Dice Tower Newsletter

Wes Grollmus

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.

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!

A Magic: The Gathering judge is running a single-elimination tournament to determine the best Magic: The Gathering card of all time.
All black and silver bordered cards printed 2016 or prior are included.  This makes 16,343 cards (a perfect 14-round bracket would be 16,384).  There are 41 first-round byes to make up the shortfall.
A new poll is posted daily with 32 matchups for people to cast their vote. The bracket is currently on round 100 and will take approximately two years to determine the winner.
Visit The Magic Bracket to learn more about this tournament, follow, and vote for the best card!

The freely available app from Renegade Game Studios™ and Dire Wolf Digital now includes bonus game content for the hit game Clank! A Deck-Building Adventure.

Clank! fans who download the free Renegade Game Studios Companion App will enjoy “Mini-Quests” that add even more excitement and replayability to the game. An official solo play mode also allows individual players to enjoy the game on their own.

The app launched last year with support for FUSE by adding a free thematic 10-minute timer with a taunting voice-over to enhance the player’s experience. The Clank! addition to the app is also a free, optional add-on.

Dire Wolf Digital also created the acclaimed digital version of Lanterns: The Harvest Festival which is a separate, full game app available for iOS and Android.

You can find the Renegade Game Studios Companion App free for download on iOS and Google Play.

NSKN Games has launched a Kickstarter for the final chapter of the Exodus: Proxima Centauri saga; Exodus: Event Horizon. The expansion adds 13 unique planet tiles, 12 leader cards, 6 players boards, and much more!

Rule the stars and redefine your game with Exodus: Event Horizon! Return to the distant star of Proxima Centauri to experience the Exodus you know and love like never before. Shape the game into a unique experience with a grand modular expansion. Write the final chapter of tomorrow’s saga and unlock the secrets of the Event Horizon, making your Exodus collection finally complete!

Exodus: Event Horizon requires the base game, Exodus: Proxima Centauri, and is also fully compatible with the 2015 expansion Exodus: Edge of Extinction.  The expansion supports 1-6 players and is recommended for ages 13 and up.

There’s a TON of awesome Smash Up content coming this year!  Smash Up from AEG allows you to “smash up” various factions such as Alien-Ninjas, Wizard-Zombies, Pirate-Dinosaurs, and more.

In March, a new set titled “Smash Up: What Were We Thinking?” will bring Explorers, Grannies, Rock Stars and Teddy Bears! These factions add new strategies from classic cards to base control.  Look for it at your friendly local game store in March!

This summer, get ready for the Smash Up All-Stars Event Kit! This event will give you the chance to get the new “All-Stars” faction. This faction is a specifically chosen mix of existing Smash Up minions and actions that have formed an all-star team to play basketball… in Space! Visit your local retailer for details on how to get these decks.

This fall, four more incredible factions join the mix from the far east in “Smash Up: Big in Japan”

“Baaaaaaaaa winter!” some may say, but for Smash Up that means a Sheep Deck is joining the party. To get this deck, all you need to do is complete the 2017 Smash Up Survey and AEG will send you the deck. Sheep obediently and harmlessly follow other minions around from base to base.  (Then they mercilessly crush their opponents with a wave of minions no one can stop).

Finally, if that’s not enough Smash Up to satisfy your craving, you can now play Smash Up on your computer with Nomad Games and AEG’s Smash Up Digital. Visit Steam to get the game and check out all the new content coming out regularly from Nomad!

Yes! More board game conventions please! Penny Arcade just announced PAX Unplugged in front of tens of thousands of PAX South attendees. PAX (Penny Arcade Expo) is a series of extremely popular gaming conventions that primarily focus on video games, and now they are excited to branch out into the tabletop gaming world. Together with ReedPop, the world’s leading producer of pop culture events, PAX Unplugged will be the sixth addition to the international line-up of PAX events and will debut at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, November 17 – 19, 2017.

“PAX Unplugged will take all the elements that have drawn millions of gamers to PAX – the chance to play and see the reveal of highly-anticipated upcoming games, attend game-inspired music concerts, participate in tournaments and watch panels with industry leaders – but with a renewed focus on fostering the best event for the burgeoning tabletop gaming community.

PAX Unplugged will be a destination for attendees to share their common passions and socialize over board, card and other tabletop games, which have experienced a renaissance in recent years. Penny Arcade and ReedPOP are happy to embrace the thriving tabletop scene and provide those around it with a welcoming atmosphere to take this resurgence to even greater heights.”

Badges for PAX Unplugged will go on sale this Spring.