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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.

Ares Games has opened up pre-orders for a Limited Edition of the War of the Ring expansion Warriors of Middle-earth. This edition includes higher quality components such as 48 hand-painted figures in special deluxe packaging and a limited edition certificate of authenticity. A minimum of 1,200 copies and maximum of 2,400 copies will be printed and sold by pre-order only for $129.90 ($154.58 including VAT for copies shipping inside the EU) plus postage and packing.

Warriors of Middle-earth is the second expansion for War of the Ring Second Edition board game. It brings Ents, Dead Men of Dunharrow, Great Eagles of the Misty Mountains, Corsairs of Umbar, Wild Hilmen from Dunland, and Giant Spiders, previously featured only as special Event Cards. They become essential part of the game, with unique figures and specific abilities to be combined with new mechanics to open up new strategies when playing the War of the Ring.

Pre-orders will close on August 21st (or when 2,400 copies are pre-ordered), and will be serviced on a first come, first served basis, with a strict limit of one copy per customer’s address.

Visit the Ares Games page to pre-order your copy!

 

Spin Master Games has partnered with Wiggles 3D Games to produce and sell the retail version of 5-Minute Dungeon. 5-Minute Dungeon is a co-operative, real-time dungeon crawling card game for 2-5 players that plays in 5 minutes, and was successfully funded on Kickstarter last year with almost 8,000 backers.

The retail version has an all-new cover in a unique hourglass-shaped box and comes with:

  • 200 player cards (5 decks of 40 cards each)
  • 50 dungeon cards (40 door cards and 10 challenge cards)
  • 5 double sided player mats (10 heroes total)
  • 5 boss mats

As expected, the retail version doesn’t include the extra content added during the campaign (the Kickstarter deck, Baby Barbarian figurine, and 2 Kickstarter boss mats), but still has the same high quality components as the Kickstarter edition.

The game is available for purchase now on Target.com.

For more information and updates on the game, visit the 5-Minute Dungeon Kickstarter Update page.

Quick on the heels of the release of Not Alone at Origins last month, an expansion has been announced, Not Alone: Exploration. In this first expansion, new Hunt cards will be available for the Creature, new Survival cards will be added for the Hunted, and 10 new Location cards are added for the planet Artemia. The location cards can be played on their own, or they can be mixed in with the Locations for the base game, giving Not Alone an almost infinite combination of places to explore.

Not Alone is published by Stronghold Games and designed by Ghislain Masson. It’s an asymmetrical game in which one player plays as a Creature trying to hunt down the other players that have crashed on the planet Artemia. The Hunted explore the planet by selecting a Location card and revealing it simultaneously, but only after the Creature uses Hunt cards and power tokens to stalk the the survivors and predict the location(s) that they are exploring. Captured explorers lose willpower and move the Creature closer to a total assimilation victory. Savvy (or lucky) explorers that don’t get captured are able to use the ability of the location they went to, sometimes revealing new locations on the planet, and thus reducing the changes of being captured by the Creature. It’s an intense, immersive, thematic card game with guessing, bluffing, hand management, and a pinch of deck-building that plays great with 2 to 7 players in 30-45 minutes.

Come visit the planet Artemia again, if you dare, in NOT ALONE: Exploration, which will release later this year.

 

 

 

Fantasy Flight Games announces a new game set in the bountiful world of Westeros; A Game of Thrones Catan: Brotherhood of the WatchThis will be a standalone game of resource gathering and trading that is familiar to those that know the classic game Catan, but will offer many differences inspired and adapted from George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series.

The Brothers of the Night’s Watch seek a new leader from among their ranks. Jeor Mormont wishes to promote one who can improve the infrastructure of the Gift, the bountiful and undeveloped area south of the Wall bestowed to the Watch by the Starks thousands of years ago. Drawing sustenance from the unforgiving landscape of the north offers enough challenges, but whomever takes up this task must also man and defend the Wall against the onslaught of Wildlings fighting their way into Westeros. Many brothers now compete to build, defend, and do what they can to protect Westeros, but only one shall rise above their brothers to become the new Lord Commander. But be wary—the north holds many dangers, and winter is coming.

 

The areas within the Gift are made of resources needed to supply the stalwart brothers of the Night’s Watch. Players will build roads, settlements, and keeps; recruit guards for patrolling; and buy development cards.  However, the areas surrounding the Gift are dangerous and must be managed in addition to gathering resources. Tormund Giantsbane, a wildling from the north, has crossed the wall and robs Brothers of their hard earned resources. Wildling forces gather in the Frostfangs, and each player may recruit up to seven brothers from the Westeros prisons to man a section of the wall. Finally, each player commands a unique hero, based on the order of play. These heroes (Jeor Mormont, Bowen Marsh, Samwell Tarly, and Othell Yarwyck) have a unique ability that can be used twice during the game. Other heroes are available to select once your hero’s ability has been used.

