hammer hold legion darkness pics

Fantasy Flight Games posted a preview of their upcoming expansions for Warhammer: Diskwars.  Hammer and Hold and Legions of Darkness are expected to be released later this week.  In this preview, FFG takes us into the  “units and command cards these two expansions will offer the Empire, Orcs, Chaos, and High Elves.”


Warhammer: Diskwars is an epic game of heroes, armies, and brutal warfare for 2 – 4 players. At the game’s heart art its disks, which represent heroes and units from the Old World. These maneuver across the battlefield by flipping end over end, and if any two disks overlap at the end of the round, they must fight!


tom felber

An interview with Tom Felber, jury chairmen of the Spiel des Jahres was posted over on the Toy and Game Innovation Conference website.

The Spiel des Jahres was created in 1978 to promote quality games.  Nomination and award criteria are based on game idea (originality, playability, play value), rules design (structure, clarity, understandability), game materials (features, workmanship), and layout and presentation (box, game board, rules).

Here’s just a small excerpt:


The nominees change from year to year in all directions. There is no pattern. It always depends on what is available on the market in the specific year. There are strong years and weak years. Games, which even didn’t get a nomination in one year, would have been easily elected as “Spiel des Jahres“ if they were published in an other year. Of course, the election of “Hanabi“ was a big milestone because of the size of the box. This wouldn’t have been possible ten years ago. That’s the most obvious change, that small games can be elected nowadays.

tragedy looper

Z-Man Games announced a Japanese, mystery, deduction, co-operative game, Tragedy Looper.  Designed by BakaFire and originally released in Japan, Tragedy Looper is debuting later this year, at Gen Con 2014.

Tragedy Looper is a scenario-based deduction game for four players: one scriptwriter and three detectives. The game consists of four location boards and a number of character cards. Each scenario features a number of characters, hidden roles for these characters (serial killer, misinformant, murderer), and some pre-set tragedies (murder, suicide).

Each “day” (turn), players and the scriptwriter play three face-down cards onto the characters, then reveal them to move the characters around or affect their paranoia or good will stats. At the end of each day (turn), if the scenario has a tragedy set for that day, it happens if the conditions are met, i.e., certain characters have certain stats or are in a certain location together (or not together) with others. As tragedies happen, players loop back in time, restarting the scenario from the beginning and trying to deduce who the culprit was and why along with all of the other hidden rules for the scenario.


Z-Man Games will be releasing a Pandemic card game, Contagion, designed by Carey Grayson.

In Pandemic: Contagion you’re trying to spread disease and illness to the far corners of the globe. Why? Because you’re a virus, and that’s your job.

Pandemic: Contagion includes a deck of contagion cards with differing colored borders, city cards, event/WHO cards, virus cubes. On a turn you take two actions; three actions are available, and you can take the same action twice. Those actions are:

  • Draw contagion cards equal to your current infection rate.
  • Discard enough contagion cards to advance a mutation to the next level, thereby allowing you to draw more cards, place more cubes, or resist human counter-attacks.
  • Discard contagion cards matching the color of the city you want to start to infect (two cards) or infect more (one card), using any two cards as a joker, if you wish. Place cubes equal to your current transmission rate.
Picture taken from BGG's Contagion entry.

Picture taken from BGG’s Contagion entry.

Each city card has a colored border (with all cities on the same continent having a matching border), a special action awarded to the player who places the final cube on the card, and three numbers; the large number shows the number of cubes needed to close the city and the number of points scored by whoever has the majority of cubes in this city when it closes, while the two smaller numbers show the points awarded to those with the second- and third-most cubes.

At the start of each round after the first, you draw the top card from the event/WHO deck. Events take place at the start, end or middle of your turn, as specified on the card, and they might benefit or harm you directly — say, by giving you a contagion card for each city you infect or forcing you to remove cubes from the board — or they might affect what’s possible on a turn, such as making it more or less costly to infect a city. The WHO cards are generally bad for you, but your resistance allows you to lessen whatever the penalty would be based on its level. Need to remove three cubes from the board? If your resistance is at level 3, drop it down one level and you don’t have to remove any.

Some event cards feature a city icon, which brings a new city card into play, or a skull; when the second skull comes out, you have an intermediate scoring round in which whoever has the most cubes in a city scores points equal to the lowest value in that city. Once the event/WHO deck runs out or only two city cards remain in play, the game ends, with players conducting a final scoring round to see which virus is victorious.

empire vs rebellion

Fantasy Flight Games announced a new card game for 2 players set during the Galactic Civil War.  Due out third quarter of 2014, this strategy card game puts players in the Rebel Alliance or Galactic Empire struggling with key events for each faction. Empire vs Rebellion is designed by Sébastien Gigaudaut and David Rakoto, both have also designed Cold War: CIA vs KGB & Nostra City.

A massive civil war shakes the galaxy. On one side of this struggle, the men and women of the Rebel Alliance plan for the day when the Empire will be overthrown. The Rebels are unafraid to use their military might, but clever diplomacy and reconnaissance may accomplish what displays of strength cannot. Opposing the Rebellion is the unlimited power of the Galactic Empire, under the command of Emperor Palpatine. Whether conducting reconnaissance and searching for Rebel spies or crushing insurgents beneath the heel of the Imperial Navy, all the galaxy knows to fear Darth Vader and the Empire.

empire vs rebellion cards

Star Wars: Empire vs. Rebellion puts in you in command of the Empire’s unlimited reserves or the heroes of the Rebellion and challenges you to tip the outcome of key events in your favor. Every round, you must extend your might and commit your resources towards taking control of the Galactic Civil War, whether you use military power or diplomatic aplomb to achieve your goals. If you can outwit your opponent’s schemes and claim victory in crucial events, you can shape the future of the entire galaxy!


