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Wes Grollmus

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Wes has been a passionate gamer since receiving an Intellivision at age five. He enjoys all types of games and particularly loves teaching them to new players. He can often be found at local game stores and conventions, as well as on BGG at wesg92.

In Tower of London by WizKids players will compete for victory by collecting ravens, dispatching Beefeaters, and fighting to control the tower. The game is designed by Daryl Andrews and Stephen Sauer, and supports 3-5 players with a play time of about 45 minutes.

In Tower of London, on each turn, players play two cards: the first card determines which building their Beefeater (guard) goes into, and the second card has a special power that triggers from the perspective of the Beefeater just placed.

At the end of a round, certain areas of the tower are scored based on who controls the majority of buildings by having the most Beefeaters in each. The game is over at the end of three rounds or when a player collects 7 ravens, in which case the game ends immediately.

Releasing in April, Tower of London is available for pre-order today. For additional information, please visit the WizKids Tower of London web page.

Outwit your friends, avoid foul creatures, and build 3 houses before any else in this beautiful game by Druid City Games. In The Grimm Forest you play the niece or nephew of one of the 3 Little Pigs and compete to build 3 houses made of straw, wood, or brick.

During the Gather Phase, players will secretly pick a location of the Grimm Forest to travel to in order to get resources needed to build their houses. If another Pig goes to your location, you evenly split the resources with them.  If you’re there alone, you get all of the resources to yourself.

Next is the Build Phase, where players perform two of three available actions.  They can spend their resources to build a section of a house (foundation, walls, or roof), take one resource from the bank, or take a Fable card to use during a future Gather phase.  The Fable cards can summon monsters to mess with your opponents, allow you to steal resources from others, gain extra actions for the build phase, and more. A famous fairytale friend (Cinderella, Goldilocks, Robin Hood, Snow White, Rumplestiltskin, etc.) can also be called upon to help you in your building efforts by granting you powerful, permanent abilities.

The game contains gorgeous artwork, beautifully sculpted miniatures, and nifty components.  The easy rules and familiar characters will appeal to children while the strategy, deduction, and player-reading will have adults scratching their chinny chin chin game after game! The Grimm Forest supports 2-4 players and has a playtime of 40-60 minutes.  For more details and to back their campaign, visit The Grimm Forest Kickstarter page.

The hype train that’s been loudly chugging along since the game’s announcement at Gen Con 2016 only continues to gain momentum as CMON launches the Rising Sun Kickstarter! Referred to as the spiritual successor of Blood Rage, the vaunted duo of Eric M. Lang (designer) and Adrian Smith (artist) reunite in this hotly anticipated game of politics, strength, and honor.

Rising Sun is a board game for 3 to 5 players set in legendary feudal Japan. As the Kami descend from the heavens to reshape the land in their image, it is up to each player to lead their clan to victory. Use politics to further your cause, negotiate to seek the most profitable alliances, worship the Kami to gain their favor, recruit monsters out of legend to bolster your forces, and use your resources wisely to be victorious in battle.

In Rising Sun, you’ll utilize asymmetrical clan powers, form and break alliances, bluff, and defeat your opponents in war during all seasons of a year to become the victorious new Emperor! The miniatures are extremely detailed , thanks to the direction of Mike McVey, and there are already many unlocked stretch goals, including a sacred warrior panda.

You don’t want to miss out on this game! For more information or to back this game, visit the Rising Sun Kickstarter page.

Get ready to place your bets on legendary mythic creatures in the fast-playing game, Divinity Derby!  Published by Ares Games and designed by Carlo A. Rossi, Divinity Derby is a fun and challenging game of racing and betting for 3 to 6 players, ages 10 and up.

While attending a party on Mount Olympus, an argument breaks out about which legendary flying creature is the fastest, the slowest, and even which would get disqualified in a race? Using dirty tricks, godly powers, twists of fate, and the capricious judgement of Zeus, players will manipulate a series of three races to determine the final winner of the Divinity Derby.

The game uses an innovative card-sharing draft mechanic where each player plays cards from two hands that are shared with each neighbor. Intelligent betting occurs as you deduce what your neighbors may be doing and make informed guesses about what will happen in the race. You will be conspiring with or against your neighbor as you play cards from the same holder as they do. You win the game by placing good bets, but you can try to bend the will of fate to fit your plan. Choosing whether to play a card for its high or low value is a simple, but critical choice that will make all the difference in the outcome of the race.

Divinity Derby has great production values, and includes six gorgeous miniatures (beautifully modeled by master sculptor Bob Naismith) that are each carefully hand-painted in the Deluxe edition of the game.

For more information, please visit the Divinity Derby Kickstarter page.

 

 

The newest iteration of Mike Elliott’s best-selling Thunderstone deckbuilding game is now on Kickstarter. Published by AEG, Thunderstone Quest is an adventure deckbuilding game where 2-4 players compete to see who can score the most victory points when the game ends. The game takes about 90 minutes to play and creates a dramatic campaign feeling as your heroes grow stronger and ultimately encounter the Guardian.

