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Kid Loves Tiger LLC has announced a new board game with custom dice, dice placement, and a unique dueling mechanism. This game is called Beast Masters.

Built on the foundation of classic video games like Pokémon, Monster Rancher and Digimon, players take on the role of a new trainer over the course of months training their beast, utilizing the dice in a unique dice placement board with various training regions, adventures, threats and duels, leading into a grand seasonal tournament.

Designer Chris Peach said this about Beast Masters:

“I wanted players to FEEL like they really were invested, not just in their Trainer and how famous they got, but rather the Beast, how many Techniques the Beast knew, and making each one have their own “feel” in regards to dueling and training”

Beast Masters is geared toward any kind of gamer. The rule set, complexity, and depth allow Beast Masters to be accessible to new/gateway gamers to more experienced gamers alike.  According to Chris Peach the best part about Beast Masters is the blend of familiar mechanisms but displayed in an original manner. Dice Placement has never been so fun.

The Kickstarter for Beast Masters is set to launch Tuesday February 7th, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. Central Time and will end February 28th, 2017. Don’t miss your chance to get a copy! For specific information along the way, follow the team on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/kidlovestigergames or check out the game at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/peach04/246330937?token=b3940d0c

Passport Games Studios and Funforge have announced an all new cooperative adventure: Professor Evil and the Citadel of Time.  Designed by Brett J. Gilbert and Matthew Dunstan,  with artwork by Christoper Fossard (Biboun), Professor Evil challenges players to “infiltrate the citadel & it’s labyrinth of rooms to recover stolen goods before time runs out.”

“Professor Evil”, eh? Surely a less sinister name must have been an option when ascending the ranks of academia… Alas, for a man who has stolen a multitude of rare, priceless artifacts such as Da Vinci’s Notebook, the Magna Carta, and the Turin Shroud, no other name would be more appropriate. Rumor has it he keeps his “trophies” locked up all over his enormous castle…

Are YOU brave enough to face Professor Evil?

Professor Evil and the Citadel of Time is for 2-4 players, ages 8 and up and is expected to come out in 2017.

 

Congratulations to Scott F – this week’s winner of a $10.00 gift certificate to Cool Stuff Inc!! Prior to posting this article, and email was sent to Scott with instructions on how to claim his prize.

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It’s that time again – time to announce this week’s $10 Cool Stuff Games certificate give-away.  Congratulations to John M – you are this weeks winner!  Prior to posting this, John was emailed instructions on how to claim his prize!

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Star War Destiny has been a very successful launch for Fantasy Flight Games. Following the collectible nature of Wizkids Dice Masters series, SW Destiny supports collectible booster packs that contain several cards and a single die. Starter sets provide players with the necessities to get started, however the game doesn’t really flourish without investing in boosters.

The next series of boosters has been announced and, apparently, will include characters from the recently-released Rogue One movie.

With the new Spirit of Rebellion Booster Packs for Star Wars: Destiny, 160 brand-new cards enter the game, incorporating elements from every movie in the saga, but with a special focus on the newest Star Wars movie: Rogue One. You’ll find plenty of characters from Rogue One within this set, including Jyn Erso, Chirrut Îmwe, Mon Mothma, and Director Krennic, alongside other iconic characters from across the Star Wars story. The spirit of rebellion has ignited—prepare to bring the feverish battles and kinetic action of Rogue One to your games of Star Wars: Destiny!

For more on the booster packs you can head over to FFG’s website here.

Plan B Games announced today the launch of it’s new boardgame publishing house. They’ve selected GTS Distribution as their distributor.

In their announcement they mention that their team will be comprised of nine individuals while mentioning that one of them will be none other than Matt Leacock, designer of the well known coop-Pandemic.

Their initial game release for 2017 will be Century:Spice Road, first in a trilogy of games to be set in the 15th century during the apex of the first commercial trade road. Spice Road is set to release in June 2017.

From the makers of the widely popular co-operative real time dice rolling, bomb diffusing game FUSE, comes FUSE: Flatline.  Flatline is a co-operative dice game set in the FUSE universe.  After saving your ship and diffusing all the bombs in FUSE, players now take on a medial role in FUSE: Flatline.  Players must roll their dice and work to combine them with other players in order to properly treat arriving patients. Every round, players are racing against a one minute timer, and must deal with the needs of each wounded crew members, as well as other emergencies within the ER.  Do you have what it takes to beat the clock?  Look for this gem to hit your friendly local game store March 2017.

Contents:

• 4 Corner Board Pieces
• 1 Center Board Piece
• 1 Life Support Dial
• 1 plastic connector
• 40 Medic Dice (8 in each of the 5 player colors)
• 2 Emergency Dice
• 20 large Patient Cards
• 29 Emergency Cards (18 standard Emergency Cards and 11 Stat Cards)
• 4 Double-sided Power Meter tiles
• 20 Cleared Tiles
• 10 Power Cubes
• 4 Lock-down tiles
• 1 Player Aid
• 1 Rulebook

Asmodee is announcing an army expansion for Kharnage due out early 2017 called Dark Rampage.  Kharnage is a fast fun fighting card game, set in a medieval world in which you are the warchief of the mighty humans, dwarves, the amazing horde of goblins, or the ferocious orcs. Your goal in Kharnage is to take control of a hill that is the envy of all races.

Dark Rampage, an Army expansion for Kharnage, brings a necromantic flair to your bloodthirsty battles.  Now, you can bring the Undead to your battles with all the unit cards and strategy cards that you need to add a new faction to your games. Even more, you’ll be able to add a 5th player to your carnage-filled battlegrounds.  Each game plays in 20-30 minutes for players ages 7 and up.

New from Level 99 games in January 2017 comes Anansi, an abstract strategy pattern building game, and Tomb Trader, a light real time adventure game.

Anansi and the Box of Stories is an abstract strategy game for 2 to 4 players inspired by Tibetan sand mandalas and named after a mythic spider from African folk tales.  In it players take on the roles of  archetypal animals drawing cards and attempting to keep the web pattern secret from the other players.  Each turn players place a stone on the intersections of the grid and attempt to recreate the web pattern on their own card.  Once a move is made, it cannot be undone.  If two player’s webs overlap, it then becomes a race to see who can capture those intersections first.  Points are scored based on the alignment of the stones and whether they coincide with your web or your opponent’s.  Once all stones have been placed, the game ends.  Each game is about 30 minutes.  Whoever has the most points wins.

Also from Level 99 comes Tomb Trader.  A real time light adventure game where you join an archaeological excavation team.  In this game however, your not in it to revel in the days of old or to rebuild history, your goal is simply to become rich!  Each round players go head to head to sneak into the tomb and be the most cunning, quick, and bountiful in smuggling out their loot.  After 6 or 7 rounds of exploring and stuffing their pockets, players have one minute to divide the treasure up between everyone in their same section.  If in that time all players cannot come to an agreement, all treasure is lost!     Tomb Trader plays 3-6 players in 5-10 minutes and is ideal for ages 6 and up.

 

 

 

Mine all Mines is a light fantasy set collection card game in which you control a clan of dwarves to fill orders of precious minerals.  Send your workers down into the mines of the rocky highlands to collect and forge the precious minerals found deep in the mountains.  Each round you delve deeper and deeper and into the mines all while becoming richer and richer.   Your friendly dwarves can either be of much help or reap the benefits of  YOUR hard work.  Win the game by filling the necessary orders and gain a reputation of being the best craftsmen and pleasing the Dwarf King.  Coming February 2017, will you pick the pockets of your fellow miners or stay on the straight and narrow?   Plays 2-5 players, in 30-45 minutes, for ages 14 and up.