pirate den

Pirate Den is a pirate-themed bluffing game for 3 to 5 players ages 14 and up that plays in less than 30 minutes. It’s ideal for casual gamers looking for a fun time as well as deeper strategy players looking for a quick filler. Adding rum to the mix makes for a great evening of gaming with a truly fun and engaging pirate theme!

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It’s the golden age of sail and each player takes on the role of legendary pirate captains plundering the seas. The British East Indies Company, the Dutch East Indies Company, and the Spanish-Portuguese Empire are sailing the high seas heavily laden with cash from their colonies. They’re easy pickings for a famous and daring pirate like yourself! The trick is that while pirates can plunder ships at sea, they can also steal from other pirates. This exciting dynamic makes Pirate Den an addicting game of greed and betrayal.

The closing date on Kickstarter is Apr 10 2014, the funding goal for the project is $25,000.  Pledge $25 to get one copy of the base game with free shipping to US backers. The estimated delivery date is Oct 2014.

galaxy defenders

Galaxy Defenders will be arriving at retail locations on March 17.  Initially, publisher Ares Games launched the kickstarter project last year and funded in April for $180,252 with a goal of $40,000.

This is a thematic, cooperative, science fiction game of alien invasion.  Players become an agent with special powers defending Earth in a story driven campaign.  Missions can have a variety of endings, which then affects the story.  A card deck controls the attacking aliens, with the card drawn determining which type of aliens are activated that turn.

The 6.5 pound base set comes with 28 detailed miniatures, tokens, cards, overlays, tiles for a modular game board, and custom dice.

galaxy defenders agents

Also releasing at the same time, the expansion, Elite Alien Army and Galaxy Defenders Special Dice.  Elite Alien Army requires the base game and can replace elements or be entirely incorporated into gameplay.  It will include 20 detailed miniatures and new aliens.  The Special Dice that will be available are going to be a set of 10 high quality plastic dice that players can use to fight and level-up with player’s agents.

happy birthday

Happy Birthday! is the hilarious game where players of all ages surprise each other with outrageous and cool gifts. Players give each other gifts from their hand, when the gifted player choses which gift is the best, the player who gifted it receives points. The player who gives the best gifts and scores the most points wins!

So easy and fun kids will start laughing as soon as they open the box, turning any event into a party. Happy Birthday! is ideal for kids’ birthday parties too!

Happy Birthday! will be released next month.

pack of heroes

Pack of Heroes is a superhero card game from the designer of Sushi Go!, Dungeon Raiders and Archaeology! Choose your very own team of superheroes from the 40 unique heroes in the game. Then fight your opponent in an all-out tactical battle with surprising super powers and killer combinations! Whichever team wins will be declared the official superhero team of Power City!

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Pack of Heroes is set in a fun parallel universe of vintage comics. Each hero card features amazing artwork, fun stats and an origin story. The game even comes with a 12 page mini comic book and a 24 page hero almanac! Pack of Heroes is for 2 players aged 10 and up and takes around 20 minutes.

Pack of Heroes will be available next month.

baseball highlights

Baseball Highlights 2045 – New Card Game by Mike Fitzgerald

American baseball was on its last legs as a spectator sport. Football had become the predominant national pastime — that is until the year 2032, the year baseball decided to revolutionize the game and regain the throne! Starting in 2032, baseball games were shortened to six innings. Pitchers were encouraged to have bionic arm implants to improve their pitching. These cyborgs, or ‘Borgs as they’re affectionately known, were immediately popular and soon ruled the league. In 2041, robotic players were introduced to get more offense back into the game. These robots were similar to designated hitters in that they were used only to bat and did not field. However, recent reports indicate fielding ‘Bots are on the way.

baseball highlights cards

Now in 2045, human players are still in the game and known as Naturals. They are the best fielders by far but are sorely challenged when it comes to hitting and pitching. Some Naturals have learned to hit by swinging before the pitcher starts his windup, which gives them a chance to hit the ball. Although it’s hard for a Natural to get into the league, those who do are popular. Many Naturals have named themselves after the great players of pre-2032 baseball by taking a first and last name borrowed from different star players of the past. The fans love them, and their presence on the team ensures good revenue!

