war of kings

War of Kings is an epic level game combining the resource management of a civilization building game with the strategy and combat of an area control game. The king has died, and players represent leading warlords vying for supremacy, and ultimately the throne. War of Kings plays 2-6 players and features gorgeous artwork and miniatures. Players take turns concurrently so there’s no downtime. Maneuver your troops to capture enemy fortresses or unleash the NPC maurading horde on unsuspecting victims. War of Kings is on Kickstarter now and has already passed its funding goal. The base pledge level for a copy of the game is $69.

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counterblast

Counterblast is an adventure battle game set in an alternate Earth future past where humans join forces and technologies with several alien species to protect freedom throughout the Milky Way galaxy, particularly a region of space known as the Outer Reaches.. COUNTERBLAST mixes classic pulp sci-fi adventure with fast paced action and cinematic thrills, evocative of the serials and pulp anthologies that have captivated the imaginations of previous generations. Counterblast features the high-quality work of Bombshell Miniatures.

combatblast mini

Counterblast is on Kickstarter until March 15. You can get a 2-faction starting pack for $100.

Coming March 21 from Passport Games

exodus proxima

Inspired by Stanisław Lem’s “The Magellanic Cloud”, Exodus: Proxima Centauri is the first game of a sci-fi trilogy. In a new universe, marked by a fierce struggle for power, the humanity is building a new civilization on the ashes of a dying race, the Centaurians. Exodus: Proxima Centauri is a full civilization game for experienced players, who enjoy immersing themselves in a new universe and fight for supremacy in a flavored, thematic game.

Exodus is for 2 to 6 players, ages 14 and up and plays in 180 minutes.

dungeon raiders

You’ll all work together, but only one will win! Join a brave party of adventurers! Explore a dungeon filled with monsters, traps and treasure!

In Dungeon Raiders, each player takes the role of a different adventurer. You’ll need to work together to survive the dungeon, but only one of you will make it out with the most treasure and win the game. The dungeon is different each time you play, offering new surprises as you collect treasure, trigger traps, and fight off horrible monsters.

Dungeon Raiders is for 3 to 5 players, ages 8 and up and plays in 20 minutes.

Courtesy of BGG.com

Courtesy of BGG.com

Recently the Washington Post published a fantastic article profiling game designer Volko Ruhnke.  In the process of bringing a good amount of attention to a very niche, and hard-core branch of the board gaming world, the Post offers up a good insight into the man responsible for the creation of such highly regarded titles as LabyrinthAndead AbyssWilderness War, and his latest release: A Distant Plain.  Ruhnke, a CIA analyst, and apparently quite a the old-timey gun enthusiast (just look at the pictures, you’ll see what I mean) talks about the culture and process as well, and the writer gives a well-written account of just what playing one of his games is like.

Frankly, this is a style of gaming that I’m not terribly familiar with, but reading the article certainly stoked my interest.  The complicated styles, and very interesting and non-traditional themes of his games (Andean Abyss, for example, is about the 90’s insurgency in Colombia of all things), again, all very thoroughly addressed by the author, are painted in a very intriguing light.

tabletop

By now, most everyone in the board game world is familiar with Mr Wheaton and his series TableTop.  Well, a very motivated forum member over on BoardGame Geek has actually laid out the effect on the sales of the games Mr. Wheaton and company have featured on their highly successful YouTube series.  The findings are surprising: the effect is quite pronounced in some cases.

For the whole thread, and all the info, you can follow this link right here.  For a taste of what you can find in the thread, I’ve included a few of the graphs below.

For the latest episode of TableTop, featuring Fortune and Glory, click here.

Images follow.

kingoftokyo

King of Tokyo

 

resistence

The Resistance

 

alhambra

Alhambra

Coming Soon from Ludically and Chrisophe Boelinger

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After decades of exploration, disputes arise among the colonizing European nations over the discovered lands, resources and trade routes.
Old-continent quarrels become new again in the colonies.  War & Peace introduces 40 new beautifully and individually illustrated evolution cards
consisting of 20 character and 20 progress cards.

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You will be able to combine them with the base game’s evolution cards or use them as a complete replacement. Your games will become even richer and more varied. The cards are more aggressive. They are interactive, original, and sometimes drastic. They cover the major themes of war, peace, and trade, among others. With War & Peace, add spice to your games and make your copy of Archipelago new again!

Contents: 40 cards, 1 card tray, 1 rulebook

we didnt playtest

Coming in March from  Asmadi Games

We Didn’t Playtest This Pasted On Theme At All expands the game to include wacky cards based on eight new themes. These things include, but are not limited to, Elves, Baked Goods, and Zombies.

You can play Pasted On Theme as a stand-alone game or add it to your existing Playtest editions.  For 2 to 10 players, ages 13 and up and retails for $15.00

New from R & R Games!

hearts of attraction

What happens when Cupid shoots his…magnet??
Hearts of AttrAction is the fun and flirty version of our original AttrAction game, where skill, strategy and a little bit of luck results in a chain reaction of magnetic proportions!
Players flick their “shooter” magnets into the playing field to attract other magnets. Sounds easy, but magnets can attract or repel! Whoever collects the most magnets wins!
Hearts of AttrAction is fun to play with anyone, anytime, anywhere. So get ready to prove just how irresistible you are. Cupid’s got nothing on you!
Hearts of AttrAction is for 2 to 4 players, ages 14 and up, and plays in ten minutes.

kingdom builder big box

Enjoy the big box Kickstarter edition of the 2012 Spiel des Jahres winner Kingdom Builder by Donald X. Vaccarino. In Kingdom Builder players create their own kingdoms by skillfully placing their settlements on the game board map, aiming to earn the most gold at the end of the game. The big box edition includes the Nomads and Crossroads expansions, as well as the Capitol and Caves promos.

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The Kickstarter project runs through March 8, and has already raised nearly $100,000, well exceeding its funding goal. An $85 pledge gets you the big box, though there are higher pledge levels for packages with other Queen games.

Coming soon from Gamewright!

Sushi Go!

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Pass the sushi!

In this fast-playing card game, the goal is to grab the best combination of sushi dishes as they whiz by. Score points for making the most maki rolls or for collecting a full set of sashimi. Dip your favoirty nigiri in wasabi to triple its value! But be sure to leave room for dessert or else you’ll eat inot your score!  Gather the most points and consider yourself the sushi master!

Sushi Go! is for 2 to 5 players, ages 8 and up, and plays in fifteen minutes.