find the official Kickstarter campaign page here.

Dig Your Way Out, a 2-6 player game published by Borderline and currently live on Kickstarter, puts players in the depths of a prison from which they are competing to be the first to escape. To do so, they will move around the prison to perform actions, and equipping themselves with tools and weapons which they can acquire through crafting, buying with cigarettes, or extorting other players. Players can also get help by joining a gang and using their unique skills and connections from their previous life.

Artwork in Dig Your Way Out is from Mihajlo Dimitrievski (AKA The Mico) whose art has been featured in games such as Raiders of the North Sea, Architects of the West Kingdom, and Viral. The game will be available in English and French, and Kickstarter campaign comes with an exclusive Officer Buster mini expansion.

To find more information about the game, visit the official Kickstarter campaign page here.

The OP (USAopoly) announced on June 12th that they will be releasing two Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story-licensed games this coming fall: a cooperative deck-building game, and a collector’s chess set.

In Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story: Obstacles and Adventures, 2-5 players (ages 8+) will take on the role of iconic toys from the film (Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Bo Peep and Rex) as they work together to overcome hazards and progress through a progressing storyline. The game will come with six boxes of cards, which will each be based off of a different movie in the IP. As boxes are unlocked, elements of each respective movie or short will then be introduced into the game and bring new characters, antagonists, and challenges for players to explore.

The OP also revealed a Toy Story-licensed Collector’s Chess Set featuring full-color figures of both familiar and new characters alike.

For more information on the games, visit The OP’s official site here.

Last Aurora, a competitive post-apocalyptic game designed by Mauro Chiabotto and published by Pendragon Game Studio, is currently live on Kickstarter.

In a world where radioactive dust of the Last War has turned the northern countries into a frozen desolate landscape, 2-4 players in Last Aurora will work to manager their crew to gather resources, recruit survivors, improve their vehicle, fight their enemies, and make challenging ethical choices, all while they race to reach the last beacon of hope before it’s too late: the icebreaker ship Aurora, which is looking for survivors.

Last Aurora takes place over 6 rounds broken into 5 phases in which players will explore locations to perform actions, decide to let exhausted survivors rest for one round or spend food to immediately recover them, fight dangerous enemies, and attempt to reach Aurora as it moves along the coast.

For more information about the game, be sure to visit the Kickstarter campaign page here.

Nauvoo Games has just launched a Kickstarter campaign for Illicit Investments, the latest expansion for Stockpile, a popular economic game designed by Brett Sobol and Seth Van Orden which received the Dice Tower Seal of Excellence.

The Illicit Investments expansion adds a new phase to the beginning of the game in which players draft a starting hand of Investment Strategy Cards. During each Action Phase, players then have the opportunity to play one Investment Strategy Card to help “control the chaos of the stock market” by providing a wide range of unique actions.

The expansion also includes a new First Player Card variant in which players can bid for turn order, a new Investor Card, and some upgraded component upgrades such as wooden stock tickers and a 2P reference sheet.

The campaign also has the option for an all-in Epic Edition, which includes the base game plus expansions and promos in one single box, as well as a Cosmic Tier which includes both the Illicit Investments and Continuing Corruption expansions along with 2 promo packs.

According to Nauvoo games, they do not plan to re-print the game any time soon following this Kickstarter campaign, which you can find here.