The closing date on Kickstarter is Apr 3 2014, the funding goal for the project is $10,000, and the project has already funded.  Pledge $32 get a copy of Baseball Highlights 2045 and all stretch goals. The estimated delivery date is Sept 2014.

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R&R Games have announced the following:

R&R Games, long known for providing fun and memorable game experiences for all ages, will break out its biggest line-up of new games in the company’s history at the American International Toy Fair in New York City on February 16-19, Booth 6131.

“Board games are hotter than ever, and we’re kicking off 2014 with our largest, most exciting presentation ever,” said Frank DiLorenzo, President of R&R Games. “Our new games will engage and delight everyone from the casual gamer to the board game enthusiast, and we’ll be playing them all with attendees at Toy Fair.”

A wide variety of products will be unveiled, including 5 hilarious new party and family games, 3 exciting euro-style games, and fresh updates to fan favorites including Pig Pile®, 1st & Goal™, and Time’s Up®.
Highlights include:

strike a pose

Strike a Pose™ – The fun and frantic freeze-frame party game where players try to figure out who (or what!) their frozen friends are. It’s a laugh a minute as you decide: Is he a superhero or a squirrel? Is she a tarantula or a tumbleweed? MSRP $19.95 for 3-14 players ages 10 and up.

Get a Life™ – The party game where your friends hold the cards to the best (or the worst!) new lifestyle tailored just for you, from your job to your roommate to your dwelling and how you get there. The laughs come fast in this game where life can change on a dime … or a card! MSRP $11.95 for 3-8 players ages 10 and up.

guess the mess

Guess the Mess™ – It’s a race to find your friends in the new party game where players rummage through outlandish locations and cryptic clues to uncover everyone’s secret hiding spot. MSRP $19.95 for 3-8 players ages 10 and up.

UnNatural Selection™ – Fast-paced family card game of battling wacky creatures, with players using their cards to alter the abilities of the combatants in fun and hilarious ways. MSRP $10.95 for 2-10 players ages 8 and up.

hearts of attraction

Hearts of AttrAction™ – The irresistibly fun and flirty game of skill, strategy and luck, where players shoot heart-shaped magnets to cause a chain reaction that’ll win them the game! Strategies develop and unfold, resulting in exciting and unexpected twists and turns. MSRP $19.95 for 2-5 players ages 14 and up

Plunder™ – Game of deduction where players are pirates who collect clues, piece together maps, disarm booby-traps, and go digging in search of buried treasure of the other scurvy pirates. MSRP $24.95 for 2-6 players ages 10 and up.

New Haven™ – Highly anticipated strategy game that asks players to colonize the New Haven area by developing the riches of the land and building a thriving settlement. MSRP $39.95 for 2 to 4 players ages 12 and up.

coal baron
Coal Baron™ – Critically acclaimed strategy game where each player is the owner of a coal mine in Essen Germany, trying to run the most successful business by using the resources available to them. MSRP

spaces between

New Android Netrunner Data Pack

Fantasy Flight Games has announced the second data pack in the Lunar Cycle, The Spaces Between.

In this new pack each faction will get a new current.  Currents are events and operations that have have affects that are not immediately resolved and card discarded. These new cards remain in play and are not susceptible to ice, being stolen, or trashed by Runners.  Currents “are not trashed until another current is played or agenda [stolen or scored].” 

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The Spaces Between adds another layer to Android: Netrunner and will be available the third quarter of this year.

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Drooling over the fourth wave of X-Wing Miniatures? How about some preview copies?

x wing wave 4

Fantasy Flight Games is going to have a worldwide event called Assault at Imdaar Alpha. This is going to be pre-release tournaments taking place from May 30 to June 1.

