Tim Tylinski

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Tim is an electrical engineer in the aviation industry. He lives in the greater Cincinnati, Ohio area with his wife, son and dog. He buys more games every year than he plays.

Triton Noir, the publisher behind V-Commandos, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood of Venice.  Triton Noir describe the game as a mission-based cooperative tactical board game for 1 to 4 players.

“Live your new Assassin’s Creed® tabletop board game experience with your Brotherhood in a historical campaign that will focus on stealth and cooperation.”

The game is set in between the events of Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations.  The Brotherhood of Venice website and Kickstarter page tout a narrative campaign of more than 20 hours for the game.  It looks like players will be opening sealed envelopes at the start of each mission which will reveal new events, cards and other items impacting the game.

“The campaign will pit you against Templars, let you explore unknown events of the Brotherhood in Venice, and determine the fate of the Brotherhood in the famous City of Masks.”

The Kickstarter campaign has a single pledge level of CAN$158 and features more than 200 cards, custom dice and, of course, miniatures.  With an estimated delivery date of June, 2020, you’ll have plenty of time to play your Assassin’s Creed video games to prepare yourself.

Aeon’s End, the cooperative deck-building game, is getting the digital format treatment.  Handelabra Games is working with Action Phase Games and Indie Boards and Cards to adapt Aeon’s End to Window, macOS and Linux.  Handelabra has launched a Kickstarter campaign seeking funding to create the digital adaptation.

The digital version of Aeon’s End will be distributed via Steam.  The Kickstarter features several reward tiers, ranging from a copy of the game to additional content like soundtracks and alpha or beta access to the game.  The campaign page includes a link to a brief playable demo of an early alpha version of the game.

Z-man Games has announced a new game called, Miaui (MEOW-ee), from designer Bruno Faidutti.  The theme is based on anthropomorphic cats fishing in a lagoon.  Miaui appears to be a light, family-friendly card game for 3-6 players aged 8 and up.

“As the tide changes on the island of Miaui, it’s time for the fishing festival! Dive into the depths to catch the most valuable fish for the evening feast.”

Miaui is played over twelve rounds. Each player has a hand of cards, numbered from one to twelve.  The number on the card represents how deep you are willing to dive in the lagoon when you play it.  In the center of the table there are three cards which represent the available catch for a given round.  The “catch” can range from valuable fish to negative jelly fish.  Each round players choose one card from their hand and simultaneously reveal their choice.  The highest card played dives deepest in the lagoon to get the card at the bottom, whereas, the lowest played card takes the top card.

Read more about Z-Man’s new game.

Since Mayfair Games folded their hand earlier this year, we’ve been slowly learning the fate of the games in their catalog.  Now, we have some clarity on Lords of Vegas.  Z-Man Games will take over publishing for the Lords of Vegas line of games, which includes the base game and the UP! expansion.  It appears that Z-Man will start by selling the existing Mayfair stock of games.

“James and I are thrilled to have Z-Man continue the legacy of Lords of Vegas,” says Mike Selinker, the president of Lone Shark Games and co-designer of Lords of Vegas. “When we were presented with the opportunity, many people from Asmodee and Z-Man told us how much they loved and played the game. So it was a no-brainer. We think our fans will like what Z-Man plans to do for Lords of Vegas in the coming years.”

Perhaps the biggest part of this news for existing fans of the game is that the designers and Z-Man will continue development of the ‘Underworld’ expansion, which had been in the works with Mayfair.  Personally, Lords of Vegas is one of my favorite games, so I am glad that it gets to continue on with a publisher like Z-Man.  Hopefully Z-Man will take the opportunity to improve the production quality for future editions of the game compared to the Mayfair version, and possibly revisit the 1950’s era aesthetic.

If you are not familiar with Lords of Vegas, it is an area influence game, with plenty of push-your-luck and the kind of high stakes you would expect from a Las Vegas casino-building themed game.

You can read the full Z-Man announcement on their website.

Z-Man Games has announced Narabi, a cooperative card game for 3-5 players.  The cards in Narabi range from 0 to 9, along with blank cards.  Each player receives a subset of the cards, along with a “restriction card” which governs how the cards can be swapped with other cards.  Players can ask each other yes or no questions in an effort to deduce the various movement restrictions and arrange the cards in numerical order in as few turns as possible.

“In Narabi, numbered stone cards will be randomly sleeved together with restriction cards that control how a stone moves. Players must exchange stones, working toward the correct arrangement one move at a time while still following the rules on each stone.”

With numerous card combinations and rule variations, Narabi appears to offer varying degrees of difficulty in a relatively quick playing card game.

Z-Man’s announcement indicates that Narabi will be available early 2019.  You can learn more at the Narabi product page on Z-Man’s website.

