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.

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.

Build your pocket-sized boomtown in Circle the Wagons, a two player card game designed by Steven Aramini (Yardmaster), Danny Devine (Mob Town), and Paul Kluka with art by Beth Sobel (Viticulture, Lanterns: The Harvest Festival).

The game contains just 18 cards, but cleverly allows for nearly 5,000 combinations in using them to build your boomtown, ensuring that you’ll never build the same town twice.  15 cards are arranged in a circle around 3 bonus scoring cards. Players take turns drafting cards using a take-or-skip mechanic to build a town that will score them the most points. The rulebook is only 4 pages and can therefore be taught very quickly. The game last about 20 minutes and is recommended for ages 10 and up.

But wait, there’s more!  Also included in the Kickstarter are three more games; Mint Julep, That Snow Moon, and Wagon Wheels.

Mint Julep is a 2-4 player horse racing/betting game where players draft cards, place bets, and then manipulate the race in order to ensure the horse that they want to win ends up finishing in a top spot.

That Snow Moon is a 2-4 player asymmetrical card throwing game. Players divide into two teams, Liberation and Dynasty. Liberation throws their cards facedown onto the table in an attempt to build particular sets.  Dynasty drops their cards on to the table, trying to land on the Liberation cards to reveal and remove them from play.

Wagon Wheels, a 2 player game based on Circle the Wagons, has players placing and moving tokens around a map card to score the most points by taking advantage of the quadrant’s special bonus while trying to get the east and west sides of the map for additional points.  With just 3 cards and a few tokens, designer Nat Levan has turned the small wallet game into nano-sized entertainment.

Head over to the Circle the Wagons Kickstarter page to learn more and back the project!


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.