Participating retail stores will have tournament kits that will be prizes for winners.  They include one of each fourth wave ship: Z-95 Headhunter, TIE Defender, E-Wing, TIE Phantom. Also included are multiple copies of the Bandit Squadron Pilot with extended art.

x wing wave 4 stuff

As a player, if you’re interested, be sure to contact your local game store and express interest.  Retail stores have until March 21 to get their orders for the event kit.  FFG is limiting kits to one per retail store.

osprey publishing

An Osprey Publishing Press Release

Osprey Publishing is expanding its product list with the creation of a dedicated games division. Osprey Games will follow the great successes enjoyed by our miniature wargaming lines with new products and will also eexpand to include board and card games, allowing us to both strengthen and diversify our position in these thriving niche sectors.

We are also recruiting for a Games Developer to edit and project manage these new products.

With the 2008 release of Field of Glory in collaboration with Slitherine Strategies Ltd, Osprey Publishing began to focus specifically on a hobby with which it had always had a very close relationship – miniatures wargaming. While Osprey books had long provided guides for figure painters, scenario writers and wargamers of all stripes,Field of Glory was the first product specifically created for this audience. Hot on the heels of this incredibly successful release came other projects, including the Force on Force modern rules (with Ambush Alley Games) and Renaissance and Napoleonic versions of the Field of Glory rules. More recently, the Bolt Action World War II rules (with Warlord Games) and the Osprey Wargames series of smaller rule books have established Osprey as one of the foremost publishers of wargaming rules.

Long-time gamer and Games Manager for the new Osprey Games division, Philip Smith, said:

‘Osprey and wargaming have always been the proverbial “two great tastes that taste great together”, and the growing range of wargaming products has met with a fantastic reception from gamers. The creation of Osprey Games means that gaming is going to be getting a lot more attention, and I’ve already got some very exciting projects on the drawing board.’

In addition to expanding the existing wargaming lines, Osprey Games is also going to develop board and card games, applying Osprey’s reputation for high-quality artwork to a whole new market, and is set to start recruiting for a Games Developer to manage this side of the division. The board and card game hobby has become increasingly popular in recent years, and, much like wargaming, can be seen as a natural extension of Osprey’s publishing pedigree.

Richard Sullivan, Osprey Publishing’s Managing Director, said:
‘We are very excited about this opportunity to grow our business into another exciting niche where we can provide top-quality product for our customers, old and new alike. Our experience with wargaming rules, our in-house capabilities and some canny recruitment will ensure we’ll be bringing out some great games in the near future.’

We are recruiting a Games Developer to work on this exciting new project. Based in our offices in Oxford – full details are available on our site now! Spread the word if you can think of anyone who would be interested in the role!

ancient world

In an ancient world forgotten by time, enormous titans terrorize the land. The five tribes have been fleeing from the titans for centuries, but things are about to change. Growing kingdoms pledge to end the reign of terror, determined to take on the titans and make the world a safer place for all. Each kingdom competes to attract the tribes, eager for the strength of the combined peoples, who are now leaving behind old traditions with the hope that the titans can be defeated once and for all.

In The Ancient World, players compete to grow the largest and most influential kingdom by managing citizens, treasury, military and defeating titans. Players take turns sending citizens to take special actions or using military cards to attack titans.  Players also purchase Empire cards to add strength and abilities to their kingdom. A kingdom’s influence in the world is measured by sets of tribe banners that it owns. Each Empire card has one or more tribe banners. Tribe banners can also be gained by defeating titans. Players gain victory points for sets of tribe banners. After six rounds, the player with the most victory points from sets of tribe banners wins.

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The closing date on Kickstarter is Apr 3 2014, the funding goal for the project is $15,000. This game is offered in two languages US English and German. Pledge $50 or more and get one copy of The Ancient World, 2 Promo Cards, free shipping to a US address. The estimated delivery date is Dec 2014.