Thunderstone is one of the most successful games AEG has ever published. Our team has been talking about the next stage in its evolution for quite some time. When we brainstormed ideas for the next version of the game it was clear that we had a lot of wide open design space to transform the Dungeon system into something really special.

The new Quest system gives us the ability to offer you a modular adventuring experience so that the game is always fresh and challenging. We incorporated lots of player feedback about other game systems including weight and light. And we worked to make the climax of the game dramatic and exciting for every player, every game.

The campaign ends on March 24, 2017 at 8:00 PM EDT. To learn more, visit the Thunderstone Quest Kickstarter page.

The first expansion for the Game of Thrones: The Iron Throne board game has been announced by Fantasy Flight Games. The Wars to Come expansion increases the maximum player count from five to seven players, allowing you to enjoy its negotiations and hostilities with as many as six of your friends. Become ironborn with House Greyjoy or unbowed, unbent, and unbroken with House Martell.

Along with ten new leaders, divided between two new Houses—House Greyjoy and House Martell—The Wars to Come features everything you and your friends need to expand your games of The Iron Throne to seven players.

Additionally, The Wars to Come introduces a deck of twenty-five new allies. These iconic characters root your schemes and politics more firmly in the world of HBO’s acclaimed Game of Thrones, even as they permit access to a wide range of new abilities that can dramatically change the shape of a battle—or even the game!

 The Wars to Come is scheduled to arrive at retailers in the second quarter of 2017!

Space Goat Productions, Inc. has launched a Kickstarter for the officially license board game, The Terminator™. This is their second Kickstarter campaign, having successfully funded Evil Dead 2: The Official Board Game in July of last year. The game has some great looking miniatures, cool “cyber dice”, and an interesting mechanic that involves playing on two boards at the same time. The game is designed by Taylor Smith, who also designed their Evil Dead 2 game. Let’s hope this game has us saying “I’ll be back” after each play!

“The Terminator™: The Official Board Game is an asymmetrical strategy game for 2-5 players played across two boards: one in 1984 and one in 2029. One player takes control of all of Skynet’s forces: Hunter Killer machines, Terminator cyborgs, and more. The rest of the players take the role of the human resistance, struggling against the impossible odds of the machine uprising. Each of the two game boards play differently: 2029 focuses on light troop and resource management in a lopsided battle for dominance. 1984 focuses on personal missions with high stakes and intense pacing. Missions arise through the course of gameplay, and have players make decisions in 1984 that will affect the future, erasing and adding components in real time.”

 

 

Say it ain’t so!  The iconic Thimble token is going to be removed from Monopoly!?  What would seem to be the most popular and referenced player token will no longer be included in the game after more than 4 million votes from fans around the world participated in the Monopoly Token Madness campaign.

Despite being an integral part of day-to-day life when the token was originally added to the game in 1935, the lucky Thimble has lost its ‘shine’ with today’s fans, and will be retired from the game. 

Hasbro will reveal the final voting results on World Monopoly Day, March 19. The eight fan-picked Monopoly tokens will be updated in the Monopoly game hitting shelves this August.

Hasbro held the Monopoly Token Madness Campaign from January 10 through January 31, and during that time, the Thimble token did not earn enough votes to make it into the top 8. Fans can visit Facebook.com/Monopoly, @HasbroNews on Twitter and @Hasbro on Instagram (#MonopolyVote) to say “sew long” to the Thimble token, and continue to show their support for the other 63 contenders vying for a spot in the next generation of the game!

WizKids has announced a new co-operative card game, The Banishing, to be released in March! The game supports 3 to 5 players age 14+ and plays in 45 minutes. With a new designer, a quick play time, and a reputable publisher, I’m excited to see what this game has to offer!

Designed by Sean Rumble, The Banishing brings players into a world being overcome by undead creatures. Players take on the roles of the guardians who must work together to banish the undead back through the Void.

As guardians, each player is a unique character with special abilities that can be activated by collecting cards and creating matches. The Sorcerer can conjure and enchant. The Fighter can taunt and imprison. The Healer can bless and revive. The Banishing introduces eight characters, each with six unique skills, for players to choose from.

Visit your friendly local game store to pre-order The Banishing for your game collection today!

For additional information and images, please visit The Banishing webpage.

Award winning designer Eric Lang tweeted that he’s working on an expansion for Bloodborne: The Card Game. Bloodborne: The Card Game was unveiled at Gen Con 2016 and sold out during the conference.  Published by CMON Limited, the game is based on the difficult, yet rewarding PS4 video game. It supports 3 to 5 players and contains card drafting, dice rolling, hand management, and press your luck mechanics.

“I got permission to mention that I’m working on a Bloodborne card game expansion. Co-designed with [Chris Chung] @FlashForwardCo. Hoping for Q4 release :)” – Eric Lang @eric_lang

Chris Chung designed Lanterns: The Harvest Festival and is the brains behind Flash Forward Games, where he designs games focusing on simplicity.

I’m extremely excited to see what Eric and Chris come up with to make this already wonderful game even better!