Numero Group has announced a new fantasy, rock themed board game coming this May.
In the brave tradition of George and Charles Parker, Milton Bradley, and Gary Gygax comes Cities of Darkscorch—the Numero Group’s embattled first attempt at board game creation. Cities is the playable companion to Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles, our 48th mainline release and a harrowing dive into the Stygian caverns of the American hard rock underground. A dice-rolling, card-driven, heavy rock band van ride through a fantasy landscape, Cities of Darkscorch could not begin to exist without Robert Soden, who, in 1975, set about creating a tapestry of maps, floorplans, and dungeon schema—the D&D-based lands of Eldara. Expanding upon Soden’s meticulous vision, Cities of Darkscorch required newly commissioned card art and band logos to summon up a gravely themed mythical land of desolate outposts, warring bands, and the familiar ills that befall them.
Roleplaying as any of Darkscorch Canticles’ sixteen determined bands, one to six players traverse the broken roads of Darkscorch—battling such forbidding quartets as Grimsword, Narcissus, Ass-Centaur and 97 more—to collect city banners from such pits of hard rock competition as Afterdath, Wizard’s Wellspring, and Throk. Along the way, players may augment their bands through the use of fate cards with new artwork from the demented minds of John McGavock McConnell and Eliza Childress.
Packaged in a custom game box with new artwork by Robert Soden, in a limited edition of 1500, Cities of Darkscorch includes the following elements:
• 25×25 full color Cities of Darkscorch Gameboard
• 16 Wooden Player Tokens/45 Adapters
• 6 Banner Boards
• 100 Fate Cards
• 100 Foe Cards
• 1 20-Sided Combat Die
• 1 6-Sided Movement Die
• 1 4-Sided Performer Die
• 1 Instruction book
• Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles 2LP and CD with alternate cover art by Robert Soden.
Cities of Darkscorch, Supa Edition — limited to 500 copies.
Cities of Darkscorch, Supa Edition includes all of the elements of Numero’s Cities of Darkscorch game, plus a bonus 7” featuring “Animal Woman” b/w “Red Brained Woman” by LA heavy rock honchos Supa Chief. Also included is a custom-printed guitar pick, which serves double duty as an additional Cities of Darkscorch Player Token. Full color pic sleeve features a game board map extension, complete with its own exclusive Darkscorch city.
Coming this March from AEG!
Smash Up is back with even more wild factions in the mix! Science Fiction Double Feature brings four new decks to the base-smashing business with abilities unlike those seen before. Time Travelers allow you to reuse your cards time and time again. Cyborg Apes take actions that attach to your minions to a whole new level. Super Spies use their mojo in espionage to plot out the future of you and your opponents, while finally the Shapeshifters could be anyone…
Science Fiction Double Feature is an expansion to the wildly popular card game Smash Up. This expansion features enough for two players right out of the box, and can be combined with any Smash Up set to support up to 4 players.
In February, IELLO is publishing a children’s, dice rolling, pattern recognition game of farm animal fun.
The animals have escaped from the farm! You need to bring them back before they get into trouble and you want to do so faster than your opponents so that you can save more than they can!
In the fast-catching game Fun Farm, players compete to spot and catch the animal shown on the cards before all their opponents. Each round, the active player reveals the top card from the deck, placing it next to any others still on the table. Each card depicts an animal, a black die (showing one color on this die), and a white die (showing one color on this die). The player then rolls the black die and the white die. If a die depicted on a card matches the color rolled on that die, players race to grab the animal toy from the table that matches the animal depicted on the card. Whoever does so first claims the card, and once the deck runs out, whoever has the most cards wins
Fun Farm is for two to ten players, ages six and up and plays in 15 minutes.
Coming this April from game designer Leo Colovini is an adventure game of purr-fect spryness.
It’s night and you, a clever cat living on rooftops high above the busy city, have a mission. Your lofty goal is simple: become the town’s “Top Cat.” Stealthily moving from roof to roof, stake out as many shelters as you can, connecting with your cat buddies and collecting tribute fish from your fellow felines. With fish you get valuable cans. Collect the most cans and you become Top Cat! To win, you’ve got to navigate the right paths, avoid the dangers of the city streets below, and dodge the fishy demands of your hungry rivals. Every game involves different paths to victory, so you better be nimble and quick, curious and catty… and oh so clever! After all, just being furry won’t make you the best cat on a hot tin roof.