Earlier this year Kolossal Games successfully funded a new edition of the John Clowdus game, Omen: A Reign of War.  Now, Kolossal Games and designer John Clowdus are teaming up once again to bring Mezo to Kickstarter.

Mezo is a big box game which taps into Mayan mythology.  It’s an area control game featuring asymmetric player powers, which gives each player a variety of ways to manipulate and benefit from conflicts.  Oh, and it has miniatures!

“The first big box game from Small Box Games designer John Clowdus (OmenHemlochNeolithic), Mezo redefines area control and conflict-driven game play. The game features massive god miniatures, each with vastly asymmetrical  strategies, as well as numerous ways for players to achieve victory: most strength in the conflict, most shamans in the conflict, and most warriors in the conflict.”

The Kickstarter for Mezo has three pledge tiers.  The base game of Mezo (2-4 players), starting at $80, includes miniatures, a game board, tarot size cards, and a host of other tokens and components.  Other pledge tiers provide components for a fifth player, as well as, more game content, including additional god characters and their associated miniatures.

You can see a live play through of Mezo here, featuring Tom, Sam and Zee.  Also, Tom had an opportunity to interview John Clowdus and Travis Chance from Kolossal Games about Mezo, which you can see here.

WizKids has announced a licensing agreement with the WWE.  The agreement will allow WizKids to bring WWE content to their popular line of games, such as HeroClix and Dice Masters, as well as, other board games.  The press release indicates the agreement includes the likeness rights to current and former WWE superstars.

“The partnership will bring the likeness of popular WWE Superstars, including John Cena®, The Rock®, Charlotte Flair®, Roman Reigns® and The Undertaker®, in addition to WWE Hall of Famers such as “Stone Cold” Steve Austin® and Trish Stratus™ to several gaming platforms, including Dice Masters, HeroClix and Boxed Strategy Games.”

It appears the first WWE branded content from WizKids will arrive in 2019.

You can read the full press release here.

Listen…  you smell something?  There have been several Ghostbusters themed board games over the years.  Now, Renegade Game studios, in conjunction with Albino Dragon and Sony Pictures, has announced Ghostbusters: The Card Game.

There is presently no Board Game Geek entry for the game, and not many game play details were provided in Renegade’s announcement.  So, what do we know?  It’s a card drafting and set collection game for 2-5 players, ages eight and up.  The game was designed by Daryl Andrews and Erica Bouyouris, and the cards feature a cartoon aesthetic with original illustrations by Jacqui Davis and Todd Bright.

“Compete against your friends and family to collect ghosts from the Ghostbusters universe. You’ll call upon your favorite Ghostbusters to help you set your ghost trap and capture the highest point ghosts on the board.”

The announcement and product page indicate that the game is due out this Fall.

Guardians, the forthcoming game from Plaid Hat Games, will be receiving a hero expansion.  The Uprising hero pack expansion will be released later this year and includes four additional heroes, along with their associated power deck and ultimate cards.

Guardians is a card game for two or four players featuring variable player powers.  Each player creates a team of three heroes which are then used to combat the other opponents.  The Uprising expansion will add to the available roster of heroes to form your team.  Uprising will also introduce “blast damage” to the game.

“This hero pack also introduces a new way bring the pain to your opponent’s heroes: Blast Damage. When a player is dealt blast damage, she must allocate it to heroes she controls. Place it all on a single hero or distribute it evenly, but be careful not to leave your team vulnerable to future attacks! Blast damage adds a new element of strategy and tactics to Guardians, so take cover and brace for impact!”

Click here to read the announcement from Plaid Hat Games.  Additional information on Guardians can be found on Plaid Hat’s product page by clicking here.

In 2017 designer Jonathan Ying, of Imperial Assault fame, successfully crowdfunded Bargain Quest.  Since its release Bargain Quest has garnered positive reviews.  Now, the game has returned to Kickstarter for a second printing, along with a new expansion, entitled The Black Market.

Bargain Quest is a card drafting, hand management and auction game for 2-6 players.  If you are a hero in need of equipment before you go out to face the monster menacing the town, where do go?  In Bargain Quest the players are shopkeepers of a fantasy item shop trying to sell their wares to heroes that will be attempting to save the town from pesky monsters.  Will the heroes defeat the monster?  It doesn’t really matter as long as you are running a profitable business.

In addition to the reprint of the base game, the Kickstarter includes new expansion content.  The Black Market expansion includes additional heroes, employees for your shop and a new deck of black market items.  The black market items can be accessed by players by spending their reputation.

The Kickstarter campaign for this reprint of Bargain Quest and The Black Market expansion includes several reward options, including just the new content for those that already have the base game.  The campaign also includes three bonus packs which contain additional content for backers.