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The savvy card game Port Royal from publisher Pegasus Spiele requires readiness to assume risks.

FRIEDBERG, March 28th 2014 – In the golden age of piracy, it takes courage to sail through the Caribbean as a mere merchant. But the prospect of wealth and influence justifies great risks. In the card game Port Royal, players must dare a lot to win it all – but those who are too greedy might remain empty-handed.

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In the game of Port Royal, players must go all out to get to hire a capable crew and to fulfill the requirements of profitable expeditions. In order to do so the active player may flip as many cards as he likes. But each card raises both the opportunities and dangers to which he exposes himself. And with every card he also increases the chances of his ever lurking rivals to benefit from his voyage of discovery , as they may buy cards from his display at the end of his turn. Regardless his handling of this dilemma: If he ever encounters a ship he cannot repel, his entire turn is wasted.

Port Royal won the Austrian Game Designers Competition of the Wiener Spiele Akademie in 2013 as “Händler der Karibik”. It is a fast-paced, appealing Push-Your-Luck Game full of pirate flair. Two to five Players from ages eight and up can proof their courage within 30 minutes in a game of Port Royal by designer Alexander Pfister.

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The continent of Anstrus has been warring within itself for generations. With its nations locked in a struggle for power, a sudden invasion of dark forces from unknown lands is sweeping across the realm. While war rages, chaos reigns, and no ties of loyalty are left unbroken. Out of the turmoil, powerful heroes have arisen and are gathering forces to fight for their cause – some fight for good, some for evil, and some for purposes unknown. Choose your hero and emerge victorious, in Allegiance: A Realm Divided.

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Allegiance: A Realm Divided is a fantasy-themed, fully self-contained tabletop game for 2 to 4 players. It is a unique board-game/card-game hybrid that is deeply strategic in nature, and usually takes between 30 and 60 minutes to play. In Allegiance, each player assumes the role of one of 10 powerful heroes fighting in a realm divided by war. Each hero represents a different fantasy character class, and plays according to that character’s style, strengths, and weaknesses. Players can customize and level-up their hero’s unique abilities, enlist allied units, and play tricky action cards to defeat their enemies.

The closing date on Kickstarter is April 28, 2014, the current pledged amount is $13,391 CAD and the funding goal for the project is $50,000.  Pledge $55 to get a Copy of Allegiance + Mercenary Promo. Estimated delivery: Feb 2015.

splendor

Coming soon from Space Cowboy games and distributed by Asmodee is Splendor, a card drafting Renaissance game of prestige.

In Splendor, players are merchants working to develop their lands to attract the attention of nobles. Resources are gems represented by poker chips, deluxe-style casino chips. Trade them in to build mines, ships, and artisans and as you develop, bonuses of each will attract the nobles. If you are successful, a noble will visit and bestow prestige points to the player.

 

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The first player to 15 points wins the game. On a turn, players only take one action making for a quick and intuitive game. Player actions are: take three different resources or two of the same kind, acquire a development or reserve a development. Splendor comes with 40 chips and 90 cards.

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Mage Wars: Malignant Intentions Organized Play Kit

A rich unfolding story laid out every week in a 12-page illustrated story guide, complete with a regional map of Etheria!

Take part in the amazing unravelling story of Mage Wars in our Organized Play Kit. Everything you need to setup league play in your store is included!

Contains:

  • Two months’ worth of weekly promo cards and participation prizes for winner, good sports, and even Event Organizers!
  • 36 gold foil-stamped promo Spell Cards
  • Event Guide
  • Story Guide
  • “How to Teach Mage Wars” booklet
  • Large Art Display Poster
  • Sign up Poster
  • All inside a beautiful full-color folder

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Mage Wars: Action Markers – Gray and Purple

Mage Wars: Gray and Purple Action Markers Set further grants players the ability to individualize their mages by providing them with the new Purple and Gray Action Markers and the ability to play in multiplayer games.

  • Made of high quality wood.

Contains:

  • 10 Gray Action markers
  • 10 Purple Action markers
  • 2 Quickcast markers

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Mage Wars: Forged in Fire Expansion

“We turn our eyes North toward the Anvil Throne Mountains where the Dwarves are locked in conflict with Adramelech’s Warlocks. There is a power deep in the mountains that neither wants to relinquish.”

Mage Wars: Forged in Fire introduces two new alternate Mages with unique abilities, the Adramelech Warlock and the Warlord of the Anvil Throne. Multiple copies of the 41 new spells featured in this set including the legendary Sersiryx and the Harshforge Monolith.

This requires the Mage Wars Core Set (AWG1010) to play.