• 1 board
• 16 cat pawns (2 shapes in 4 colors)
• 24 catwalks (6 each in 4 colors)
• 12 shelters (3 each in 4 colors)
• 65 fish
• 14 tin cans
• 52 cat path tiles
Rogue Agent (LIMITED EDITION) – designed by David Ausloos
Stronghold Games has announced preorders for Rogue Agent and Voluspa: Order of the Gods expansion.
NOTE: This “Limited Edition” of the game will contain 10 additional Criminal cards. Please note that this will be the only printing of the LIMITED EDITION of Rogue Agent.
2048, Earth. The corrupt government has lost grip on Rain City, a brooding metropolis were crime runs amok, depsite patrolling police squads. This desparate battle has recently seen a new player: a secret Agency of Bounty Hunters, attempting to control the endless assaults on innercity life.
Your task: Defeat and arrest Ciminals, defuse high tech bombs that threaten to destroy city districts, and prevent assassins from completing their destructive path. You are one of the members of this secretive brotherhood of justice. So… are you ready to survive the crime waves in the big city and uncover the infiltrating Androids amongst your team that plan a revolt?
Rogue Agent is a tense cyberpunk adventure game, pitching players against underground networks. The game features detailed plastic miniatures, a large variety of unique criminals to defeat, special icon-driven custom dice, and two different game play modes.
Voluspa: Order of the Gods – designed by Scott Caputo
The balance of power is shifting among the Order Of The Gods!
- The goddess Freya can permanently increase the value of the other beings.
- The resourceful Dwarf taps the power of neighboring gods.
- The monsterous Niohoggr hoards extra benefits for anyone brave enough to defeat it.
- And the swift flying Raven can score twice in the same turn!
Play these new tiles with the Voluspa base game, or blend tiles from the “Voluspa: Order of the Gods” expansion with tiles from the “Saga of Edda” expansion!
Four recommended game setup variants are included, and many other variants are possible, enabling you to enjoy Voluspa and these expansions in many different ways!
The possibilities in Voluspa are more endless than ever!
Looney Labs have released a street date for their frenzied, Fluxx matching card game, Loonacy, of March 28th.
Loonacy is a rapid fire game where players race to be the first to empty their hand of 7 cards by matching one of two images with the images on the open piles in front of them. Speed of the hand and luck of the draw determine the winner in this frenzied free-for-all!
Plays great with 2 to 5 players and features images from all of your favorite Fluxx games.
Queen Games has just launched Tortuga on Kickstarter. In Tortuga you are a swashbuckling buccaneer trying to safely transport your acquired treasures to the legendary pirate haven of Tortuga before other buccaneers (your fellow players) try to capture them from you. The game plays in about 30 min and is for 2-4 players.
Tortuga has a goal of $10,000, and has already raised $13,395. It is available on Kickstarter until February 13. A pledge of $50 will get you the game (though some $39 early bird slots are still available).
A press release from uKloo
Toronto, ON – (January 27, 2014) – To announce its new game, uKloo Kids, Inc., creator of the international award-winning children’s literacy game, uKloo Early Reader Treasure Hunt, asks:
- Solve the riddles.
- Find the surprise.
- Kids practice reading
- With brain exercise
- Name the Game!
Answer: It’s the new uKloo Riddle Edition Treasure Hunt Game (MSRP $17.95 for two or more players ages 7 and up). The new game is an engaging seek-and-find literacy game that combines thinking skills with physically active fun. It encourages kids to call upon their logic and reasoning abilities to solve riddles towards finding a surprise. It offers a Riddle Writing Guide, which encourages parents and children to challenge each other with their own riddles.
“uKloo Riddle Edition is for kids who enjoy the thrill and personal satisfaction of problem solving their way to success. It was created in response to the many parents who told me how much they loved the first game, uKloo Early Reader Treasure Hunt,” said Doreen Dotto, president of uKloo Kids Inc. “They asked me to create a next-step game that would help their kids reach even higher reading levels. They were also looking for ways to include older siblings who wanted to join the treasure hunt. Why should the little ones have all the fun?”