At the start of their turn, a player rolls three dice: two to indicate which resources will be harvested from the Gift and one to determine which, if any, Wildlings advance toward the Wall.  However, fortifying the Wall has consequences, as those comfortable settlements and keeps attract the notice of the Wildlings. Any time a player builds a settlement or keep, they reveal a number of facedown Wilding tokens in the Frostfangs, and further their inevitable advance toward the Wall.

Of course, the most important duty of the Night’s Watch is to defend the people of Westeros from the feral Wildlings that dwell beyond the Wall. The Wildling clans consist of Regular, Climbers, and Giants that gather and move southward toward the wall once revealed. Players must hire Guards and earn their loyalty by giving them goods in return for their protection.

The protection of the wall must be delicately balanced with the gathering of resources and establishment of settlements, and in familiar fashion, the first player to 10 victory points wins. However, A Game of Thrones Catan: Brotherhood of the Watch has two forms of possibly victory. If the Wildlings breach the wall three times, the game ends immediately and the player commanding the most guards holding their posts at the wall wins.

Look for A Game of Throne Catan: Brotherhood of the  Watch at your local retailer in Q4 of 2017 and make sure to stop by the Fantasy Flight Games booth at Gen Con for a demo as well as the Catan Studios booth!

 

 

A mobile version of the beautiful, flower growing card game Lotus has been announced by Dire Wolf Digital.  Designed by Jordan and Mandy Goddard, Lotus was publish by Renegade Game Studios and released in 2016.

Clear your head and take in the quiet strength of the Lotus garden. It takes skillful care and nurturing to grow these flowers to their full potential, but once picked, they provide their owner with wisdom. Beware, for there are others who will do anything they can to get their hands on these mystical flowers. You’ll need to enlist the help of creatures native to this land to take control of the Lotus garden and achieve true enlightenment.

Lotus is the fourth title in the ongoing collaboration between Dire Wolf and Renegade, joining the critically-acclaimed hit Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure, the digital adaptation of Lanterns: The Harvest Festival, and the Renegade Companion App that adds a digital twist to tabletop play.

Lotus will release for iOS and Android phones and tablets later this summer.  For more information, visit the Renegade Game Studios news page.

Origins Game Fair is next week (June 14-18, Columbus, Ohio) and Ares Games will be attending as a sponsor of the show.  As such, they will be presenting the long-awaited epic-fantasy cooperative board game, Sword & Sorcery as well as four new airplanes in the WW1 Wings of Glory line.  In addition, three games coming this summer will be showcased at Ares’ booth – Hunt for the Ring, the hidden movement, deduction and adventure game, Divinity Derby, the racing and betting game, and This War of Mine the Board Game, the tabletop adaptation of the award-winning video game.

Visitors will also have the chance to try games recently released by the company, such as the WW2 Wings of Glory Battle of Britain Starter Set, the family game Quickpick – Mutant Dinosaur Park, and the new edition of the horror card game Stay Away, and can get special items as the promo card “H.P. Lovecraft” with any purchase of Stay Away or the promo card “Bubi” with Last Friday, along with other promotions and special deals.

In addition to the demos at the booth, many events are scheduled during the five days of the convention. Buckeye Gamers in Flight will run events of WW1 and WW2 Wings of Glory and Sails of Glory, with prize support from Ares. Attempts of new world records of most players in a game will be held by Ares. On Friday, from 10AM to 12PM, for WW1 Wings of Glory, and from 12PM to 2PM, for WW2 Wings of Glory. On Saturday, it will be time to try to break the world record of Sails of Glory, at 10AM. The schedule also includes 9 Sword & Sorcery’s events and 4 Galaxy Defender’s missions.

Ares Games is an Italian board game publisher established in 2011 to create quality hobby products for the international audience.Ares Games is the publisher of the award-winning “War of the Ring” board game, of “Wings of Glory” range of airplane combat games and miniatures, recreating aerial warfare in WW1 and WW2, and more recently, of the award-winning tactical ship-to-ship miniature game “Sails of Glory,” and the cooperative tactical Sci-Fi miniatures game “Galaxy Defenders.” Ares Games’ catalog also includes Family & Card Games and Euro & Thematic Games. For further information, visit the website www.aresgames.eu and the Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/AresGames.

Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) announced a new game, Cutthroat Kingdoms by designer Bryan Merlonghi. Players will take the role of a leading lord or lady in the six Houses of the Kingdom of Aurum. Utilizing political intrigue, powerful armies, and strategic alliances, Cutthroat Kingdoms is a competitive game of negotiation and dealmaking with a medieval fantasy theme.

The throne to the Kingdom of Aurum lies unclaimed.

As memory of the slain king Ratimir Dravanof passes, the six great houses vie for control of the land in a neverending dispute of title, territory and birthright.

