Castles of Burgundy is a classic euro game that sits in the BoardGameGeek top ten, and with a card game version already created, why not create a dice version? Coming later this month you will finally be able to play Castles of Burgundy the Dice Game, a roll and write style game. The core of the game is still there with the familiar hex board, the ability to buy and sell goods, different actions you can take on tiles, and bonuses you get for completing areas of the board. But now instead of rolling dice and assigning workers to slowly do these actions, now the roll of the dice will immediately let you get silverlings, mark off spots on the board, get goods, and other things. This means you will be able to play a game very quickly, and still get a bit of the experience you have from the big game. Look for this game to hit store shelves by the end of the year.
Next we have a new game coming from Cryptozoic based on the highly popular Rick and Morty cartoon called Rick and Morty: The Ricks Must Be Crazy Multiverse Game. This game is a unique engine building game in that you will be using energy from the different levels of the multiverse in order to build and operate you inventions, but there is more to it than that. If you go into the lower multiverses you will get first dibs on energy to be able to power/build things, but because that universe is more primitive, the things you can build are more limited and more unreliable. Stay in the higher ones and you will be farther down the list when comes time to give out energy, but you will be able to build the best stuff, so plan wisely. Whoever can “collect” the most tech by the end of the game will be the winner. Look for this game to be released in April of next year.
The last physical game we will be talking about is the unique game called Wallet, which uses a literal wallet as the main component. The story is that you are surrounded by the cops, and to escape you need an ID and some cash form the boss, but he just took off in a helicopter. Lucky for you, he dropped his wallet with all of the IDs and cash left inside. So on your turn you will be searching the wallet trying to find a plausible ID and some cash to either get out of town, or bribe the cops to look the other way. But be careful, there could be an undercover cop in your midst if they find their badge in the wallet. Rounds are quick at only 10 minutes and the whole game is over in 30 minutes, with the person who scored the most points being the winner. So if you want to get your hands on this game with a very thematic and unique component, you will have to wait until June of next year.
And finally, we have the two App releases for the day, the first being an update to the Carcassonne app and the release of the updated Abalone app. Carcassonne is the perennial favorite tile laying game that most games and even non-gamers know about, and it has done very well as an app in the past. But this new release of the game makes it look stunning by introducing fully 3D tiles to the game. This will give the classic game a lot of pop and make it look really impressive. Check out the new version here and then download it from Google play (sorry iPhones) or steam today.
The second app that has been release is Abalone, a classic abstract strategy game of pushing marbles to corner and remove your opponent’s pieces. The game looks great and bringing it to the app space means you will be able to practice and work on your strategies against an AI before challenging other players. Plus the ability to vary aspects of the game like how many marbles you need to remove to win, or setting a time limit, allows you to add more challenge to the game if you are a seasoned player. So if you are interested you can find out more about the game here, and then download it from your particular app store or steam today.