Initially funding on Kickstarter back in February, raising $106,002 from 2,434 backers, Tasty Minstrel Games will release the grid movement, set collection, farming game Scoville in November.  Scoville  is designed by Ed Marriot (Dam It!).

The town of Scoville likes it hot! Very hot! That means they love their peppers – but they’re too busy eating them to grow the peppers themselves. That’s where you come in.

You’ve been hired by the town of Scoville to meet their need for heat. Your role as an employee of Scoville is to crossbreed peppers to create the hottest new breeds. You’ll have to manage the auctioning, planting, and harvesting of peppers, then you’ll be able to help the town by fulfilling their orders and creating new pepper breeds. Help make the town of Scoville a booming success! Let’s get planting!

scoville board

A round of Scoville consists of a blind auction, which determines player order, a planting phase, a harvesting phase, and a fulfillment phase. Each round, the players plant peppers in the fields. Throughout the game, the available opportunities for crossbreeding increase as more peppers are planted. When harvesting, players move their pawn through the fields, and whenever they move between two planted fields, they harvest peppers. If, for example, they harvest between fields of red and yellow peppers, they crossbreed those and harvest an orange pepper. Harvested peppers are then used to fulfill the town’s peppery desires!


If you haven’t been following the Dice Tower on Twitter, Tom Vasel has been posting some great pics from Origins 2014.

Hall just before opening

Hall just before opening

Tricked-out Zombicide

Tricked-out Zombicide

Paradox from Split Second Games

Paradox from Split Second Games

Pre-production copy of Video Game High School from Plaid Hat Game

Pre-production copy of Video Game High School from Plaid Hat Game


Kremlin from Jolly Roger Games

Kremlin from Jolly Roger Games


Family Vacation from Jolly Roger Games

Family Vacation from Jolly Roger Games

Giant Tsuro from Calliope Games

Giant Tsuro from Calliope Games

Box mockup for Legendary: Villains

Box mockup for Legendary: Villains

Box mockup for Pandemic: The Cure

Box mockup for Pandemic: The Cure

Pandemic: Contagion from Zman Games

Pandemic: Contagion from Zman Games

Battle at Kemble's Cascade from Zman Games

Battle at Kemble’s Cascade from Zman Games


penny press

Be a newspaper baron in the yellow journalism era of old New York City. Cover the top stories, and go to press when the time is right! In Penny Press, you run a newspaper in the turn of the century Yellow Journalism era. Various stories from different newsbeats will be added to the board, and you’ll be able to place your reporters on them. On each turn, you’ll be able to take one action with your reporters (placing or moving them onto stories) or go to press, if you think you’re ready! Going to press involves laying out the story pieces on your player board, to form the front page of your paper! But you’ll only be able to print stories that you’ve got a majority of reporters on, Better front pages with desirable stories will score more points, and increase your circulation.

penny press contents

The closing date on Kickstarter is June 10 2014, the current pledged amount is $8,762 and the funding goal for the project is $2,000. Secure your copy for $40. Estimated delivery: Dec 2014

star wars dice bags

Hold on to your hats, blasters, lightsabers, dice and tokens because Fantasy Flight Games announced a new Star Wars themed dice bags.

No, it’s not a trap!

Fantasy Flight Supply is committed to providing you the best materials to protect, customize, and enhance your games. To that end, each Star Wars Dice Bag provides a handy, durable, and thematic means to transport your Star Wars game components:

• Galactic Empire. Order your components as you would order the galaxy. Nothing shall escape your grasp!
•Stormtrooper. Keep your dice and tokens in a dice bag adorned with the Stormtrooper’s iconic white helmet, and you will always be ready for battle!
•Boba Fett. You always have a few tricks up your sleeve… and in your dice bag.
•Rebel Alliance. To topple the Empire and win the fight for galactic freedom, you’ll need to safeguard your resources and make good use of every single one of them.

Look for them later this year during the third quarter.

doomtown premium

AEG posted a picture of the collector’s edition, premium set for their upcoming Gen Con release Doomtown: Reloaded.  AEG makes a note that this picture does not show all contents of the set.

The classic collectible card game Deadlands: Doomtown returns as an Expandable Card Game in Doomtown: Reloaded. Featuring four factions fighting for control of Gomorra, California, Doomtown: Reloaded allows you to build your own deck from a fixed set of cards in the box. Play your dudes to control deeds in the town, and use actions, hexes, and more to thwart your opponents.

Shootouts are resolved via a poker mechanism as every card has a suit and value. Preparing for the hands you want to draw is as much a part of deck building as choosing the actions and dudes you’ll want to play. Your deck is built around an Outfit, one of the four main groups attempting to control Gomorra, California, and these outfits are:

The Law Dogs: The Sheriff and his deputies, tasked with enforcing law and order in an extremely chaotic town.
The Sloane Gang: The main cause of a lot of the chaos, the Sloane Gang takes what they want, no matter who it costs.
The Morgan Cattle Company: Progress and investment, Morgan Cattle has moved into the surrounding ranch lands and uses its deep pockets to influence the town.
The Fourth Ring: It’s that circus that’s been here for months, but I swear it just arrived…
The base set of Doomtown: Reloaded will be followed by Saddlebag expansions, in-store OP events, and the Badge Series of tournaments.

If you are completely new to Doomtown, be sure to read this quick introduction to the game by lead developer Mark Wootton.