Now, embroiled in conflict, the lords and ladies lock eyes on the crown, as they fight to contend with the remnants of the Dravanof legacy: the great plague that has now turned upon the people, to ravage the countryside, exacting its cruel revenge.

This is the innovative new social game of contract, duplicity, arranged marriages and tainted food. Every group will create their own rules for how to play and every game will be different. Will yours be high on subterfuge, backstabbing and betrayal, or conducted on a higher plane of rock-solid agreements and unbreakable oaths?

The game supports 3 – 6 players, with a playing time of 90 – 150 minutes. For more information, visit the AEG Cutthroat Kingdoms page, where you can download the rulebook and see images of some of the cards.

 

The one man army is coming to the tabletop! Everything Epic has announced that they have secured the license for the Rambo series to create Rambo: The Board Game. The game is currently in development as a passion project by Chris Batarlis and Jim Samartino of Everything Epic, and is coming to Kickstarter in January of 2018. The game is a thematic, cooperative, tactical, miniatures, scenario-based campaign game that allows 1-4 players to experience the events they remember from the film as well as embark on new, never before seen, missions.

The game provides sealed “legacy-like” mission envelopes which gradually expand the game as each mission completes. Each mission tells a story and takes the players on a unique adventure to various locations to save POW’s, escape a military prison, raid a jungle encampment, defend a secret air base, or survive a treacherous jungle and much more! Missions will unlock new equipment and tactics to help players customize their experience and allow for high replayability and great tactical strategy. Taking actions and engaging in combat is done without random dice, but with a card-based system where the player is in control, and where every choice can be life or death!

Players will choose from an iconic variety of special forces characters each with highly detailed miniatures, including, of course, John Rambo, Col. Trautman, other members of Baker Team, and other companions that Rambo teamed up with over the years. Each hero will have unique abilities and customization options that make them valuable during missions. You control how to approach the mission: Do you go in guns blazing? Or do you take a more stealthy approach? Perhaps you set a trap for the enemy? It’s up to you to decide and lead Rambo and his team to victory!

Everything Epic is also known for other upcoming titles include Big Trouble in Little China: The Game (Pre-Order Mid-May 2017), Metal Dawn (Kickstarter May 2017), and the “Secrets of the Lost Tomb” series long awaited sequel Secrets of the Lost Station (Kickstarter July 2017).

For the latest information and news, subscribe at www.RamboBoardGame.com or follow Rambo: The Game on Facebook.

Following up on their success with One Deck Dungeon, Asmadi Games brings Forest of Shadows to Kickstarter. Get your dice ready for adventures with new heroes, dungeons, combats, and perils! The game takes places in all-new lush, yet deadly locales. A vast network of mossy underground tunnels and connected forest areas for your adventures to explore and conquer!

Forest of Shadows is a stand alone expansion that you can play on its own or in combination with the original.

One Deck Dungeon: Forest of Shadows is a 1-2 player roguelike adventure card game (just like the original One Deck Dungeon!) It’s a standalone expansion, so it can be played as its own full game, or mixed with the original.

It comes with 44 Encounter cards, 5 Dungeon/Boss cards, 4 Level cards, a Stairs card, 5 postcard-sized Hero Cards, a Turn Reference, a set of campaign sheets, 15 hearts for damage tokens, 6 potion cubes, 8 poison cubes, and 30 shiny translucent dice.

The campaign is also offering a v1.5 upgrade pack for the base game which updates terminology and makes some balance tweaks. Finally, plastic cards are being offered for both the base game and the expansion at varies backer levels. These plastic cards are waterproof, durable, and still very smooth to shuffle. Most people say that they feel like normal cards!

For more information and to back this game, visit the One Deck Dungeon: Forest of Shadows Kickstarter page.

The Xenomorphs are back to ambush their prey in Ninja Division‘s second edition of Alien vs. Predator: The Hunt Begins. AVP: The Hunt Begins is a 1 to 3 player game that can be played in two distinct game modes. In the competitive mode, all races (Marines, Aliens, and Predators) fight against each other to complete missions and objectives. In the cooperative mode, the Marines and Predators have made a fragile alliance to combat the Alien threat.

The Hunt Begins” is a fast paced, claustrophobic, “express elevator to hell” miniature game of combat between three of the most dangerous races in the galaxy. Join the ranks of the brave men and women of the US Colonial Marines and arm yourself with state-of-the-art weaponry or take command of the elite cadre of Predators, an alien race of hunters that seek the finest prey to stalk, hunt and eliminate. The darkness holds more horrors than these two adversaries…the Xenomorphs, one of the deadliest of all known alien species with the potential to destroy and eradicate all sentient life.

The game includes 23 highly detailed miniatures, a modular map, and both basic and advanced rulesets. Gameplay typically lasts between 30 – 90 minutes. To read more about the game, visit Ninja Division’s website.