  • 2 players
  • Ages 14+

Contains:

  • Adramelech Warlock Mage Card and Ability Card
  • Warlord of the Anvil Throne Mage Card and Ability Card
  • 41 New Spells (158 total spell cards)
  • 10 Condition Markers
  • 6 Armor Bonus Tokens
  • 5 New Rune Ability Markers
  • Rulebook

Sentinel Tactics

A New Sentinels Product Being Kickstarted

Sentinel Tactics: The Flame of Freedom is the hex-grid based tactical combat game for 2-8 players set in the world of Sentinel Comics! Sentinel Tactics puts you in control of one of the many super-powered characters from Sentinel Comics. Whether playing in tournament-style skirmishes or playing through the storyline of The Flame of Freedom in the included scenario comic book, each player controls one of our familiar heroes or villains, each with their own powers and abilities!

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Combat takes place on a hex-grid map, and attack and defense is based on the rolling of six-sided dice. Whereas the Sentinels of the Multiverse card game is a fully cooperative game, Sentinel Tactics is a team based game, pitting groups of heroes and villains against each other. Groups of players will cooperate against either a villain player or players, or against another team of players! Sentinel Tactics is a competitive game, but cooperation and teamwork are still vital to the gameplay!

The closing date on Kickstarter is April 24, 2014, the current pledged amount is $77,623 and the funding goal for the project is $50,000.  Pledge $50 to get Sentinel Tactics: The Flame of Freedom. This contains everything you need to play Sentinel Tactics, including two environment maps, nine characters, and nine villain scenarios. (Domestic Shipping Included.) Estimated delivery: Dec 2014

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Mobile Frame Zero 002: Alpha Bandit

Mobile Frame Zero: Alpha Bandit is a component for Mobile Frame Zero: Rapid Attack, the indie tabletop war-game of tiny giant LEGO® robots! Spaceships of the year SC 0245 battle in the orbit of the colonies — present and former — of the Solar Union as Ijad and Free Colonies struggle for independence and advantage!

The spaceships can be build out of other stuff, too, if you want. But doesn’t that sound like fun to you? You’ll be building ships to two different standards — capital ships, which have four systems, and frigates, which have three, but move and maneuver much more swiftly. Each catapult will carry with it a company of mobile frames. Then you’ll choose the number of frame companies your ace’s talent, and your fleet is ready to fly!There will be instructions for ships in the book, but the Solar Union has spread far by SC 0245, and there are many more types of ship across the galaxy, including and especially the ones you designed!

mobile frame zero ships

The closing date on Kickstarter is April 25, 2014, the current pledged amount is $13,223 and the funding goal for the project is $29,650.  Pledge $75 or more for the complete package. Estimated delivery: Dec 2014

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Bombyx will be releasing Abyss later this year from designer Bruno Cathala and Charles Chevallier.

A nautical card game, Abyss puts players beneath the glassy surface of the water vying for strategic locations.  Players try to obtain allies of the abyss and those allies will give you access to different parts of the city.  The game is over when a player has recruited seven lords and the player with the most influence wins.

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my first carcassonne

Z-Man games has released a new version of Carcassone for the kiddos in the house.

Formerly known as “Kids of Carcassonne” this simplified version of Carcassonne will be making its way to stores later this year!

This version of Carcassonne has been adapted to allow players of all ages to play together. No need to count points! Each turn, you place a tile to build the landscape of Carcassonne. When you close a street with one or more kids of your color, you get to put your pawns on the board. Be the first to place all of your pawns to win the game!

A simplified version of a modern classic that will surely please kids, and parents, everywhere!

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On the trail of Trains, AEG announced Planes, a hand management, point to point movement game later this year.  Designed by David Short, who also did Skyline and Ground Floor.

This game puts you in the role of a group attempting to push your way through a crowded airport to reach your plane before takeoff. Other players families or groups, as well as neutral travelers will cause all sorts of congestion in the terminal, and may keep you from boarding. Featuring cards that affect the play and allow bonus scoring, as well as variable airport maps, Planes will be a great addition to your game night. AEG has your world traveling covered, with Trains, Planes… but no Automobiles… yet.

 

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From North Star Games…

Kensington, MD – North Star Games, publisher of blockbuster party games such as
Wits & Wagers® and Say Anything®, proudly releases a new party game designed specifically for kids: Happy Birthday!
happy birthday

Happy Birthday! is a hilarious game where players of all ages take turns giving each other surprising gifts. Some gifts are great, some gifts are not so great, and most gifts are down-right hilarious.”We designed Happy Birthday! so kids can start playingthe moment they open the box.” said Dominic Crapuchettes, North Star Games’ founder.  “Players take turns giving each other fun gifts. It’s that easy. In fact, if your kids have ever given someone a gift, they already know how to play!”

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The goal is very simple: win as many points as possible. Points are given to players that give the best gift, and to players that give the worst gift. This is where the game shines. Finding the best (or worst) gift for another player always results in a room filled with laughter.

Kids love parties and kids love games. Happy Birthday! now makes it easy to do both!

About North Star Games
North Star Games’ board games inspire laughter through social interaction rather than through complex rules and fierce competition. They pride themselves on bringing innovation to a stagnant party game market that relies on Hollywood licenses instead of fresh game ideas.
For more information on North Star Games, visit www.northstargames.com.