Dotto, who created the content for the game, quipped,
- “Don’t tell the kids
- That it’s learning fun
- They’ll solve the riddles
- ‘Til a surprise is won!”
uKloo Riddle Edition Treasure Hunt Game is now available at http://ukloo.com/shop_ukloo/and other online and specialty retailers.
About uKloo Kids, Inc.
uKloo Kids, Inc. is a children’s literacy game developer based in Toronto, Canada. Founded in 2010 by Doreen Dotto, the firm’s first product, uKloo Early Reader Treasure Hunt Game earned 10 prestigious awards and is now sold in 19 countries. This year, uKloo Kids launches its two new products: the uKloo Early Reader Treasure Hunt App and uKloo Riddle Edition Treasure Hunt Game. For further information, visit the company website athttp://ukloo.com/ and to interact with the company directly, see our social links onFacebook, Twitter and Pinterest
Imperia Games (which funded Colony Clash: Insect Warfare on Kickstarter last November) has now launched Grand Tactics: Rise of Novice. This is a re-launch of the game after problems with component sourcing forced a cancellation of the first project in August of last year. Grand Tactics is a strategy board game where players battle arena-style for the “Matilda Defender” title. Each character features a unique set of skills represented by tokens that make cooldown tracking and ability usage simple.
Grand Tactics has a goal of $28,000 and is well on its way to meeting that goal. The base pledge level is $68 and you can pledge any time until March 12, 2014.
As an employee of the “Continental Express” railroad company, you are in charge of the constant ballet of train cars at your station. You must complete each train in time for it to depart. But, the other “switchmen” want the same train cars as you…and in this yard there are no holds barred!
As a railyard manager, players must “switch” the right train cars to the station in order to form their train. The cars will be worth victory points, depending on their number and rarity. The player with the most victory points at the end of the game is declared the winner!
- 2-4 players
- Ages: 8+
- 20 minutes play time
- 82 small cards (58 train cards; 2 events; 12 bank notes; 10 character cards)
- 20 company tokens
- 30 long cards (20 objective cards; 10 contract cards)
- 1 rule book
The Builders: Middle Ages
Recruit workers and create buildings to prove that you are the greatest builder. You’ll have to start small, with cottages and stables, but you’ll be building your name as you build your masterpieces, and before long, you’ll complete the cathedral!
Hire worker cards, pay them to build your buildings, and balance your income with your expenses. You can’t do everything on your turn but you’ll want to! From wells and shacks to castles and churches, use your resources to create structures that will stand the test of time.
- 2-4 players
- Ages 10+
- 30 minute play time
- 42 Worker cards
- 47 Building cards
- 40 coins
- 1 rule book
A large, green animal from long ago? Must be a dinosaur. Water, cube and cold weather? Has to be an ice cube. A man with a job who rides large brown animals in the United States? Is that a cowboy?
In Concept, players team up to place tokens on a board covered in icons, depicting everything from ancient samurai and snails to Leonardo DiCaprio. Points go to the player who can guess the correctly by looking at the various symbols, but in this wild party game, the points are less important than just having a great time!
- 4-12 players
- Ages 10+
- 40 minute play time
- 1 game board with universal icons
- 5 sets of pawns and cubes (1 green set for the main concept pawn and 10 cubes, and 4 sets consisting of sub-concept pawns and 8 cubes)
- 110 concept cards
- Victory point tokens
- 2 player aids
- 1 storage bowl
Enter the thrilling adventures of Corto Maltese, the hero from the fertile imagination of Hugo Pratt. Choose your adventures and then live through them as the game unfolds. Aided by Corto and resisting Rasputin’s attempts to thwart your plans, recruit your own bands of adventurers and get your hands on the gold at the end of the story.
Corto is a card game of high adventure, mixing tactics and luck with exciting tales. In each game, you choose the quests you want to play – each brings its own set of character and exotic locales. Attack the train full of Russian gold, research the four aces of whale bones, or meet the leopard men. Games are diverse, rich in action, and of course, full of treasure!
- 2-4 players
- Ages 10+
- 20-40 minute play time
- 2 figurines
- 6 storyline boards
- 6 decks of 20 of cards
- 4 sets of 13 markers
- 4 “seals”
- 1 quest tile
- 2 handbooks (rules and adventures)
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