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Jim Henson’s Labyrinth was a game meant to hearken back to the classic movie starring David Bowie, and if the score on BGG is anything to go by, it doesn’t quite do it.  But River Horse Games is looking to improve, or at least expand, on that experience with a expansion coming in 2019.  Not much has been released about it other than the name and teaser graphic above, but it does show that five new figures will be added to the game, with four of them being these mischievous Fireys.  Who do you think is the final figure in the middle?  Another Jareth model?  We will have to wait and see as new information trickles in from the River Horse Games Facebook, and look for the expansion in stores some time in 2019.

Mossbark Games is bringing Morels to your phone or tablet in just a few weeks.

Morels is a card game that takes mushroom foraging as its theme. Players forage, sell, and cook varieties of mushrooms to outscore their opponent. The digital adaptation includes asynchronous cross-platform multiplayer, pass and play, 3 AI difficulties and more!

Partnering with designer Brent Povis and Two Lantern Games, Mossbark Games founder, Brian Laager, says,

It’s such an easy game to learn and play but has a depth of tactical and strategic decisions. I also love the unique theme. Living in the Pacific Northwest for 10 years has given me such an appreciation for wild edible mushrooms that I go out a few times a year myself to find them!

Look for Morels in the App Store or Google play on November 29th but in the meantime, check out a video of the app in action over on Youtube.

Limited to only 500 copies, Portal Games has launched their very own Loot Box, now up on their website for pre-order.

The Loot Box includes promos, mini-expansions, and gadgets for the following titles: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island, Alien Artifacts, Imperial Settlers, 51st State, Neuroshima HEX! 3.0 and Cry Havoc.

Some of the highlights include:

• A brand new, 14th scenario for Robinson Crusoe

• A new set of crystals for Cry Havoc

• A play mat for 51st State

Coming in at over $70 in value, all items will be available to purchase separately through varying times in 2019 but you can get them all first when you pre-order the Portal Games Loot Box.

Get ready for new and exciting adventures from Rio Grande Games as they announce New Frontiers, a new stand-alone board game in the Race for the Galaxy family. Designer Thomas Lehmann breaths life into this new addition as it offers different goals for each game adding to replayability and variety and brings it all to the table. Players will build galactic empires as they conquer worlds. As you gain new abilities you’ll be able to develop new technologies as you produce goods.

Get ready to explore new worlds and settle them with colonists, a new aspect to the game play. You’ll have to practice your diplomacy or find yourself in isolation.  Either way may lead you to victory, as you race to complete one of the four game-ending conditions.

New Frontiers accommodates 2-5 players, ages 14+.  You can expect the play time to run between 45-90 minutes. Be on the lookout for this hitting store shelves very soon as the announcement lists a release date of November 2018.

Aimed directly, and only, at experienced board gamers, Mechanisms: A Posh Party Game is a party game where the more knowledgeable you are about the board gaming hobby, the better you’ll be at the game. Designed by Daniel Zayas and Derek Funkhouser, Mechanisms “uses an assortment of component props to get you and your friends to guess game mechanisms.”

The designers are emphasizing that Mechanisms is for gamers in the know and not for newbies to the hobby. Quoting directly from the Kickstarter introduction video:

Mechanisms isn’t a party game for those who know games it’s for the rare breed who understands them. See, when a gamer becomes…”a gamer”…their game becomes Mechanisms.

For a more detailed look and explanation of the rules, be sure to check out the currently running Kickstarter.

 

 

Monolith Board Games is bringing us Claustrophibia 1643! This is a new and improved reintroduction of Claustrophobia from 2009.  This is a 2 player game where Player 1 is the team of Westerners fighting to survive player 2 who is playing a demonic horde thriving in the underbelly of New Jerusalem. As you explore this dark, terrifying place you come upon any number of creatures and situations you have to survive or escape! The miniatures in this game would just be really fun to paint, I think!! They have amazing detail and the game dynamics work really well.  Game play is also asymmetrical which makes the game even more story like working through a campaign- even though the game is very much about survival!

Check out Dice Tower’s own review on Boardgame Corner

There is a LIMITED number of these being made. Only 10,000 are being offered worldwide on Kickstarter.  And watch which pledge you choose because the pledges are location specific! Pick the location for where your game is to be shipped!  You have until November 21, 2018 to make your pledge and get your copy of Claustrophobia 1643!

Elf Creek Games is re-releasing their cooperative, worker placement game Atlantis Rising. The gods are angry with the Atlanteans and are trying to destroy their island- but the leaders of Atlantis have other ideas!  Using worker placement and resource management strategies use what you collect to build 10 machines to thwart the gods and save the island of Atlantis from imminent destruction.  The stunning artwork of Vincent Dutrait, and the ‘race against the game’ intensity will have you returning to Atlantis Rising again and again!

Atlantis Rising is on Kickstarter until November 30, 2018 and the game is available in standard and deluxe editions.

Ugears Games is kickstarting a collection of beautifully crafted and intrically detailed mechanical devices for a variety of your board gaming wants and desires.

The Ugears Games collection, designed especially for those who like the challenge and excitement of a game and appreciate the beauty of clever mechanisms: includes the Card Holder, the modular Dice Tower, the Deck Box, and the Game Master’s Screen.

Each device is an engineering delight of unfolding walls and hinges and the laser cut, wood designs are a true sight to behold.

The Ugears Games Devices project is designed to help people to improve their gaming experience by eliminating all those additional operations, saving time and space to focus on your favorite game in the nice company of friends.

Check out the Kickstarter page to see videos of the devices in action and to learn more about the Ugears collection.

Based on the popular Newgrounds video games series, The Visitor: The Board Game, brings the same hilarious and disgusting humor and antics found in the online video game straight to your gaming table.

The plot of the game revolves around hungry, invading aliens that feed by entering through their prey’s…well…perhaps you should go check that out for yourself in the Kickstarter video. For the squeamish amongst you, consider yourself warned. As far as gameplay:

The Visitor: The Board Game is a competitive dice-allocation game for 2 to 4 players that puts you in control of an alien slug who eats other creatures in order to evolve.

Each round you will draft different coloured dice from a shared “DNA pool” based on your strategy. The red dice are aggressive; they help you get to your food and eat it faster. The blue dice are speedy; they allow you to rush around the board with ease. The green dice are smart; they solve puzzles with superior efficiency. There’s also the black dice, which are gross.

If you were a fan of the Newgrounds series or like a little disgusting humor in your board games, head over to the Kickstarter page to learn more about The Visitor.

Here’s your chance to own and play what Tom Vasel has been calling one of his favorite games of all time. Project: ELITE is getting the deluxe CMON treatment with a completely revamped production.

Now live on Kickstarter,

Project: ELITE is a fast-paced cooperative board game for 1 to 6 players who take on the role of members of an ELITE squad recruited to stop an invading alien force. Featuring the frantic real-time action of the critically-acclaimed original this edition re-imagines Project: ELITE with vivid new art and amazing miniatures. In each Mission, you will have rounds of 2 minutes before the window of operations closes and time runs out!

Want to see it in action before committing? Tom, Zee, and Sam have already posted a few live play-throughs of the new CMON version of the game. After you check those videos out, head over to the Kickstarter page to learn more about CMON’s latest big box Kickstarter and see if you and your ELITE squad has what it takes to stop the alien invasion.